Approximately 1,800 passengers arrived at the country’s capital, Port Vila, on Wednesday 8 April – less than a month after the cyclone wreaked havoc on the island. P&O has previously sent shipments of aid to Vanuatu, and Pacific Dawn’s latest visit also brought supplies to help with the country’s recovery effort.
P&O said there was a “carnival atmosphere” at the wharf in Port Vila, as a band and musicians turned out to welcome the cruise passengers.
“Cruise tourism is a vital component of the Vanuatu economy with two thirds of international visitors arriving by cruise ship,” P&O said in a statement. “The visits are expected to inject vital funds into the local economy and lift locals’ spirits during a time of rebuilding.”
Another P&O ship, Pacific Pearl, is due to arrive in Port Vila on Saturday.