Last call for Crown Princess to Samoa

By Deidre Fanene 05 November 2016, 12:00AM

It may have been the last visit to Samoa for the cruise ship, Crown Princess but at least one couple who are passengers may be back again. 

The Samoa Observer was able to catch up with some of the passengers from the ship and ask about their views of Samoa.

Darryl and Teresa Warning, a retired couple from England said this is their first time visiting Samoa.

“It’s amazing to see such a beautiful country,” said Mrs. Warning.

“The weather is perfect because from where we’re from we don’t get to see this kind of weather in the U.K."

“Yes there is summer but it’s not as warm as here in your country, and it’s very green here which is beautiful.”

Asked if they will visit Samoa again Mr. Warning said they might not because it’s very far away and it’s a bit expensive.

“This was the only way for us to come here to your beautiful country in the cruise ship,” he said.

“It’s not because we don’t like it here, but mainly it’s too far and a bit expensive but Samoa is so beautiful."

“To be very honest I never knew about Samoa until this trip and so I am very blessed to be here and finally I can tell my friends that I have walked on the shores of this beautiful country.”

Mr. Warning said American Samoa is different from here.

“We were there yesterday and it was small but here it’s very beautiful and another thing that amazes us is the people,” he said.

“Your people are very friendly, even if you are busy you have the time to say hello and smile and we don’t really get from where we are from."

“Everyone is too busy even to say hello but here it feels welcoming and very friendly and if we do get another chance, we will definitely visit Samoa again.”

Another couple from Canada who did not want to give their names said the most amazing thing about Samoa is the number of church buildings.

“It’s amazing how beautiful the buildings are and they are so close to each other and I guess that your people are very committed to church hence why you are all amazing people and friendly,” said the woman.

“It took 28 days for the ship to arrive here and to me experiencing your country for just a day is worth the wait and I will definitely come back when I get the chance and stay for a bit longer.”

The cruise ship Crown Princess berthed at the wharf of Samoa early yesterday and left for Borabora, Tahiti in the evening.

According to the officials of the Samoa Ports Authority the cruise ship left Los Angeles, USA on the 21st of October.

“It came from Pago Pago, American Samoa yesterday morning,” the official said.

“Betham Brothers Enterprises Ltd is the agent and it carries 4023 passengers and 1408 crew members."

“The Youth Group from Fa’atoia welcomed the ship early yesterday morning at the wharf at Matautu.”

The official went on to say that this will be Crown Princess’s last call to Apia.

“This Crown Princess’s last call to Apia is due to port rehabilitation,” she said.

 “Some vessels have cancelled their calls for next year but we are looking forward to 2018 when the project is completed and we can accommodate more monthly cruise ships from Sydney Australia.”

By Deidre Fanene 05 November 2016, 12:00AM
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