Queensland’s Moreton Island, will welcome its first cruise ship on 16 March 2013 when Pacific Jewel visits the third largest sand island as part of a four-night P&O SeaBreak from Sydney.
Located 60 kilometres north-east of Brisbane, the waters of Moreton Island feature a bevy of sea life including; dolphins, whales and dugongs and is also home to Tangalooma Resort which will partner with the cruise line to offer passengers an array of shore based activities.
Shoreside experiences will include; a beach festival with live music and food tastings, dolphin feeding, canoeing, snorkelling, sand-duning and tours to the Champagne Pools and Honeymoon Bay.
“Moreton Island is on our doorstep literally, but there are still so many Australians that have never been there,” Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry said.
“It’s a gorgeous island, packed with lots of exciting nature adventure activities so I think our passengers will love it.”
Queensland is recorded as being the second largest cruise state after NSW with a recent Deloitte Access Economics report showing that cruising contributed AUD$166.4 million to the sunshine state’s economy in 2010-11.
This number is expected to increase to AUD$340.8 million in 2019-20.
“In all, there’ll be 102 calls from our ships to ports stretching from Brisbane to Thursday Island, so the addition of Moreton Island to the Queensland cruise map is another win for the state’s economy,” Ms Sherry said.