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Fiji Picks Up Preferred Cruise Destination Title

Majestic Princess made her inau­gural trip to Fiji in September last year and this Friday MSC Magnifi­ca sails into the Fiji waters for the first time.
06 Mar 2019 12:29
Fiji Picks Up Preferred Cruise Destination Title
MSC Magnifica

Fiji is becoming a preferred destination of international cruise vessels that in the last six months two cruise vessels have made their inaugural voyages here.

Majestic Princess made her inau­gural trip to Fiji in September last year and this Friday MSC Magnifi­ca sails into the Fiji waters for the first time.

While Majestic Princess is part of the London based Princess Cruises. MSC Magnifica comes under the Mediterranean Ship­ping Company.

The Suva King’s Wharf will be a hive of activity with the calling of MSC Magnifica on her inaugu­ral voyage to Fiji – she will be in Suva on Friday and on Saturday at Lautoka. Local cruise liner agent, Kenua Fiji Manager Leone Naivalu said the liner’s choice to be coming to Fiji was testament to how Fiji has become a preferred destination for cruise visitors.

“This cruise has a total of 2282 tourists and 954 crew members on board; taking advantage of what Fiji will offer over two days,” Mr Naivalu said.

“We see an increasing number of cruise tourists every year and this directly contributes to the in­crease in tourist arrivals annually and a vital contribution to our eco­nomic growth,” he said.

“As per the norm of vessel’s making their inaugural visit, we will be making plaque exchanges with various authorities involved in the tours of our visitors.”

The vessel’s last international port of call prior to Fiji is Nuku­alofa, Tonga and after calling into Suva and Lautoka ports she heads to the Bay of Islands, New Zea­land.

Mr Kenua said the tour is a bit different from the five cruise lin­ers that had berthed into the coun­try earlier this year because it has the biggest number of French tourists on board.

“Out of the 2282 tourists coming into the country this Friday, 679 are from France,” he said.

“The past five cruise liners un­der our watch that had called into the country always had a greater number of Australian visitors but that has changed this time.”

According to Mr Naivalu there are a number of activities planned over the two days for our visitors.

“As usual we have organised tours with our ground tour opera­tors Air Terminal Services Pacific for those who plan to take up these tours.

“We also have overnight plans for those that would like to spend a night out.”

 

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