UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: Below: Photos and video galore from the grand disembarking, as visitors are greeted with complementary donuts. Eureka City Coucilmembers Kim Bergel, Leslie Castellano and Natalie Arroyo are present, as are City Manager Miles Slattery, assistant City Manager Pam Powell and Humboldt Bay District General Manager Larry Oetker.
UPDATE, 9:40 a.m.: Apparently there’s been some mixup with the tour company that was going to ferry visitors around the county. Swan Asbury, the city of Eureka’s economic development manager, tells the Outpost that 220 passengers will be getting off, and there are planned trips to Old Town and Prairie Creek. While no passengers will be going to the Redwood Skywalk today, city officials are going to take some of the tour coordinators there in the hopes that they will schedule a visit when another cruise ship arrives in September.
Well-wishers gathered on the North Jetty this morning to wave at the Seven Seas Mariner, possibly the largest cruise ship ever to dock here, as it rolled into the bay this morning.
In a few minutes, the ship will park at Eureka’s Schneider Dock, down by the Wharfinger Building, and disgorge its passengers for a day of revelry around the county. Some will go up to Redwood State and National Parks; others to Ferndale; still others to the Eureka Zoo. Presumably some cruisers who are not heading off on some prepackaged tour will be left to roam around Old Town for a spell.
The Outpost’s Andrew Goff was at the Jetty this morning, and he sends in the video above and the pictures below.