Pacific Eden Visits Solomon Islands and its a huge success
On the 30th of September 2016 P&O Cruises Pacific Eden visited the beautiful island of Ghizo in the Western Province of Solomon Islands. This is the first time a ship this size has landed in Gizo, carrying 1500 guests plus crew. The town of Gizo worked tirelessly and made every effort to ensure their guests had the best time. This was no problem as the magnificent islands of Gizo easily offers some of the best snorkelling, swimming and diving spots in the world. The white sandy beaches, warm tropical turquoise water, the incredible marine life, the majestic coconut trees veering along the beautiful coast of Saeragi and not to mention the beautiful smiling faces of the people. Gizo is nothing short of a classic tropical paradise.
Guests also had the opportunity to experience the rich culture of the Solomon Islands through traditional song and dance, traditional basket weaving, traditional cooking and traditional artefacts displayed by different island groups in Gizo.
One highlight of the day was visiting & experiencing the historical connections with WW II especially visiting Kennedy Island. The island is well known for its connection with the US President John F. Kennedy having stranded on the island with his men as a young lieutenant, when his (PT109) torpedo boat was rammed by a Japanese naval vessel. This tour not only offered passengers a chance to retrace President John.F. Kennedy's steps but to also enjoy the beauty and serenity of the island.
Another highlight for the visit is the Tomoko (traditional War Canoe) Canoe ride. Guests were given a chance to enjoy a 10-15 minute ride in a Tomoko which is what was used traditionally for transportation to warfare during the head hunting days and important traditional ceremonies. The Tomoko had 6 paddlers on each end of the canoe and 8-10 passengers at one time enjoyed this unique experience.
Tours offered in Gizo included:
- Fatboys Resort
- Sanbis Resort
- Saeragi Cultural village
- Epanga Village
- Tomoko ride
- Futsal & Cultural show
Pacific Eden then journeyed eastward to the capital city of Honiara on the 1st of October 2016 and became the first Cruise ship and the largest vessel to berth at the new international port.
Passengers were welcomed at the new wharf with a bamboo band and dancers, the police band and the colourful pop up markets. A variety of historical and cultural tours were offered by P&O and managed by GTS Travel. Honiara tours include:
- WW II Historical Tours
- Eastern & Western Battlefield Tours
- Honiara City Tours
- Sikaiana Cultural Village Tour
- Ginger Beach
This inaugural visit by the Pacific Eden to Gizo and Honiara were very sucessful with 600 passengers taking up tours with P&O/ GTS Travel and rating this visit to the Solomon Islands the best stop over of their cruise.
The government and people of Solomon Islands are working hard and looking forward to welcoming back the Pacific Eden at the end of October/early November.
Check out the Carnival Australia Website below for additional information