‘Arrival of cruise liner a huge boost’

Cruise liner, Carnival Splendor berthed at the Port of Suva on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Suva City yesterday welcomed its first cruise liner, Carnival Splendor with more than 2000 tourists on board since the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago.

Tourism Fiji chief operations officer Leigh Howard said the arrival of the cruise liner was a huge boost to the economy.

“The 2008-built ship, which departs from Seattle, is offering a 23-night transpacific voyage that stops in six different ports in Hawaii and Fiji before docking in Sydney in late September,” he said.

“Over the course of the two days, we will see more than 1500 passengers go on shore excursions and shopping experiences, which will provide a significant economic injection into the economy.

Fijian Craft Association president and tourist guide Apakuki Tabuakoro said they were elated when they heard of the arrival of the cruise ship.

“My home has been filled with handicraft (items) for the past two years and we were really thankful when we heard of this arrival,” he said.

“We look forward to welcoming more cruise liners to Fiji.”

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