Cruise visitors still come ashore

MORE than 2000 cruise ship passengers weren't deterred by the rain when they visited Airlie Beach last week.

The Pacific Sun off-loaded more than 1100 passengers who braved the elements last Tuesday and booked 307 tours.

Rhapsody of the Seas arrived on Thursday where 1085 passengers and crew visited the main land and booked 556 tours.

Cruise ship volunteer ambassador program co-ordinator Judi Dunn said the passengers and crew still came to see the sights that made the Whitsundays so famous.

“We saw a number of passengers going back with shopping bags,” she said.

“This is great to see for the businesses in Airlie Beach.”

“That's the largest number of tours booked for the region.”

“Passengers still had positive attitudes and said that they want to come back when the weather is nice and sunny.”

Whitsundays was a popular port for many cruise ships over the month of March with Sun Princess, Pacific Sun and Rhapsody of the Seas anchoring off Airlie Beach.

Pacific Sun is due to return to the region on April 19 and another four cruise ships are due in May.


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