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A new destination for Queensland cruisers

Sarah on Dec 30, 2015

A new destination for Queensland cruisers

P&O Cruises have something special planned for Aussie cruisers in March 2016 - a one-off Gladstone and Moreton Island cruise. The Queensland port of Gladstone doesn't show up on too many itineraries, and at four nights long this one is the perfect length to fit into your schedule as the summer holiday rush begins to ease off.

Why visit Gladstone?

It's a destination that often flies under the radar, but Gladstone makes a great stopover for cruise passengers - especially on this itinerary! Here are a few of the highlights:

Feast on East and the East Shores precinct
The Feast on East Market Festival is an event put on especially in conjunction with P&O. Located at the lovely East Shores precinct which is not far from the cruise dock, the markets will include all kinds of local art, crafts and eats. The precinct also has plenty more to interest the cruise passenger - it recently had a $45 million rejuvenation and features a water play park, walkways, a fishing platform, public artwork and more.

1770 historic town
Just 45 minutes away is the town of 1770 or Seventeen Seventy, one of the only places where Captain Cook made landfall during his first journey to Australia. This, of course, took place in the year 1770! It is also the only town in Australia with a number for a name, which was changed from Round Hill in 1970.

The town is surrounded by estuaries and national parks, with some lovely and secluded beaches - an excellent day trip! Watersport enthusiasts shouldn't miss it, and there are also fun eco-tours available.


Touring 1770

Exclusive access to Wilson Island
P&O have arranged for passengers on this cruise to access the beautiful Wilson Island with a local tour operator. The privately-owned island, a tiny atoll in the Southern Great Barrier Reef not far offshore from Gladstone, is usually restricted to the public and available only to those staying in the camping resort onshore.

Wilson is a beautiful tropical paradise, boasting white sand and amazing underwater landscapes as part of the Great Barrier Reef. This tour is ideal for anyone who likes swimming, snorkelling and marine life.

Great Barrier Reef

Snap up a bargain

Those are just a few of the reasons that this Gladstone cruise might appeal - it also stops in at Moreton Island for more Queensland fun - the world's third largest sand island with all kinds of outdoor activities on offer.

P&O have also offered a great deal on fares for Cruise Sale Finder customers, to allow them the chance to visit Gladstone and the many delights of the city and surrounding region. This means you can get onboard for less than $60 per person per day in a quad cabin, and under $90 in an oceanview twin cabin. It's not often you get prices like those!

As cheap cruises go, you can't get much better than this - and it's very convenient for Queenslanders, departing from Brisbane. The Gladstone and Moreton Island cruise is ready for bookings now - start planning your next getaway!

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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