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Tourists reveal their joy at docking in Hamilton after ship's rough ride to Bermuda
, Senior Reporter
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:08 AM
* Photo by Simon Jones. Change of course: Rough seas forced the Veendam to dock at Front Street yesterday instead of Murray’s Anchorage off St. George’s.
Rough seas scuppered any chance of the Veendam anchoring off St. George's yesterday.
But the tourists getting off the cruise liner in Hamilton were just happy to be on dry land.
The ship's 1,300 passengers endured a rough ride to Bermuda due to bad weather, so were pleased they did not have to stop at Murray's Anchorage and get ferries to St. George's.
Maria De Melo, of Toronto, said: "A lot of people were seasick on the way in, it was quite bumpy.
"We are quite happy to be coming straight to Hamilton - we were not looking forward to taking the tenders from the ship into St. George's. We still plan on visiting St. George's and have been given bus passes and ferry passes to get up there.
"We were told on Monday evening we would be going straight into Hamilton. I don't think anyone was that upset."
Bruce and Jan Gramling, of New York state, were on board the Veendam to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Gramling said: "We don't mind coming into Hamilton at all. We like the idea of being able to walk straight off the ship on to Front Street.
"But I'm sure that if we had dropped anchor out at sea we would have still taken the tender into St. George's. We have our free bus tickets and free ferry tickets so we will still be going up to St. George's anyway."
Mr. Gramling added: "Most people will just get on with it and make the most of being in Bermuda. When we found out that we would be coming straight into Hamilton it did not seem that anyone was too disappointed."
The Veendam was supposed to dock in St. George's for a day before heading to the capital.
But a series of tests at the end of last year revealed the ship was too big to safely sail through Town Cut.
Plans were drawn up for the liner to stop at Murray's Anchorage for a day and passengers to be ferried to St. George's by tender.
But yesterday's bad weather meant the ship simply carried on into Hamilton.
It was the Veendam's first trip of the year. She is set to call into Bermuda a further 23 times.
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