Music makes for warm cruise ship welcome
AIRLIE Beach’s army of volunteer cruise ship ambassadors were out in force on Monday as they welcomed passengers from P & O’s Pacific Dawn cruise ship.
There was even live music to greet the passengers as they came ashore.
Local musicians Jimmy Hackett and Phil Campbell volunteered their time on Monday morning to play a lively acoustic set of easygoing, island style music.
Volunteer Carole Brauner said the live music provided a great atmosphere for the incoming visitors.
“It was the first time in a long time we have had music to greet everyone and the passengers were bopping along and really enjoying it,” she said. “The cruise liner travelled up from Brisbane and we had 485 pe- ople book to go on different tours in the Whitsundays.”
Cruise liner Dawn Princess is the next ship to arrive, coming to Abell Point Marina next Wednesday, July 10 with about 2200 passengers.
WELCOME ASHORE: Volunteer cruise ship ambassadors Carolyn Williams, Chris Weigand, Gay Bowden, Roger Wodson, Sue Bowen, Peter Payne, Gwen Jackson, Tony Dunn and Margaret Moulding were out in force on Monday to welcome Pacific Dawn to town.
WARM WELCOME: Local musicians Phil Campbell and Jimmy Hackett volunteered their time to welcome cruise ship visitors to Airlie Beach on Monday.