By Mike Puia
THE popular Tavanipupu private island resort in Marau on Guadalcanal’s eastern tip is now a new port for cruise ships.
The first cruise ship that has confirmed to call in at the island resort, in November, is Seabourn.
This fine resort is known for playing host to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Princess Kate, during their visit to the country in 2012.
The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) has received initial confirmation from seven cruise ships that have booked to visit this country this year.
SIVB’s Senior Marketing Officer, Ellison Kyere, said they expect the number of cruise ships to increase when they received confirmation from other cruise ship agents.
Based on initial confirmation, Kyere revealed the number of cruise ships coming to the country has seen a drop this year.
He said the significant thing year is the fact a new port (Tavanipupu) has been added.
The first two cruise ship to arrive in Honiara, in February, is the Ocean Dreams and Caledonian Sky. Silver Discoverer, Pacific Eden and L’Austral are other cruise ships that will also visit the country.