Visitors enjoy fine Raro weather

Thursday September 13, 2018 Written by Published in Economy
The cruise ship Paul Gaugin, pictured off Avatiu yesterday, is a regular visitor to the Cook Islands. 18091204 The cruise ship Paul Gaugin, pictured off Avatiu yesterday, is a regular visitor to the Cook Islands. 18091204

About 150 passengers from cruise ship Paul Gauguin enjoyed a beautiful day on Rarotonga yesterday taking part in a number of activities around the island.

The ship, which stopped off Avatiu harbour early in the morning, spent Tuesday at Aitutaki where passengers enjoyed safari tours, snorkeling, island cruise and lagoon cruise activities.

In Rarotonga, the passengers took part in similar activities as well as shopping for handicrafts and souvenirs in town before leaving for Bora Bora in French Polynesia, later in the evening.

Stuart Henry of Cruise Cook Islands said it was Paul Gauguin’s fifth trip to the Cook Islands this year.

He said the ship, which offers small luxury cruises to idyllic destinations in the South Pacific, would make its final trip of the year to the Cook Islands next month.

“The cruise ship is carrying passengers mostly from the United States and there are a few Australians as well, as some from United Kingdom,” Henry said.” The age range is from late 50s to the early 80s.

“We have been blessed with  fine weather and pleased that the passengers were able to enjoy both Aitutaki and Rarotonga.”

Henry said the 2018 cruise ship season had proved successful, with most ships able to disembark passengers off Avatiu harbour in Rarotonga and Arutanga harbour in Aitutaki.

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