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Emerald Princess cancels American Samoa cruise

The Emerald Princess
Source: RNZ Pacific

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A third cruise ship in as many months will not be stopping in American Samoa as planned.

The Emerald Princess was due to arrive in Pago Pago this week on 13 February but its local agent, Harbor Maritime, says the cruise liner has cancelled its stop over.

Harbor Maritime's Michael Banem says no reason has been given except that the cancellation is in the best interest of the passengers and crew.

Last month, the Seven Seas Navigator also cancelled its visit to Pago Pago.

And in December the Costa Atlantica was refused entry by the governor's office to safeguard the territory from measles.

Mr Banem says the cancellations have affected local companies and workers, including tour operators, restaurants and handicraft vendors.

He says the government also loses out on port fees .