Cruise company confirms more visits

The P & O Cruises Pacific Explorer docks at the Port of Lautoka on Monday, August 15, 2022. Picture: SITERI SAUVAKACOLO

Carnival Australia has announced that its cruise ships and its sister liners will make 34 visits to Fiji over the next year.

Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises president Marguerite Fitzgerald shared this with government representatives and local tourism stakeholders who converged at the Port of Lautoka to welcome more than 1000 visitors who were on board the Pacific Explorer.

“As a company, we take very seriously the economic value that our industry brings and to really deliver that value to the communities that we visit,” Ms Fitzgerald remarked.

“And that’s really why we have worked so hard to make today happen, we know that many communities depend on the economic activity the cruise brings in and so that really has been our driving force in making sure that we could come back and come back as quickly as possible.

“I’m sure that you know that Australians love and respect Fiji and that’s why we are making sure that we’re restarting the cruise industry here.”

Ms Fitzgerald said they had missed the Fijian hospitality and the Fijian smiles in the past two years. We’ve missed Fiji, we’ve missed the hospitality and we’ve missed the smiles of Fijians.

“This signals the beginning and the revision of cruise tourism to the South Pacific overall and this is actually the first call we’ve made in the South Pacific,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

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