A stepped approach to restarting cruising could begin with cruises to nowhere and then extend out to domestic and regional cruising, the wider industry and affiliates heard at a webinar this week.
Hosted by New Zealand Cruise Association (NZCA), the webinar featured Joel Katz, managing director of the Cruise Lines Industry Association Australasia, and was moderated by NZCA chairperson Debbie Summers. It attracted port operators, hoteliers, ground operators, regional tourism representatives, South Pacific tourism operators and more.
Viking has a wide selection of ocean and river cruises departing up to December 2022 for sale.
New itineraries include the 13-day Amazon & Caribbean Adventure journey from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Manaus, Brazil or vv, sailing the Amazon River, visiting six countries with two overnight calls. Multiple departures are available from January to March 2022.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has a new education platform, giving travel agent members access to a single, streamlined location.
The New Zealand Cruise Association (NZCA) has called for the cruise industry to share stories about why cruise is important.
‘Talk to anybody and everybody using whatever media, social media outlet you are comfortable with,’ says CEO Kevin O’Sullivan. ‘The cruise industry in New Zealand will recover, but it needs your help.’
The New Zealand cruise industry is on the cusp of losing business as a direct result of lacking infrastructure, the sector’s leading body heard recently.
Debbie Summers, chair of what was until last week known as Cruise New Zealand, accepts that port infrastructure is not a new issue.
‘But now it is time to get it done. We’ve got everyone sitting in the same room so here is our opportunity. Without doubt it is our most pressing issue, with wins to be celebrated and challenges to be conquered.’
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has expanded this year’s Cruise360 Australasia conference to include interactive discussions and workshops as well as a range of keynote addresses from international cruise executives.
The event this year is being held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney on 25 August, and will be followed by an inspection of the latest addition to P&O Cruises’ fleet, Pacific Explorer, the following day.
Managing director Joel Katz says delegates will now have a choice of educational breakout sessions, designed to help boost their business.
The trend towards longer cruises, back-to-back cruise itineraries and the resulting open jaw flights this can result in, is all falling in favour of travel agents, says the vice president sales Australia and New Zealand for Oceania Cruises, Steve McLaughlin.
‘The travel agent is an integral part of relatively complicated, high value cruising now,’ says McLaughlin.
The last ship of the 2016-17 cruise season set sail out of the Bay of Islands yesterday.
Oceania’s Sirena was the last of 41 ships from 22 cruise lines to visit New Zealand this season, Cruise New Zealand executive officer Kevin O’Sullivan says.
Niche wholesaler Francis Travel Marketing is open to opportunities and not ruling out further expansion, says managing director Tony Smith.
FTM’s latest acquisition was Fathom Asia in February this year, following the purchase of Europe specialist Orton International last year.
FTM has long been a cruise GSA (general sales agent) and representative and in 2011 picked up AIM Holidays – which specialises in shows, events, sports and packages in Australia and the United States.
New Zealand agents will have their biggest opportunity yet to learn about the high end Aqua Expeditions journeys in Peru and on the Mekong when the company holds a trade information night early next month.
GSA (general sales agent) for Aqua Expeditions, Tony Smith of Francis Travel Marketing, says agents who don’t properly acquaint themselves with this sort of product are definitely missing opportunities.