Cruise ship am­bas­sadors in need of a spruce up

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THEY are a fun­da­men­tal party of our lo­cal life and of­ten un­der­val­ued and now our Cruise Ship Vol­un­teer Am­bas­sadors are in need of a few ne­ces­si­ties to keep do­ing their mag­nif­i­cent job. On Mon­day, the am­bas­sadors met at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club to dis­cuss their re­quire­ments for 2015.

Sim­ple items such as new shirts and sun­screens are some of the sup­plies the am­bas­sadors are seek­ing.

They will put to­gether a grant to sub­mit to the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil but hope the rest of the com­mu­nity can also sup­port what they do.

The Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity reap in the benefits the cruise ship in­dus­try brings – in­ject­ing $6-8 mil­lion a year in Air­lie Beach.

Vol­un­teer Am­bas­sador co-or­di­na­tor Brian Richard­son said pas­sen­gers fill-out a sur­vey once they have re­turned from their daytrips eval­u­at­ing our town and if they hadn’t dis­em­barked it would be a very dif­fer­ent story.

“Take the Queen Mary’s visit yes­ter­day [Sun­day], the feed­back we got was that it’s a beau­ti­ful town, very clean, they’d love to come here again, the am­bas­sadors do a great job and they thanked us for look­ing af­ter them,” he said.

The sur­vey is used to cre­ate im­prove­ments to en­cour­age more pas­sen­gers to dis­em­bark next time but it seems Air­lie Beach is al­ready do­ing a top job.

“We do a lot of stuff for them [pas­sangers] – di­rect them to doc­tors, di­rect them to phys­ios, ring up taxis for them,” Mr Richard­son said.

“The restau­rants and tours are packed for the day and we watch them re­turn with their hands full of shop­ping.” The am­bas­sadors were also af­ter a new gazebo but Can­non­vale Marine have gen­er­ously do­nated theirs for as long as they need it. Cruise ship am­bas­sadors are a vi­tal part of a pas­sen­ger’s ex­pe­ri­ence and they are al­ways on the look­out for more vol­un­teers. Con­tact Brian Richard­son on 0400 985 760 or email brichard­son@out­look.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

QUEENS KEEP­ERS: Queen Mary 2 pas­sen­ger Wil­liam Smithers gets some help from vol­un­teer am­bas­sadors Christa Eg­ger and Sa­van­nah Culling dur­ing a stop over in Air­lie Beach.

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