Cruise ship arrives today

Tuesday May 07, 2019 Written by Published in Local
The cruise liner Paul Gauguin is arriving this morning with more than 300 passengers on board. 19050613 The cruise liner Paul Gauguin is arriving this morning with more than 300 passengers on board. 19050613

Luxury cruise ship Paul Gauguin is expected to arrive in Rarotonga for a day-long visit today.


The award-winning cruise liner was in Aitutaki yesterday and is scheduled to port in at Avatiu harbour this morning.

Stuart Henry of Cruise Cook Islands, which is the local agent of Paul Gauguin cruise ships, said they have 326 passengers and 223 crew members onboard.

Henry said the average age of the passengers was 65-70 years.

Before visiting Aitutaki, he said Paul Gauguin was in Papeete and after Rarotonga, the cruise ship will head for Bora Bora.

“In Rarotonga, we have various activities planned for the visiting cruise ship tourists. They include a tour around the island, safari tours, Pa’s trek walk, a visit to Takitumu Conservation Area, Captain Tama’s lagoon cruise, and a charter to Muri beach,” Henry said.

“We are hoping the weather remains fine so we are able to get the passengers onboard safely to the shore.”

Henry said after today’s tours, the visitors would be entertained by the Akirata dance group onboard Paul Gauguin.

In Aitutaki yesterday, the cruise ship visitors enjoyed round island tour, safari tour, snorkeling trips, and a full day lagoon cruise to One Foot Island including barbeque lunch.

Meanwhile in a statement, Cook Islands Tourism said “as weather conditions can be uncertain, disembarking will not be confirmed until the morning of arrival(s) and is totally dependent on the assessments by the captain and/or agent”.

“All tourism operators are advised to prepare as much as possible for these arrivals and conditions.”

1 comment

  • Comment Link Roger Dieudonne Wednesday, 08 May 2019 13:08 posted by Roger Dieudonne

    Always enjoy the news and we were in raro mid March for two weeks and remember the Gauguin visit
    Love your beautiful island and we will be back for a fourth time by Christmas
    Kia to all of you love. Roger

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