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P&O; cruise ship Pacific Jewel is due to arrive in the Whitsundays for the first time this Saturday at 9am.
P&O; cruise ship Pacific Jewel is due to arrive in the Whitsundays for the first time this Saturday at 9am.

THIS Saturday will mark the first arrival of cruise ship Pacific Jewel to the Whitsundays.

On a 10-day voyage from Sydney to Port Douglas, the Pacific Jewel is making its first appearance in the Whitsundays.

Many passengers on the vessel have already booked tours and trips to the reef and Whitsunday islands, as well as bush walks and crocodile safaris.

Local co-ordinator for the Airlie Beach Volunteer Ambassadors, Judi Dunn said she is hoping for great weather this weekend.

“We are expecting it to be a big day,” she said.

Local volunteer ambassadors will greet the visitors at Abel Point Marina.

Launched only last December, Pacific Jewel is owned and operated by P&O Cruises Australia. It holds a maximum of 2053 passengers and 609 crew.

The ship is due to return to the region on its return leg to Sydney on Monday June 21.

Another P&O cruise ship, Pacific Dawn, will also be visiting the Whitsundays on Monday May 31 while on a seven-day voyage from Brisbane to Port Douglas.

The new cruise ship season is due to start in July.

Cruise ships are expected to visit each month until the end of the year, said Mrs Dunn. The new timetable comes out soon.


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