Mixed reaction to news about P&O cruises

REACTION to the news P&O Cruise ships will dock in Gladstone from 2016 has been mixed, with some local residents asking if it was an April Fool's Day joke.

While The Observer reported on April 1 that Clive Palmer's Titanic II ship would visit Gladstone harbour, the news about P&O is no joke.

The cruise company on Tuesday announced its ships would make five stops in Gladstone in 2015-16.

Commenting on The Observer's Facebook page, Ray Honeybone said, "Just have to get past the coal ships, LNG boats and drunk fishermen. Is it April the 1st?"

Other Facebook likers also questioned the plan, but there was some support from readers who welcomed the news.

"Fantastic! Now we just have to lure the caravanners in and we'll have a tourist market," Brigitte James wrote.

Clancy Anderson Button said, "That's excellent news. We have a huge port with lots of industry. Tourists will love it and find it very interesting."

On The Observer's website, commenters also questioned the decision.

Steelman, from Clinton, asked: "Where are they going to disembark - Barney Point, or better yet RG Tanna?

"And what are these tourists going to do when they get on land? Send them up to the lookout that overlooks QAL, the Auckland Point lookout where in the distance they can see the LNG plants and stacks of coal?

"People need to realise that Gladstone is NOT a tourist destination, we are an industrial town."

Devo666 from Gladstone asked, "Who in their right mind would pay good dollars to go on a cruise and know that Gladstone would be one of the port visits?"

PeanutGallery from Tannum Sands without people Gladstone was nothing.

"Cruise boat destinations are successful if the people of the town provide an enjoyable experience for the visitors from the ship.

"If Gladstone wants to difersify from hi-vis-only jobs, then the town needs to support the cruise organisers to make people's experiences welcoming and enjoyable.

"Open your minds, the region has a lot more to offer."


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