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Cruise Ships Resume Calls to Fiji

Good news to all Fijians, especially the tourism industry and local businesses. The resumption of Fijian cruise itineraries will help restore local business operations and income from cruise tourism, following
02 Mar 2016 10:30
Cruise Ships  Resume Calls to Fiji
Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess is currently on the way to Fiji with calls planned for Suva, Lautoka, Denarau and Dravuni.

Good news to all Fijians, especially the tourism industry and local businesses.

The resumption of Fijian cruise itineraries will help restore local business operations and income from cruise tourism, following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Carnival Australia confirmed yesterday that ships from four more of its cruise lines – P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line – have resumed scheduled calls to Fiji.

Carnival Australia executive chairman Ann Sherry said in a statement that the decision to resume calls to Fiji was made based on advice from port agents and local authorities.

These authorities reported that communities at cruise destinations were again able to welcome cruise visitors.

Seabourn Odyssey with nearly 420 guests onboard were in Lautoka on Monday and in Suva yesterday.

Last week, a number of cruise lines had cancelled trips to Fiji following reports of total devastation of TC Winston.

Ms Sherry confirmed that “Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess is currently on the way to Fiji with calls planned for Suva, Lautoka (substituting for Savusavu), Denarau and Dravuni.

“Carnival Cruise Line has three Fiji cruise itineraries in the next two months and P&O Cruises has six Fiji itineraries over the next three months. Holland America Line’s Noordam is due to call at Fiji in late April.

“We learned from experience with Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu last year that the community and local authorities were keen to see the ships return as soon as possible because cruise tourism was so important to their economy,” Ms Sherry said.

 

Assistance to Fiji

Carnival Australia also contributed a combined AUS$125,000 (FJ$192,441), to Save the Children Australia’s Fiji relief efforts.

Organisation executive chairman Ann Sherry said the time is now right for the ships to return to contribute to the economic life of the country at a time when it is needed most.

“We are also very pleased to be contributing to Save the Children Australia’s relief efforts in Fiji which have highlighted the incredible power of Cyclone Winston and the resilience and courage of the people of Fiji.”

“Carnival Australia already has a strong relationship with Save the Children Australia through the P&O Pacific Partnership which funds the construction of kindergartens and health clinics in Vanuatu via voluntary passenger contributions of one dollar from onboard accounts.”

The $125,000 being contributed to Save the Children Australia’s disaster relief in Fiji is comprised of $50,000 from the Carnival Foundation, $50,000 from the P&O Pacific Partnership’s passenger contributions and $25,000 from Princess Cruises.

 

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