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TECNZ pushes out visitor recovery to 2025
26 Jul 2021   /

TECNZ pushes out visitor recovery to 2025

Recovery in the North American and European visitor markets will likely be faster than from Asia, says TECNZ.


P&O Cruises announce inaugural NZ music festival ‘at sea’
15 Jul 2021  

P&O Cruises announce inaugural NZ music festival ‘at sea’

Line-up of country stars as well as country-themed dance and activities on offer for three day cruise.


NZCA strategy targets trans-Tasman bubble cruises in 2022
12 Jul 2021   /

NZCA strategy targets trans-Tasman bubble cruises in 2022

The New Zealand Cruise Association wants rapid testing in place and safe bubble cruising for larger ships with reduced guest numbers in 2022.


CLIA to recognise Australasian cruise agent with award
7 Jul 2021   /

CLIA to recognise Australasian cruise agent with award

Australian and New Zealand cruise agents are to be honoured with a presentation from Cruise Lines International Association recognising the difficult circumstances they have been operating in.


Why we sold Fullers GreatSights – John Thorburn
1 Jul 2021   /

Why we sold Fullers GreatSights – John Thorburn

The decision to sell the Bay of Islands operator was a difficult one to make, says Entrada’s CEO.


Explore buys Fullers GreatSights in Bay of Islands
30 Jun 2021   /

Explore buys Fullers GreatSights in Bay of Islands

The collapse in international tourism was the catalyst for talks, says Explore GM William Goodfellow.


Agencies mull hefty border levy increases on travellers
9 Jun 2021   /

Agencies mull hefty border levy increases on travellers

TIA says now is not the time to increase border levies on travellers.


Wellington port shareholders to receive $15m payout
8 Jun 2021  

Wellington port shareholders to receive $15m payout

CentrePort in Wellington has agreed to pay a “special dividend” of $15m to shareholders Greater Wellington Regional Council and Horizons Regional Council as the company continues to develop its regeneration projects.


NZ opens to Aus yachts, some restrictions remain
27 May 2021   /

NZ opens to Aus yachts, some restrictions remain

Australian yachts can enter New Zealand waters within existing travel restrictions and under certain conditions, says the New Zealand Marine Industry Association.


Environment Southland signs cruise agreement with CLIA
30 Apr 2021  

Environment Southland signs cruise agreement with CLIA

Environment Southland has signed an updated Cruise Ship Deed of Agreement with Cruise Lines International Association to boost revenue from visiting cruise ships in the future.


No to cruise, yes to expeditions – Heritage launches luxury Explorer
14 Apr 2021  

No to cruise, yes to expeditions – Heritage launches luxury Explorer

Heritage Expeditions’ new 18-passenger expedition yacht Heritage Explorer has set sail on its maiden voyage.


What about cruise? NZCA, CLIA call for Australasian action
7 Apr 2021   /

What about cruise? NZCA, CLIA call for Australasian action

Cruise industry touts strong new health protocols, watches with envy as businesses ready for air corridor with Australia.


CLIA relaunches cruise education series for agents
23 Mar 2021   /

CLIA relaunches cruise education series for agents

Cruise Lines International Association will bring back its CLIA LIVE education series for 2021.


Cruise excursion firm pivots, plans for growth
3 Mar 2021   /

Cruise excursion firm pivots, plans for growth

With the industry yet to revive, one BOP excursion company aims to expand as far as the South Island with a new product.


Cruise absence sees ship visits fall at Port of Tauranga
2 Mar 2021  

Cruise absence sees ship visits fall at Port of Tauranga

Port of Tauranga saw ship visits decline by 15.3% to 661 for the six months to December 2020.


NZ Cruise conference cancelled again – aims for mid-2022
11 Feb 2021   /

NZ Cruise conference cancelled again – aims for mid-2022

NZCA chair Debbie Summers said the decision was made because of the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 on the industry.


National Party blasts cruise ship border bungle
9 Feb 2021   /

National Party blasts cruise ship border bungle

The Government has “kneecapped” the tourism sector by causing the Le Lapérouse cruise ship to cancel its season, says the National Party.


