One of the world's newest ocean liners is due in Apia next month bringing 2000 passengers to the capital.
The Queen Elizabeth left Los Angeles on its maiden voyage and is due at the Port of Apia on February 9. From the US, the 90,900-tonne liner will sail to Hawaii, Samoa, American Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand. The ship is expected to arrive at 8:00am and remain in port until 6:00pm.
Stretching 294 metres in length, the four-month old Queen Elizabeth was launched in Britain by The Queen in October last year. Queen Elizabeth pays homage to Cunard's original Queen Elizabeth.
On arrival, the ship's passengers and crew will be treated to a meet and greet ceremony featuring traditional Samoan entertainment. A retail area will be set-up on the wharf to showcase and sell local handicrafts. Guests are expected to take in the sights and sounds of Upolu through private and organised tours during Queen Elizabeth's 10-hour stop.
Guests can enjoy more than 700 private balcony cabins, more than 10 restaurants and cafes and a games deck including paddle tennis, croquet and bowls.
Queen Elizabeth also offers a two-storey library complete with leaded glass ceiling and a globe from the original Queen Elizabeth.
Source: The Dominion Post