PAPEETE GREETS 2,500-PASSENGER CRUISE SHIP

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Special ceremony for welcome visitors

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, July 15, 2009) - Princess Cruises’ 2,500-passenger Dawn Princess was to spend Wednesday in Papeéte Harbor before continuing its voyage. Most of the passengers had to a chance to discover Tahiti and the city of Papeéte.

A special welcome ceremony had been organized for the passengers by Tourism officials.

The main place for this warm welcome was the market located in the heart of Papeéte.

Traditional dances were scheduled and local food was also offered to the visitors.

"This is an important part of Polynesian culture that we want to share with tourists," Jacques Dauphin, who heads the Papeéte market, explained.

Other visitors chose to go around the island of Tahiti during their stay.

Tourism officials are glad several partners, including the Papeéte City Hall, the Tahiti Tourism board and the Port Authority, teamed up for the event.

The ship came from Australia and Samoa and is now scheduled to go to Hawaii and San Francisco.

Five passengers who were diagnosed with influenza A had to remain on the ship during the Papeéte port call.

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