17 cruise ships for Tonga in 2013

Jan 20, 2013 Full story: Matangi Tonga

More ships are scheduled this year following the opening of the new Vuna Wharf in December 2011, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour.

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#1 Jan 21, 2013
Tonga is expecting 17 cruise ships this year a slight increase from the 15 that visited last year.
More ships are scheduled this year following the opening of the new Vuna Wharf in December 2011, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour.

The first cruise ship to visit Nuku'alofa for 2013 will be the MS Columbus II from Germany with 698 passengers and over 200 crew on January 28. The MS Europa also from Germany will arrive in the capital on January 29 with 500 passengers.

Acting CEO of the Ministry, Moana Taukolo, said with a new wharf and cruise steering committee in place would help to develop Tonga as a cruise destination. Of the 17 cruise ships, 13 will call in Nuku'alofa, five to Vava'u and one each to Niuatoputapu, Niuafo'ou and Ha'apai.

The majority of the cruise ships are from Australia, Germany, USA and New Zealand. For the first time a cruise ship from Italy the 'Costa' will visit Nuku'alofa in November. It is also expected that some cruise ships would visit Tonga twice.

The Government hoped that the new Vuna Wharf would help to drive the economy forward by attracting more cruise ships

Since: Dec 12

Kolomotu'a

#2 Jan 21, 2013
Still waiting on the 100 ships per year that was projected in building wharf vuna lol. I guess this is why I prefer to try stay away from politics esp ones at home, just makes you made today, tomorrow and yesterday lol.. Please Tonga, let's get elect honest people with the elections coming up soon.
Rasta

Auckland, New Zealand

#3 Jan 21, 2013
inv e wrote:
Still waiting on the 100 ships per year that was projected in building wharf vuna lol. I guess this is why I prefer to try stay away from politics esp ones at home, just makes you made today, tomorrow and yesterday lol.. Please Tonga, let's get elect honest people with the elections coming up soon.
Yeah, they say 100 to 200 per year....lol I think maybe they were talking about by year 3000 we would have had 100 to 200 cruise ships visited Tonga by then. Am sure these current politicians will still be around by then......Go Tonga, Go for Broke!!!!!No one cares anyway. Am just praying that Jesus returns before that.
hoping for better

Tonga

#4 Jan 23, 2013
the benefits of a cruise ship to Vavau are questionable when it arrives at 8 and leaves at 1 pm.
also understand three are cancelled due to Sunday arrivals, they need to plan better and stay longer.
Fungafonua

Tempe, AZ

#5 Jan 26, 2013
Hey I talk to u guys before about the prediction of cruse ship to Tonga a year someone put his wish list too much do the maths buddy it woun't happen u luckily it u have 6 to 10 a year or lower look the inforstructure of the island Hotels Transportation School Health Care Ecconomy Trades the Goverment Controlling and etc. we have more Tourist comming at the Airport not only Foregners but the Tongan citizen staying overseas they spend more money and helping the Ecconomy then the cruse ship

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