Great turnout at Fantasea farewell
MORE than 200 former employees of Fantasea Whitsundays attended a 'Friends of Fantasea' reunion at the Airlie Beach Bowls Club on Saturday night.
Past employees from right across Australia converged on Airlie for the event which has been planned for several weeks after it was announced Fantasea was being sold to Cruise Whitsundays.
Sales and Marketing Manager Steve Neale finished his two-decade tenure with the company on Monday and said it was great to be able to catch up with so many former colleagues on the weekend.
"People from all sections of Fantasea came back for the reunion on Saturday and everyone had a really great time.
"There was a great mood all night and we had people turning up in their old Fantasea uniforms which was quite funny," Mr Neale said.
"There was also a power point presentation looking back at the history of Fantasea over the years and we all partied long into the night."
After the announcement of Fantasea's sale a month ago, a 'Friends of Fantasea' facebok group was set up and plans were put in place for the reunion.
The group amassed 100's of followers and a date was set for one last 'Fantasea Farewell' party.
"Working for Fantasea was like working in one big family. I would get up every morning wanting to go to work and everyone always got along famously," Mr Neale said.
"From the beginning the company always tried to promote the Whitsundays as much as possible and use local suppliers wherever possible."
This Saturday night there will be a function at the Whitsunday Sailing Club for all Fantasea Adventure Cruising staff.