Two cruise ships in two days

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ABELL Point Ma­rina was all sys­tems go last week as two cruise ships ar­rived within two days bring­ing more than 4400 pas­sen­gers to the Whit­sun­days.

Celebrity Sol­stice ar­rived last Wed­nes­day with 1101 pas­sen­gers book­ing tours.

Vol­un­teer cruise ship am­bas­sador Judi Dunn said this was a record num­ber of pas­sen­gers book­ing tours off one ship and it was a wel­come boost for lo­cal tour oper­a­tors.

Adding to the ex­cite­ment was the ar­rival of the Queen El­iz­a­beth cruise ship the fol­low­ing day (Thurs­day, March 6).

Mrs Dunn thanked all am­bas­sadors who vol­un­teered their time over both days.

“Fifty per cent of those who came ashore said they would re­turn for a hol­i­day and we would not have been able re­ceive such good feed­back with­out their ef­forts,” she said.

“I just hope all lo­cal re­tail­ers also en­joyed the large num­bers of vis­i­tors we had.”

The two cruise ships had a to­tal of 4411 pas­sen­gers and crew dis­em­bark, with 3251 trav­el­ling to Air­lie Beach and 1588 book­ing lo­cal tours.

The next cruise ship sched­uled to ar­rive in the Whit­sun­days is the Ra­di­ance of the Seas this Satur­day, fol­lowed by the Ocean Princess on March 21, Sun Princess on March 27 and Pa­cific Dawn on March 31.

ROYAL VISIT: Townsville new­ly­weds Kris and Vicky Bren­nan en­joyed a close shave with vis­it­ing cruise ship the Queen El­iz­a­beth on their Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours 'Daydream ex­treme' tour.

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