Cruising Updates

NCL reveals Norwegian Viva

Thursday, 20 January 2022 14:45

Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL’s) Norwegian Viva, the next ship in its new Prima Class will begin sailing Mediterranean itineraries in June 2023, home-porting in key Southern European port cities including Lisbon, Portugal; Venice (Trieste) and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; and Athens (Piraeus), Greece.

She will then sail the Southern Caribbean for her 2023-2024 northern hemisphere winter season offering getaways from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

NCL reveals Norwegian Viva

Thursday, 20 January 2022 14:45

Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL’s) Norwegian Viva, the next ship in its new Prima Class will begin sailing Mediterranean itineraries in June 2023, home-porting in key Southern European port cities including Lisbon, Portugal; Venice (Trieste) and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; and Athens (Piraeus), Greece.

She will then sail the Southern Caribbean for her 2023-2024 northern hemisphere winter season offering getaways from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

New Emerald Azzurra video

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 02:35

The video showcases 360 degree features of the super yacht, including realistic visualisations of the furnishings and décor on the Pool Deck, Sky Deck and Sky Bar, Marina, and the Owner’s Suite terraces.

New ports in NCL release

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 02:32

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), has opened for sale the most itineraries at once in its history, unveiling sailings from 35 departure ports – including new NCL homeports in Haifa, Israel and La Romana, Dominican Republic.

The announcement includes Australia and New Zealand cruises, as well as cruises within Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Alaska and the Caribbean through to October 2024, while Hawai’i inter-island seven-day voyages are now open up to December 2025.

Global journey for Princess

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 03:02

Princess Cruises has released its latest programme, including the longest roundtrip cruise offered from Australia – a 110-night global journey departing late April 2024.

The cruise line will open bookings for its new 2023-24 Australian cruise programme in early December – an unprecedented 11 months ahead of schedule for its world cruise.

Viking upgrades trade rewards

Thursday, 25 November 2021 22:47

Viking has given its trade loyalty programme Rewards by Viking an extensive upgrade. New features further reward trade partners, increased engagement and enhance the overall user experience.

Rewards by Viking allows travel agents to earn reward points for booking Viking’s ocean, river and expedition cruises. These can be redeemed in the online Rewards by Viking store on a range of brand-name items – from electronics and sporting goods to beauty products and gift vouchers.

Tips on selling cruise

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 01:36

As cruising continues to gain traction around the world and New Zealand’s borders inch closer to opening, a representative of the sector has given some tips on how to sell cruise to people who are hesitant.

Jacinta Baker, Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL’s) business development manager WA, NZ and home-based, says agents should advise clients ‘not to knock it until they have tried it.’

PONANT back to Antarctica

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 01:12

With the start of Le Commandant Charcot’s inaugural season, PONANT is the first operator to resume luxury expeditions to the White Continent.

PONANT’s 2021-22 season comprises 14 different itineraries and 33 sailings scheduled from now to March 2022. In addition to Le Commandant Charcot, the company’s four sister ships Le Lyrial, L’Austral, Le Boréal and Le Soléal will also be sailing south.

Cruise sustainability headway

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 00:55

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), has released its Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Inventory and associated Environmental Report produced by Oxford Economics (OE). It comes as CLIA ocean-going members commit to pursue net carbon neutral cruising by 2050.

Australasia still at anchor

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 03:47

The number of passengers who have sailed worldwide since ocean cruise operations resumed last year has now passed three million people, while governments in Australia and New Zealand are still yet to agree on plans for a local revival.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) managing director Australasia Joel Katz notes cruising has resumed in 52 countries worldwide and that Australasia remains one of the only major cruise regions where governments had not progressed plans for resumption.

‘Worldwide, more than 70% of CLIA cruise line ocean-going ships are back in operation and we expect that figure to reach 80% in December,’ Katz says. ‘This shows the effectiveness of the cruise industry’s new health protocols introduced in response to the global pandemic.

Paul Gauguin launches 2023

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 02:35

Paul Gauguin Cruises has launched sales of its 2023 small-ship sailings.

