Cruise ship visits during festival

TOURISM Whitsundays chief executive Peter O'Reilly said Saturday's visit by the Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Ship was extra special, because the guests on board were able to experience the Whitsundays' community spirit at the Whitsunday Reef Festival.

“We made an extra special effort to contact this cruise ship before it arrived to make sure their guests knew the Reef Festival was on, and to encourage them to get off the boat and explore Airlie Beach,” he said. Festival volunteer chairperson Jeff Aquilina said many of the Rhapsody of the Seas guests enjoyed the Reef Festival events on Saturday.

“We saw many of them at the markets on Saturday, taking scenic flights from the foreshore, watching the wearable art parade and enjoying the festival atmosphere,” he said.

“We definitely hope the two schedules overlap again next year and we will ensure there are even more activities the guests can enjoy.”

Rhapsody of the Seas had 2300 passengers on board.

More than 1900 passengers and crew disembarked where 541 booked tours and 1439 passengers and crew went into Airlie Beach.

On Sunday, October 17, Dawn Princess arrived in Airlie Beach with 1863 passengers on board.

More than 1770 passengers and crew disembarked; 391 booked tours and 1523 passenger and crew went into Airlie Beach.

Cruise ship schedule

Pacific Dawn: Monday, November 8

Pacific Sun: Friday, November 19

Silver Shadow: Friday, December 17

Diamond Princess: Sunday, December 19

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