Modern-day mutiny as crew walks off reef ship
ALMOST 150 tourists from as far away as Europe were turned away from their $200 island experience on Friday after the captain and crew refused to take the ship out from Seventeen Seventy.
The event has been described as a modern-day mutiny on board the Lady Musgrave Cruises ship.
The majority of passengers were quickly re-accommodated on Saturday's tour, although some chose to go elsewhere.
The Observer understands there was disagreement between the whole crew and management, and as a result the skipper of the ship was sacked.
"I was terminated this (Friday) morning," he said, and told The Observer he wouldn't comment further.
An official statement from Lady Musgrave Cruises said nearly all passengers were offered the option to take part in a rescheduled trip today, while others leaving the region were given refunds.
Discover 1770 Shop travel consultant Joel Davis tried to take the bite out of the experience by helping some of the passengers who had booked at his travel desk.
"We had three couples come in," he said. "A younger couple were annoyed and they didn't care about rebooking.
"An older German couple were also pretty annoyed. They had been looking forward to it. They came especially to see the reef."
Mr Davis said they chose to go on at joy ride to Lady Elliot Island instead.
"When a negative experience happens - which isn't that regular - it's a small town and we're always happy to accommodate people," he said.
It was an unfortunate turn of events when the Gladstone region has been promoting itself as the place to be, with P&O Cruise Liner staff visiting the area the previous day.