Our ships keep coming in!
  • Friday 16 October 2015

The Sunshine Coast is fast establishing itself as a highly attractive cruise ship destination.

In the wake of another rave review from Pacific Pearl passengers, boutique luxury cruise ship Azamara Quest has added the Sunshine Coast to its itinerary and will drop anchor off Mooloolaba early next year.

The five-star cruise line is part of the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise group.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the stopover would be part of a 10-day cruise from Cairns to Sydney.

“The Azamara Quest is a luxury cruise ship that will carry 680 passengers and 450 crew,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Its arrival here on January 10 will provide another significant boost for our local businesses and tourism operators who have done a tremendous job in rolling out the red carpet for Pacific Pearl passengers during both of their recent stopovers.

“Council has worked hard to encourage and support the arrival of the Pacific Pearl and the Azamara Quest and if we can continue to treat our cruise ship guests to a wonderful time here, it could encourage more visits by the Royal Caribbean cruise ship group.

“These stopovers deliver significant economic benefits to local businesses on the day and also into the future.

“By showing passengers a great time we are encouraging them to want to come back and become long-term visitors to the Sunshine Coast.

“They also tell their friends and family what a terrific time they had here.”

The Sunshine Coast scored another rave review from Pacific Pearl passengers during their recent stopover on October 6.

David Jones, Corporate Communications Manager for Carnival Australia which operates P&O cruises, said the blue skies weren’t the only reason the Coast left a lasting impression with passengers.

“The combination of a picture postcard day and the warmth of the community’s welcome made Pacific Pearl’s recent call to Mooloolaba a highlight for our passengers,” Mr Jones said.

“We really appreciate the enthusiastic support of Sunshine Coast Council and the local media generally for our calls to Mooloolaba.

“Perfect weather is one thing to make a cruise call successful and memorable but it is the strength of the community’s welcome that makes a destination really stand out in the minds of our passengers. Thank-you for making them feel like special guests.”

Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL) CEO Simon Ambrose said confirmation of a second cruise ship company committing to the Coast was well deserved reward for the local community.

“Local businesses and the community in general has shown a genuine enthusiasm for attracting more cruise ships to the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Ambrose said.

“To have the Azamara Quest coming here next year is really exciting and we’ll continue to look for ways to improve the visitor experience here on the Sunshine Coast.”

Additional Pacific Pearl passenger feedback comments about their October 6 Sunshine Coast stopover: 

  • “Loved every minute of our time at Mooloolaba”
  • “A beautiful place to visit, clean & pleasant to walk around & sit on the beach”
  • “Locals were friendly would like to explore more this area in future”
  • “Mooloolaba was beautiful, the marina was pretty and quaint, and the locals were very friendly and helpful. The seafood at the Spit was beautiful. I'd be happy to repeat this cruise as Mooloolaba has a lot to offer near the wharf and also the variety of shore tours.”
  • “The markets and shop owners were really friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our day in the township and are now shopping from them on-line.”