Port greetings from cruise volunteers
BARBARA English is on a mission - to show off the wonders of Port Douglas - and she is calling on fellow volunteers to help her.
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree and the Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce are launching an initiative called The Volunteer Cruise Ship Greeting program.
Mrs English, 76, has answered the call to arms and is now an ambassador for Port Douglas to meet and greet the many tourists who sail into town on the many visiting cruise ships.
The aim is to put a friendly face to the destination and provide accurate destination information for passengers aboard the 29 cruise ships expected to call into Port next year.
“Apart from providing people with the right infor- mation when they come to town, it’s also a very nice thing to do - to make people feel welcome,” Mrs English said.
“I’ve recently returned from back-to-back cruises and I know how much I appreciated it when we had “the personal touch” and we were told what to expect and where to go when we visited each new city on our trip.”
Under the program, volunteers would be expected to greet cruise ship passengers as they arrive at the Meridien Marina in Port Douglas.
Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree’s Tara Bennett said volunteers would be required to assist for three hours on a cruise ship day by giving out information, maps and visitor guides.
“We are looking for passionate locals to share their love for our beautiful region and become a part of cruise ship passengers’ Port Douglas experience by welcoming them with a smile and to share their insider’s knowledge into what they can do in their short time in Port Douglas,” she said.
To register as a volunteer, please call Tara Bennett at Tourism Port Douglas Daintree on 4099 4588.
Cheers: American tourists Kim Burnstein and Dennis Meadows with Shannonvale Winery’s Trudie and Dennis Woodall
Cruise in style: Natalie Johnson, Barbara English and Tara Bennett