A party of nearly 600 West German tourists arrived in Abidjan, capital of the Ivory Coast, last weekend on a special cruise aboard a Russian liner.
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Background: A party of nearly 600 West German tourists arrived in Abidjan, capital of the Ivory Coast, last weekend on a special cruise aboard a Russian liner.
The West Germans, who comprised the biggest single party of tourists ever to visit Abidjan, arrived aboard the Russian liner 'Taras Shevchenko'. The two-week cruise, organised by the West German department store and mail-order house of Neckerman, took the party to several West African countries, including Togo, Dahomey and Cameroun.
While in Abidjan, the tourists were able to enjoy the sights of the rapidly developing capital during the day and to return to their cabins on the liner at night.
The Russian vessel was chartered after its owners had put in the lowest tender, and the rush for this type of cruise is so great in West Germany that the 20,000-ton "Taras Shevchenko" is fully booked for the next 18 months.