Cruise ship couple's dream Mooloolaba wedding in tatters
A COUPLE couldn't make it to the altar for their long-planned Mooloolaba beachfront wedding this morning because their cruise ship was unable to dock.
But the Jewel hasn't only left the many Coast businesses preparing for the 1650 passengers on board stranded.
A Port Macquarie couple won't be able to get married because their marriage celebrant, Gail Evans is sitting high and dry.
Ms Evans received a phone call at 7am this morning from Christine Drennan and Matthew Moore saying they could not come ashore to tie-the knot.
"They phoned to say they had been advised by the ship captain they wouldn't be coming ashore," Ms Evans said.
She had "tears in eyes" as she knew the months of preparation the couple had gone to so their special day went ahead without a hitch in Mooloolaba.
"They had their 20 friends and family on board the ship who were all supposed to be coming to Mooloolaba so they could get married on the foreshore," Ms Evans said.
They had planned the wedding since months in advance and had paid "all the council fees and Ms Evans' fees in full.
"She had had her nails done, the bridal gown was ready, the whole shebang was geared around the cruise and coming ashore.
"Now they can't get married as the ship captain can't marry them as he is not a celebrant.
"I felt so sorry for them, I asked if there was any way I could get on the ship, but it wasn't possible.
"They said their next stop was Gladstone and asked if I could get there, but that won't be possible."
On January 31, another cruise ship, the luxury liner Seabourn Encore, couldn't make its scheduled stop in Mooloolaba because of the conditions.
Eleven buses were left waiting dockside, volunteers were lining the shores and tourism businesses had been eagerly awaiting the Encore's 600 high-paying cruise ship passengers.