P&O Cruises Australia made history this month after its new vessel, Pacific Eden, became the largest ever cruise ship to visit the paradise region of Gizo on the Solomon Islands.
Pacific Eden’s arrival in the Western Province of Gizo, which is rarely visited by cruise traffic, marks the first time P&O has sailed to the Solomon Islands. The ship called at the city’s new cruise Honiara City wharf, which was only recently completed. In doing so it became the largest ship to ever dock at the city, heralding a new era of charter cruising to the Solomon Islands.
Sture Myrmell, president of P&O Cruises Australia, said: “Pacific Eden has the honour of being the largest cruise ship and the first P&O vessel to visit the City of Gizo — a major event for the community. From the moment our guests got off the ship, they were made to feel welcome. Our ship’s tenders were greeted and escorted to shore by a traditional war “tomoko” canoe, paddled by 26 locals.
“The main road was closed to create a pedestrian walk and lined with traditional arts and crafts stalls staffed by locals, including wood carvers from all over the Western Province who came to the city to sell handcrafted souvenirs.
“The Solomon Islands craftsmanship is world-class and its wood carvers are renowned for beautiful work that features Mother of Pearl shell inlay. There were also locals selling fresh coconuts and entertainers showcasing the area’s cultural dancing and music.
“I would like to thank the people of the City of Gizo for putting on a wonderful welcome for our guests, providing an experience of the Pacific that they will never forget.”
Pacific Eden is currently offering 10-day cruises in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands from the port of Cairns, and is set to revisit Gizo and Honiara at the end of October.
Since launching its latest ocean liners, Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria, P&O Australia has focused on offering “expeditionary” style cruises to lesser-known destinations, like Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. P&O is one of the only cruise lines in Australia to push the envelope in terms of the choice of destinations available, unlocking a range of new, exciting destinations for passengers.
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