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Another day, another cruise ship visit

Thursday November 08, 2018 Written by Published in Economy
Another day, another cruise ship visit

Hundreds of passengers from aboard the second cruise ship to visit Rarotonga in two days disembarked in tenders to explore the island yesterday.


They were aboard the luxury Holland America vessel MS Maasdam, which also called at the island late last month.

A continual stream of passengers was brought to Avatiu wharf aboard the ship’s tenders, and the visitors quickly strode off to join tours or to explore nearby Avarua on foot.

Apart from the fact that there were not as many tour buses there to meet them, the scene was pretty much a repeat of Monday morning, when large numbers of passengers from the Seabourn Sojourn came ashore at Avatiu and boarded tour buses bound for various tourist activities around the island.

On both days they were greeted in song by cultural icon Papatua Papatua and some of the visitors wasted no time in requesting photo opportunities with him.

MS Maasdam is on what is billed as a “Polynesian Idyll” departing from Papeete, Tahiti. It carries 1258 passengers and with its tranditionally formal style, is known for its appeal to older travellers.

The Seabourn Sojourn is operated by the Seabourn Cruise Line, an ultra-luxury cruise line based in Seattle, US and carries around 450 passengers.

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