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NZ bookings outstrip Australia

Emerald Princess made a rousing maiden entry into Auckland yesterday, announcing Kiwi sales far outstrip its cruising peers across the ditch.
The 3200-guest superliner is the biggest Princess Cruises ship to visit New Zealand this summer.
The arrival of Emerald Princess, stretching to 290 metres, headlines a record cruise season for the country that will see an unprecedented 33 cruise ships arrive in New Zealand waters.

To mark the occasion, around 60 trade and media representatives were invited onboard the ship for a site inspection before settling into a four- course lunch at SHARE Restaurant by chef Curtis Stone.
Princess Cruises vice president Australia/ New Zealand Stuart Allison told the delegation Kiwi bookings for its cruises have grown twice as much as those from Australia – a fact that drew cheers from trade.
Allison says the line carried two thirds of the 100,000 Australians who cruised Kiwi waters last year.
This season six Princess ships will sail around New Zealand, he adds, which represents 202 visits to 11 destinations and a $75 million cash injection into the economy.
‘This is a positive nod to this market,’ he says.
The visit follows the superliner’s maiden calls to six New Zealand destinations over the past week. It 
left Auckland last night for the Bay of Islands, before heading back to Sydney
and on to itineraries around the Pacific. Over the summer, it will make 24 visits to Wellington and will also call at Picton five times, injecting an estimated $10 million in tourism dollars to the quake- hit communities.
‘We are proud to play a role in assisting quake-a ected communities to get back on their feet by delivering a steady stream of tourists without the need for the same level of infrastructure as land- based holidays,’ Allison says.

Good service set in Stone
Around 60 trade and media representatives enjoyed lunch at SHARE Restaurant by chef Curtis Stone while onboard Emerald Princess in Auckland yesterday.
Stone says he wanted the décor of the restaurant to be inspired from his love of travel, and throughout the restaurant there is memorabilia from his personal travel collection. The six course menu, with a cover charge of A$39 per person, may include dishes such as lemon poached prawns, strip sirloin steak, mushroom ragu or a toffee cheesecake.

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