Probus members cruise “up north” on epic journey

Enjoying the cruise were members of Probus Clubs from

IN a massive shift from day tripping, 54 Probus members from a variety of local clubs recently enjoyed a ten-day Carnival Splendour Cruise.

The cruise ventured “up north” from Sydney via Airlie Beach, to Cairns and then via Moreton Island on the return.

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The group were transported to Circular Quay and returned back home by Port Stephens Coaches.

Julie McCallister of the Ladies Probus Club of Port Stephens told News Of The Area, “There were two disappointments due to rough seas; being unable to disembark at our scheduled landing at Port Douglas nor our cruise around Willis Island.

“Cruise organiser Bill Gainsford from Nelson Bay Men’s Probus and his wife Robyn were warmly thanked by the group for their excellent care and attention to everyone,” she said.

Through the cruise operator, Carnival, Probus organiser Bill Gainsford organised for a bottle of red wine, champagne, chocolates and strawberries to be delivered to each cabin.

“In addition, Carnival provided a free one hour private cocktail party and this was much appreciated by all,” Bill said.

The group enjoyed the excellent and varied entertainment on board before catching up each night in a private à la carte dining area.

Most of the Probus Club members organised day tours at Airlie Beach, Cairns and at Tangalooma on Moreton Island.

On ‘at sea’ days, the cruise attendees rested by lounging on the deck reading.


Organisers Robyn and Bill Gainsford were well appreciated by those who joined the cruise.

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