The continued momentum following the restart of the cruise industry was felt in Airlie Beach this morning as local tour operators gathered early to welcome cruise passengers ready to experience the attractions and offerings available in the region.

Airlie Beach-based tour operator Jan Claxton of Ocean Rafting has been taking clients on some of the Whitsundays’ most popular destinations since 1997. She says she can’t wait for the familiar sight of cruise ships docked in the bay after being away for so long. “To see cruise ship passengers coming back to town is fantastic. It’s the boost we needed after the last few years. “There is a great vibe around the city and many are already on our tours of the
Whitsunday Islands and others just happy to browse the shops and enjoy the local
restaurants,” Claxton said.

Bob Wood Cruise Group is delighted to see the return of cruising to Queensland after two and
and a half years. “It’s great to be part of an industry that has such a positive impact on the whole community,
especially local suppliers who continue to promote their region and offer our guests
with unforgettable experiences,” said Carmen Stevenson, General Manager of Bob Wood
Cruise Group.

The visit is one of 10 calls Coral Princess’ 2,000 guests will make as part of its winter
season from her new home port of Brisbane. Visiting the MedallionClass ship today was the
the ship’s second port call in the Whitsunday area following its first port call on June 21.
The season also marks ten years of Princess Cruises ships sailing from Queensland.