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Apia, the capital city of the island nation of Samoa, lies on the shores of Upolu, the second-largest of the isles. This MSC World Cruise destination unites a fascinating native culture with a modern South Pacific buzz. Marvel at sparkling turquoise waters, tranquil palm-fringed beaches, and picturesque Mount Vaea — the burial place of Treasure Island writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Apia also boasts colourful markets, an interesting museum, and many excellent eateries.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Samoa Cultural Village
• Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
• Namu'a Island
Take an adventure to the magical Mulinu’u Peninsula on an MSC Cruises excursion. See picturesque country towns and the grand Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception before stopping at the Samoa Cultural Village. Upon arrival, take part in a customary ava ceremony before learning about the Fa’asamoa — ‘the ways of Samoa’. Afterwards, savour local fruits and enjoy refreshments — the perfect end to a Polynesian day out!
Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish author of literary masterpieces such as Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, resided in the town of Vailima on the island of Upolu from 1890 to 1894. On an MSC Cruises excursion, visit the museum dedicated to Stevenson, where you’ll enjoy an enchanting tour of his former house. Admire the period furnishings and antiques which replicate those found in the property’s original interiors. Then, browse the charming gift shop where you can purchase your favourite R.L.S novel or a unique Samoan gift!
The deserted Island of Namu’a, a short boat trip from Upolu, is an unforgettable location. This serene nature resort overlooks the beautiful Pacific Ocean, far from the trappings of modern society. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll explore Namu’a’s idyllic wilderness including its exquisite sandy shores. Take a dip in the azure sea or snorkel over dazzling marine life, before savouring a traditional Polynesian lunch.