As previously stated, there were many aspects of this cruise being an "inaugural" one. One thing is for sure, it was the inaugural visit by any large cruiseship to this Festival - and I think the visit was a great success. We enjoyed the Festival so much - that I wouldn't mind flying up to Alotau one year to visit the Festival again, only this time, for the full duration of it. Our visit was actually on a Monday - and this time the Festival was extended by one day to cater for the visit by the cruiseship. It was certainly a very busy day with a lot going on -- but I wonder what it would be like to stay in an hotel in Alotau for the duration and see what happens each day. I wouldn't be surprised if the participants weren't even more energetic on the first day of the Festival -and it would be interesting to see the Festival Village being erected.
It was quite hot - being November -- so we bought a golf umbrella to shade us. They seemed to be selling like hot cakes!!
I don't know if I would care too much for Alotau when the festival is not on - it is not a particularly scenic town and we noted very heavy security at the entrances to all stores in the main street. I am not aware of what the problem is there - if any - for such security measures. Was it because of our presence??
Some nice pics of the the Festival HERE - and my own photos bundled into a video HERE.