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Tourists cruise into city port

Jone Kalouniviti
Saturday, April 05, 2014

THE biggest cruise liner to dock at Lautoka wharf this year arrived yesterday.

The MS Oosterdam, carrying 1800 passengers and a working crew of 800, arrived from the Isle of Pine in New Caledonia early in the morning and by 9am tourists were shopping in the city.

Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry administrator Mohammed Salim said the cruise liner was the seventh to arrive in Lautoka this year.

The ship, owned by the Holland America Line, was launched in 2003 and sails between Canada, Hawaii, Australia and the South Pacific.

Tourists interviewed yesterday enjoyed their one-day stopover in Fiji.

Canadian couple Don, 72, and Faye Leaman, 69, wished they could have stayed a few more days.

The couple are on a 43-day cruise throughout the Pacific and Australia and Hawaii.

"It is very warm here in Fiji but the sight of the islands when we came through was absolutely amazing," said Mr Leaman.