The Cruise Ambassadors of Sydney are preparing themselves to greet 10,000 international visitors during the upcoming, record-breaking cruise season. Between now and May record numbers of cruise passengers will be arriving in Sydney Harbour as the tireless ambassadors strive to make their trip as enjoyable and interesting as possible.
The volunteers will welcome the visitors at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay and the two White Bay wharves. With more than 290 passenger vessels due to visit Sydney before May, Lord Mayor Clover Moore expects a busy season for the ambassadors.
“The City’s Cruise Ambassadors have become so popular that we now taking bookings for personalised welcomes aboard ships before passengers disembark. We have a terrific team of volunteers who take pride representing our city and who are armed with great local knowledge.”
He continued: “This is all about promoting our wonderful city and its world-class events and landmarks the minute visitors step off the ship. We want our visitors to have an enjoyable Sydney experience that they will take home and share with their friends.”
The initiative has been running for four years and has grown steadily, with the ambassadors welcoming 44 ships last season and handing out 6,625 maps and 2,298 official guides. The scheme is held in partnership with Destination NSW and Sydney Ports.
Veteran ambassador Brian Lawler has been greeting passengers since the initiative launched continues to volunteers because he “loves telling people how good Sydney is and what they can do here.”
“One person asked where the Opera House is and I said, ‘Turn 180 degrees’. A lot of people are just looking for their hotels and how to get there, for taxis obviously, and many more want to know what to do and where to eat.
“And I often recommend they start out with a walk around Circular Quay, the Opera House and Botanic Gardens to soak up the beautiful scenery and get their bearings.”
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