The tourists on board in one of the world’s largest cruise ships, “Sapphire Princess” got a chance to spend hours in Fiji’s capital today.
Sapphire Princess which accommodates approximately 2670 passengers and is the sixth Gem Class shop built by Princess Cruises berthed at the Kings Wharf in Suva in morning and attracted a lot of on-lookers while the on-board crew spent time out to shop and sight-see.
Handicraft sellers and shopkeepers took full advantage of the stopover while the Fiji Police Force tourist unit officers were also out assisting the visitors and giving them the necessary information about the capital.
The Fiji Police Band which was part of an awareness programme at Terry Walk also entertained the tourists with their live performances.
Dietel Miros a German tourist said he loved his first visit to Suva although it wasn’t his first to Fiji as he had been to Nadi previously on vacation.
“I love Fiji and the best about this place is the people who are very friendly and are always there to guide and help you out.”
“The waters are just fantastic for surfing, scuba diving and other sports.”
“But the climate this time around is a bit difficult as it is quite humid and hot but I love every moment of this stopover.”
Martha Simmons, an American tourist said she made the full use of her visit to the capital and bought some wonderful artifacts which she would gift her daughters.
“There are some fantastic souvenirs and gifts available in here and I just could not stop myself from buying a couple for my two daughters back home.”
“The people are awesome as well and it’s so good so see people of different races living and doing business together in here.”
Meanwhile, the handicraft sellers around the capital were also satisfied to make extra money.
Damu Tuiyadua from Colo-i- Suva who sells Fijian handcrafts and ornaments said his sale was just above average although he expected a bigger rise in sales.
“This is not the final port for the ship so the tourists are spending wisely and are not buying a lot,” he said.
“But the sale for today has been good and we would love to have more ships berthing in Suva so there is a rise in sales which should encourage cravers and designers like us to work on more designs and artwork.”
Sushil Prasad of Narere who has been in the business for the last eight years said he was content with the sale of his handicrafts.
“It was not a busy day for me as most tourists just spent their time visiting the city...