The cruise ship called in at Avatiu harbour as part of an 11 days, round trip from Cook Islands and Society Islands beginning and ending in Papeete, Tahiti.
Cook Islands Tourism’s destination development co-ordinator Sieni Tiraa said Paul Gauguin departed Rarotonga yesterday for Aitutaki where it is expected to arrive today.
After Aitutaki, the ship will venture on to Bora Bora Island, Tiraa said.
“The 332-passenger cruise ship Paul Gauguin is a top-luxury Tahiti-based liner operating year-round in French Polynesia. In 2012, the vessel was rated one of world’s ‘top 10 best small cruise ships’,” Tiraa said.
“An estimated 180 people disembarked (yesterday) and were on a range of different tours including safari tour, Takitumu conservation walk, lagoon cruises and Pa’s conservation walk.”
Paul Gauguin cruise ship’s agency in the country is Cruise Cook Islands.
Today, Crystal Symphony is expected to arrive into Rarotonga after departing the shores of Aitutaki late yesterday.
Crystal Symphony’s current cruise is 16 days, one-way from Papeete, Tahiti to Auckland, New Zealand.
“Matina Travel agency is in charge of this cruise liner. There are approximately 1000 passengers on board the Crystal Symphony. Passenger disembarking will be pending weather conditions,” Tiraa said.