The Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau issued a set of stamps dedicated to the famous Pitcairn cruise ships. The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 brought new life to Pitcairn Island and changed the connection with Pitcairn's neighbors with New Zealand becoming a more important link than Tahiti. In recent years the worldwide increase in interest to cruise the world's oceans has led to a new vitality within the Pitcairn community.
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"With the number of visiting cruise ships steadily increasing each year, Pitcairn's cruise ship season is always a busy time. Typically it starts around Oct/Nov and runs through to April the following year. The size and type of ship ranges from small expedition vessels, carrying 100 or so passengers, to huge ocean liners carrying up to 2500 - 3000 passengers. For many cruise ship passengers, getting to Pitcairn is the highlight of their trip. Whether they are able to land or not most convey that having the opportunity to personally meet the descendants of the Bounty Mutineers and learn about their day to day lives is what really makes their time at Pitcairn so truly memorable. And it's a mutual experience. Over generations Pitcairners have forged lifelong friendships with passengers, captains and crew who have visited via cruise ships. At the close of a typical visit both visitors and locals are refreshed and revitalised - satisfied with the day's events, sights seen and friends made".