Dual cruise visits a jewel for business spirit!
  • Tuesday 09 August 2016

Sunshine Coast businesses and tourism operators are set for a half-million dollar bonus over the coming week as two cruise ships visit our region.

P&O’s Pacific Jewel and Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Spirit will drop anchor off Mooloolaba on August 10 and August 16 respectively, delivering around 3500 guests and an estimated $500,000 in additional economic activity across our region during their one-day stopovers.

Eumundi Markets manager Jan Ammitzboll said Wednesday’s cruise ship visit would provide a welcome boost for market stallholders and local businesses.

“It’s absolutely fantastic that this week’s arrival of the Pacific Jewel falls on a market day, with 118 passengers pre-booked to catch buses out to the markets on the day,” she said.

“Having that many additional people coming through the markets will be great for our vendors as well as other businesses in town.

“It’s terrific the way the Sunshine Coast has picked up the ball and run with it in regards to these cruise ship visits.

“Having buses at the ready to transport passengers to various tourist attractions around our region ensures they get to see the best of the Sunshine Coast and that lots of local business can reap the rewards.”

The Ginger Factory general manager Corinne Mikkelsen said a healthy turnout of cruise ship guests were set to visit on Wednesday.  

“We’re expecting around 100 passengers from the Pacific Jewel and hopefully another great turnout the following Tuesday when the Carnival Spirit arrives,” she said.

Australia Zoo, Sea Life Mooloolaba, Whale One, Hinterland Feijoas and Maleny Botanical Gardens are also seeing solid pre-bookings for Wednesday.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the upcoming cruise ship stopovers were among 16 scheduled between now and the end of next year.

“This equates to a potential $4 million economic injection for our local businesses over that period and even more when you consider that around 60% of cruise ship passengers who visit a port will return there in the future,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“So it’s a great sampler opportunity for passengers that will hopefully see many of them returning for longer stays here in the future.

“Having cruise ship companies commit to coming here over the next 18 months is a real credit our local businesses and tourism operators who continue to do fantastic job in accommodating cruise ship guests.

“Council has also worked very hard with Visit Sunshine Coast to encourage and support the arrival of cruise ships and negotiate future visits and also expand the range of tours and attractions we can offer to visitors while they’re here.”

Cruise ship arrivals 2016/17:

  • Pacific Jewel – 10 August 2016
  • Carnival Spirit – 16 August 2016
  • Pacific Pearl – 4 September 2016
  • Pacific Jewel – 24 October 2016
  • Pacific Pearl – 26 November 2016

Next year:

  • Pacific Jewel – 6 January 2017
  • Seaborn Encore – 30 January 2017
  • Pacific Jewel -22 February 2017
  • Seaborn Encore – 8 March 2017
  • Carnival Spirit – 7 May 2017
  • Pacific Jewel 28 May 2017
  • Pacific Jewel – 1 August 2017
  • Pacific Explorer – 2 August 2017
  • Pacific Explorer – 21 August 2017
  • Pacific Explorer – 28 August 2017
  • Pacific Eden – 22 December 2017