Le Lapérouse debacle will have lasting impacts – agent
4 Feb 2021  

Le Lapérouse debacle will have lasting impacts – agent

Cruise lines are reconsidering future deployments to “unreliable” NZ, says Wild Earth Travel’s Aaron Russ.


NZ Cruise “devastated” at Ponant cancellation
4 Feb 2021   /

NZ Cruise “devastated” at Ponant cancellation

The cruise industry says it has been abandoned by the Government.


NZ Cruise “shocked, bewildered” at Le Lapérouse treatment
1 Feb 2021   /

NZ Cruise “shocked, bewildered” at Le Lapérouse treatment

The denial of visas to 61 crew tarnishes NZ’s cruise friendly reputation, says NZCA.


NZ cruise stuck in “no man’s land”, missing $601m  – NZCA’s Summers
8 Dec 2020   /

NZ cruise stuck in “no man’s land”, missing $601m – NZCA’s Summers

The New Zealand cruise industry is at a standstill and the country is $601m out of pocket because of it, says NZ Cruise Association chair and ID Tours executive director Debbie Summers.


$67m Lyttelton cruise berth opens for business
27 Nov 2020   /

$67m Lyttelton cruise berth opens for business

It is New Zealand’s first purpose-built cruise ship facility.


Global cruise industry to lose US$20bn due to Covid
26 Nov 2020  

Global cruise industry to lose US$20bn due to Covid

The global cruise industry is expected to lose US$19.6bn in revenue amid the coronavirus outbreak, a 71% plunge year-over-year, according to StockApps.com.


Wellingtonians ponder summer without cruise and fewer tourists
23 Nov 2020   /

Wellingtonians ponder summer without cruise and fewer tourists

Wellington Chamber of Commerce president, Jo Healey, is asking what the city council will do to assist economic growth.


Russian crew Covid free – Heritage Expeditions
19 Nov 2020  

Russian crew Covid free – Heritage Expeditions

All 22 Russian crew aboard Heritage Expeditions’ flagship Spirit of Enderby/Professor Khromov have returned negative Covid tests.


Port of Lyttelton welcomes Heritage Expeditions flagship
17 Nov 2020  

Port of Lyttelton welcomes Heritage Expeditions flagship

Heritage Expeditions’ flagship Spirit of Enderby has christened Port of Lyttelton’s new $67m cruise ship berth, 10 days ahead of its official opening.


NZ can learn from US cruise restart – Celebrity Cruises’ Jones
16 Nov 2020  

NZ can learn from US cruise restart – Celebrity Cruises’ Jones

New Zealand had a long window to learn how overseas markets were resuming cruising.


Wellington named top cruise ship destination in A/NZ
13 Nov 2020   /

Wellington named top cruise ship destination in A/NZ

Wellington knocked Auckland off the top spot that it held last year.


New $67m berth – on time, under budget, but no cruise ships in sight
12 Nov 2020   /

New $67m berth – on time, under budget, but no cruise ships in sight

Lyttelton Port’s $67m purpose-built cruise ship berth will officially be opened in about two weeks but port executives are looking at alternative uses until cruising resumes.


Australia, NZ cruise industry loses US$1.5bn – CLIA
10 Nov 2020   /

Australia, NZ cruise industry loses US$1.5bn – CLIA

NZ’s cruise sector has lost around US$600m, says CLIA chair Adam Goldstein.


Cruise donations fund kiwi hatching
2 Nov 2020   /

Cruise donations fund kiwi hatching

Donations made by cruise ship passengers visiting the Bay of Plenty during the 2019/2020 season have funded the hatching and raising of a kiwi chick.


TNZ to present at CLIA destinations showcase
28 Oct 2020  

TNZ to present at CLIA destinations showcase

Cruise Lines International Association Australasia will hold its first Cruise Port & Destination Virtual Showcase between 1-10 December.


CLIA offers agents $1500 bonuses
19 Oct 2020   /

CLIA offers agents $1500 bonuses

Cruise Lines International Association is offering its Australasian travel agent members bonus commissions and rewards.


Celebrity Cruises launches trade support portal
16 Oct 2020  

Celebrity Cruises launches trade support portal

Celebrity Cruises has launched its Celebrity Commitment, a formal recognition of its commitment to the travel agent community in Australia and New Zealand.


