Carnival Spirit welcomed back to Gladstone
GLADSTONE yesterday welcomed back Carnival Spirit, marking the fourth cruise ship visit to the region this year.
The impressive 294m ship provided an impressive backdrop for the Feast on East Markets as locals and visitors browsed the 75 stalls at their leisure.
About 2000 passengers disembarked to the East Shores precinct with some wandering up the full length of Goondoon St, while others went on a tour to Quoin Island Retreat and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and on highlight tours.
Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited event officer Emma Plath said the ship's 9am-4pm docking time restricted tours from heading to Agnes Water, although the silver lining was increased patronage at the markets.
"Local stallholders are absolutely rapt and they've all done really well today,” Ms Plath said.
"It's been a successful day all round and we've got good feedback as usual.”
Gladstone will welcome back Carnival Spirit in September, although Pacific Explorer will arrive on August 4.
Following that, Explorer Dream will visit Gladstone four times in 19 days between October 25 and November 13.
Ms Plath expected a busy two-and-a-half week period during that time.
"In November we're having back-to-back visits with the Maasdam (November 19) in and the following day we have Explorer Dream.”