Cruise Whit­sun­days ready for move to Port of Air­lie

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CRUISE Whit­sun­days will be op­er­at­ing from Port of Air­lie in less than three weeks.

Con­struc­tion started on the $15m state-of-the-art mar­itime ter­mi­nal in Fe­bru­ary this year and the com­pany will start op­er­at­ing from its new home on Septem­ber 6.

The new ter­mi­nal wilol fea­ture con­ve­nient air­port style check-in and bag­gage con­veyor belts, a large café with in­door and out­door eat­ing ar­eas, a gift shop and com­fort­able seated wait­ing ar­eas.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Nick Hor­tle said it was an ex­cit­ing time for Cruise Whit­sun­days.

“Our new mar­itime ter­mi­nal sets new stan­dards for the ma­rine tourism ex­pe­ri­ence in the re­gion with seam­less op­er­a­tions flow­ing from check in to de­par­ture, and for our ar­riv­ing guests,” Mr Hor­tle said.

“We be­lieve the new ter­mi­nal will ben­e­fit ev­ery­one in the re­gion.”

The cur­rent timetable will not change – sim­ply re­place any Abell Point Ma­rina ar­rivals/de­par­tures with Port of Air­lie.

Shute Har­bour op­er­a­tions will re­main as they are now.

“With Port of Air­lie be­ing so con­ve­niently lo­cated in the cen­tre of town, it will be an easy walk for our guests from most Air­lie Beach ho­tels and ac­com­mo­da­tion,” Mr Hor­tle said.

“How­ever, there is also easy ac­cess to the bus stop, bus ter­mi­nal, taxi ac­cess, and a new 170 space car park right next to our ter­mi­nal build­ing,” he said.

Cruise Whit­sun­days ad­min­is­tra­tion staff will move into the ter­mi­nal the week prior.

“We’d like to thank the gen­eral public in ad­vance for their sup­port of our move to Port of Air­lie, and for their pa­tience as we move what is a large and com­plex op­er­a­tion.” He said there would no doubt be some is­sues to iron out.

“It will be worth it – this is a very ex­cit­ing time for the Whit­sun­days tourism in­dus­try,” he said.

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