Tuesday gave Port Lincoln a glimpse of what is to come in January as the Pacific Jewel docked at the city bringing more than 1900 tourists to shore.
The P&O Cruises Australia vessel arrived in Port Lincoln at 6.30am from Melbourne, with 1913 passengers and 710 crew.
About 20 volunteers from Port Lincoln City Council were at the wharf and near the town jetty assisting visitors, as well as roving the town to provide information.
Port Lincoln City Council manager community development Janet Grocke said the day “went smoothly” with a varied age group coming ashore to see the sights.
“The demographics were quite varied as the average age of passengers were about 51, younger than normal,” she said.
Volunteer Sandra Dudley said she also noticed a varied age group from the passengers with lots of children and families on board.
She said it was looking like a very exciting season ahead.
“I just think it’s good for the town,” she said.
Attractions for the tourists included EP Bus Charters’ Taste of Port Lincoln Tour, which included a cooking demonstration by Boston Bay Wines chef Tony Ford.
The next cruise ship will not be until January 24 with the Noordam set to bring about 1900 passengers.
This will be followed by the Golden Princess on January 26 with 2600 passengers and a revisit from the Pacific Jewel the following day with about 1950.