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Mere Naleba
Thursday, January 30, 2014

ABOUT 1990 people on board the vessel Sea Princess witnessed for themselves the Bula smile on Tuesday.

Passenger Andrew Smith of Australia has been to Fiji three times already and does not plan to stop visiting the country that he says has so much warmth and friendly people.

Mr Smith said this trip to Fiji was all that he had been planning since his retirement as a bank officer in December last year.

He said visiting Suva was always the highlight of his cruise as he witnessed so many friendly people who were always greeting tourists with smiling faces.

The vessel's public relations officer, Briana Chisham, confirmed the cruise liner was berthed at Port Denarau in Nadi since Monday and later travelled to Suva. It was expected to be in Noumea the following day.

The Sun class cruise ship also gave tourists a chance to shop and visit local shops and other facilities within Suva as the cruise liner was berthed at the Suva Kings Wharf.

Members of the local business community eagerly set up their stalls along the closed Stinson Parade in the hope of selling handicraft items and jewellery.

"Every time a cruise liner comes in, we would leave our stalls and come and set up our tables here," Akuila Matai said.

"Most tourists would buy bracelets, necklaces, earrings, they hardly buy wooden masks or carved items because they will have to go through quarantine and we understand.

"So when we come out here to set up our business we only bring items that they would buy."








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