It was a matter of heatred debate one night in the chatroom concerning this subject. One chatter said it would absolutely not happen. I was fortunately on the side that said yes it would and that I was very much looking forward to it coming to fruitation. Here is an announcement from Tahiti.\
P&O chief executive Peter Ratcliffe and the president of the
government of French Polynesia Gaston Flosse announced, monday June
17th 2002, in Paris, that P&O will offer cruises in Tahiti during five
years starting next September.
P&O will operate the two former Renaissance cruise ships, R3 and R4,
stranded in the Papeete harbour since September 26th 2001. One of the
ships will stay all year long in the tahitian waters while the second
ship will only stay two months in French Polynesia each year.
This program will start next September. Cruise passengers will also
have the opportunity to spend a few nights in some remote islands,
away from their ship.
Tourism professionals in the Leeward islands (Huahine, Raiatea, Bora
Bora) are pleased by the news. They relied a lot on the Renaissance
tourists until September 2001.
Tahitian airline Air Tahiti Nui will be the official carrier of most
of the P&O passengers in French Polynesia.
The R3 and R4 cruise ships are in the Papeete harbour since
Renaissance cruises' bankruptcy.
Two companies already offer cruises in tahitian waters with the "Paul
Gauguin" and the "Wind Song". This last ship resumed cruises in Tahiti
in May 2002.
Well... as was said in the chat, Jim... it would NOT be Princess... and it isn't. P&O can surely handle it... but I suspect before too long they'll have the same problem the Ren did... but... P&O's Commonwealth connection may enable them to develop some traffic from Australia/New Zealand... which is what they may have in mind. It won't work with shps that size, and those low per diems... expecting guests to fly out from North America. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.