WATCH: See the luxury on board Pacific Dawn

PASSENGERS have stepped off the Pacific Dawn turning East Shores into a hive of activity. 

Many have left for day tours already while others plan to spend the day exploring Gladstone. 

This is the first time Gold Coast family the Felicis have ever been to Gladstone before and said they were excited to explore the port city they'd heard so much about.

"We'll probably just head to Spinnaker Park and spend the day there," Mr Felici said.

"We don't know much about Gladstone other than that it's a big port for mining."


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Residents have captured in many different ways the moment the P&O cruise ship, the Pacific Dawn, entered the Gladstone harbour.

Our photographer, Mike Richards, filmed a timelapse of the cruise arriving in Gladstone.

Scott Mackay, who is on board the ship, has shared photos with us.

But some people didn't even have to leave their backyard.

Rebekkah Orr captured the moment the ship docked in Gladstone from her balcony in Barney Point.

"It was so amazing watching it sail in," she said.

Your photos of the cruise arriving in Gladstone:


THE sun was barely up but spirits were still high as the P&O cruise ship, the Pacific Dawn, docked in Gladstone.

Stallholders have been setting up since 5am this morning for the Feast on East Markets.

Residents have been waiting for the arrival at the Auckland Point Lookout too, keen to get a shot of the memorable moment.

Here it is, folks! The P&O cruise ship is in the Gladstone harbour. Stalls are being set up at East Shores for the...

Posted by The Observer on Wednesday, 9 March 2016

More than 70 market stalls have lined East Shores, ready for the passengers as they walk off the boat. 

Regular Gladstone region market goers, Tooteaz, were excited for the morning.


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They hoped to be able to get a glimpse of the ship sometime today.

"We're from Yeppoon but we should live in Gladstone, we're always here.

"This is very exciting."

Local business Scrapbook Fantasies also has a stall.

"It's going to be really great for Gladstone.

"It's about time we had something other than industry to support the community," owner Alicia Redshaw said.

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