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2000 passengers of the Queen Victoria cruise liner witnessed real Tongan traditions and culture in the events of the passing of the Late Queen Mother

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 03/03/2017

 The arrival of Queen Victoria cruise ship to Tonga is good timing, for the visitors to witness the royal traditional rituals observed, as Tonga mourns the passing of the Late Queen Mother – Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho.

This includes traditional presentations of feitu’ui and ha’amo, purple and black decorations of Nuku’alofa and people wearing black outfit and huge mats.

The Queen Victoria Cruise ship arrived Tonga from its last port of call, Borabora in French Polynesia (Tahiti) with 1800 passengers and 900 crews.

Cruise ships visiting Tonga, helps boost Tonga’s economy from tourists spending in the country, such as buying handicrafts touring historical sites and scenic spots.

The ship departs Vuna Wharf at 7pm today heading for Auckland NZ, then to Australia.

Meanwhile the 2nd cruise ship to visit Tonga this month will arrive on the 6th, Monday next week.

The Costa Luminoza ship, owned by an Italian Company will travel to Tonga with more than 1,000 passengers.

This cruise liner has visited Tonga earlier last year.

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