MS Noordam Visits Dravuni Village
The cruise liner MS Noordam arrived at the Suva Port on Monday morning from Port Denarau , Nadi and left for Dravuni in Kadavu in the afternoon.
According to William & Gosling Boarding Officer Mr Marseu Vicenti they are the cruise liner’s agent in Fiji.
“Altogether there are 1708 passengers who are all tourists and has a total crew of 810,” he said.
Wikpedia says that Dravuni Island has no airport and no roads, so its few visitors arrive by small boat. However, every so often, a cruise ship will anchor here. There are only 175 people living on this island that is less than one mile wide and a half mile across.
Report from the island said,“As soon as tourists arrive on the beach from a small pier, the islanders offer food and drink, crafts, and clothing for sale. The local Fijians are very friendly and are glad to answer any questions you may have.”
MS Noordam is the fourth and last of the Vista-class vessels, all named for the four compass points. Noordam is named for the northern compass point, and was christened on February 22, 2006, in New York City by the actress Marlee Matlin. Her sister ships are MS Oosterdam, MS Westerdam, MS Zuiderdam and P&O Cruises’ MS Arcadia (originally ordered by the HAL, but sold to P&O).
According to Wikipedia the MS Noordam is a member of Holland America Line’s Vista class, and the fourth Holland America Line vessel to bear the name. The ship was christened on February 22, 2006, in New York City by the actress Marlee Matlin. Noordam is a sister ship of MS Oosterdam, MS Westerdam, MS Zuiderdam and P&O Cruises’ MS Arcadia (originally ordered by the HAL, but sold to P&O). The prefixes of the four ships’ names represent the four directions of the compass in Dutch.
The ship is powered by a CODAG arrangement of five diesel generators (3 x 16,000 HP units, and 2 x 12,000 HP units) and one gas turbine (18,000 HP), for a total power output of approximately 62.6MW (84,000 HP). The power generated is used both for propulsion, via two 17.5MW (23,467 HP) ABB Azipods, and the ship’s “hotel load,” which includes HVAC and freshwater production. She is capable of producing 1,700 tons (450,000 gallons) of fresh water daily via desalinization, although average consumption is only around 750 tons/day (200,000 gallons). The ship consumes approximately 216 tons/day (57,000 U.S. gallons) of heavy fuel oil, and 90 tons/day (23,000 U.S. gallons) of marine gas oil, at peak power production. She can achieve a maximum speed of approximately 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph).