Noble Caledonia informed us yesterday afternoon that the planned brief visit will no longer be possible, due to Harwich International Port requesting that no visitors to the ship.
Island Sky is will be berthed at Berth 3 at the Port, as on the same day the only cruise facility available will be used by Brilliance of the Seas.
The berth which the ship has been allocated has been described as a ‘remote berthed with no access’. The berth is normally used by passenger and/or cargo ferries.
The staff at Noble Caledonia were only made aware that no visitors were allowed on board Island Sky after Harwich International Port informed them of this on July 30th. Prior to this on the same day we contacted the Port to ask about accessing the ship at Berth 3 and were informed that no visitors were allowed, which we immediately reported to Noble Caledonia.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
" Following our correspondence with Harwich International Port, who informed us that no visitors were allowed, we were disappointed to have this later confirmed by Noble Caledonia who have now cancelled the planned visit. This matter had clearly not been communicated between the cruise line, ship and Port. "
" I would like to make it clear however that we are indeed aware of the lack of facilities for cruise ships at Berth 3 at Harwich International Port on such rare occasions when they are required to berth there and we understand the decision to prevent any visitors for boarding Island Sky."