German cruise ship visits Apia
German cruise ship AIDAaura docked at Matautu wharf in Apia yesterday morning.
The visit of the ship to Samoa makes it four in the last month, confirming Samoa as a population destination for cruise tourism operators around the world.
Passengers from the vessel disembarked and filled the streets of Apia town to sightsee, while the adventurous ones booked tours to explore more of Upolu.
The ship had 1100 passengers and a 500-strong crew member with most of the tourists from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
AIDAaura departed Hamburg city in Germany on October 8 for a 117-days around-the-world cruise, and is scheduled to visit 41 ports in 20 countries on four continents, and concludes the tour on February 2 next year.
Apart from Germany the cruise ship has also visited Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Samoa in the Pacific Islands. The ship left Samoa around 6pm yesterday for its next Pacific Islands destination, Fiji.
AIDA is Europe's largest German cruise line company and targets younger and more active travelers.