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Feb. 5 - APIA, WESTERN SAMOA

sunny 85 °F
View SERENITY 7 on Swenigale's travel map.

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Grateful for the promise of a sunny day, we stood on deck as we sailed to shore. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with its unique architecture stands as a visible testament to the importance of God in the lives of the Samoan people.

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Open-air buses await guests eager to attend a Samoan cultural show.

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A guide and driver prepare to greet their visitors.

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If you get to be a driver - make that dashboard your own!

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My driver, Junior

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Bodies glistening in the afternoon heat, young Samoans impressed with their energetic traditional dances.

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Dance school students demonstrated pareo-tying. The many smiles and greetings from these happy, God-fearing people are infectious.

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Guests were treated to typical Samoan foods and demonstrations of the common arts of the people.

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Before returning to the ship we admired the beautiful Cathedral.

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From the ceiling of carved wood to the vibrant stained glassed windows, an inspiring sanctuary indeed.

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Inside the dome an artist's depiction of the Ava ceremony, Samoa's traditional way to welcome visitors and to mark important occasions.

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Some stops at ports are brief, due to the nature of the cruise itinerary and the distances needed to travel. However, even in our short visit today we experienced the friendliness of a people where faith, family and hospitality are so important.

Posted by Swenigale 20:25 Archived in Samoa

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