More European cruise ships add Samoa as stopover


The Pacific Islands region is attracting cruise liners from all over the world. This year is expected to be a record year for cruise liners in the region, with Vanuatu set to welcome more than 100 liners.<!--more-->

Now it is Samoa that’s in the spotlight. Two cruise liners from Europe – the Princess Danae and the Ocean Princess – docked at the Apia waterfront en route to Fiji this week bringing in some 900 passengers. Most of these passengers were senior citizens between the ages of 70 to 90 years. Most were from Europe.

The voyage that started off from Honolulu comprises middle-class well to do retired passengers. The passengers and crew were greeted on the Matatautu-tai wharf with Samoan dancers and singers and given the options of organized tours or a walk about town.

The Samoa Tourism Authority's Marketing Manager, Iulai Lesa said having two cruise ships in Apia at the same time is a result of their promotions and marketing efforts of Samoa all over the world.