Ferry timetable to change this week­end

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Cruise Whit­sun­days timetable will change this Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 5, in line with the south­ern states chang­ing to Day Light Sav­ings time and cor­re­spond­ing air­line sched­ule changes.

Cruise Whit­sun­days CEO Nick Hor­tle said the company went through two ma­jor timetable changes per year in or­der to work in with air­line sched­ules.

“We aim to pro­vide a seam­less ser­vice as we can for ar­riv­ing and de­part­ing pas­sen­gers into and out of our two air­ports for the re­gion, and for that rea­son our timetable is based around the air­line sched­ules,” he said.

Mr Hor­tle said Cruise Whit­sun­days ser­viced ev­ery sin­gle ar­rival and de­par­ture for Hamil­ton Is­land Air­port, and almost all ar­rivals and de­par­tures at the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port “other than the very early Vir­gin de­par­ture”.

“Our day cruise de­par­tures re­main pretty much the same, and we have tried to keep as many of the reg­u­lar com­muter times the same to min­imise the im­pact on our reg­u­lar trav­ellers,” he said.

One no­table change is the clo­sure of the of­fice at Shute Har­bour. Ser­vices be­tween Shute Har­bour and Hamil­ton Is­land will con­tinue, and pas­sen­gers de­part­ing Shute Har­bour will now buy their tick­ets on board.

Ser­vices to and from Long Is­land will now op­er­ate to and from the Port of Air­lie.

Mr Hor­tle said the company had re­ceived such pos­i­tive feed­back about its new ter­mi­nal at Port of Air­lie that “due to popular de­mand we have moved more ser­vices to be based from there, mean­ing it’s not nec­es­sary for us to have a phys­i­cal of­fice at Shute Har­bour any­more”.

The new timetable can be found at www.cruise­whit­sun­days.com and copies are on­board all ves­sels, at all Cruise Whit­sun­days of­fices and ter­mi­nals and at lo­cal agents.

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