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Adverse Weather Conditions Saw Cruise Liner Call In Early

The cruise liner carried in a total of 3387 passengers and 1263 crew mem­bers in this round trip.
28 Feb 2019 12:10
Adverse Weather Conditions Saw Cruise Liner Call In Early
Cruise liner Explorer of the Seas berth at Lautoka Wharf. Photo: Kenua Fiji

Adverse weather conditions forecast for the South Pacific last week made MS Explorer of the Seas dock into the Lautoka Port a day earlier its expected schedule.

MS Explorer of the Seas sailed into the Fiji waters on Wednesday last week and lucky enough there was room for it to call into port.

Kenua Fiji Manager Leone Kenua said due to adverse weather condi­tions developing and affecting the South Pacific Islands, Explorer of the Seas had to deviate its call to scheduled port of calls.

“The bad weather conditions de­veloping in the Pacific Ocean had the captain of the vessel reschedul­ing its port of call in the Pacific,” Mr Naivalu said.

“It was expected to call into Lautoka Port on Thursday February 21, however, the vessel berthed into Lautoka a day early which was Wednesday February 20,” he said.

“We were fortunate that berth was clear and we were able to call in on Wednesday morning at the Lautoka port.”

The cruise liner carried in a total of 3387 passengers and 1263 crew mem­bers in this round trip.

“This cruise is once again carrying a large number of Australian tour­ists with a number of 2230 out of the 3387 on board.

“This is also the largest number of tourists out of the five cruise liners we have received since January.”

The cruise vessel was on its way to Fiji from New Castle, Australia.

It’s first port of call in Fiji was Lautoka port where it spent a day and it before it called into Suva Port on Thursday February 21.

It then departed for New Caledonia on the same day.

About MS Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas is a Voyager-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International, completed in 2000.

She can accommodate over 3000 guests. At launch, Explorer of the Seas had a tonnage of 137,308 GT, exceeding that of her sister ship Voyager of the Seas by 32 GT and making her the world’s largest pas­senger ship.

She held that record until being overtaken by Navigator of the Seas in 2002.

In early 2015, Explorer of the Seas received major upgrades, including the replacement of the inline skat­ing rink with a Flowrider surfing simulator and increasing her ton­nage to 138,194 GT.

The ship’s godmother is American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

MS Insignia

The port of Suva welcomed it’s second cruise liner of the week on Friday February 22.

Cruise liner MS Insignia called into the Suva Port on Friday morn­ing carrying a total of 864 tourists into our shores.

Cruise liner agent Swire Shipping confirmed that Suva was the only port of call in Fiji for the cruise liner.

The cruise liner called into Pago Pago, American Samoa before it made its way to Fiji. From here it made its voyage to Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

MS Insignia is the lead ship of the R class of cruise ships built for Renaissance cruises.

She is now owned by Oceania Cruises as part of its Regatta Class of ships, but recently sailed for Hapag-Lloyd as the Columbus 2.

It was built in 1998 by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France .

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