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Port of Airlie v Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach

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Travelling up the east coast on Explorer next March on the way to Singapore.  Assumed EOS would tender off Abel Point Marina, as have cruise ships for aeons.  I'm now told that it will tender of Port of Airlie, which is way over the other side of Airlie on Shute Harbour Road.   I had planned a simple short walk from the Abel Point tender port and take a local cruise out to Whitehaven. Figured we would have plenty of time, arriving 7 am and departing 6 pm.  Its not going to work anywhere near as well from the other side of town.  So my question to fellow cruisers who have actually tendered from this Port of Airlie spot .... is it in fact correct that RCI now tenders there, and how did it go?  Not happy, Jan! Cheers, and Happy New Year.

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49 minutes ago, willsaway said:

is it in fact correct that RCI now tenders there, and how did it go?

Haven't cruised RCI, but in 2016 tendered to Port of Airlie with Celebrity.

Worked fine for me, as I was catching a bus to Shute anyway, plus it's less than 1km to town.

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Have tended at Port of Airie twice in the last 2 years with RCI and Celebrity, a far better option than Abel Point in my opinion.

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Here’s some info I found as we will be in Airlie Beach early in February on Explorer.

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