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Oceania, RSSC set plans for NZ market: big interest for 2023-24

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will soon have ‘feet on the ground’ again in New Zealand. Oceania Cruises has had BDM Gabby Oliver in market since the beginning of 2022. Steve Odell, senior vice-president and managing director Asia Pacific with the  cruise lines says Oceania and Regent have plans for roadshows and trade visits by the Australian teams as well.

‘Trade distribution in general has been hugely affected (by the pandemic) but the core of the people who sell premium and luxury are still there.

‘Every launch we do in New Zealand has increased (in interest and bookings) a little bit on the one before.’

Odell says Oceania’s Voyage Collection 2024 has generated a strong response from the market.

‘We are still encouraging people to waitlist for 2022-23, but the main focus is 2023 and 24.’

He adds that the local market is showing a trend towards ‘close to home’ cruises, but there is also a demand for less familiar destinations.

‘Our biggest seller in this part of the world has been Around Australia, 35 days and then Sydney to Auckland. But we are also seeing interest in Cape Town to Barcelona, sailing up the west coast of Africa. These are not places people can easily get to by land.

‘We are also seeing good bookings for Alaska – again this is a destination best seen by sea.’

His comments follow the Great Cruise Comeback celebration hosted by Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises on Sydney Harbour this month

During the function on Starship Aqua, Odell mentioned that Seven Seas Explorer will be welcomed  into Dunedin on 6 January 2023 – followed by stops in Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Rotorua, the Bay of Islands and finally Auckland on 12 January 2023.  This news was greeted by a round of applause and cheering from the predominantly Australian trade partners.

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