Cruise pas­sen­gers en­joy visit

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE world’s largest cruise liner the Queen Mary 2 ar­rived in the Whit­sun­days on Sun­day, and was a wel­come boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.

The cruise ship was fully booked with 2600 pas­sen­gers, of which 1727 dis­em­barked to ex­plore the very best the Whit­sun­days and Air­lie Beach has on of­fer.

More than 1400 pas­sen­gers trav­elled to Air­lie Beach on Sun­day, and 508 booked lo­cal tours. Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Da­nial Rochford said the re­gion was very ex­cited about the visit by Queen Mary 2 pas­sen­gers and crew in Air­lie Beach.

“This is the third time that the Queen Mary 2 has vis­ited the Whit­sun­days and we have seen many spec­ta­tors lin­ing the shores on Sun­day,” Mr Rochford said.

“The visit by Queen Mary 2 has cer­tainly boosted our lo­cal econ­omy in­ject­ing thou­sands of dol­lars spend on tours, shop­ping, food and wine and other ac­tiv­i­ties.”

There are six cruise ships sched­uled to ar- rive next month, with the Celebrity Sol­stice on March 5, fol­lowed by the Queen El­iz­a­beth on March 6, Ra­di­ance of the Seas on March 15, Ocean Princess on March 21, Sun Princess on March 27 and the Pa­cific Dawn cruise ship on March 31.

ROYAL SHIP: The Queen Mary 2 was fully booked with 2600 pas­sen­gers of which 1767 dis­em­barked in the Whit­sun­days on Sun­day. Photo by Air Whit­sun­day.

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