Six itineraries explore the South Pacific and beyond aboard newly renovated luxury small vessel Le Paul Gauguin.

The itineraries, from seven to 16 nights, visit Tahiti, the Society Islands, and the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Fiji’s islands.

NZ cruising not until late 2022

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 04:15

The New Zealand Cruise Association says its ‘most realistic estimate’ is that the industry here will not crank up until the last quarter of 2022.

Chief executive officer Kevin O’Sullivan says this is based on the considerable time it will taker to work with the government through acceptable procedures and protocols which are in place successfully in other countries but still have to be agreed by our officials.

‘These talks have not yet begun but could start once New Zealand achieves vaccination rates above 90%.’

Viking: new ocean cruise dates

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 03:36

Viking has released a number of new  dates for ocean cruise itineraries for late 2023 and early 2024, including those that cover Scandinavia, The Mediterranean, Alaska, The Caribbean, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It has also launched two new combination cruise itineraries in Scandinavia.

‘The new departure dates are for some of our most popular cruise itineraries and provide more choice and certainty for travellers to plan ahead,’ says Michelle Black, managing director of Viking ANZ.

Cruise: ‘Sector in good shape...’

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 04:13

Though cruise in New Zealand faces tough challenges in the short term, at least the industry can be sure there will be demand to get back on ships when the sector can ramp up operations here again.

Benjamin Dale, New Zealand account manager with destination management company (DMC) Akorn, says a real worry had been whether or not people are still wanting to cruise.

‘The answer to that has been a resounding yes. Cruise is selling extremely well (around the world) so demand is not a worry any more.’

Welcome Back to the World

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 00:54

Viking has launched its Welcome Back to the World Sale, featuring special offers on an extensive selection of Viking’s river, ocean and expedition cruises until 24 December 2021.

Delivering savings of up to A$8,000 per couple, the sale includes a selection of flight offers as well as an exclusive Viking Explorer Society member offer – saving past passengers an additional A$600 per couple when they book before 31 October 2021.

Frustration remains for NZ Cruise sector

Monday, 04 October 2021 23:53

The New Zealand Cruise Association has expressed its frustration yet again at the government’s failure to even indicate a timeline for a restart in this region. 

The association says that it is ‘most likely not until next year’, in its latest newsletter.

‘This month would ordinarily (whatever that means now) see the beginning of the New Zealand cruise season. However, port visits have reduced by 88%, with more to come.  It’s important to understand that cruise lines want to operate here but are unable to do so because of the New Zealand government prohibition on ships entering our maritime border.

Emerald grows yacht portfolio

Monday, 04 October 2021 05:04

Emerald Sakara will be the second luxury superyacht for Emerald Cruises and join the yacht cruising fleet in 2023, along with the addition of a new sailing destination – The Seychelles.

Following her maiden voyage through the islands of The Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, Emerald Sakara will join sister-superyacht Emerald Azzurra sailing the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Red and Black Seas. The additional capacity is required to keep up with strong demand for Emerald Cruises ocean-going itineraries – which saw Black Sea sailings sell out within two weeks of being released, despite the global pandemic.

Onboard action on NCL's Prima

Monday, 27 September 2021 22:06

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has unveiled its upcoming multifaceted entertainment and onboard experiences on Norwegian Prima.

The vessel, the first of six ships within NCL’s all-new Prima Class, debuted with record-breaking sales  when it was announced in May this year.

The Tony Award®-nominated musical ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ is its interactive headlining act.

PONANT's Antarctic itineraries

Friday, 24 September 2021 01:45

PONANT has unveiled a new range of voyages for the Antarctic season including two new itineraries from and to New Zealand. These are aboard the first LNG-powered hybrid electric luxury polar exploration vessel, Le Commandant Charcot.

Guests can access new activities from citizen science to kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing, to polar diving without a wetsuit and polar swimming in a drysuit. More than 20 naturalist-guides will be supervising the activities and taking guests to meet an array of wildlife during Zodiac and hovercraft outings.

Tahiti looks to limit size of cruise ships, refuse largest vessels

Friday, 24 September 2021 01:30

French Polynesia is repositioning its cruise industry in favour of ships with small and medium capacity.

