27TH FE­BRU­ARY – PONTANT L’AUSTRAL CRUISE SHIP – EVENING AR­RIVAL

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - TOURISM TALK -

The ar­rival of this lux­ury cruise ship is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to our nor­mal cruise ships, the pas­sen­gers are due to ar­rive in Port Dou­glas at 5.45pm and de­part at 9.00pm. This is a high-end cruise ship with pas­sen­gers on­board from be­tween 14 – 40 nights. Cur­rently ap­prox­i­mately 70 of the po­ten­tial 264 pas­sen­gers have pre­booked ac­tiv­i­ties for Port Dou­glas. TPDD will be at the ma­rina to wel­come the pas­sen­gers to Port Dou­glas, this could be a good op­por­tu­nity for op­er­a­tors and re­tail­ers to in­crease in­come dur­ing the qui­eter month of Fe­bru­ary by ex­tend­ing op­er­at­ing hours. L’Austral is a pres­ti­gious cruise ship op­er­ated by the French cruise line com­pany Com­pag­nie du Po­nant and has 132 cab­ins and suites for 264 pas­sen­gers and 140 crew mem­bers. The ship be­gan op­er­a­tion in 2011 and boasts 2 restau­rants, an open-air bar, pool, li­brary, panoramic lounge,

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