Today marks the start of the cruise ship season proper, with the arrival of the 1,900 berth Pacific Sun in time for the Melbourne Cup. Walking along Station Pier when it's empty, you can get an idea of what visitor's first impressions of the place might be. The collection of palm trees at Beacon Cove, with the city in the background is quite inviting, however turn the corner on to Waterfront Place and you're greeted with this, seriously drunk, welcome sign.
I know that the number of visitors arriving by ship is tiny, but I can't help thinking that the city should invest a fraction of its Tullamarine advertising budget in welcoming these well-to-do travellers. After all they're more likely to be taking pictures to take home at this point than your average long haul airport arrival.