Guam, Saipan prepare for the arrival of M/V Diamond Princes cruise ship
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam and Saipan are preparing to welcome more than 2,500 passengers and crew members aboard the M/V Diamond Princess, which returned to the ocean in the summer of last year after being docked for two years due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the onset of the global pandemic.
The M/V Diamond Princess, the second cruise ship to come to Guam since the beginning of the pandemic, will arrive dockside at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow.
The MS Amadea pulled into Apra Harbor last year.
Port General Manager Rory J. Respicio said three more luxury cruise liners are on schedule to arrive this year.
The M/V Diamond Princess will be bringing 1,545 passengers and 1,097 crew members who are expected to disembark by 8 a.m.
The M/V Diamond Princess, sailing under the United Kingdom flag, is a 951.44-foot-long vessel arriving from Hawaii and will be dockside at F-5 pier.
Passengers arriving tomorrow morning will be greeted dockside by cultural dancers and will be able to experience a taste of Guam straight off the ship at various local food trucks staged at the Port for the day.
After departing from Guam, at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Diamond Princess will set sail for Saipan, where it is scheduled to arrive at 8 a.m.
Local restaurants, retail establishments and other businesses anticipate a windfall from the cruise visit, which will help boost tourism as it recovers from the impact of the pandemic.