Cruising Updates

Early taste of Dream downunder

Monday, 30 September 2019 20:32

With Explorer Dream heading downunder for its inaugural Australasian season this month, Dream Cruises has taken the opportunity to showcase the kind of experience Kiwi cruisers can expect when she arrives.

FTM adds lines to cruise choice

Monday, 23 September 2019 21:57

Francis Travel Marketing added eight new cruise lines to its portfolio.

Return from PONANT events

Thursday, 05 September 2019 23:57

A successful series of PONANT Explorer events in Wellington and Auckland this week has seen on-the-spot bookings for agents.

Baltic beckons repeat cruisers

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 03:23

The Baltic Sea provides agents with options for repeat cruise clients who may already have visited the Pacific, Caribbean, Mediterranean and other ‘first choices’ from the Australasian market, attendees at the pre Cruise360 product and destination showcase heard.

Younger generations ‘ideal’ target

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 03:00

The travel behaviour and buying habits of Gen Zers and Millennials makes them ideal candidates for cruise – and for travel advisers to point them in that direction, says Ellen Bettridge, president and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Collection and U River Cruises.

PONANT – Relais & Châteaux

Monday, 19 August 2019 22:34

Three new itineraries have been designed by PONANT in a partnership with Relais & Châteaux.

New islands for Aranui

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 01:06

A maiden voyage to the Cook Islands, an expanded Pitcairn itinerary and a first dedicated Society Islands cruise are part of Aranui Cruises’ new 2021 programme.

Dream Cruises hosts Best lunch

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 04:01

It was a highly spirited event at The Hunting Lodge in Auckland last week when Dream Cruises hosted more than 60 agents to a lunch that included dishes from the cruise line’s celebrity chef, Mark Best.

Dream Cruises is celebrating a stellar launch of Explorer Dream in this market. A recent flash sale sold out by 1pm on the day it was launched and more inventory had to be released to keep up with demand.

Heading downunder for its inaugural season later this year, including New Zealand itineraries over Christmas, Explorer Dream is confirmed for a second season here in 2020-21.

Explorer Dream will bring its Market to Table cooking experiences to Australia and New Zealand when it sails here this summer. Developed by the line’s executive chef, Mark Best, the interactive experiences are ‘based around giving guests insight into the culture of the ports we are in,’ says Best. ‘We tend to make the traditional dishes of the destination.’

The small group activity starts with an excursion to the local food market and includes lunch. The ingredients are prepared for lunch on-board the next day during a cooking class/demonstration. On Explorer Dream’s 27 October Sydney to Brisbane itinerary, the Market to Table excursion is to Mooloolaba’s Seafood Market. The 8 December Sydney to Auckland itinerary has the Market to Table excursion at markets in Gisborne, and in March 2020, an interactive cooking class is available in Darwin.

Phantom Bridge on Princess

Friday, 19 July 2019 00:01

Princess Cruises newest ships – Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess – will offer Phantom Bridge, an escape room game combining digital and physical elements.

Biggest Bermuda season

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 02:05

Carnival Cruise Line will operate its largest Bermuda season ever in 2019-2020, with more than 40 voyages, including eight week-long cruises departing from Baltimore and Charleston next year.

Emerald offer for NZ cruisers

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 03:52

To celebrate 12 months of operation in the NZ market, Emerald Waterways has released an offer on its 15-day Splendours of Europe cruise, Amsterdam to Budapest.

Cruising the Panama Canal

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 02:17

Viva Expeditions has added a new cruise exploring the Panama Canal with savings of 20% off until cabins are sold out.

New BDE for PONANT in NZ

Thursday, 13 June 2019 22:56

Bianca Bratton is the new business development executive for New Zealand for PONANT.

Murray River appoints FTM

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:12

Francis Travel Marketing now represents Murray River Paddlesteamers in New Zealand.

Viking Wanderlust cruise sale

Friday, 07 June 2019 01:17

Viking has launched its Wanderlust Cruise Sale, featuring offers on an extensive selection of Viking cruises including savings of up to $6000 per couple, complimentary stateroom upgrades and free flights.

Aurora's savings, new cruises

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 01:33

Aurora Expeditions has savings of up to 20% on selected cruises and also a no single supplement offer on the departures.
The specials were highlighted when Aurora expeditions held a launch event for its 2020-21 programme at the Matisse Room, Seafarers Building in Auckland in early May

More passengers and younger

Monday, 06 May 2019 22:19

The changing demographic of cruise passengers, with a marked trend towards a younger market, was one of the pleasing aspects of the just released 2018 New Zealand Ocean Source Market Report for Debbie Summers, chair of the NZ Cruise Association.

