Why so many cruise ships visit Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays
There is a new sweep of vessels taking advantage of the calm waters and stunning scenery in the Whitsundays, where more passengers are getting to visit this beautiful part of the world. Airlie Beach is quickly become a must-see for visiting cruise ships from around the world, who are added the Whitsundays to their Australian itinerary.
With many of the ships carrying up to 2000 passengers, Airlie Beach has been lucky enough to host a huge new market of exploring day trippers to the Whitsundays. With a now tailored cruise ship market, the quaint tourist town has cruise ship volunteers who greet new visitors, and many tours operators offer specialised itineraries that can be booked on their boat or when they arrive on land.
With a great first-impression and warm welcome to passengers, Airlie Beach is becoming a popular destination for cruise ships. It's not only a great stop where they can come and enjoy the hospitality, but is also a great place where cruise ship passengers come to enjoy a day trip of scenic flight – the perfect way to experience the magic of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef.
The Whitsundays are a bucket-list destination with many national icons located within its waters and on its island. The must-see include Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and Heart Reef, all of which are a favourite in the Whitsundays You can see them by land or by sky, with sailing trips, scenic flights, adrenaline tours and helicopter tours available to guests. Cruise ship passengers often opt for specialised tours so they can make the most of their short time in this beautiful part of Australia. Check with your tour company to see which options work for your schedule.
With more cruise ships adding Airlie Beach to their itinerary, more and more passengers are able to visit this place we call home.