THE planned visit of a cruise ship toPortlandin February has been thrown into disarray with news the ship’s operator, Classic International Cruises, has been placed into voluntary administration. It’s understood that passengers who booked cruises on the MV Athena in Australia this summer, including the cruise stopping on February 5 in Portland, may have to travel on another ship. Glenelg Shire chief executive officer Sharon Kelsey said the council was aware of the recent developments concerning the MV Athena and understood that Classic International Cruises (CIC) had appointed administrators. “Council is disappointed that on this occasion the cruise company is unable to fulfill its schedule, however, council is continuing to prepare full steam ahead for future cruise ship arrivals,” she said. “In the longer term council is intent on making the shire a permanent cruise ship destination, attracting a range of cruise companies.” Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.