Record levels of cruise ship expenditure revealed today (Aug.16) by Stats NZ have highlighted the enormous opportunity cruise tourism presents for the New Zealand economy, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
As the last ship of Wellington’s record-breaking cruise season docks in the capital, next year’s numbers are expected to rise even higher. More than 220,000 passengers from 110 ships poured into the region during the 2018/19 cruise ship season, worth an estimated $56 million to the local economy. (stuff.co.nz)
A tug of war over cruise ships has Akaroa residents and businesses pitted against each other, raising questions about controls on the growing fleet of behemoths plying New Zealand waters. (stuff.co.nz)
Napier was a hive of activity yesterday, with the first of an expected record 125,000 cruise ship visitors hitting town. A total of 72 cruise ship visits are booked to arrive at Napier Port this summer season, which started with yesterday’s arrival of the 330 metre-long Majestic Princess. (nzherald.co.nz)
From some of the world’s largest and newest ships to a flotilla of the most luxurious vessels at sea, New Zealand is sailing into its biggest and most exciting summer cruise season, according to local cruise associations.
New government figures show cruise ship expenditure for the year to June 2018 jumped by 18.3% to $434 million on the previous year, reinforcing the sector’s value to New Zealand, says the New Zealand Cruise Association.
Cruise ship passengers are lining up for “authentic, sustainable onshore experiences”, such as beach clean-ups and tree planting, but New Zealand cruise destinations have yet to cash in on the demand. (stuff.co.nz)
The first cruise ship to berth at Marsden Point will be the first of many that could see up to 60 ships a year call into Whangārei, a Northland tourism leader says. The Northern Advocate can reveal that the 30,277 tonne Oceania Cruises ship Regatta, with up to 684 passengers and 400 crew on board, will be the first cruise ship to tie up at Northport, at Marsden Point. (nzherald.co.nz)
With a record number of cruise liners booked to visit Napier Port this summer, Hawke’s Bay can expect an influx of visitors equivalent to the region’s entire population. Napier Port confirmed that it will handle 72 cruise ships this summer, bringing in as many as 175,000 visitors. (nzherald.co.nz)
Redesign of Lyttelton’s new cruise berth has increased the estimated cost of $56m, and port residents will have to contend with about 18 months of noise from pile driving. Lyttelton Port Company chief executive Peter Davie said changing the design to minimise impact on protected Hector’s dolphins in the harbour and to ensure safe handling of giant cruise ships had added to the cost – “it will be millions.” (stuff.co.nz)
About 166,000 cruise ship passengers have poured $59 million into Wellington over the past seven months. The departure of Radiance of the Seas on Saturday marked the end of the 2017/2018 cruise season in the capital. That same cruise ship also kicked off the season in October. (stuff.co.nz)
The Lyttelton Port Company has put its resource consent application for a new cruise berth on hold while it refines the design and looks at the impact on rare Hector’s dolphins. The $56-million berth between Cashin Quay and the entrance to the inner harbour was due to open for the 2020 cruise season. (stuff.co.nz)