My Favourite Things

Cruise Weekly - - News - with Jill Abel - CEO

TIMES have been chal­leng­ing for the cruise sec­tor so it’s im­por­tant to recog­nise some of the high­lights. At the risk of sound­ing all Julie An­drews, here are a few of my re­cent favourite things:

• Cap­tain Morten Hansen of the Ar­ta­nia record­ing a heart­felt video to thank the peo­ple of Fre­man­tle and Perth.

• The amaz­ing work by com­mu­nity mem­bers in Wol­lon­gong who pulled to­gether 1,200 care pack­ages for the crew on the Ruby Princess in­clud­ing chips, fruit, Tim Tams, Vegemite along with per­sonal notes and chil­dren’s draw­ings.

• The crew re­turn­ing that gen­eros­ity of spirit and gath­er­ing on the deck nightly to clap for the Illawarra com­mu­nity then col­lect­ing money for Wol­lon­gong Emer­gency Hous­ing. Princess Cruises also do­nated $50,000 to the Mis­sion to Sea­far­ers in Port Kem­bla.

• The sup­port from our mem­bers in Bris­bane and Glad­stone to make crew packs and to farewell and thank cruise line crews as they left port.

• Aus­tralian Reef Pi­lots for their part in safely nav­i­gat­ing ships through QLD.

• Our desti­na­tion and tour op­er­a­tor mem­bers who are tak­ing this time to plan for the cruise sec­tor’s re­cov­ery as they look for­ward to wel­com­ing pas­sen­gers and crew back to their cities and re­gions.

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