A double call day in American Samoa

Three additional cruise ships are calling into Pago Pago Harbor in October and December, according to the American Samoa Visitors Bureau.

The visits by three Holland America Line ships will mean a total of seven ships calling in American Samoa before the end of the year.

The Maasdam, making its maiden call, will visit twice in October and December, with the Noordam calling in October and the Amsterdam in December.

The remaining ships calling later this year include the Emerald Princess, the Norwegian Jewel, making her maiden call, and the Regatta.

Tisa Barefoot Bar and Alega Beach and Marine Preserve

In other news from the islands, when a cruise ship is in port, Tisa's Barefoot Bar and Alega Beach & Marine Preserve will only be open to guests that purchase a prepaid cruise ship day package. The deal includes a three-hour tour around Tutuila guided by Tisa with photo opportunity stops before arriving at Alega Bay.

Waiting for guests at Alega Bay will be an authentic Samoan feast and beverage prepared in a stone-fired umu earth oven with fresh organic foods that are locally grown.

Guests will also enjoy exclusive access and use of the private beach with an on duty lifeguard.

The package costs $135 per person, and for those just wanting the island feast and experience the beach and preserve (no transport or tour included) the cost is $75. Guests numbers will be limited to a maximum of 60 people to ensure the impact on the Alega Bay environment is low and not impede on the preserve’s eco-system.