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More cruise ships expected

Monday 3 April 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Travel

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More cruise ships expected
Passengers onboard cruise ship Hanesatic Nature disembark at Avatiu Port to enjoy a day of activities and sightseeing in Rarotonga. RASHNEEL KUMAR/23032741

Atleast three cruise ships are scheduled to call in the Cook Islands this month including visits to Atiu and Palmerston.

Cook Islands Ports Authority harbour master John Jessie says the country is “definitely” going to see more cruise ships arriving this year.

Jessie is also expecting an increase in the number of passengers who would be arriving on cruise ships this month.

According to Cruise Cook Islands, Silver Explorer that has the capacity to carry 144 guests is expected to arrive in Rarotonga on April 16, Aitutaki on April 17 and Palmerston on April 18.

The Paul Gauguin will arrive in Aitutaki on April 18 followed by Rarotonga on April 19.

The Aranui 5 with a guest capacity of 256 will arrive in Aitutaki on April 20, Atiu on April 21 and Rarotonga on April 22.

Late last month luxury expedition ship Hanesatic Nature anchored outside the Avatiu Port where 190 guests spent the day sightseeing and enjoying various activities in Rarotonga.

Cruise Cook Islands’ Stuart Henry earlier said the guests who got off the ship took part in activities such as Raro Safari tour, Takitumu Conservation Kakerori Bird watching, Circle Island Tour, Muri lagoon snorkel tour, and private Ariki Adventures sea scooter tour.

The visitors also hired private rental vehicles and taxis while some explored Avarua and nearby places on foot.