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​Cruise industry sails ahead

27 March 2017

This week will see the 10th P&O Cruise ship cruise into the Gladstone Harbour almost 12 months after the first ship docked.

The introduction of the cruise ship industry was a combined effort of Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), GAPDL, P&O Cruises, Gladstone Regional Council, and relevant government departments.

The recent announcement of funding for the additional East Shores Stage 1B acknowledges the importance of this industry by the inclusion of a cruise passenger interface at Auckland Point in the development.

Currently cruise ship passengers disembark their vessel in the industrial surrounds of Auckland Point Terminal, including calcite stockpiles and gantries, and make their way to East Shores where they enjoy the Feast on East markets or explore our region.

GPC CEO Peter O’Sullivan said the development of the cruise passenger interface will enhance the visitors experience, and further enhance industrial tourism in Gladstone.

“Since the first vessel in March 2016 the cruise tourism industry has flourished in Gladstone, and to encourage this growth we have included purpose built facilities in our East Shores Stage 1B masterplan,” he said.

“Auckland Point 1 will become a cruise passenger interface with the design incorporating the history of the Auckland Point Terminal.

“Shipping commenced at Auckland Point in the 1880’s and throughout its history it has handled live horse exports, timber, calcite and containers. The cruise industry is an exciting addition to this long list of services.”

East Shores Stage 1B is in early stages with works expected to commence in late 2017.

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Pearl will berth on Friday 31 March, with the Feast on East markets held between 8am and 4pm.

For more information on the cruise industry please visit www.gpcl.com.au/operations/cruise-ships​

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