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New Talent Spotted On Queensland’s Whitehaven Beach

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Sparkling new talent just on the market has been spotted on Queensland’s famous Whitehaven Beach over the last week and no, it’s not the newly single Brad Pitt.


L-R Cruise Whitsundays CEO Nick Hortle, General Manager Fleet and Maintenance Lee Newton, and General Manager Operations Gary Kilby officially welcoming Sea Quest to the Port of Airlie Maritime Terminal.  More images accessible via link at the bottom of this release.

Sparkling new talent just on the market has been spotted on Queensland’s famous Whitehaven Beach over the last week and no, it’s not the newly single Brad Pitt.

The region’s major tour operator, Cruise Whitsundays has launched it’s brand new $4.7m vessel ‘Sea Quest’, custom built for its ever growing range of tours to the world famous beach.

Built on the Gold Coast for Cruise Whitsundays, Sea Quest joins the Cruise Whitsundays fleet as the company’s second largest boat at 30 metres, carrying up to 258 passengers.

Cruise Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer Nick Hortle promised a new level of comfort cruising to the iconic beach, as well as a new range of tour options.

“Everything about this new boat has been designed for guest comfort – the engines are quiet, she’s a very stable sea going vessel, the lower deck has floor to ceiling windows to maximise sight-seeing, and both decks have raised seating through the middle of the boat so that guests in the middle can still enjoy the spectacular views of the Whitsundays,” Mr Hortle said.

“Adding Sea Quest to our fleet of vessels also means we can review the way we cruise our guests to Whitehaven Beach – in particular it allows us to open up an extra tour through the middle of the day,” Mr Hortle said.

“We’ve already trialled a mini version of the picnic lunch tour product and it’s proved enormously popular,” he said.

“The new picnic tour will be significantly enhanced in the next fortnight, offering a full BBQ lunch, freshly cooked on Whitehaven Beach by our catering team from Fish D’vine,”

“We’ll also soon be introducing a new Whitehaven Beach and Snorkelling tour.”

The vessel was commissioned in order to provide these enhanced tour experiences and to ensure guests disembarking the vessel did so in the greatest comfort and safety possible.

“Whitehaven Beach can be challenging to drop guests off at because the sand bars change daily with the tide, so we have had Sea Quest purpose built to be able to pull up onto those sand bars safely (for guests and the environment), with a custom-designed boarding gangway so that guests walk directly off the boat onto the sand, barely getting their feet wet,” Mr Hortle said.

“For the technically minded, she will run 2 CAT C32’s of 1200 BHP and cruising at 24 knots with exceptional comfort in all seas,” he said.

“We are really excited about the new level of flexibility that this vessel will bring us as a business, and the enhanced guest comfort levels,”

“It also means we have a bigger range of tours and products that we will be able to offer to guests wanting to see Whitehaven Beach.”

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