Record num­ber of cruise pas­sen­gers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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