Sunday, April 22, 2018


French cruise ship and DOC to make maritime improvements

A luxury French cruise ship should improve its voyage planning and information systems following a collision with rocks while on a 16-night South Island cruise.

TNZ: Cruise NZ’s fourth-largest international visitor market

New Zealand's cruise market has been growing at 13% per annum since 2010 with passenger port days expected to increase almost 40% by 2019, says Tourism New Zealand.

Cruise ship visits increase 50% to help lift POAL revenue

A 50% jump in cruise ship numbers helped lift Ports of Auckland's interim revenue to $120.6m for the six months to December 2017, up 9.1% on the same period a year earlier.

Bon Voyage, Travel Brokers, Lets Cruise recognised at CLIAs

Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel, Denise Fowler from The Travel Brokers, and Mark Smith from Lets Cruise were among the winners at the CLIA Australasia's 17th Annual Cruise Industry Awards.

Auckland port to provide shore power for cruise ships

Ports of Auckland has released the results of its study into the feasibility of using shore power for cruise ships berthed in Auckland.

The value of cruise to NZ has been slashed by hundreds of millions of...

The estimated value of cruise spend in New Zealand during the 2016-17 season was slashed by $318m in yesterday's Tourism Satellite Account, prompting questions over the accuracy of previous industry assessments.

Napier Port: “Fantastic” cruise season helps drive record result

Napier Port has released its annual results for the 2017 financial year, reporting record cargo volumes and a strong financial result.

Cruise Lines International signs MoU with NZ Cruise

Cruise Lines International Association Australasia has announced that it has signed Memoranda of Understandings with the Australian Cruise Association and the New Zealand Cruise Association.

Industry to pay for Auckland’s $10m cruise ship plan

Ports of Auckland will impose new passenger levies to pay for the city council's $10m plan to accommodate larger cruise ships.

New hotel, rooftop park, and upgraded cruise berths planned for Auckland

Ports of Auckland wants to build a new hotel, a rooftop public park and upgrade its cruise berths on its waterfront site, according to a draft 30-year master plan released today.

New cruise data provides insight into fast-growing sector

Stats NZ has released its first cruise ship traveller statistics providing insight into the number of passengers and crew arriving and departing New Zealand

Kaikoura quake hits CentrePort profits despite vehicles, cruise growth

Wellington's CentrePort made a $2.3m loss for the year to June despite its vehicles and cruise businesses up 32% and 12% respectively on the previous period.

Chris Jolly Outdoors launches cultural cruise experience

This summer, visitors to the Great Lake Taupo region can look forward to a new Maori cultural offering with Chris Jolly Outdoors’ Taurikura Maori Cultural Scenic Cruise.

Council considers cruise, freight port study recommendations

The recommendations of the Port Future Study Consensus Working Group, completed in July 2016, were presented to Auckland Council's Planning Committee.

IDNZ gears up for record cruise season with new appointments

IDNZ Destination Management has hired two key account managers as it prepares for the busiest summer yet for New Zealand's booming cruise sector. 

Cruise to inject $65m into Wellington for 2017/18 season

The arrival today of Radiance of the Seas in Wellington marks the start of the summer cruise season in the capital which is expected to inject around $65m into the regional economy.

Real Journeys 2017 Cruise-for-a-Cause raises $43,700

The annual Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause to Milford and Doubtful Sounds has raised a total of $43,700 for Forest & Bird and the Cancer Society (Otago and Southland Division).   

Auckland set to sail into a record cruise for 2017/18

The cruise season has officially kicked off for 2017/18 with record numbers of passengers set to sail into Auckland over the next eight months.

NZ Cruise Association Conference 2017 Gallery

All photos taken by Jeremy Hill of Jeremy Hill Photography

Cruise industry: $25 tourist tax risks deterring ships

Senior cruise line executives have given the Labour Party's plans to implement a $25 tourist tax short shrift.

New board, new brand, new name for NZ cruise body

New Zealand's cruise industry body has a new board, a new brand and a new name following its AGM in Auckland this week

England-Hall: Cruise campaign “when the numbers are right”

Tourism NZ would consider a targeted, cruise specific campaign when the numbers justified it and the timing was right.

