P&O'S REGAL PRINCESS LUXURY LINER ADDS TO TAHITI'S VISITORS

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P&O'S REGAL PRINCESS LUXURY LINER ADDS TO TAHITI'S VISITORS

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (April 26, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---Some 2,400 tourists have been arriving in Papeete this week to board or depart the P&O Cruises' luxury liner Regal Princess, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

Paradoxically, the 246-meter-long (812 feet) ship is boosting air traffic into French Polynesia, since most tourists fly into the capital to start the ship’s tour to the French Polynesian islands of Moorea and Bora Bora.

Three Boeing 747s are expected to deliver 1,200 more tourists who will be part of the next voyage, which will continue on to Hawai‘i.

Another 1,200 passengers will leave the current cruise in Papeete and fly back to the United States.

The arrival of the new ship has caused some commotion. A makeshift terminal, mostly consisting of tents and marquees, had to be built, pending completion of a permanent terminal now under construction.

Other recently introduced luxury liners, the Renaissance 3 and 4, although respectable in size, do not, however, match the Regal Princess’ enormous dimensions (32 meters/106 feet wide, 50 meter/165 feet high, 70,000 tons). The Regal Princess is too large to use Papeete's main wharf, so it currently is moored in an area usually reserved for oil tankers.

The Regal Princess can accommodate up to 1,590 passengers on its 12 decks.

It has two swimming pools, one casino, a 360° scenic view dining room, and several nightclubs and ball rooms.

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