11 February, 2009     

Samoa's Participation at NZ Millennium Cup for Super Yachts

Samoa took the Auckland Waterfront - Viaduct Basin by storm last night. At this prestigous event, the New Zealand based  Samoan Dance Group were invited to participate and provide entertainment in the events Grand Finale PrizeGiving night. The Millenium Cup is a yacht race series on Auckland Harbour for Super Yachts and is held yearly. This year it has co-incided with the Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup Series -  which concluded in Auckland yesterday (Saturday).

Organisers of The Millenium Cup were extended this remarkable opportunity to Samoa to provide a Pacific Style of entertainment to complete their theme for the 3 day event. Samoa was fortunate to be chosen ahead of Tahiti, Fiji, Tonga and the Cook Islands.

A crowd of over 1000 people were invited into the old Alhingi Americas Cup Sheds for the Prizegiving night. The first 10-15 minute show went on. The applause and shouts said it all. The prizegiving followed. Half an hour later the final show of 15 minutes happened. Then  Siva Afi - which bought wide applause from throughout the pavillion.

The guests included Super Yacht Owners, Captains and crews, VIPs from NZ and the International Media.

Samoa gave all the guests and media a truly amazing South Pacific experience of fast paced song, dance and fire !

  05 February, 2009     

Queen Victoria's visit to Samoa a major boost to tourist numbers

Samoa's tourist arrival numbers are set to skyrocket on Friday of this week with Queen Victoria's much anticipated maiden visit to our shores.

The MV Queen Victoria, a 90,000 ton British passenger vessel of the famous Cunard Line is making it's first ever visit to Samoa this Friday 06th February 2009. Aboard the MV Queen Victoria on it's 'World Cruise 2009' are a combined total of 2827 visitors, made up of 1827 passengers as well as a crew of 1000.

The majority of the travelers are from Great Britain with other small groups from around Europe, the Americans and Asia as well as w few tourists from Australia and New Zealand. She will dock at the Port of Apia from 12.00pm until 6.00pm.  

To mark this auspicious event in Samoa's tourism history, Hon. Associate Trade Minister, Hans Joachim Keil will be making a special presentation onboard the vessel, on behalf of the Samoan Government to the Queen Victoria Captain.

Local cultural entertainment for the visitors will be performed by the CCS Faatoia Youth Dance Group. The Samoa Police Band will also provide entertainment. The shore excursions are to be carried out by local land tour operator, "Samoa Scenic Tours."

The Samoa Tourism Authority is working closely with the Pacific Forum Line Samoa Agency to ensure that the visitors enjoy their shore excursion while in the country.

  02 February, 2009     

Third Cruise in less than Three Weeks

In less than three weeks, three cruise ships have visited our shores and more cruises are set to follow throughout the year.

The first two vessels ‘The Spirit of Oceanus’ and the MS Europa have been and gone and the third vessel is the MS Amadea which docked at the Port of Apia today.

 The MS Amadea is on a 110 day tour around the world.  The cruise which originated from Germany before Christmas, has taken its passengers through the Caribbean, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesian Islands including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Raiatea, and American Samoa before making its 12 hour stopover in Samoa from 7am this morning to 6.00pm.  From here, the cruise continues on to Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Emirates, via Suez and then back to Europe.

The seven passenger deck vessel with 308 cabins is currently home to 541 passengers, and 300 crew members.  The majority of the passengers are German, with a few groups of Swiss, Dutch and Austrian travelers.

Source: STA

Image: STA

Caption: MS Amadea docked at Apia Wharf