Peering at Pacific Pearl off Mornington Pier

History was made today when The town of Mornington, an hour’s drive south of Melbourne, experienced its first visit by a cruise ship – the Pacific Pearl.
The ship, which carries 1,800 passengers and 727 crew moored in the shipping channel and the passengers were brought to the pier by bright orange tender boats.
Mornington Chamber of Commerce set up an information tent directing cruislings up Main Street. Coach tours took groups of passengers to the Mornington Peninsula wineries and township of Sorrento. By mid-afternoon, passengers were queuing to return to the ship, while hundreds of locals (including ourselves) came to view and photograph the spectacle, creating a carnival atmosphere.