NZ Cruise Association Conference 2017

Our full editorial write-up of the event, including panel discussions and presentations, appears tomorrow, Friday 1st September.

Marlborough wins NZ Cruise Association Conference 2018

Destination Marlborough is delighted to announce that the New Zealand Cruise Association Conference will be held in Marlborough in 2018.

NZ cruise sector to expand to $640m in 2018/19

The New Zealand cruise sector is continuing to boom, with the contribution it makes to the nation’s economy projected to increase 43% in the next two years to $640m in the 2018/19 season.

Wednesday Letter: NZ Cruise CEO Kevin O’Sullivan

Chief executive of the newly named NZ Cruise Association, Kevin O'Sullivan, on the huge growth expected for the sector, and the latest findings on the economic impact cruise is having on NZ.

An Operator’s View: Fullers Group’s Mike Horne

New Fullers Group chief executive Mike Horne tells the Ticker about the company's new strategy, the internal changes at the business, coping with Waiheke Island community concerns, and the opportunities ahead for the ferry, cruise and coach operator.

Akaroa voted top cruise destination in Australasia

Akaroa has lept above Sydney and Auckland to be named the top cruise destination in Australasia by the annual Cruise Critic's Cruisers Choice Awards.

NZ agents surf wave of demand to attend Cruise360

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia is experiencing unprecedented demand from New Zealand travel agents to attend the Cruise360 conference being held in Sydney next month.

NZ Cruise Conference: Riding the growth wave

Regions keen to capture a bigger share of the fast-growing cruise market will have an opportunity to highlight what they are doing to improve port facilities at this year’s Cruise New Zealand Conference in Auckland, 29 August.

Govt to extend cruise ship vetting

A trial accreditation programme for international cruise ships has boosted biosecurity and will be extended for future sailing seasons.

Record Kiwis take up cruising

A record 90,184 New Zealanders sailed the world's oceans on a cruise holiday in 2016 with a 36 per cent leap in passenger numbers helping to make the country one of the world’s top performing markets.

Cancer Society, Forest & Bird receive Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause

The Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause this year will assist Forest & Bird with predator control and help train the greater number of volunteers needed by the Cancer Society.

P&O to launch winter cruises from NZ

P&O Cruises will base its Pacific Jewel ship in Auckland next winter and provide an extra five itineraries in a record programme for New Zealand. The cruise operator has announced its 2018 New Zealand schedule...

New cruise berth will boost economy, relieve Akaroa pressure

The new $56m cruise berth planned for Lyttelton will bring a welcome boost to the Christchurch economy and help relieve pressure on the small town of Akaroa.

Cruise to inject more than $500m next season

Another record cruise season is expected in 2017/18 with the benefit to the New Zealand economy estimated to be worth more than $500m.

Support for inner dolphin cruise berths

The decision on the best option for berthing large cruise ships went before the Planning Committee today, with councillors providing, in principle, support to an inner dolphin.

First ever Melbourne Cup cruise from NZ

P&O races towards a record 2018 with first ever Melbourne Cup cruise from New Zealand.

Q&A with JUCY’s Kat Van Dijk

Kat Van Dijk entered tourism relatively recently when she joined JUCY just over four years ago. She is GM Southern Lakes at what was originally a car rental company but has expanded into campervans, cruise and hotels.

Auckland cruise arrivals near 90k in record February

The Ports of Auckland handled 31 cruise ship visits for the month of February, welcoming 89,516 visiting passengers and crew.

Southern Discoveries invests $2m into “seamless” Milford tours

Southern Discoveries will enter Queenstown’s competitive coach sector after committing close to $2m to launch a fleet of coaches.

P&O’s Pacific Pearl arrives with Auckland Nines fans

More than 1700 Nines supporters have sailed into Auckland this morning on P&O’s Pacific Pearl, marking the start of a four-month season of cruises from New Zealand which will contribute close to $20 million to the nation’s economy.
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