24 Jul 2017

The sun is finally shining post cyclone Debbie and Cruise Whitsundays is pleased to advise our fleet and infrastructure is in good shape. Hardy Reef pontoons appear structurally sound, after surviving 11m waves. A more detailed inspection will occur within days and some repair work will be required before resuming Day Tours to the Great Barrier Reef.


The immediate needs and operational demands of the island resorts continue to be our first priority. Yesterday, we assisted Daydream Island and evacuated all of their guests and non-essential staff to the mainland and to Hamilton Island Airport. Similarly, all One&Only Hayman Island guests were evacuated by Cruise Whitsundays to Hamilton Island Airport.


Cruise Whitsundays Managing Director Nick Hortle said “All Cruise Whitsundays staff are well and in good spirits. We are ready at short notice to resume our full Resort Connections transfer service and our other Day Tour operations. However, understandably, there is reduced demand at this time.”


A scaled down schedule of transfer services is operating between Port of Airlie and Hamilton Island Airport, primarily to assist island resorts. Transfers to the island resorts are only available for resort staff and contractors involved in recovery operations. The islands will advise when they intend to re-open to the general public.


“Thank you for all the messages of support and we look forward to welcoming guests back to the beautiful Whitsunday’s in the near future,” said Mr Hortle.


For our schedule of services please see www.cruisewhitsundays.com


For further information, contact:

Alyce Carter, PR & Media Executive

Cruise Whitsundays


(07) 4846 7031