Red carpet welcome for first overnight cruise ship

Published: Wednesday, 19 December 2018 at 2:59:43 PM

A maintenance workshop in the Port of Geraldton was transformed in to a pop-up cruise terminal on Monday night to welcome the arrival of the first overnight cruise ship to the Mid West.

The Azamara Quest made its inaugural call to Geraldton just after 1pm on Monday before setting sail for Bunbury at 5pm the next day.

To welcome the 541 passengers and 405 crew, Mid West Ports Authority teamed up with the City of Greater Geraldton and Tourism WA to host a special welcome event showcasing food, businesses and entertainment from the region.

Over 200 passengers and invited guests attended the evening, held just a few dozen meters from the ship’s gangway.

MWPA chief executive officer Rochelle Macdonald said the night had received an outstanding amount of positive feedback.

“We were thrilled to be part of facilitating an event able to showcase more of the outstanding businesses and attractions we have in the region,” she said.

“The Port of Geraldton is a gateway for tourism in the Mid West and it’s fantastic to have heard many of the passengers say they would be returning to Geraldton again one day.”

Highlight’s of the event included a Welcome to Country by Donna Ronan and didgeridoo player Leroy Shiosaki, native wildlife from the Greenough Wildlife Park, the talents of speed-painter Phil Doncon and the sounds of singer Jasmine Gannaway

The event was also supported by a number of local businesses including Indian Ocean Fresh Australia, Gemma Baker, Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative and Skeetas on the Boardwalk.


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