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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Mar. 17) - Passengers of the visiting cruise ship Aston made the most of their day yesterday in Suva, Fiji’s capital, as they soaked up the sun and toured duty-free and handicraft shops in the city.

The smiling faces and friendly gestures of locals touched Anja Ronge-Pohl of Denmark.

Ms. Ronge-Pohl, a hotel manager, was one of the 420 passengers on board the Aston.

The cruise liner called into the Suva port on Tuesday morning as part of its round-the-world tour.

"I find things very cheap in Fiji compared to other countries we have visited," she said.

"And the people are just lovely."

Students Egor Muller and Jennifer Smith, both in their 20s, found the weather ideal for a tan.

"It is very cold in Europe right now," they said.

The visitors frequented the stalls of handicraft sellers and embroidery shops for souvenirs.

The Aston’s round-the-world five-month tour started in Germany. It is scheduled to visit other ports in Fiji before leaving for other Pacific Island countries next week.

March 18, 2005

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