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08:45  03 december  2019
08:45  03 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Princess Cruises apologizes for ' cultural insensitivity ' after workers dress in Maori garb . "In this situation Princess Cruises are using their own non NZ staff, with careless scribbles on their faces wearing skirts which do not depict Maori culture which I personally find a disgrace."

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Princess Cruises has issued an apology for its "cultural insensitivity" after photos of non-native workers dressed in Maori garb surfaced on social media. 

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Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. 

A Facebook user identified as Steve the Maori called attention to the situation in a Sunday post featuring photos of people in what appeared to be an attempt to mimic Maori dress and makeup at a Princess Cruises tent at the Port of Tauranga. He noted that cruise lines often hire local Maori cultural groups to sing or perform dances to welcome cruisers to shore.

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A cruise ship company in New Zealand has apologised after its staff dressed up in wildly inaccurate Māori costumes and painted their faces to perform a Princess Cruises said in a statement titled “unreserved apology for cultural insensitivity ” that the company took “immediate steps to address

A cruise company has apologised for a “ culturally insensitive ” performance in which the ship’s staff dressed up as Maori and danced for guests. The Princess Cruises liner had docked at New Zealand’s Port of Tauranga when guests were welcomed onboard by people dressed in grass skirts with black

"In this situation Princess Cruises ... are using their own non NZ staff, with careless scribbles on their faces wearing skirts which do not depict Maori culture which I personally find a disgrace."

He called it a "deplorable" ploy and "a racist attempt to save money on local performers."

Princess Cruises issued a swift apology. 

"We took immediate steps to address this sensitive situation," Princess spokesperson Negin Kamali told USA TODAY in a statement. "After being made aware of the situation, the ship’s management team took action to withdraw the crew members from the area to prevent any further possibility of cultural insensitivity. We give a complete assurance that no offence was ever intended and we apologize unreservedly for what has happened."

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In the wake of criticism, Princess Cruises has apologized for a big cultural gaffe when it had crew members dress up as Maori and dance for guests upon docking in New Passengers were welcomed onboard at the Port of Tauranga by crew dressed in grass skirts with black markings on their faces.

PRINCESS Cruises have been accused of "blatant racism" after it used non- Maori staff to give a traditional welcome to guests. The stunt has been branded "silly, frustrating and insulting, all at the same time" after photos of tourists posing with the 'fake Maoris ' surfaced online.

According to CruiseMapper, Princess' Ruby Princess cruise ship docked in Tauranga Saturday. The Golden Princess and Sea Princess were set to arrive Monday and Tuesday, respectively. 

The Port of Tauranga is located on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island and is a gateway to the popular geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. 

Some social media users described the situation as "shameful" cultural appropriation.

"Not only is this blatant cultural misappropriation but they were ripping off/scamming their own passengers," one commenter wrote. "Shameful behaviour"

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They acknowledged Princess Cruises ' "unreserved apology " and hoped to work with them and tangata whenua to ensure this never happened again. In 2010 Tauranga tour operator came under fire for hiring foreign workers to wear traditional Māori dress . Other recent instances of cultural

A cruise ship company in New Zealand has apologised after its staff dressed up in wildly inaccurate Māori costumes and painted their faces to perform a Princess Cruises said in a statement titled “unreserved apology for cultural insensitivity ” that the company took “immediate steps to address

Contributing: David Oliver, USA TODAY; Aldo Giovanni Amato, Delaware News Journal

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