Cruise ship docks in Hakodate for the first time in two years and four months
The large Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line, Ltd. cruise ship “Nippon Maru” (22,472 tons) docked at Hakodate Port on the morning of March 28. Cruise ship tours have been continually cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this was the first Hokkaido port docking for a cruise ship in two years and four months since the foreign ship Celebrity Millennium docked in Hakodate in November 2019. It was also the first cruise docking in Hokkaido since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The “Nippon Maru” departed from Yokohama Port on March 26 and came alongside the pier at Hakodate, its first scheduled stop, at 7:40 a.m. on March 28. The ship can accommodate up to 400 passengers, but only had 140 on board. Pandemic measures precluded a welcoming ceremony, and a Hakodate volunteer group handed out city sightseeing maps to the passengers. Passenger Ishiyama, who came from Saitama Prefecture with their spouse, said, “I have not come to Hokkaido on a cruise ship in a long time. In Hakodate, I want to enjoy the Morning Market.”
“Nippon Maru” plans to depart Hakodate on the evening of March 28, dock in Muroran on March 29, and return to Yokohama on March 31.
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