Meet and Greeters recognized for their hard work

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cruise ship Meet and Greet volunteers were treated to a Mystery Bus Tour and a mid-morning tea at Oakabella Homestead on Tuesday January 21, in recognition of their efforts and hard work throughout the 2013 Cruise Ship season.

A Certificate of Appreciation and goodie bag filled with local products were handed out to the pool of greeters.

City of Greater Geraldton’s Cruise Ship and Visitor Information Officer, Joanne Brown, said Meet and Greet volunteers are the backbone to having a successful cruise ship visit.

“In 2013 we saw three cruise ships with a capacity of 6,946 passengers and 2,400 crew anchor in Geraldton and we welcomed 6,060 passengers ashore. We couldn’t have done it without our valuable volunteers,” she said.

“Most passengers voted the HMAS Sydney II Memorial as their number one attraction, with the WA Museum – Geraldton coming in second.

“We’ve always had positive feedback from passengers about our volunteers and we are known across the State as having one of the warmest welcomes to Western Australia,” said Ms Brown.

Currently six cruise ships are scheduled to visit in 2014:

  • 25 February – Seabourn Sojourn will be visiting as part of their World Tour and will stop in Geraldton for the first time.
  • 4 March and 4 November – Radiance of the Seas will be returning to Geraldton waters after having visited up to seven times previously.
  • 12 March – Amadea, a German ship, is visiting Geraldton for the first time.
  • 7 July and 14 September – Sea Princess will be coming to Geraldton; its sister ships Dawn Princess and Sun Princess have previously stopped in Geraldton.

11 visits are scheduled for 2015.

For more information about becoming a Meet and Greet Volunteer, or about Cruise Ship Visits, contact Joanne Brown via email to joanneb@cgg.wa.gov.au or call the Visitor Centre on (08) 9921 3999.

Pic caption: Meet and Greet volunteers gathered outside the Visitor Centre before heading out to Oakabella Homestead. Click here to view larger version of the image.