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Cruises to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)

Apia, Samoa (Photo: emperorcosar/Shutterstock)

About Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)

The port of Apia is the international gateway to Samoa, for both airlines and cruise vessels. Even though Apia has been welcoming cruise ships of various types and sizes since the time of Robert Louis Stevenson (in the late 19th century) it has remained something of a niche destination favoured by expedition ships. Recent port improvements have enabled more frequent visits by larger vessels including Vista-class cruise ships.

Despite the presence of some well-known Western chain stores and a long history of Christian missionaries, Samoa has retained a strong connection to its Polynesian roots and is regarded widely in academic circles as the 'centre' of the Polynesian culture, evidenced by a very laidback lifestyle and a love of sport, song and dance.

Apia business centre is an easy and pleasant walk from the newly renovated port facilities which also contain small shops, bars and cafes to distract you. The main shopping centre, markets, banks, visitor centre and post office are all easily found along the beachside strip.

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Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria (Photo: Cunard Cruise Line)

101 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

527 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 11, 2023
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Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Eclipse

12 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

1,835 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Jan 14, 2023
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Queen Victoria
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39 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 20, 2023
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Crown Princess
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28 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

2,019 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Nov 9, 2022
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74 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 7, 2023
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105 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

Leaving:Hamburg
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 9, 2023
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28 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 17, 2023
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92 Night
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 20, 2023
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118 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 4, 2023
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118 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 6, 2023
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16 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Dec 22, 2022
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118 Night
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Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 5, 2023
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47 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 1, 2022
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50 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 7, 2023
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18 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jan 10, 2024
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48 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 11, 2023
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50 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 28, 2022
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11 Night
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Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Mar 6, 2022
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53 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 4, 2023
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118 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 7, 2023
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87 Night
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Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Feb 5, 2023
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132 Night
Cruise to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)Details

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jan 6, 2024
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45 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 3, 2022
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50 Night
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Leaving:Hamburg
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 9, 2023
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16 Night
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Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Feb 17, 2024
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Why go to Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)?

Pros:

A true hub of Polynesia culture with good shopping and visitor experiences

Cons:

Slow-paced life may frustrate busy city types. Some petty crime.

Bottom Line:

As authentic a Polynesian city as you'll find in the South Pacific

Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) Cruise Port Facilities?

Apia's port facility at Matautu is still a working container port despite recent upgrades for cruise vessels, which includes a wharf extension and navigation upgrades. Passenger facilities are still in temporary marquees on the dock and toilets are housed about 200 yards from the berth near the small retail centre that is on the walkway to the town centre.

The walk into the main shopping precinct is about one mile on flat pavement. Shuttle buses to the Visitor Information Centre in town will often be provided, so check with your cruise director or daily bulletin about this service.

Good to Know?

You'll quickly find the Samoan people, with their broad, welcoming smiles are wonderful hosts and eager to show you their beautiful island but, as the early explorers found, a respect for culture ('Fa'a Samoa') is important. Visitors should dress modestly and observe protocols, such as asking permission before taking photos or swimming in secluded lagoons. Don't be afraid to consult your guide as some protocols are tricky, like not standing in the presence of seated elders or inadvertently pointing your toes when seated. It's also a good practice to exercise alertness and awareness of personal safety as opportunistic crime like bag-snatching and burglary has been reported in Apia. Water is safe to drink. It's also worth knowing that most businesses are shut on Sundays for church.

Getting Around?

On Foot: It's a short and pleasant 20-minute walk into the town centre from the port and from there it is easy to get around the shopping precinct as all the essential businesses are very close together around midtown.

By Bus: The favoured local transport is by bus. These colourful vehicles are an attraction in themselves and it can be fun to jump aboard for a cheap short trip.

By Taxi: Taxis may be in high demand on cruise days, so unless you really need one, it may be easier to walk. Be aware that taxi fares are best negotiated prior to your journey.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Samoa has its own currency, the Samoan t?l? (WST), which is roughly USD$0.35 to USD$0.40 cents. Officially, at least, the t?l? is the only accepted currency, but you can exchange other currencies at banks and some hotels or withdraw from any of the ATMs. Even though credit cards are now much more widely accepted in Apia, it's still important to have some cash at hand for minor purchases made at market stalls or for catching taxis.

Language?

English is widely spoken and understood in Samoa but often with a thick Polynesian accent that may be difficult at first. Even so, speak clearly (not loudly) and politely and you will be understood.

Samoans will be delighted if you can greet and thank them in the local language. 'Talofa' (tah-lo-far) is much like Fiji's 'bula' as a multipurpose greeting that will never offend. But say it with gusto! Thank you is 'fa'afetai' (fa-ah-feh-tie).


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