On one day, a total of one thousand and thirty (1030) tourists will be entering Samoa at the MatautuWharf.
The MS Amsterdam Cruise Ship Voyage 246, arrives at Samoa’s shores this coming Tuesday (11th November 2008), with a vessel full of vacationers from around the globe.
The holiday makers aboard the MS Amsterdam come from all over the world with North Americans making up more than half the passenger list. Canadians are the second biggest group of travelers onboard, with significant numbers of people from Australia, United Kingdom, Netherlands and China. The rest of the visitors come from Mexico, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Singapore, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Panama, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland.
Samoa is one of the highlighted destinations of the Amsterdam’s ‘65 Day Asia and Australia Grand Voyage,’ which originated in the United States of America, at Seattle, Washington and will wind up back in USA at a port in San Diego, California. The sea tour takes its guests through the Asian region to Australia and the Pacific. The Amsterdam’s one day ‘Shore Excursions’ are also benefiting pacific island countries, New Caledonia and Fiji, while en route to Samoa for its day stop. From Samoa, the Amsterdam heads to its final destination via Hawaii.
The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) and some of the local tourism industry providers are taking advantage of the infrequent opportunity to market Samoa in one day to a substantial group of visiting tourists.
Apia the country’s capital, the RobertLouisStevensonMuseum, SaleapagaBeach, Le Vasa Village Resort as well as private scenic tours are some of the main attractions of Samoa that are highlighted on the Amsterdam’s main website for interested customers. Local tour operators, guides and transport will be on hand this Tuesday to make viewing and enjoyment of these spots possible.
STA has arranged entertainment for the coming tourists to give them a glimpse of the culture. In combination with this, art and handicraft stalls will also be set up at the wharf making our products more accessible to keen buyers. As part of its usual tourism services, a STA information booth at the wharf will also be open throughout the day to respond to any travelers’ queries.
The MS Amsterdam is scheduled to set sail from Samoa at 3pm.