As the song says, You can't beat Wellington on a good day. And although both the Hurricanes and the Wellington Phoenix were downed overnight, there's good news for Wellington today as the sun rises - the Dom-Post reports:
The Queen Elizabeth, one of the world's newest cruise ships, made an early entrance to Wellington this morning when it arrived an hour ahead of schedule.
It glided into Wellington harbour as the sun was rising about 6.45am, catching those who were planning to greet it at 7.45am by surprise.
Carrying more than 2000 passengers on its maiden trip to the Pacific, it will bring an expected cash injection to the city's economy of $1 million during its few hours here.
The new Queen Elizabeth is the second-largest ship to be built by Cunard, the company that built the Titanic.
The largest was the Queen Mary 2, launched in 2004, which held the record for the world's largest passenger ship for several years. At 294 metres long, the Queen Elizabeth is 50 metres shorter than the Queen Mary 2.
We took ourselves on a cruise a few years ago, and we're keen to repeat the experience sometime over the next year or two. We doubt that we'll ever get to sail on something as opulent as the Queen Elizabeth, but who knows?
But Wellington will certainly benefit from having 2000 extra folk patronising its cafes and shops today, and availing themselves of tourism options. The cruise industry is an ever-growing component of our tourism trade, worth as the Dom-Post story says later on, in excess of $300 million per annum.
That's not to be sniffed at. And so we hope that visitors to Wellington have a memorable day after a spectacular entrance to the harbour this morning, and we hope that the tills ring merrily for the duration of the Queen Elizabeth's stay; just don't mention rugby or football!