Four cruise ships are set to grace the Apia waterfront starting with the P&O Line Cruise Ship Arcadia which arrives today.
Local agents, Pacific Forum Line, say there will be 1,852 passengers and 873 crew members on board.
This is the maiden voyage for Arcadia. The Samoa Ports Authority (SPA) will be presenting a plaque to mark occasion.
Tomorrow, another cruise ship Saga Ruby arrives.
Local agent Polynesian Shipping Line say the company has become fond of Samoa as a destination to sail to.
The influx of cruise ship visits is increasing with the number of firm bookings. It is evident of efforts by Samoa to promote our country as a destination during the Miami Seatrade Convention, Florida.
Another cruise ship, the Balmor
al, is expected to arrive on 19 February. Transam Samoa Ltd is the local agent.
The fourth cruise ship is the MS Albatross which is being brought in by the Samoa Shipping Services (SSS).
“The economic benefits of not only much needed foreign exchange but also business as usual for the islands is sure to keep everyone busy for this month,” the Samoa Ports Authority said in a statement.
“Samoa Ports Authority will be again setting up Handicraft and souvenir stalls on the wharf.
“Samoa Tourism Authority shall be providing the meet and greet with its STA dance troupe for the expected Cruise Ship visits.
“The continuous swells in the harbor and bad weather had affected the arrival of other cruise ships in the previous month which was unfortunate as the principals had to cancel at the last minute.
“It is hoped that good weather permit and that the people of Samoa will make our visitors feel welcome here in our beautiful islands as 2010 promises to be the year for Cruise Ship visits.”
SOURCE: Samoa Observer