French Polynesian President Welcomes Variety Cruises

Crest ceremony on Variety Cruises

The President of French Polynesia Édouard Fritch welcomed Variety Cruises in Tahiti with a special crest ceremony in Papeete, according to a press release.

“To launch our first itineraries in the beautiful French Polynesia was a dream my father had and I am beyond proud to be bringing to life, after years in the making,” said Venetopoulos.

 “To be doing so with such honorable guests on board is beyond imagination and we are truly thankful the Presidency and local officials are here to share their maeva or warm welcome.”

The President, the ministers and local government officials were hosted onboard the Panorama II by Variety Cruises CEO Filippos Venetopoulos, Vice President of Sales for North America Steve Simao as well as crew members. 

“The warm reception we were given is representative of the hospitality our future guests will receive from the local people who will connect with our future guests as we take them deeper into the Polynesian culture on our new Tahiti cruises,” said Simao.

“It is very exciting for us at Variety Cruises to begin sailing in the beautiful waters of Tahiti and it was truly an honor to be able to host French Polynesian President Édouard Fritch along with other government and tourism officials onboard the Panorama II.”

The event which took place on February 3, 2023, and during the occasion, gifts were exchanged between the French Polynesian president, Venetopoulos and Variety’s captain Orpheas and the port captain. 


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