Maasdam calls in the ‘Hidden Paradise’

Asenaca Nabete and Marica Ramatau serve passengers of the cruise liner Marsden. Picture LUKE RAWALAI

SAVUSAVU Town was a hive of activities yesterday as passengers of the cruise liner Maasdam called in at the small town.

Tourists took advantage of handicraft stalls that lined the streets in town yesterday.

Passengers were ferried to town by shuttles from the cruiseliner after they were welcomed at the Savusavu Copra Shed.

Australian couple Anne and Daniel McFadden were among the many tourists who had a short experience about the Hidden Paradise.

The McFadden’s said Savusavu Town was their ninth stop since the cruise began on March 27.

Mr McFadden said the trip was for 19 days and looked forward to visiting Taveuni today before heading out to Vanuatu.

American national Hilda Wattinson said the artifacts sold at the stalls in Savusavu were fascinating.

In welcoming the visiting cruiseliner, Savusavu Tourism Association’s chairperson Violet Smith said the visit was one of the nine scheduled cruise visits to the town this year.

Ms Smith said even though cruiseliner passengers did not spend much time during their visits, it was a positive exposure for the town.

She said through the previous cruise liner visits, they had been able to highlight the need for the refurbishment of the Savusavu wharf.

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