A release from Tahiti Tourisme says the destination will ‘reposition around four axis’, applicable from 1 January 2022.

Firstly it will favour year-round turnaround ships based in French Polynesia, of small and medium capacities (700 passengers).

Viking’s 2024 ocean cruises open to book

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 00:52

Viking has opened for sale a selection of ocean cruises in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Alaska departing up to April 2024, on the 930-guest Viking Orion.

The itineraries are designed to provide peace of mind for travellers to plan in advance, and include Australian and New Zealand-favourites such as the 23-day North Pacific Passage from Tokyo to Vancouver via Russia and Alaska, the 15-day Far Eastern Horizons from Hong Kong to Tokyo and the 17-day Komodo & the Australian Coast sailing from Sydney to Bali.

PONANT’s 2022-23 expeditions

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 01:12

PONANT has released a new brochure for Australia and New Zealand, focused on Luxury Expeditions for 2022 and 2023, offering destinations from the polar cap to the outback.

The brochure highlights local markets’ most in demand itineraries including Australia’s Kimberley, East Coast and Tasmania, as well as New Zealand’s Sub Antarctic Islands, Papua New Guinea and Melanesia.

Oceania, RSSC: new in 2023

Thursday, 09 September 2021 22:58

Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises are seeing a positive shift in interest towards 2022 cruises as the markets here start to see a light at the end of the lock-down tunnel.

Senior vice president and managing director Asia Pacific of the lines, Steve Odell, says that while that is happening, interest and bookings for 2023-24 continue at pace.

‘We’ve seen record sales days and bookings from both sides of the Tasman. People are looking at bigger suites – the top half of the suites category – and they are booking longer trips with different destinations.

Scenic's ship enhancements

Friday, 03 September 2021 00:58

Scenic has released details of recent ship enhancements, including a new entertainment partnership on Scenic Eclipse. Over the past 12 months, Scenic has refined a number of its culinary experiences and venues.

The Yacht Club’s dining area has been extended and a food island has been installed. House-made gelato will be served, and new large sofas will replace the traditional tables and chairs. Guests can also relax in new wicker swinging egg chairs.

The new Night Market @ Kokos is based on night markets and street food from around Asia, India and the Middle East. Sushi @ Koko’s has also expanded to include more window seating.

Walk for wellness and chances to win

Thursday, 02 September 2021 00:53

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is inviting New Zealand and Australian travel partners to register and start warming up for Walk for Wellness 2021 – the popular initiative that celebrates wellbeing within the travel industry, now in its second year.

This year’s Walk for Wellness challenge will run from 1-31 October, coinciding with a number of mental health events taking place throughout the month including World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October. It encourages travel agents to get active and track their steps towards a combined goal of 100,000km via a free mobile app, while taking part in weekly challenges and connecting with peers in the travel community along the way.

Knowledge gaps give trade opportunities

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:20

A large number of consumers, even avid cruisers, in New Zealand and Australia are not aware of health and safety measures being implemented by cruise lines, a Cruise Critic survey shows.

Presenting the results at the CLIA Cruise Forum webinars last week, Cruise Critic’s Colleen McDaniel said the gap in client’s knowledge presented obvious opportunities for the trade.

The survey asked respondents how they would rate the cruise industry in successfully implementing measures to keep guests and destination residents from contracting and spreading Covid-19.

Close to home, vaxxed

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:16

More than 90% of avid cruisers from Australasia support moves to only allow fully vaccinated passengers and crew on board, according to a survey released at the CLIA Cruise Forum webinars on Friday.

Conducted by Cruise Critic, the Australia New Zealand-centric survey, which allowed people to tick more than one answer in this particular question, asked respondents which Covid health measures they supported to ensure a safer cruise experience.

The results were presented by Cruise Critic’s Colleen McDaniel – fittingly from her cabin on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. ‘Vaccination was rated as the most supported measure, which is fantastic because that is the tack cruise lines are taking,’ says McDaniel.

