Call for more cruise ‘ambassadors’

WELCOME TO GISBORNE: Golden Princess cruise ship passengers disembark from tenders at the inner harbour. Among those welcoming them to the city are “ambassadors” aka “The Green Team”. With the busiest cruise season yet approaching, cruise coordinator Lana Davy says they are looking for more ambassadors. Gisborne Herald file picture

A call has gone out for more people to join the ranks of the “ambassadors” as the 2018/19 cruise ship season draws nearer, a season that will see 19 cruise ships call into Gisborne.

The season starts in mid-November, with the arrival of regular visitor the Golden Princess, and concludes in March.

More than 70 volunteer ambassadors were involved in cruise visits last summer.

They welcomed the passengers to the city and many passengers remarked on how good it was to have guides showing them where to go.

“The ‘Green Team’ did a great job,” was the comment from Gisborne cruise organisers at the end of last summer.

Cruise co-ordinator Lana Davy says this summer will be the busiest cruise season yet in Gisborne.

“So we need to boost the number of ambassadors we have to ensure we have sufficient numbers to meet the demands of the summer.”

Dot McCulloch, who joined the team several years ago, “heartily recommends it.”

“This is special and to see the visitors going back to the harbour with their shopping bags is heartening.

“It gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling to know they have given our economy a major boost.”

It was also special to meet so many people from so many different countries.

“I know the cruise organisers would welcome any new ambassadors with open arms.”

The ambassadors wear green T-shirts on which are written: “Ask me — I am a local”. Hence the name Green Team.

Ms Davy says an ideal number to meet the demands this summer is between 100 and 120.

“There are training seminars and cruise ship briefings, and the ambassadors all get supplied with information kits, a roster for the season and goodie bags for donating their time.

“We are also putting the call out for donated goods for the goodie bags we give to them — vouchers and the like.

The ambassadors provide an “iconic” service, she says.

“There are ambassadors at other ports where the cruise ships call but they are not on the same scale as ours.

“Our Green Team have become world-famous. Join us. It’s fun.”

Those interested in becoming an ambassador should contact Heart of Gisborne or Gisborne i-Site.

A call has gone out for more people to join the ranks of the “ambassadors” as the 2018/19 cruise ship season draws nearer, a season that will see 19 cruise ships call into Gisborne.

The season starts in mid-November, with the arrival of regular visitor the Golden Princess, and concludes in March.

More than 70 volunteer ambassadors were involved in cruise visits last summer.

They welcomed the passengers to the city and many passengers remarked on how good it was to have guides showing them where to go.

“The ‘Green Team’ did a great job,” was the comment from Gisborne cruise organisers at the end of last summer.

Cruise co-ordinator Lana Davy says this summer will be the busiest cruise season yet in Gisborne.

“So we need to boost the number of ambassadors we have to ensure we have sufficient numbers to meet the demands of the summer.”

Dot McCulloch, who joined the team several years ago, “heartily recommends it.”

“This is special and to see the visitors going back to the harbour with their shopping bags is heartening.

“It gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling to know they have given our economy a major boost.”

It was also special to meet so many people from so many different countries.

“I know the cruise organisers would welcome any new ambassadors with open arms.”

The ambassadors wear green T-shirts on which are written: “Ask me — I am a local”. Hence the name Green Team.

Ms Davy says an ideal number to meet the demands this summer is between 100 and 120.

“There are training seminars and cruise ship briefings, and the ambassadors all get supplied with information kits, a roster for the season and goodie bags for donating their time.

“We are also putting the call out for donated goods for the goodie bags we give to them — vouchers and the like.

The ambassadors provide an “iconic” service, she says.

“There are ambassadors at other ports where the cruise ships call but they are not on the same scale as ours.

“Our Green Team have become world-famous. Join us. It’s fun.”

Those interested in becoming an ambassador should contact Heart of Gisborne or Gisborne i-Site.

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Jacqueline Rehutai - 27 days ago
HI. Do you have an age limit to join? I have two teenage daughters as well as myself who would like to know more about joining

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