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Six cruise ships are scheduled to visit the Cook Islands for the months of October through to December this year.
Already two have visited Palmerston and Aitutaki, with four more expected to arrive in coming weeks.
Cook Islands Tourism said they were pleased to note an increase number of scheduled cruise ship visits to the Cook Islands for the coming period of time.
Metua Vaiimene, the Cook Islands Tourism director of destination development, said the increase in the cruise ship visits to the country was good news to the industry.
“We are delighted with the continuous growth in cruise ships visiting our shores, with only a few cancellations occurring this season,” Vaiimene said.
“We will continue to support the cruise ship industry and look forward to more rewarding seasons ahead.”
The Paul Gaugin, which is a frequent visitor to our shores is scheduled for a stopover in Rarotonga tomorrow before making her way over to Aitutaki on Saturday.
The luxury cruise liner, which operates in French Polynesia and the South Pacific, was initially scheduled to arrive Wednesday.
“This is the fifth voyage for the Paul Gaugin this year to the Cook Islands. From Aitutaki, the Paul Gaugin will travel to Bora Bora. The Paul Gaugin on average carries 332 passengers and is serviced by 215 crew,” said Cook Islands Tourism in a statement.
“We also see the return of MS Caledonia Sky of the Noble Caledonia Cruise Line to our waters, with calls at remote Palmerston and at Aitutaki this past weekend (Friday, October 6 in Palmerston and Saturday, October 7 in Aitutaki).”
MS Caledonia Sky, which carries around 100 passengers, will return to Cook Islands waters this Saturday and will remain here until Monday with stops at Atiu, Rarotonga and again at Palmerston.
From there the MS Caledonia Sky will travel to Niue.
Ship’s agent, Stuart Henry of Cruise Cook Islands says the Caledonia Sky’s last visit to these islands was a successful one.
Meanwhile, the Paul Gauguin is scheduled to arrive at 8am tomorrow and will discharge passengers off Avatiu harbour.
Cook Islands Tourism destination development coordinator Sieni Tiraa said as weather conditions could be uncertain, disembarkation would not be confirmed until the morning of arrival and was totally dependent on assessments by the captain and/or agent.
“All tourism operators are advised to prepare as much as possible for these arrivals and conditions.”
October 6 – Caledonia Sky – Palmerston, October 7 – Caledonia Sky – Aitutaki, October 13 – Paul Gauguin – Rarotonga, October 14 – Paul Gauguin – Aitutaki, October 14 – Caledonia Sky – Atiu, October 15 – Caledonia Sky – Rarotonga, October 16 – Caledonia Sky – Palmerston, November 1 – Caledonia Sky – Palmerston, November 2 – Caledonia Sky – Aitutaki, November 3 – Caledonia Sky – Atiu, December 3 – Maasdam – Rarotonga, December 5 – Paul Gauguin – Aitutaki, December 6 – Paul Gauguin – Rarotonga....PACNEWS
SOURCE: COOK ISLAND NEWS/PACNEWS
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