Heritage Expeditions’ domestic cruises to generate $5m
15 Oct 2020  

Heritage Expeditions’ domestic cruises to generate $5m

The Christchurch-based operator will be the first to bring a ship back to NZ.


Domestic cruises get go ahead – NZCA
12 Oct 2020   /

Domestic cruises get go ahead – NZCA

Christchurch-based travel agency Heritage Expeditions has secured permission to begin domestic cruises in New Zealand, says the New Zealand Crusie Association.


Cruise ship spend steady despite Covid curtailing visits
9 Oct 2020   /

Cruise ship spend steady despite Covid curtailing visits

A booming pre-Covid cruise market saw cruise ship expenditure drop by just 3.2% in the year ending June 2020, despite the season being cut short by the global coronavirus pandemic.


Cruise passengers drop 22% – Ports of Auckland
6 Oct 2020  

Cruise passengers drop 22% – Ports of Auckland

Ports of Auckland said it was unlikely that there would be any cruise ship visits in the 2020-21 financial year.


Govt treatment of travel agents “appalling” – Unsworth
2 Sep 2020   /

Govt treatment of travel agents “appalling” – Unsworth

There is a “clear lack of empathy, concern or understanding” for the travel industry, says Helloworld’s former cruise marketing manager.


NZ loses 70k cruise guests, 262 port visits due to Covid
31 Aug 2020   /

NZ loses 70k cruise guests, 262 port visits due to Covid

More cancellations are expected but there is also hope for a domestic-only season, says NZ Cruise.


Tauranga not planning for cruise in 2020-21 season
31 Aug 2020   /

Tauranga not planning for cruise in 2020-21 season

Port of Tauranga says it is not budgeting for any cruise ship visits in the 2020-21 season.


Hopes for Kiwis-only cruises stalled by Covid outbreak
19 Aug 2020   /

Hopes for Kiwis-only cruises stalled by Covid outbreak

The New Zealand Cruise Association says progress on a domestic-only cruise season has been pushed back by the latest Covid-19 outbreak and delayed election.


NZ Customs reviews Ruby Princess report for Napier inquiry
19 Aug 2020   /

NZ Customs reviews Ruby Princess report for Napier inquiry

NZ Customs is reviewing the New South Wales Special Commission of Inquiry into the Ruby Princess.


NZ Cruise: Ruby Princess lessons learnt already
18 Aug 2020  

NZ Cruise: Ruby Princess lessons learnt already

The special inquiry into the cruise ship Ruby Princess found that mistakes were “inexcusable”.


NZ-only cruises popular once restrictions lift – survey
5 Aug 2020   /

NZ-only cruises popular once restrictions lift – survey

A Celebrity Cruises survey of travel partners across Australasia showed 92% of respondents believed New Zealand-only cruises would be popular once restrictions lifted.


CLIA highlights pathway for cruise resumption in NZ, Aus
30 Jul 2020   /

CLIA highlights pathway for cruise resumption in NZ, Aus

Cruise Lines International Association has welcomed European Maritime Safety Agency guidance on the resumption of cruise ship operations.


Could cruise be used for isolation? Here’s what industry thinks
8 Jul 2020  

Could cruise be used for isolation? Here’s what industry thinks

There are some real and perceived obstacles to overcome, says NZ Cruise.


NZ Cruise lambasts Govt, launches recovery plan
25 Jun 2020   /

NZ Cruise lambasts Govt, launches recovery plan

The Government’s ban on cruise ships in New Zealand waters is “purely political” and a bid to calm “nervous communities”, the New Zealand Cruise Association told it members Wednesday. 


Celebrity Cruises extends global suspension, offers refunds
25 Jun 2020  

Celebrity Cruises extends global suspension, offers refunds

Celebrity Cruises will extend its suspension of global operations for all sailings, citing the ongoing ramifications of the Covid-19 crisis.


Cruise ban leaves “big hole” for Tairāwhiti tourism – Hughes
24 Jun 2020   /

Cruise ban leaves “big hole” for Tairāwhiti tourism – Hughes

New Zealand’s cruise standstill due to Covid-19 will leave “a big hole” for some operators in the Gisborne region, says general manager tourism at Activate Tairāwhiti Adam Hughes.