APEC’s cruise ship summit
“Like nothing on Earth” screams the slogan in huge dark lettering against their gleaming white hulls, off Papua New Guinea’s crime-ridden capital of Port Moresby. And indeed few attendees can have experienced summit accommodation like it. The 245-metre (800 foot) Pacific Jewel, where mainly journalists are housed, has 14 decks and berths for nearly 1,700 people ranging from small interior cabins to spacious suites with an ocean view. It boasts an array of restaurants and bars—from the Mix Cocktail bar to the darker and jazz-filled Orient. Other entertainment includes the Marquee theatre for shows and on-board “Gatsby” or “Back to School” parties. Those who have not had their fill of high-wire summitry can try “walking the plank”—being suspended by a rope 14 floors over the sea—or “rock climbing” up the ship’s funnel. Others unlucky in summit negotiations can try their luck at the casino, with plush blue-baized blackjack tables and dozens of blinking slot machines. Sporting memorabilia adorns the walls, from “Magic” Johnson’s famous 32 LA Lakers shirt to stamps featuring legendary Australian cricketer Donald Bradman.