Over 400 tourists from the United States arrived in Port Moresby to embark on a half-day tour on Good Friday 26 March. 

Arriving early in the morning, the tourists were aboard the MS Nautica, an expeditionary vessel owned by Oceania Cruises

The tourists embarked on a journey through Port Moresby, visiting unique sites that showcased the diverse beauty of the city. 

From the greenery of Port Moresby Nature Park to the House of Parliament, the journey also included stops at the National Museum, the World War 2 memorial, and the Tubusereia Village. For the adventurous tourists, a hike through the rugged trails of Varirata National Park offered breathtaking views of the areas around Port Moresby. 

The MS Nautica, which had previously visited Samoa, Fiji, and Australia, has a reputation for specializing in bringing tourists to some of the most exotic destinations in the world. 

Oceania Cruises’ Destinations Manager, Antonia Goffredi, said that Papua New Guinea holds a special attraction for travellers seeking an adventure.

“PNG is a very exotic destination for tourists. It’s one of those unique places where tourists want to visit. Despite the negative perceptions sometimes portrayed in the media, when you actually come here, you’re enchanted by the beauty of the country,” said Goffredi. 

Tourists in Tubuseria Village - Oceania Cruises' Destinations
One of the 400 tourists onboard the MS Nautica who visited Tubuseria Village during the Easter Long Weekend.

Goffredi emphasized the overwhelming interest among passengers aboard the MS Nautica to explore PNG.

“More than 80% of the passengers onboard wanted to see Papua New Guinea, and I believe more tourists will come once they experience the country firsthand,” said Goffredi.

Echoing this sentiment, Mr. Eric Mossman Uvovo, Chief Executive Officer of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, highlighted the significant contribution of cruise tourism to the country’s economy.

“Cruise tourism is an essential part of Papua New Guinea’s tourism industry. In recent years, we’ve witnessed a substantial increase in the number of visitors arriving via cruise ships.

With strategic marketing efforts, we aim to further boost tourism numbers and position PNG as one of the most beloved tourist destinations in the world,” said Uvovo.

The visit from MS Nautica marks its inaugural visit to Port Moresby. Another planned visit to the country is scheduled for November to Alotau.  



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