Top-class cruise liner makes maiden voyage to Fiji

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.

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