Cruise ships normally dock at the lovely Station Pier. Station Pier is also used daily by the ferry called Spirit of Tasmania. Not a problem normally but also at the pier is another cruise ship Celebrity Solstice. Two cruise ships have at times used Station Pier, along with the Tasmanian ferry.
Photos from Visit Victoria.
Evidence. Two cruise ships and the ferry.
But I guess the pier is just not big enough for a normal cruise ship, the ferry and the huge Queen Mary 2. QM2 is the largest cruise ship to visit Australia and Celebrity Solstice is the third largest. No room at the inn. Will royalty precede over the more common cruise ship? For once no, and QM2 is docked at the industrial Webb Dock among shipping containers full of bits for motor cars. No leisurely departure from the ship, no coffee fortification at a smart cafe, no wander along the beach and catching the tram to the city for roam around our fine Victorian period buildings. No, those leaving the ship are being minibused away, past cranes, containers and other sundry port workings. Suffer the rich.
Photo from The Age.
Later. I made it my business to be in St Kilda later in the day as the QM2 departed, back lit by the sun, her grey silhouette looked glorious.