Prioritising loyal clients key to revival with reduced staff levels

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:02

Travel advisors should plan to prioritise loyal customers when people are able to travel again, a presenter at the CLIA Cruise Forum webinars said last week.

Michael Londregan, senior vice-president global operations of Virtuoso, was one of many speakers who noted that overseas experience indicated a rush to travel advisors when borders opened. Ironically this could cause problems considering the huge reduction in staff that travel businesses now have.

Scenic's 2023 European rivers

Friday, 27 August 2021 03:14

Scenic’s 2023 Europe River Cruising collection is open for reservations. The early release has been opened exclusively for Australian and New Zealand clients. It enables Future Travel Credit holders to re-book their preferred suite and dates and for clients planning ahead, the ability to reserve their new cruise booking.

Travel advisors will earn a bonus 2% commission on all new Europe River Cruising bookings made online via ExpressBook, before 30 September 2021.

Viking Mars 2022 on sale

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 22:57

Viking’s commercial manager New Zealand, Steve Parker, says the company’s newest ocean ship – the 930-guest Viking Mars will be heading this way from Europe in October 2022.

‘We have released a selection of cruises which if combined will give clients an opportunity to cruise all the way from Barcelona to Auckland. Agents can book one cruise or all six cruises to make a 92-day voyage of a lifetime,’ he says.

‘Several New Zealand agents have made bookings already and it is recommended to book early so you can secure the same cabin on each sailing. One agent booked three couples who wanted to travel together so there are definitely opportunities out there.’

New Viking cruises for 2022

Friday, 20 August 2021 01:53

Viking has two ocean cruise itineraries due to depart in 2022 on Viking’s newest ocean ship – the 930-guest Viking Mars. The diverse itineraries include destinations such as Greece, Oman and Egypt, or Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand.

Clients can save up to $2000 per couple on these 2022 itineraries (check conditions).

The 21-day Passage to India departs 25 October 2022 from Athens to Mumbai and is priced from $9695pp in a Veranda Stateroom. Highlights include Haifa, Israel; Luxor, Egypt; and Aqaba, Jordan.

New 2022 voyages from Oceania

Thursday, 19 August 2021 22:46

Oceania Cruises has introduced 16 new Europe and Tahiti voyages for early 2022 aboard Regatta and Nautica.

When Nautica debuts on 1 April 2022, the ship will have emerged from an extensive period in drydock. The debut of Nautica and re-start of Regatta heralds the completion of the US$100 million plus OceaniaNEXT rebuild of the brand’s four 684-guest Regatta Class ships and the brand’s full return to service, with all six ships sailing once again.

Canada joins cruise revival

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:39

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) managing director Australasia Joel Katz says this is the only major cruise region in the world not making progress towards revival after the Canadian Government announced it had brought forward the end of its cruise suspension to 1 November 2021.

Canada’s plans to revive cruise tourism place it alongside other destinations including the US, UK, Europe and parts of Asia where cruising has already resumed under stringent new health protocols and testing regimes.

Silversea's trade incentive

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 04:14

Silversea launched a new travel trade incentive this week and at the same time took the opportunity to re-engage with some 120 agents and brokers at a function in the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.

With the Learn & Sell Silversea to Win incentive, each new booking wins a bottle of Pommery Champagne.

Tauck to resume full operations

Monday, 05 July 2021 23:08

After announcing the restart of select tours and cruises in recent weeks, Tauck now plans to resume full operations of all remaining 2021 itineraries during August and September. This includes the return of Tauck’s Danube and Rhine river cruises, its land tours in Italy and elsewhere across Europe, and its explorations of far-flung destinations ranging from Morocco to Machu Picchu.

Tauck expects to operate more than 80% of its pre-pandemic portfolio of tours and cruises this year, with a full return of all itineraries slated for 2022.

Cruise World, which represents Tauck in New Zealand, reports enquiries for Europe river cruising. The company says that while availability on some 2022 dates is already limited, this news allows agents and their clients to do some travel planning.

PONANT starts Europe, keen for down-under

Wednesday, 30 June 2021 01:24

PONANT is about to commence its 2021 season of small ship cruising in the Mediterranean and the French coastline, along with expeditions exploring Iceland.

