Meet the proud cruise ship ambassadors who love Gladstone
THIS group of Gladstone residents is still cruising on a high after the arrival of the first P&O ship to Gladstone.
Volunteer cruise ambassadors Colleen Dillon, Leanne Patrick and Lyn McCann say March 10 was one of the best days of their lives.
And their joy was shared by the passengers on board the ship, whose thoughts were shared in an online survey.
Surveys were given to cruise passengers on the first two ships that moored in Gladstone on March 10 and 20.
There were 237 responses to the online survey, with the majority giving positive feedback.
"It was one of the most enjoyable days I've had in my life," Mrs Patrick said.
"We were part of Gladstone history.
"It was a very special day," she said.
The women welcomed the cruise passengers and shared information about what is on offer in Gladstone.
They were all pleased when they found out the results from the online survey.
Mrs Dillon, who works at the Gladstone Information Centre, said volunteering for the role was another way she could give back to the community she loves.
"I think the passengers were expecting an industrial city.
"While that's a fascinating part of our town, we also have so much more to offer," Mrs Dillon said.
Now they're keen to see the "nay-sayers" share their pride in showing off the Gladstone region to cruise passengers.
"We're taking on every little bit of criticism and figuring out how we can make this experience better each time," Mrs McCann said.
"Success is contagious, so I think soon the whole region will want to get involved," Mrs Patrick added.
The next cruise ship, coming from Sydney, will arrive in Gladstone on May 12.
237 people responded to the online survey
On March 20 95% of passengers and 75% of staff disembarked Pacific Jewel to explore Gladstone, meaning more than 2000 people came ashore
Passengers spent an average of $110 per person
86.5% of respondents also indicated they were likely to return to the region
75% said their expectations of Gladstone were exceeded