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SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, May 2) – Tourists on board the cruise ship Pacific Princess enjoyed the sights and sounds of Suva in Fiji on Saturday.

The cruiser berthed in Suva at midday, putting a smile on the faces of retailers and curio vendors.

The vessel is on a 15-day cruise with 633 passengers and 373 crewmembers aboard.

Many of the mostly Australian visitors were visiting Fiji for the first time.

Shortly after arrival, the tourists and crew rushed off into the Capital City looking for mementos and bargains.

A New Zealander living in Australia said she loved the environment and the smiling faces of locals. She said consumer goods in Fiji were lot cheaper than in Australia.

She bought toiletries from Tappoos in Suva.

"I paid much less than what I would have had to pay for them in Australia," she said.

"There are so many interesting faces and shops here selling excellent stuff at pretty cheap prices."

An Australian couple said they were ripped off by a curio vendor, and had to spend $170.

Tony and Colleen Cameron said Fiji had been through many changes since their last visit 40 years ago.

"We are disappointed with what happened with us in Fiji," they said.

But, they are thinking of visiting an island resort here on their next visit.

The cruiser left the same day for Tahiti.

May 3, 2005

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