Fiji Time: 7:32 PM on Sunday 25 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Features

Top-class cruise liner makes maiden voyage to Fiji

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

American cruise liner Norwegian Jewel of the Norwegian Cruise Line made her maiden voyage to Fiji recently, arriving at the Lautoka Port on November 2 and Suva on November 3.

The 294-metre-long beauty, whose godmother is Melanie Trump, spouse of US President Donald Trump, brought with her 2308 tourists and 1075 crew members.

As part of the tradition for any cruise liner visiting our shores for the first time, an exchange of commemorative plaques was done on board between the cruise liner and the local port owner.

It was a momentous day for Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd as chief financial officer Roshan Abeyesundere officiated at the event with Captain Kenneth Harstrom.

It was witnessed by relevant stakeholders that included representatives from Fiji Revenue and Customs Service, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, Fiji Ports Terminal Ltd, Fiji Police Force and cruise liner agent Swire Shipping before they were taken on a tour of the vessel.

Capt Harstrom thanked Fiji Ports for allowing them to visit the country and Mr Abeyesundere also thanked them for choosing Fiji as one of its destinations.

Operation supervisor for Swire Shipping, Taina Cokilawa, said they (Norwegian Jewel) were happy about their maiden voyage and were looking forward to returning to our shores in the near future.

Meanwhile, the Norwegian Jewel is the lead vessel for NCL's Jewel class cruise ships. The other ships are Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Star and Norwegian Sun.

The Norwegian Jewel entered service in 2005 after being constructed at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and was christened on November 3, 2005 at an official ceremony at the Port of Miami.

In an episode of The Apprentice, Mr Trump required the contestants to create a 30-second commercial of the ship.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63650.6175
JPY 54.034951.0349
GBP 0.35780.3498
EUR 0.40640.3944
NZD 0.68820.6552
AUD 0.64140.6164
USD 0.50240.4854



Exchange Rate updated on 23rd, February, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. History of the Steiners
  2. Man to beat
  3. Win for duo
  4. FTUC after another permit
  5. Team uncovers bugs
  6. PM receives Veisamasama
  7. $4m for residential lots
  8. RKS retains U19 title
  9. $517,240 agricultural damage bill
  10. Love and passion for design

Top Stories this Week

  1. Wheels for ex-PMs Thursday (22 Feb)
  2. Police brutality claims Thursday (22 Feb)
  3. Long wait Monday (19 Feb)
  4. Plans to open caves for public viewing Monday (19 Feb)
  5. Tears flow for eleven Wednesday (21 Feb)
  6. That fateful night Friday (23 Feb)
  7. Masirewa scores biggest try Monday (19 Feb)
  8. Adi Meretui joins SODELPA camp Monday (19 Feb)
  9. Threat claims by group Saturday (24 Feb)
  10. Choices for PM Saturday (24 Feb)