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Nominations open for CLIA cruise awards
25 Nov 2022   /

Nominations open for CLIA cruise awards

Nominations are open for the 20th Cruise Industry Awards, held by Cruise Lines International Association Australasia.


Singular cruise ship brings $12k to Napier in FY22
16 Nov 2022  

Singular cruise ship brings $12k to Napier in FY22

The single domestic cruise ship visit to Napier in the year to September 2022 was worth $12,000, according to Napier Port’s 2022 annual report.


Cruise set to plug in as part of net-zero commitment – CLIA
10 Nov 2022   /

Cruise set to plug in as part of net-zero commitment – CLIA

Cruise lines are preparing for an industry-wide switch to shoreside electricity as part of a commitment by Cruise Lines International Association ocean-going members to pursue net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Wednesday Letter: Cruise highly responsive to Covid, safer than most other environments
2 Nov 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: Cruise highly responsive to Covid, safer than most other environments

NZCA’s Kevin O’Sullivan says the measures taken by the industry make cruises safer from Covid than many other land-based settings.


BCA urges ITOs to work with transport for cruise
1 Nov 2022   /

BCA urges ITOs to work with transport for cruise

The Bus and Coach Association wants to see more communication between the inbound tour sector and transport operators as the cruise season puts pressure on capacity.


Perspectives: Cruise ships have Covid cases – so what needs to happen next?
31 Oct 2022   /

Perspectives: Cruise ships have Covid cases – so what needs to happen next?

The cruise industry has learnt much from the pandemic but more can be done to protect those at sea and on land, say researchers.


Cruise is back in Dunedin – with transport teething problems too
28 Oct 2022   /

Cruise is back in Dunedin – with transport teething problems too

A lack of transport in Dunedin for cruise passengers is tipping “money down the drain”, according to one prominent operator in the city.


Auckland hopes for economic boost from cruise
17 Oct 2022   /

Auckland hopes for economic boost from cruise

More than 180,000 passenger arrivals are expected to flow through Auckland over the next year as cruise makes a triumphant return.


Christchurch to host 2023 Cruise Conference
14 Oct 2022   /

Christchurch to host 2023 Cruise Conference

The New Zealand Cruise Association will hold next year’s Cruise Conference at the Christchurch Town Hall.


Northland shored up for return of cruise
14 Oct 2022  

Northland shored up for return of cruise

Taitokerau Northland businesses are preparing to welcome the first cruise ship back to the Bay of Islands on Monday.


Return of cruise raises hopes of regional revival
13 Oct 2022  

Return of cruise raises hopes of regional revival

Regional operators are hoping for a strong summer but it may to take a while to reach pre-pandemic levels of activity.


DOC seeks to reduce risk to seabirds from ship lights
10 Oct 2022   /

DOC seeks to reduce risk to seabirds from ship lights

The Department of Conservation says it can work with the operators of ships at sea to prevent light from affecting the behaviour of birds.


BOP preps for 171k cruise passengers
7 Oct 2022   /

BOP preps for 171k cruise passengers

Tourism Bay of Plenty is expecting more than 170,000 visitors to the region this season thanks to cruise’s return.


Perspectives: Cruise ships return, but do they deserve a lavish welcome?
23 Aug 2022   /

Perspectives: Cruise ships return, but do they deserve a lavish welcome?

With questions around cruise ships’ environmental and health impacts and their relatively small contribution to the economy, lavish welcomes may not be justifiable, writes Timothy Welch.


Summers exits NZCA chair, heralds ‘new beginnings’ for cruise
19 Aug 2022   /

Summers exits NZCA chair, heralds ‘new beginnings’ for cruise

It’s been a long three years but the future of cruise looks strong, she tells the industry’s annual conference.


The value of cruise to NZ tourism? Relationships, experiences, sustainability
19 Aug 2022   /

The value of cruise to NZ tourism? Relationships, experiences, sustainability

“The value of passengers who come through the distribution channel should not be underestimated,” says GTNZ’s Anna Black.


NZ must be smart with cruise rules – PONANT’s Sarina Bratton
18 Aug 2022   /

NZ must be smart with cruise rules – PONANT’s Sarina Bratton

The French operator’s APAC chair urges the govt to take a practical approach and criticises proposals to cap visits to Fiordland.


