The Saga Pearl would have been here for day two of the Wales National Airshow
The timing could not have been more perfect – but in the end, it was completely out.
Swansea had been gearing up to welcome the Saga Pearl cruise ship to the city on Sunday, July 2.
Passengers would have been able to sit on deck or visit stunning Swansea Bay while aircraft took to the skies above them for the Wales National Airshow.
Instead, they ended up in Holyhead, and tides are being blamed.
The 449-passenger ship is on its way to Iceland from Dover and would have been here for the second day of the airshow, which attracted 250,000 people.
Swansea Council had worked with Cruise Wales and Associated British Ports to arrange the visit.
It made Dylan Thomas and Gower tours available with shuttle buses to the city centre organised.
Council cabinet member for tourism, Councillor Robert Francis, said it was good to see their hard work “come to fruition” with the visit of the cruise ship
But a spokesman for Saga Cruises said it just wasn’t possible to dock in Swansea on the day because of the tidal window.
“It would have meant the passengers would only have had an hour there, so we diverted to Holyhead,” she said.
A spokesman for Associated British Ports added: “The tidal access window that they had wasn’t suitable for their passengers. The ship would have had to sail at lunchtime or in the night. Saga like their passengers to have full-day tours.”
It is not the first time Swansea has been promised a cruise ship that never actually arrives.
Last July German liner MS Amadea had been due to dock in the city, but the itinerary was altered at the last minute.
Source: www.walesonline.co.uk, 4 July 2017