Luxury cruise ship promotes Cooks trip

Friday 22 January 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National

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Luxury cruise ship promotes Cooks trip
Cruise ship Paul Gaugin making a stop in Rarotonga. 16091323

Paul Gauguin Cruises are advertising Cook Islands as one of the destinations in its 2021 itinerary, but there's no imminent change to the temporary ban on cruise ships, officials say.

Cook Islands is being advertised as one of the destinations in Paul Gauguin’s 11-night cruise from September 25 – October 6, 2021.

According to the award-winning cruise liner, this 11-night odyssey showcases the region’s incredible diversity of scenery, from Aitutaki’s low-lying islands to the jagged peaks and deep valleys of fertile Rarotonga.

While in the Cook Islands, the ship will call upon Aitutaki, “a tiny island that’s home to one of the world’s most spectacular lagoons”.

It will continue to the Society Islands to delight in the South Pacific’s crown jewels – Bora Bora, Taha’a, Huahine, and Moorea, it adds.

However local authorities say there is no indication of when the temporary ban implemented early last year on all cruise ships, pleasure crafts and yachts entering Cook Islands waters, will be lifted.

Cook Islands Tourism this week reiterated that cruise tourism remains closed.

for the “short to medium term, with all ports and islands closed to cruise ships until further notice”.

Tourism chief executive officer Halatoa Fua said in 2020, 17 cruise ships calls were cancelled due to border restrictions imposed in March, 2020.

Fua said these cruise ships were anticipated to arrive in the Cook Islands between March 5 and December 24, last year.

In their travel advisory, Paul Gauguin Cruises say their guests and crew always come first, and they want to assure that their health and well-being is a top priority.

And due to Covid-19, the Cruises said they made the difficult decision to suspend their cruise departures up to April 7 this year.