These are the friendly local faces that greet crusie visitors to our area. Back: Gay Bowden, Tony Dunn, John Powell, Peter Payne and Keith Dunn. Front: Margaret Moulding, Sue Bowen, Gwen Jackson and Judi Dunn were on hand on Monday morning welcoming visitors of the Pacific Dawn.
These are the friendly local faces that greet crusie visitors to our area. Back: Gay Bowden, Tony Dunn, John Powell, Peter Payne and Keith Dunn. Front: Margaret Moulding, Sue Bowen, Gwen Jackson and Judi Dunn were on hand on Monday morning welcoming visitors of the Pacific Dawn.

Cruise visitors greeted

THESE are some of the friendly faces that greet cruise visitors upon arrival in Airlie Beach.

The volunteer ambassadors are the first port of call for holiday makers as they come ashore from their cruise boats to check out all that Airlie Beach has to offer.

On Monday about a dozen volunteer ambassadors were at Abel Point Marina to greet some of the 2000 visitors from the Pacific Dawn cruise ship. The cruise stopped over in Airlie Beach as part of a trip from Brisbane to Port Douglas.

It is the first of nine visits by cruise ships to the area between now and June.

Next month the Queen Mary II, a massive ocean liner carrying more than 3000 passengers and 2000 crew, will stop at Airlie Beach.

Judi Dunn from the Volunteer Ambassador Program said the visit by the Queen Mary II would be a big thing for the town.

“It is going to be a big day,” she said.

“We will have twice as many visitors in the one day as we normally have. “We will aim to make them feel as welcome as all the other people who visit our region.”


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