17 cruise ships scheduled to arrive next year
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Seventeen cruise ships are scheduled to call into the Port of Pago Pago in 2019 and this includes four making their maiden voyages to American Samoa, bringing in more than 50,000 passengers and crew members, according to a schedule released yesterday by the American Samoa Visitors Bureau.
There are two ships scheduled for January with the first one, the Crystal Serenity, arriving on Jan. 27th; followed by only one in February; and three in March including two on their maiden voyages, the “MSC Magnifica” on Mar. 2nd and the “Celebrity Solstice” on Mar. 23rd.
There are three arriving in April, including the Star Princess on Apr. 13th on her maiden voyage; followed in September with one; three in October including the Rugby Princess on Oct. 10th on her maiden visit; three in November and one in December.
The cruise ships — all here on day visits — will bring to our shores a total of 50,730 passengers and crew members, according to the Visitors Bureau data, which shows that the Ruby Princess will bring in the highest number of passengers/ crew totaling 4,872.
For 2018 there were 16 ships on the scheduled — three more left this year on Nov. 20, Dec. 1st, and Dec. 8th
Cruise ship planning and scheduling are done at least three or four years in advance and it is one of the reasons reps from the Visitors Bureau attend cruise ship fairs/ travel shows off island — to promote the territory.
As of yesterday, 14 ships are already scheduled to visit American Samoa in 2020 and one in 2021, according to the ASVB website, which asks visitors to “Take a Cruise to American Samoa” where Pago Pago Harbor is a regular stopover for cruise lines either on around the world voyages or seasonal repositioning cruises to Australia, North America, and Asia.