Band tunes up for cruise ship visitors

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Musicians Steve Hill and Bill Shepherd, from The Margarita Brothers, will join Bunbury Visitor Centre senior officer Dee Tucker, Dolphin Discovery Centre manager David Kerr and Cruise Bunbury Committee acting chairman Mark Exeter to welcome thousands of passengers to Bunbury this cruise season.
Camera IconMusicians Steve Hill and Bill Shepherd, from The Margarita Brothers, will join Bunbury Visitor Centre senior officer Dee Tucker, Dolphin Discovery Centre manager David Kerr and Cruise Bunbury Committee acting chairman Mark Exeter to welcome thousands of passengers to Bunbury this cruise season. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Passengers will be serenaded by musical duo The Margarita Brothers as they disembark from the first cruise ship of the season, which is set to glide into Bunbury port on Wednesday.

Cruise Bunbury Committee acting chairman Mark Exeter said there would be two more cruise ships arriving in Bunbury on December 26 and January 5.

“All three ships have international passengers on board so they are all part of a larger circumnavigation of Australia and also linking up internationally,” he said.

“Every ship is different, so we are looking at around $100,000 to $150,000 per ship spending in Bunbury and the local area, so that is a significant amount for local shopkeepers in the CBD area, for the tour companies, tourism attractions and for everybody.”

Mr Exeter said once the Dolphin Discovery Centre officially opened its doors, information on its centre tours, swim tours and eco cruises would be distributed to cruise lines around the world.

Bunbury Visitor Centre staff would be on hand at the port to distribute welcome bags filled with maps and guides, while The Margarita Brothers play a range of country, rock and classic “Australiana” tunes.

“By having the visitor centre staff there on the wharf doing the welcome and having the music playing adds to the atmosphere and adds to the positive welcoming experience for them,” Mr Exeter said.

Musician Steve Hill said the pair “jumped in with both feet” when they heard about the opportunity.

“The passengers are spending a few minutes waiting on the dock for their transport, so we will be supplying music so they can have a bit of fun and jig around while they are waiting,” he said.

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