At 311 metres long, it's the sort of sea giant which can take some taming when it comes time to introduce it to a spot near dry land.
Not that the piloting or port operations crew at the Port of Napier are losing much sleep over the idea of steering and manoeuvring a 137,000 gross tonne floating city as long as three football fields alongside berth '2M' tomorrow afternoon.
Nor are they fazed by handling two other liners on the same day: the 63,000 tonne Pacific Pearl and the boutique liner Orion are also due to arrive.
The sea giant is the Caribbean Line's super liner Voyager of the Seas, which is scheduled to appear on the Hawke Bay horizon in the late morning, and tie up at 1pm for its first seven-hour visit of the cruise season. It is scheduled to return again on February 25, 2013.
It is the largest ship to ever dock here, a Port of Napier spokesperson confirmed yesterday.
The previous record holder for giant liners was the Queen Victoria which called in 2008, setting off traffic jams across parts of Napier Hill, Ahuriri and the city itself as thousands of people tried to get a close-up view.
That was unlikely to happen on Friday, as the arrival was on a working and school day.
The Queen Victoria arrived on a weekend.
As part of ensuring it all goes smoothly, chief pilot Trevor Morrison will be boarding the superliner in Tauranga today for the voyage to Napier.
That would give him plenty of time to run the ship's captain and senior staff through the logistics of approaching, entering and docking at the Port of Napier.
The total maritime tourist numbers for the whole day are impressive.
Including crew, the three liners carry 6724 people.
For staff at the Napier i-Site Centre on Marine Parade, it was stacking up to be a long day manager Carolyn Neville said.
"But the timing of the arrivals means that there will not be one major influx of people all at the same time," she said. "It will be spread through the day."
The Pacific Pearl, a relative minnow at just 247m long, and the Orion are both scheduled to tie up at 6am, with the Voyager of the Seas seven hours later.
"The first shuttles in the morning will run from 7am and the last ones are at 3.30[pm], although most people will be back aboard between 1 and 2.30," Mrs Neville said.
"The first shuttles for the Voyager will be from 2pm."
She said front-line staff had been boosted from the usual five to 13.
"We've got everyone we can get on and will be spreading the roster across the whole day. It will be busy, but it will be great."
She said on three occasions last season, there had been two large liners in at the same time, and staff had coped well.
"It all went smoothly. We are ready for it," Mrs Neville said.
The centre's volunteer ambassadors were also going to be out in force, helping out and assisting visitors, as well as carrying out road crossing control duties.
"They do a really great job. Everyone does. Napier does it well."
As well as line-ups of vintage cars, the port will also feature a temporary heliport during the morning, with groups of passengers from the Pacific Pearl booked on scenic rides through Heliworks.