Whilst enjoying a live gig in the Place To’ata Stadium in Tahiti, John nudged me.
Not only did we have an excellent view of the stage from our seats but we also had a commanding view of the Papeete Port. A large cruise ship was docking on the Paqu Dock next to the marina.
This year, there have been more cruise ships visiting French Polynesia than ever before. The “tick box” locations are Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti.
Over the Easter holiday between Sunday April 21st and Monday April 29th, five “Grand capacity” cruise ships with more than 2000 passengers on board, arrived in the Port of Papeete. These large cruise ships are floating cities. There were also a number of smaller cruise ships visiting the port, some of which are based in Tahiti.
Prior to the Easter splurge of cruise ship passengers, the Minister of Tourism headed a meeting with representatives from all the organisations involved with the cruise ship industry to ensure that the hosting was successful. There were a lot of people at the meeting. It seemed like every top official from Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea was there as well as representatives from all the town organisations. It was a gathering to behold.
So, before the passengers purchase their pearls and souvenirs.
Or are entertained by musicians and dancers.
Or take an excursion around the island
Think of all the people who made their visit possible.
The Port authority employees whose tugs and pilot boat bring the ships into port, with line handlers to take the lines.
Customs and immigration clearance before anyone can step ashore.
Reprovisioning of supplies and refuelling.
Waste removal and cleaning .
Security, traffic policing.
The coaches and taxis.
There are the floral decorators who make the town look bright and welcoming.
Then of course there’s all the administration that goes on behind the scenes.
I’m sure the cruise ship passengers enjoy their experience. No doubt the tourist industry profits from their visit and help to boost the economy.