Cruise conference set to ‘Make Ship Happen’
17 Aug 2022   /

Cruise conference set to ‘Make Ship Happen’

Around 220 industry professionals are converging on Auckland for the first NZ Cruise conference since 2019.


“It’s a very emotionally charged day” – NZCA’s Debbie Summers
12 Aug 2022   /

“It’s a very emotionally charged day” – NZCA’s Debbie Summers

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer berths in Auckland, marking the restart of cruise in NZ.


Gallery: A day for cruise to remember
12 Aug 2022  

Gallery: A day for cruise to remember

The arrival of P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer in Auckland marks the restart of cruise in New Zealand.


Cruise is back – what passengers, agents need to know
1 Aug 2022   /

Cruise is back – what passengers, agents need to know

Passengers on cruise ships and recreational vessels are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, and must comply with all domestic health measures including isolation.


Carnival president joins Cruise360 Australasia
29 Jul 2022   /

Carnival president joins Cruise360 Australasia

Fitzgerald will join cruise industry leaders at the Cruise360 Australasia 2022’s State of the Industry panel.


Cruise counts down to first ship visit in August
27 Jul 2022   /

Cruise counts down to first ship visit in August

P&O Australia’s Pacific Explorer will be the first cruise ship with international passengers to visit NZ.


Napier Port opens Te Whiti wharf to enable larger vessels
25 Jul 2022   /

Napier Port opens Te Whiti wharf to enable larger vessels

Napier Port has opened its 350-metre Te Whiti wharf, which is long and deep enough to accommodate large vessels.


PONANT’s Bratton to deliver keynote at NZCA conference
22 Jul 2022   /

PONANT’s Bratton to deliver keynote at NZCA conference

Business leader and cruise company founder Sarina Bratton has been announced as the keynote speaker for the New Zealand Cruise Association Conference 2022.


Cruise lines up 900+ NZ port bookings, prompting even operator nerves
12 Jul 2022   /

Cruise lines up 900+ NZ port bookings, prompting even operator nerves

The first four cruise ships arriving from October could bring more than 13k passengers to the regions.


Waikato River Explorer charts new course as business goes up for sale
27 Jun 2022   /

Waikato River Explorer charts new course as business goes up for sale

It’s a bittersweet end for managing director Darren Mills’ decade operating the Hamilton experience.


CLIA Destination Showcase returns online
27 Jun 2022   /

CLIA Destination Showcase returns online

Travel agents will have an opportunity to virtually explore top cruise destinations around the world in a week-long webinar programme from Cruise Lines International Association Australasia.


TECNZ, NZ Cruise conferences open for registration
1 Jun 2022   /

TECNZ, NZ Cruise conferences open for registration

Tourism Export Council of New Zealand and New Zealand Cruise Association have both opened registration for their annual conference.


Border re-opening great for Rotorua – Chadwick
13 May 2022   /

Border re-opening great for Rotorua – Chadwick

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says New Zealand’s full border reopening on 31 July is great news for the city’s tourism and hospitality operators.


Cruise probably tourism’s “most trashed brand” in Covid is coming back better – Nash
12 May 2022   /

Cruise probably tourism’s “most trashed brand” in Covid is coming back better – Nash

How cruise managed the pandemic will be studied for years, says the tourism minister.


Relief for cruise with a maritime border re-opening date – finally
11 May 2022   /

Relief for cruise with a maritime border re-opening date – finally

After two years of hardship, hundreds of Kiwi ship suppliers and tourism operators can start rebuilding their businesses, says NZCA.


Akaroa expects just 19 cruise ships for 2022-23 season
9 May 2022  

Akaroa expects just 19 cruise ships for 2022-23 season

The number of cruise ships scheduled to stop at the Akaroa port near Christchurch for the 2022/23 season is down to just 19 ships, a 79% drop compared to the 90 ships that visited during 2019/20.


NZ Cruise: $150m, 250 port calls lost due to ongoing maritime border uncertainty
21 Apr 2022   /

NZ Cruise: $150m, 250 port calls lost due to ongoing maritime border uncertainty

The government is yet to announce a date for cruise visits to start again despite the air border to Australia re-opening last week.