‘While in Australia and New Zealand our ongoing discussions continue with governments, hopeful of border openings for small ships to provide much needed - and wanted - domestic cruising, Europe is well underway with its restart for the summer period,’ says  Sarina Bratton, PONANT chairman Asia Pacific.

Viking's 2023 river departures

Sunday, 20 June 2021 22:44

Viking has released close to 1000 new departure dates for its 2023 European river cruise programme.

The departures are across a range of itineraries along the Rhine, Main, Danube, and Russian and Douro rivers including the ever-popular Grand European from Amsterdam to Budapest.

Big cruise opportunities

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 04:17

One of the region’s leading cruise personalities is reminding New Zealand travel agents to stay positive and keep pushing the luxury, small ship category.

The comments by Steve Odell, senior vice president and managing director Asia Pacific of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, come at a time when the lines are announcing a progressive return to sailing and pent up demand is filling the ships fast.

Viking's new feature for agents

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 04:04

Viking has launched a new feature within its Agent Marketing Centre aimed at helping New Zealand travel agents create more engaging and effective social media campaigns.

It also provides access to Viking’s content library that includes the most popular river and ocean itineraries, ship tours and destination highlights.

Viking’s marketing centre can be found within the existing travel agent portal and makes it easy to customise Viking marketing materials with an agency’s contact details and call to action, generating a personalised file, ready to go.

HAL back to Alaska

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 04:01

Holland America Line plans to restart cruising to Alaska in July, roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, aboard Nieuw Amsterdam

Bookings are open for the 10 Saturday departures that will operate from 24 July to 2 October. The seven-day Alaskan Explorer itinerary calls at Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Sitka and Ketchikan. Scenic cruising in Alaska includes Glacier Bay and Stephens Passage.

Plans for these cruises to fulfill Holland America Line’s obligations under the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA) are expected to be approved, as are final instructions from CDC, and the company is beginning the return-to-cruising preparation process immediately.
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Princess Cruises' new training

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 03:13

Princess Cruises has released a new interactive agent engagement series to better connect with their trade partners called MIMOSAS – Medallionised Interactive Modules OnDemand for Short Attention Spans.

Built to supplement Princess’ Academy Training Program, MIMOSAS presentations can be done in as little as eight minutes, with viewers able to navigate through the presentations to get the content that is relevant to them.

NCL to re-evaluate NZ presence

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 04:55

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will continue to support the New Zealand trade from its Sydney office in the meantime, but will re-evaluate the need for a local office as business builds back up.

Ben Angell, vice president and managing director NCL Asia Pacific, says the company continues to evaluate the situation across the whole region. The NZ office was a recent Covid casualty.

‘However, we provide strong support out of Sydney and we have connections with the trade here. That’s right for us at the moment but we’ll look again as things develop.’

NCL embarks on return

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 23:53

As it prepares for a return to service beginning 25 July 2021, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the premiere of ‘EMBARK – The Series’, a docu-series chronicling the brand’s comeback.

The first of five episodes will premiere on 16 April, 12pm.

This is part of the Company’s ‘EMBARK with NCL’ editorial content platform.

Viking points to Grand cruises

Thursday, 01 April 2021 23:13

Following on from the record sale of its 2021/22 and 2022/23 World Cruises, Viking is encouraging agents and their clients to consider other Grand Voyages, which range from 37 to 93 days.

‘The halt on global travel due to the Covid pandemic has created a greater desire to travel than ever before and on a much grander scale,’ says Michelle Black, MD Viking ANZ.

NCL's South Pacific for 2022

Tuesday, 16 March 2021 02:05

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), has released a collection of port-intensive South Pacific itineraries for 2022. Sailing aboard the recently refurbished Norwegian Spirit, NCL’s new voyages will visit destinations such as New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, American Samoa, French Polynesia and Hawai’i.

As well as seven, 12 and 14-day South Pacific cruises, Norwegian Spirit is embarking on an exclusive ‘Fire and Ice’ voyage, with the contrasting destinations of Alaska and Hawai’i in one comprehensive itinerary.

