The Mornington Peninsula has again hit the spotlight with the arrival of P&O Cruise Ship, Pacific Pearl.
The luxurious cruise ship anchored off Mornington Tuesday, 24 February for the day and tendered 1,800 passengers to Mornington Pier to experience amazing wineries, popular restaurants, cafes and spas.
Crowds of locals made their way down Schnapper Point Drive to see the sight not seen in Mornington before and with the sun shining on the ship’s port side, it refected a gem floating on calm blue waters.
RPP FM was there to capture the excitement and Debra Mar, presenter of The Breakfast Table program interviewed P&O Cruise Director Gemma Gregory-Jones. Ms Gregory-Jones said, “We know what the Australian market want and we cater very well to their needs.”
She added, “Mornington is a favourable port of call because of it’s wonderful variety of places to explore when passengers disembark.”
Lachie White, Manager of Flight Centre Rosebud who joins The Breakfast Table fortnightly for a segment on ‘Travel Experiences’, sells many cruises through this agency. He accompanied Debra to report on the memorable day.
Mayor Cr Bev Colomb was thrilled with the interest of locals who took time out to witness this historical event.
Mornington Chamber of Commerce Marketing Manager, Kim Rowe is delighted with the arrival of cruise ships which will provide a boost to Main Street retail businesses and cafes and benefit the local economy.
This is Pacific Pearl’s first of five visits to Mornington for the year ahead.
Watch out for the next visit of cruise ships early March which will become part of the Mornington ‘bayscape’.
Words Debra Mar
Photographer Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Pacific Pearl in all her glory off Mornington (insert L-R, Debra Mar, presenter of The Breakfast Table, P&O Cruise Director Gemma Gregory-Jones and Flight Centre Rosebud Manager, Lachie White on Mornington Pier)