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Luxury cruise ship brings in tourists

Shayal Devi
Thursday, January 31, 2013

TOURISTS visited the Sugar City yesterday as the MS Columbus 2 docked at the Lautoka Port.

People from Europe came into town to do shopping as the cruise ship arrived here en route to Sydney.

The cruise ship brought with it a staggering 565 passengers.

Couple Reinhard and Sigrid Wagner said: "This is our first trip and it was very interesting. We will probably visit again in some years as Fiji is so far away from Germany."

Similarly, Sylvia Hartman and Stephan Deeds also from Germany admitted that their second and first trip to Fiji had been wonderful.

"We love it, but we were supposed to go for a picnic but the weather was not good. Hopefully next time, the weather will be nicer," the Deeds said.

Captain of the MS Columbus 2 Oliver Schultz said the trip started back in October last year. He said so far, they visited places like the Caribbean, America and the Mediterranean.

Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industries administrator Mohammed Salim said lesser people had come into the city than expected.

"Those that came into the city visited shops like Jack's and other retail shops. However, not many turned up as we might have expected," Mr Salim said.