The P&O Cruise Ship Pacific Jewel will be visiting the Gladstone region, tying up at Auckland Point berth #1 at 9am.
The Pacific Jewel is at full capacity with 1950 passengers and 850 staff aboard. Many passengers will disembark to go on their respective structured tours around our region, including activates such as a visit to Quoin Island Retreat & Turtle Rehabilitation Centre or taking a harbour cruise. The remainder will be exploring our beautiful city, walking up the main street or taking advantage of the Hop On/Hop Off Shuttle Bus to visit various points of interest.
This is the fourth visit by a P&O cruise liner, of a total of 17 cruise liners scheduled to visit over the next 18 months; bringing in excess of 45,000 visitors to the our region. GAPDL has been working closely with other Cruise Line companies who are showing interest in visiting our region.
GAPDL Chief Executive Darryl Branthwaite said “over the coming years we expect numbers to grow, but in the meantime I have no double that the community of Gladstone will make these visitors feel very welcome”. So far, P&O have advised GAPDL that over 90% of the ships passengers disembark in Gladstone to explore our region.
The economic windfall of this will spread right across the region, with studies showing that the average cruise ship passenger in Australia spends over $200 each time they step ashore.
GAPDL have worked tirelessly to ensure passengers are left with a great impression, facilitating a welcome program, the Feast on East Markets and the wonderful Volunteer Cruise Ambassadors.