Record number of cruise passengers
A RECORD number of tours were booked by passengers on the cruise ship Radiance of the Seas, with more than 2360 passengers and crew disembarking at Abell Point Marina on Sunday.
A total of 914 tours were booked by passengers which included 270 trips to the outer reef, 114 trips on Airlie Surround Bus Tour, 79 on camera tours, 118 on Ocean Rafting, 134 to Whitehaven with a barbeque lunch, 163 to Daydream Island, 21 on Croc Safari and 15 on rain forest tours.
Volunteer cruise ship ambassador coordinator Judy Dunn said more than 1400 people wandered into Airlie Beach, with the Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets showcasing 46 stalls for all to enjoy.
“Half of the passengers were a group from Canada and they could not believe the beauty of the Whitsundays with some of the passengers saying it was the best place they had ever been to, and certainly, the best stop on the cruise,” she said. “Plus we had a group of Probus guests from all over, who were personally hosted by Airlie Beach Probus members.”
The good news for local tour operators is the cruise ship will be returning next Monday, October 28.
Ms Dunn said a small number of passengers would be staying on board for the second leg and confirmed they would return to Airlie Beach.
Ambassadors shared their knowledge about transport services and how to use Airlie Beach as a base for all activities in the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. Ms Dunn said it was a rewarding day for all volunteers and thanked them for their support.