Cruising: Why not here?

Cruising: Why not here?

With domestic cruising starting in other parts of the world the industry is increasingly asking why there are continued political barriers to doing the same in New Zealand.

Adam Goldstein, CLIA’s global chair, says ‘sequential resumption’ of cruising is about to start in Germany. ‘Home ports, working with the local and national authorities and taking guidance form the EU in the form of healthy getaways, are going to start cruises from Germany, returning to Germany – not visiting any ports in between – for citizens of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

‘Obviously that’s a huge difference from what cruising was just six months ago – but it’s also a huge difference from no cruising at all.’

Meantime New Zealand travel commentator, Megan Singleton (Blogger at Large) generated plenty of support on a Newstalk ZB slot and on Facebook when she advocated for domestic cruising to get underway here as soon as possible.

‘We have cruise lines ready to deploy smaller, luxury ships here, quarantine their crew then begin cruises around NZ in five-star luxury,’ says Singleton. ‘Not only will this keep the industry afloat (pun intended) but it will allow Kiwis who had to cancel their own cruises the chance to enjoy the same onboard experiences while visiting perhaps Fiordland or Bay of Islands etc.

‘And the ships will take on local provisions in each port so passengers will enjoy beautiful NZ food and wines while helping to sustain the local economies.’

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