Inaugural Visit: Mayor Jennifer Whitney presents Voyager of the Seas captain Sverre Ryan with a plaque commemorating the ship’s first visit to the Whitsundays.
Voyager of the Seas tackled a new frontier at the weekend – Airlie Beach.
On Sunday, cruise ship ambassadors welcomed crew and passengers from the Voyager, the largest cruise ship to ever visit the region.
Weighing in at about 58,000 tonnes and close to 310m long overall, Voyager of the Seas is the lead ship of the Voyager-class of cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean International.
It boasts 1557 cabins and has a maximum passenger capacity of 3840, as well as having a reputation for its luxurious design and state-of-the-art rooms and activities.
In comparison, Cunard’s flagship, the Queen Mary II, which stopped in Airlie Beach earlier this year, only has a passenger capacity of 2620.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney, cruise ship ambassadors and Cruise Whitsundays chief executive officer Nick Hortle were on hand to welcome the ship’s master, Captain Sverre Ryan, to the mainland.
Cr Whitney presented the captain with a plaque commemorating the inaugural visit.
Speaking on Sunday, Cr Whitney said cruise ships gave a massive boost to the Whitsunday economy.
“Cruise ships are an important part of tourism in the Whitsundays and we welcome you and your passengers wholeheartedly to our region,” she said.
“Our team of cruise ships ambassadors do an excellent job of welcoming passengers to the mainland of Airlie Beach and promoting what our region has to offer.
“We hope that you and your guests enjoy your time here.
“I thank you for including our region in your travels and wish you all the best for your future endeavours.”