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Queensland’s Moreton Island, will welcome its first  cruise ship on 16 March 2013 when Pacific  Jewel visits the third largest sand island as part of a four-night P&O  SeaBreak from Sydney.

Located 60 kilometres north-east of Brisbane, the waters  of Moreton Island feature a bevy of sea life including; dolphins, whales and  dugongs and is also home to Tangalooma Resort which will partner with the  cruise line to offer passengers an array of shore based activities.

Shoreside experiences will include; a beach festival with  live music and food tastings, dolphin feeding, canoeing, snorkelling,  sand-duning and tours to the Champagne Pools and Honeymoon Bay.

“Moreton Island is on our doorstep literally, but there  are still so many Australians that have never been there,” Carnival Australia  CEO Ann Sherry said.

“It’s a gorgeous island, packed with lots of exciting  nature adventure activities so I think our passengers will love it.”

Queensland is recorded as being the second largest cruise  state after NSW with a recent Deloitte Access Economics report showing that  cruising contributed AUD$166.4 million to the sunshine state’s economy in  2010-11.

This number is expected to increase to AUD$340.8 million  in 2019-20.

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Words: Natalie Aroyan