First Chinese Cruise Ship Visits Vanuatu

Prime Minister of Vanuatu Welcomes Costa Atlantica

Prime Minister of Vanuatu Welcomes Costa Atlantica

Post by Richard Butler | 16 December 2016 |

The Costa Atlantica, currently sailing China’s first 46-day cruise to the South Pacific, has become the first large cruise to visit Vanuatu from China as it berthed in Port Villa earlier in the week with over 2,000 Chinese guests onboard.

The ship and passengers were greeted by Salwai Charlot, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Joe Natuman, Deputy Prime Minister, Liu Quan, Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu, Parliament representatives, other Vanuatu government officials, the local media, as well as representatives of the local Chinese community.

The VIP Delegation of Vanuatu was later welcomed by Captain Nicolo Alba.

Prime Minister Charlot and Captain Alba exchanged plaques during the commemorative meeting.

According to a statement from Costa, in line with China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, this 46-day cruise launched by Costa Asia in partner with Caissa Touristic is expected to promote cooperation between the countries along the road in travel, business, culture, education and transportation.

The arrival of China’s first South Pacific cruise was special cause for celebration in Vanuatu, welcomed by tropical music and local dance performances to entertain Chinese guests with local traditions. Then Costa Atlantica docked at Port Villa for 10 hours, allowing its guests to explore the culture and nature in the island nation.

Richard Butler

Besides Co-Editor here, Richard is Co-Editor at and has written a popular book on Vanuatu, How the WTO Will Change Vanuatu and How You Can Escape to this South Pacific Island Paradise available on Richard is a Resort and residential property developer, marketer, and project construction manager who fell in love with the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu and for 3 years 2012 to May 2015 has been a successful Trade Commissioner for the Republic of Vanuatu. So successful that the government reappointed him in April 2017 for a further 3-year term!

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