Live jazz to soothe cruisers
WITH 25 cruise ships calling in on Port Douglas this year, local businessman Ross Sutherland organised a live jazz band to help make Port Douglas welcoming for passengers yesterday.
P & O’s Pacific Dawn called into Port Douglas yesterday and to greet the 1900 guests and 800 crew were members of the Cairns Jazz Club with their band Captain Jazz and the Bandicoots.
The Meridien Marina was brought to life with the cool ambient and catchy dixie-jazz sounds organised by Mr Sutherland, who owns Oz About Oz at the marina.
“It gives us a point of difference, we have a good location and the music adds atmosphere, we want people to enjoy it and encourage them to come back,” he said.
“People off the ship have been photographing and videoing the band playing, music helps to hold people here rather than shooting through.
“It’s also given me personal satisfaction, to show that North Queensland is not a dud place.
“Port Douglas is the only place offering this, not Airlie Beach or Cairns - this could be the forerunner for more.”
The Pacific Dawn spent the whole day in Port Douglas and has travelled on to Willis Island before returning to Brisbane to complete its seven-day cruise along the Queensland coast.
Bopping along: Captain Jazz and the Bandicoots with Oz About Oz manager Ross Sutherland