Sunshine Coast reputation as a cruise ship stopover grows
The Sunshine Coast’s growing reputation as a cruise ship stopover destination of choice is gaining international attention.
Royal Caribbean international port and product operations manager Sheldon Thompson said the region had proven a huge hit with passengers aboard the Azamara Quest, who came ashore for a day-long visit last Sunday.
“Guests from more than 20 different nationalities were absolutely thrilled by the warm welcome from the Sunshine Coast, from the koala at the pier to the Mayor himself greeting passengers as they arrived in Mooloolaba for the first time,” Mr Thompson said.
“Guest feedback regarding the call has been excellent, particularly regarding the picture-postcard location but also the facilities, infrastructure and attractions.
“The unique surfboard-shaped plaque presented to Captain Carl Smith is set to take pride of place outside the Bridge on the ship, marking what we hope is the first of many calls for Azamara Club Cruises to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.”
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast community had put on another terrific show for its cruise ship guests.
“Our local businesses and tourism operators have done an outstanding job in recognising the fantastic opportunities these cruise ship visits present and with each arrival they’re getting better and better at showing guests a great time on the Sunshine Coast,” he Mayor Jamieson said.