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Last minute call creates a buzz in the city

22 February 2019

Luxury cruise ship, Albatros will arrive in Townsville tomorrow amid a last-minute itinerary change due to weather conditions in south-east Queensland. 

The 205m vessel will arrive at 8am tomorrow on Berth 10 and depart at 6pm, carrying around 500 passengers and 300 crew.

The vessel was due to berth at Gladstone, however adverse weather conditions resulted in the itinerary change.

Albatros is now berthing at Airlie Beach before Townsville and will sail onto Cairns and then Papua New Guinea.

Albatros’ current cruise is 146 days, one-way from Hamburg to Genoa, themed as "Easter Art". The itinerary started on 19 December 2018 and will end on 14 May 2019.

Port of Townsville Business Development General Manager David Sibley said: “As weather conditions can be uncertain during cyclone season, shipping and cruise lines often implement a mitigation plan.”

“Ports all over the world experience some weather issues at some point which prevent ships from berthing; Australian Ports are no different.”

“Townsville Port is fully operational, and we are keen to show to the rest of Australia that Townsville is a fantastic destination.”

“We will also provide a range of services for the vessel including bunkering, rubbish removal, window washing, painting and the like,” Mr. Sibley said.

Townsville Enterprise Director - Tourism and Events, Bridget Woods said the cruise ship arrival is a great opportunity to promote the message to visitors that the region is open for business following the region’s recent flooding.

“This unscheduled cruise ship visit is just the boost that Townsville North Queensland tourism operators need after the industry took a hit during the unprecedented flooding event our city experienced,” said Ms Woods.

“This is a great first step for our local tourism industry’s economic recovery and we know operators will welcome passengers and crew with the same friendly welcome that has earnt our region and Port a glowing reputation in the cruise ship sector.”

The passengers are expected to tour the city including Reef HQ, Museum of Tropical Queensland, The Strand and Magnetic Island. On average cruise passenger spend is around $212.00 per day.

Quayside Terminal will host an array of markets, fresh fruit and live entertainment which is typical of the cruise welcome in Townsville. Eleven cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in 2019, the cruise ship schedule can be found on the website www.townsvilleport.com.au