17 cruise liners to visit Tonga in 2016

Tonga's Ministry of Tourism has announced that 17 cruise ships have been confirmed to visit the Kingdom in 2016.

The first cruise ship to arrive in Tonga is the Pacific Princess arriving on Thursday, February 4 followed by three ships - MS Artania on February 6, Pacific Pearl February 11 and onwards to Vava’u with the Black Watch on February 24.

Since the establishment of the Vuna wharf in 2012, the cruise market has seen developments over the past few years from an increase in frequency of visits throughout the year to welcoming three ships within a day – a gold star for Tonga’s cruise market.

Under the careful guidance of the cruise steering committee, visitors can now enjoy a more vibrant experience with the introduction of traditional song and dance as part of the cruise day arrival and farewell amongst other cultural activities.

The Pacific Princess is due to berth at Vuna wharf at 8:00am departing at 5:00pm on February 4 handled by shipping agent Pacific Forum Line and operated by Jones Trave