Cruise passengers enjoy visit
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.