NZ losing cruise with still no advice on maritime border – NZCA
5 Apr 2022   /

NZ losing cruise with still no advice on maritime border – NZCA

The PM says the govt is yet receive advice on reopening NZ’s maritime border.


NZCA, CLIA launch campaign to spur govt action on maritime borders
23 Mar 2022   /

NZCA, CLIA launch campaign to spur govt action on maritime borders

NZ is one of the last significant destinations that does not have solid plans to revive cruise, say industry groups.


NZCA to reconnect cruise, tourism industries with eye on October
18 Mar 2022   /

NZCA to reconnect cruise, tourism industries with eye on October

The association will tour the country in May to prepare the regions for a hopeful restart of cruise in October.


NZ Cruise urges “fast clarity” from govt after P&O cancels Auckland
24 Feb 2022   /

NZ Cruise urges “fast clarity” from govt after P&O cancels Auckland

The New Zealand Cruise Association is calling on the government to say when the industry can restart after P&O Cruises Australia cancelled its 2022 Auckland season.


Fullers360 to provide free period products
3 Feb 2022  

Fullers360 to provide free period products

Fullers360 is to provide free tampons and pads for customers and staff in a tie up with social enterprise Dignity NZ.


Omicron Wave: How operators are preparing
2 Feb 2022  

Omicron Wave: How operators are preparing

Tourism businesses are getting ready in a number of ways, and for Auckland Seaplanes, it was just in time.


Domestic cruise plots course through Covid’s choppy waters
26 Jan 2022  

Domestic cruise plots course through Covid’s choppy waters

Cruising in NZ waters has been well supported over summer but there are clouds on the horizon, say operators.


NZCA’s Debbie Summers: Cruise now one of the safest holidays
25 Jan 2022   /

NZCA’s Debbie Summers: Cruise now one of the safest holidays

The association’s chair on the efforts to get cruise going again in NZ and why Q4 2022 remains the target, despite Omicron.


Cruise demand for NZ “strong”, bookings steady for 2022-23
20 Jan 2022   /

Cruise demand for NZ “strong”, bookings steady for 2022-23

Demand for cruises continues to be strong globally, including for passengers planning to cruise in New Zealand waters, according to the New Zealand Cruise Association.


Central North Island suffers muted tourism as Kiwis stay closer to home…
18 Jan 2022   /

Central North Island suffers muted tourism as Kiwis stay closer to home…

Regions that rode the “do something new” tourism wave last summer are not benefitting as much but there have been bright spots.


…but activities boom in busy Rotorua, Taupō despite silver dollar drag
17 Jan 2022   /

…but activities boom in busy Rotorua, Taupō despite silver dollar drag

The recent fine weather is proving just the medicine for tourist-starved operators with outdoor offerings in Rotorua and Taupo, with one operator setting a new visitor record.


NZ Cruise sets 2022 conference venue, date
16 Dec 2021   /

NZ Cruise sets 2022 conference venue, date

The New Zealand Cruise Association will hold next year’s Cruise Conference at Auckland’s Aotea Centre.


RealNZ exits Black Cat Cruises, sells stake to Ritchies
13 Dec 2021   /

RealNZ exits Black Cat Cruises, sells stake to Ritchies

Queenstown’s RealNZ sells out of the business it has been 50% owner since 2007.


JUCY Cruise turns into Pure Milford
13 Dec 2021   /

JUCY Cruise turns into Pure Milford

Milford Sound’s JUCY Cruise has rebranded to Pure Milford and altered its product mix for the recovery.


NZ Cruise welcomes Ruby Princess finding
9 Dec 2021   /

NZ Cruise welcomes Ruby Princess finding

The New Zealand Cruise Association says a New Zealand Customs’ investigation has confirmed that the Ruby Princess and its local port agents made appropriate health declarations when the ship visited New Zealand in March 2020.


Wariness, confusion, relief tinge prospects for Auckland operators
2 Dec 2021  

Wariness, confusion, relief tinge prospects for Auckland operators

Tourism businesses across the region re-open their doors tomorrow and some are seeing good demand.