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Cruise liners bring life to Sugar City

Maciu Malo
Thursday, November 22, 2012

LAUTOKA welcomed two cruise ships on Tuesday and with the vessels came hundreds of tourists who flocked to the city and the surrounding areas.

Lautoka Chamber of Commerce administrator Mohammed Salim said the visit injected life into the Sugar City.

"It is rare to have two cruise ships berthed at the same time here in Lautoka. It is a blessing to many businesses," he said.

"The last cruise ship that berthed at this wharf was four months back and this kind of visit will do well for businesses."

The cruise ships attracted families who arrived from different parts of the world to start their sea vacation from Fiji.

Bob and Maggie Shoecraft arrived from San Diego, USA, Garry and Fiona Dowdle flew in from Melbourne while Michael and Joan O'Connor came in from Perth.

Mr Shoecraft said he arrived by plane on Monday to meet with relatives and friends from Australia.

He said they knew in advance that the cruise ship would be in Fiji this month and made arrangements with their counterparts in Australia to board the ship in Fiji.

"We wanted to come and spend a few days in Fiji before boarding the ship and we really loved every minute of our stay in this beautiful country," he said.

"But before the trip we want to first experience the Fijian way of life and we are glad to meet some wonderful people."

Both cruise ships departed Lautoka yesterday.


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