Pacific Jewel to visit the Sunshine Coast
A cruise ship new to the Sunshine Coast will visit the region on Saturday as the third leg of a spectacular start to March for Mooloolaba and Coast tourism.
The Pacific Jewel, part of P&O Cruises, will anchor off Pt Cartwright and allow an expected 1950 passengers to experience all the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
The stop is a highlight of a seven-day cruise, which leaves from Sydney on Thursday, and follows on from the highly successful Today show live telecast from Mooloolaba Beach, which attracted more than 1.5 million viewers, last week and the staging of the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival at the weekend.
The Pacific Jewel’s passengers will receive a welcome to the Coast at the Wharf markets before heading out to explore the region’s attractions including Australia Zoo and Eumundi markets.
Tourism ambassadors will provide them with Official Visitor Guides and The World is Coming events supplement, while Sunshine Coast TAFE students will be stationed along the Mooloolaba Esplanade with specially branded surfboards for unique photo opportunities.
Sunshine Coast Council CEO Michael Whittaker said the cruise ship stopovers were fantastic for Coast businesses, generating up to $300,000 in local spend for each visit.
“I’m sure there will be passengers on the Pacific Jewel who were amongst the more than one-and-a-half million viewers who tuned in to the Today show last Thursday morning and thought ‘I can’t wait to see the Sunshine Coast in person’,” Mr Whittaker said.