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First call into Suva

Mere Naleba
Sunday, January 19, 2014

A CRUISE liner that made its maiden voyage to Suva yesterday brought people from more than 40 different countries.

The MS Voyager of the Seas was berthed at the Suva wharf after three and a half days of travel from Australia to Fiji carrying more than 3000 passengers and 1000 crew.

"One of our crew is a Fijian, he is from Lautoka, but he is on another liner at the moment," cruise master Captain Sverre Ryan said.

"To be popular, we have to invent ideas to keep our guests entertained which is why we have a theatre, an ice skating rink and so many other kinds of activities on the liner for our passengers.

"At times when we stop at a port, the people of that country feel a shock wave because they see the large number of people getting off the boat, but Suva is pretty busy for a Saturday."

The liner left Sydney in Australia with more than 3000 passengers and travelled to Fiji within three and half days covering 3100 kilometres and left Suva last night for New Caledonia before returning to Australia.

"What I love about Fiji is its positive people," Capt Ryan said.

"This is our third voyage into Fiji, but our first to Suva and it's pretty exciting.

"We are returning to Fiji in March and what sets her (cruise liner) apart from other cruise liners is the kind hearted staff we have."

Capt Ryan said guests were entertained by musical group Abba on Friday night on their way to Suva from Lautoka and last night world renowned magician and illusionist John Taylor performed shows for guests in the ships Broadway theatre.

For this month alone the MS Voyager of the Seas has made its second voyage to Fiji with one voyage around three ports lasting 14 days.

"It is nice to see locations where movies were filmed here in Fiji and it's also great to be able to be on Fiji time although I am working every day," he said.

The MS Voyager of the Seas has 15 decks, 10 pools and whirlpools and 14 bars, restaurants and lounges.

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