Gladstone Welcomes First Ever Cruise Ship
Last Thursday marked a momentous occasion for both Gladstone and P&O Cruises, as Pacific Dawn arrived into the city's Central Queensland port. It was the first time a cruise ship ever docked at the port, but it won't be the last.
Pacific Dawn, along with Pacific Jewel and Pacific Eden, will be making six more trips to Gladstone in 2016 and another six in 2017.
This isn't surprising after the generous welcome Pacific Dawn received Thursday, which involved much fanfare including a presentation of the keys to the city.
The greeting solidified what P&O Cruises President, Sture Myrmell, already considered a top-notch Australian cruising destination.
"We know from experience that our passengers best remember destinations by the warmth of the community welcome and Gladstone has certainly lived up to its reputation as a friendly city," Mr Myrmell said.
"Gladstone has so much to offer as a cruise destination. Australians are fascinated by the port’s nation-building industrial development, along with the beauty of the region as the gateway to the southern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef."
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The feeling was mutual, with Gladstone Mayor, Cr Gail Sellers, praising the cruise company while showing unbridled excitement for the future of the region's tourism.
"The cruise ships will be a great addition to the tourism industry in the Gladstone region. I join with our community in welcoming these impressive vessels along with the thousands of passengers that will be coming into our beautiful region," said Cr Sellers.
Along with Gladstone, P&O Cruises has included Mooloolaba and the Hamilton, Fraser and Moreton islands in its revamped itineraries.
"P&O Cruises’ fleet expansion has offered the flexibility to cruise to more regional destinations," said Mr Myrmell.
Highlights of a cruise to Gladstone
- Cruising past Port Curtis Harbour
- Wildlife encounters at Quoin Island Retreat including wombats, turtles, wallabies and reptiles
- A scenic flight to Heron Island, followed by snorkelling
- Local artisan goods at the Feast on East Market
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