Longer Pacific cruises in 2022-23

Sunday, 28 February 2021 22:19

Princess Cruises has released a full year-long programme of voyages including a new 2022-23 Australian summer season. Princess has also revealed its 2023 Round World Cruise – six months ahead of schedule.

The planned programme has 134 departures on 90 itineraries to 108 destinations in 33 countries and will feature an entire Medallion Class-enabled fleet of four ships including two Royal-Class sister ships, Royal Princess and Majestic Princess, based in Sydney for the first time.

Cruise conference postponed

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:21

The NZ Cruise Conference 2021 has been postponed until mid-year 2022.

Chairman Debbie Summers says this year has proven that the sector is still in a time of flux and change. ‘The board felt it is better to wait, get a semblance of a season under our belts in 2021-22 and organise something that is positive, value for money and with international speakers at this later time.

‘We are potentially looking at a series of regional updates with members as we travel the country over the remainder of 2021.’

AWT's Antarctica deal

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 03:23

Adventure World Travel is offering travellers a deal on an all-inclusive Hurtigruten expedition cruise to Antarctica.

When booking the 14-day Highlights of the Frozen Continent itinerary, guests will receive free return airfares from New Zealand to South America, EUR300 onboard credit, plus, exclusive to Adventure World Travel, a free Buenos Aires walking tour and free traditional tango show and dinner. Travellers will also have an additional two pre and one post voyage accommodation nights.

PONANT decision may make cruise lines skip NZ through lack of trust

Tuesday, 09 February 2021 03:04

A leading proponent of expedition cruising says he is already hearing from cruise lines that the PONANT debacle this week may put them off visiting New Zealand in the future.

Aaron Russ, general manager Wild Earth Travel, says the PONANT cancellation had the feel of ‘pure politics’ and that contrary to some claims Immigration New Zealand was fully consulted while the cruise line went through the protracted and drawn out process of gaining health clearance and maritime exemption to operate here.

PONANT cancels New Zealand programme

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 01:05

PONANT has 'regretfully advised' that its small expedition ship Le Lapérouse has been forced to cancel her season of seven fully booked expedition voyages in New Zealand for New Zealanders.

The full statement from PONANT reads:

'The New Zealand Department of Immigration has declined to approve visas for 61 of the ship’s 90 crew. Visas were issued for 29 technical crew however INZ was not prepared to issue visas to the 61 hotel staff. 

Viking's 2022-23 river cruises

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 20:56

Viking has released its 2022-2023 River Cruises brochure with over 230 pages of itineraries and experiences.

The brochure includes a preview of 2023 season departures, details on new ships, a dedicated section on Christmas and Christmas Market cruises, and a new cruise destination – the Mississippi River.

PONANT rejection ‘slap in face’ for industry, slight glimmer of hope remains

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 20:39

Travel trade and tourism operators were last night clinging to at least some hope that PONANT’s domestic cruising season around New Zealand will take shape in one form or another.

Yesterday the cruise line was continuing to talk to Immigration NZ after its shock last minute decision to prevent Le Laperouse from coming to New Zealand – despite having the green light from the Ministry of Health. At the time of going to press it was believed a final decision would be made today.

Trade to cruise: Demand is there, we need flexibility

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 00:30

The need for flexibility in booking and reservation policies, plus reconfirmation of strong demand in the market place for future cruising, have been highllghted in recent research.

‘Viking’s annual industry survey conducted across New Zealand and Australian agents is designed to establish how agent partners are faring in the current climate and how best the company can service their needs,’ says Michelle Black, Viking ANZ managing director.  ‘In 2020 due to the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on the entire travel industry, this tool has never been more important.

Space on PONANT's Feb NZ cruise

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 22:05

PONANT’s return to cruising in New Zealand is being launched with an expedition departing 8 February. Developed exclusively for Kiwis, it explores the Subantarctic Islands, Chatham Islands, and Ulva Island (Stewart Island).

Mick Fogg, PONANT’s expedition manager for Asia Pacific says, the number of visitors permitted each year to visit the Subantarctic islands is strictly controlled in order to maintain their environments.

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