Queen Elizabeth cancels Kangaroo Island visit due to rough seas

CRUISING QUEEN: The Queen Mary 2 visited KI in 2018, with her passengers and crew enjoying all KI has to offer. Photo: Sue Rawkins
CRUISING QUEEN: The Queen Mary 2 visited KI in 2018, with her passengers and crew enjoying all KI has to offer. Photo: Sue Rawkins

Tourism Kangaroo Island has been formally advised that the large cruise ship Queen Elizabeth will not be coming to Kangaroo Island on Tuesday, February 11 as planned.

TKI was advised of the decision by the company contracted to arrange the KI shore visits, Events Management Australia.

“I can officially confirm that we are cancelling the Penneshaw call, due to adverse weather condition forecast for the 12th of February,” the notification reads.

“The adverse weather conditions combined with our strict tender operation regulations, makes Penneshaw untenable on this occasion.”

The Queen Elizabeth with 2068 passengers was to be the second largest cruise ship to visit KI this season, surpassed only by the Golden Princess with 2600 passengers.

This week was to have been the busiest in the KI cruise ship season with seven ships due to visit between February 6 and 14.

She wrote a letter to The Islander and 35 other decision-makers - all the relevant Ministers and heads of departments, regional directors, the Mayor and all Councillors, SA Tourism Chair and Chief Executive as well as one KI-based SA Tourism Board Member, the local progress association, local Natural Resources Management Board Chair and all Board Members, KI Health Service, SA Ambulance volunteer co-ordinator, the KI Commissioner and others.

So far she has received five replies and three acknowledgements. A response from the KI Health Service was published in The Islander. 

“The Environment Minister acknowledged; the Tourism Minister replied as did the KI Commissioner and the local state member of parliament,” she said.

“The local federal member acknowledged receipt, while KI Council advised that they will be discussing the issue at their April Informal Gathering.  A response was received from a tourism operator and a reply from the KI Health Service was published in The Islander.”

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