1600 cruise passengers visit

MORE than 1600 disembarked the cruise ship Pacific Dawn on Monday to check out the Whitsundays.

Holding 1960 passengers (almost capacity), this was a pretty good ratio of visitors according to Co-ordinator for Airlie Beach Volunteer Ambassadors Judi Dunn.

“The percentage is excellent considering the weather we had on Monday,” she said.

Mrs Dunn said the passengers and crew were very complementary of Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays.

“They were all positive comments that we received when they were leaving,” she said.

Comments like Airlie Beach was a lovely clean, welcoming town and everybody was very helpful.

Of the 1600 plus visitors, 700 booked on the various tours available in the Whitsundays and about 1200 came into look around Airlie Beach.

There were 16 volunteer ambassadors who greeted the passengers on Monday morning and then helped make their stay in the Whitsundays a delight for the remainder of the day.

Pacific Dawn is a cruise ship owned and operated by P&O Cruises Australia.

It holds 2050 passengers and 690 crew.


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