Joakim Vonasek, captain of Explorer Dream; with Terri Small and Vikki Bell, both Supreme Tours and Travel Joakim Vonasek, captain of Explorer Dream; with Terri Small and Vikki Bell, both Supreme Tours and Travel

'We'll be back,' says Dream

Dream Cruises is ‘days away’ from releasing its 2021-2022 itineraries for this part of the world, agents who checked out Explorer Dream in her debut visit to New Zealand over the weekend were told.

Brigita Devries, vice president sales and marketing New Zealand with Dream Cruises, says agents should get their databases ready.‘We are just making sure we have all our ports confirmed. But we have had such a fantastic response to our first deployment that we will definitely be back.’

Michael Goh, president of Dream Cruises and head of international sales, Genting Cruise Lines, says New Zealand is a growing global cruise hub, both as a source market and destination.

The first series of New Zealand seven-night round trip cruises from Auckland has clearly resonated with both trade and consumers in this country – 70% to 90% of the passengers on each cruise being locals.

‘The itineraries appeal to people who are time poor but want to explore their own back yard. We visit places like Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound weekly and to get to those places independently can be expensive.’Other destinations visited include Wellington, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton and more.

Explorer Dream departs Auckland on 2 February 2020 on a one-way journey across New Zealand before arriving in Sydney as the final destination of the cruise.

A big turnout of trade partners to a ship inspection and function on Explorere Dream on Sunday was testament to the interest the ship's New Zealand season has generated in the industry, the company says. A moment's silence for th victims of the White Island tragdy was a sombre and thoughtful start to proceedings. Dream Cruises then showcased its entertainment options, dining creations by chef Mark Best and other special features of the mid-sized ship to 116 travel agents / brokers; 27 media and 10 industry VIPs. Explorer Dream has 928 cabins (passenger capacity 1856) and includes The Palace, described as a luxury ship within a ship.

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