Scenic’s 2020 release

Thursday, 02 May 2019 22:34

Scenic has released its 2020 Europe River Cruising brochure featuring itineraries cruising the waterways of Europe and Russia.

Exotic launches river cruising

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 23:05

Exotic Holidays has extended its product range deeper into Europe with the launch of a range of river cruises.

Cruise event books out

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:42

The continuing demand for diverse cruise product and the appetite of agents to be constantly updated and educated has been reflected by the strong response to CLIA LIVE in Auckland.

Women-only trip to Antarctica

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:20

A new women-only hosted tour to Antarctica and Argentina is available for clients looking to travel with like minded female adventurers.

Myanmar cruise deals

Monday, 18 March 2019 23:56

World Journeys has an offer on select 2019 Belmond Road to Mandalay cruises when booked and deposited by 30 April 2019.

UnCruise Alaska special

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 02:15

UnCruise adventures is offering a saving of up to US$1200 per couple, per week on select Alaska journeys and departures booked by 19 April, 2019.

Tattoos to celebrities on U

Friday, 08 March 2019 01:24

U has launched two new themed cruises in Germany this summer aboard The A.

Seabourn Encore in Auckland

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 02:38

Seabourn Encore was in Auckland over the weekend and a handful of agents took the opportunity to take clients on board.

Caledonian Sky calls in

Monday, 18 February 2019 22:19

Around 20 agents, some with clients, were among the first of the trade to see Caledonian Sky’s refurbishment when the expedition ship berthed in Auckland yesterday.

Downunder specials for Explorer Dream

Monday, 28 January 2019 23:04

Special rates for Explorer Dream’s seven-night cruises from Sydney and Auckland for the 2019-20 season start from $972 per person twin share.

Japan, Alaska, SF cruise

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:44

Ecruising will operate a 28-night Japan, Alaska and San Francisco journey in May 2019.

Princess gets local in Australia

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:32

Princess Cruises has launched its Local Connections programme in Australia to coincide with the start of the cruise line’s 2018/19 summer cruise season. A global initiative, the Australian-based programme will see the development of up to 20 new shore excursions in six ports – Broome, Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Speaking at the 2018 Carnival Australia Partnership Summit aboard Majestic Princess in Australia, Princess Cruises’ chief commercial officer, Deanna Austin says the line was pioneering partnerships with regional experts in response to demand for meaningful and authentic tourism

Island Escape Cruises on market

Monday, 05 November 2018 22:20

A high-end boutique ocean cruising business – with a new 44-metre luxury yacht – has been placed on the market for sale.


RSS: ‘We’re in NZ to stay’

Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:27

Releasing cruise itineraries to the New Zealand and Australian markets four years in advance is one way Regent Seven Seas Cruises is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the region.


NCL – three years in NZ

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:37


Norwegian Cruise Line marked its third anniversary in New Zealand (and showed off its Auckland premises) with a trade function late last week.


Antarctic offer extended

Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:59

World Journeys has extended its special offers on select 2019 Antarctic cruises with Quark Expeditions to 31 October 2018.


Emerald's NZ market offers

Friday, 05 October 2018 02:06

Emerald Waterways is celebrating five years with the release of a range of birthday offers exclusive to the New Zealand market.


HOT Cruise aims to get more Kiwis ‘on-board’

Monday, 01 October 2018 22:59

House of Travel says it is committed to getting more Kiwis ‘on-board’ with cruising, especially those who have not cruised before.


Take me to the river

Monday, 24 September 2018 22:24

TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has increased its offering in river cruising and overlands.


Free air fares on Silversea

Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:15

Silversea guests will now receive free economy-class air and transfers included as standard on most newly released voyages in the 2020-2021 collection.


Carnival AU helps NZ season

Monday, 17 September 2018 22:28

Six Carnival Australia lines will account for 405 of New Zealand’s record number of port calls this summer, generating nearly $200 million in economic activity.

Expeditions and luxury

Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Luxury and expeditions are not mutually exclusive and continue to go together easily, says an expert in the field who is visiting New Zealand this week.

‘Good stewardship’ essential

Thursday, 13 September 2018 23:32

The responsibility to be good stewards of the environment and the places they visit is something cruise companies take extremely seriously, Cindy D’Aoust, president and chief executive officer of Cruise Lines International Association Global told an Australasian audience recently.


New from U by Uniworld

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:34

U by Uniworld is introducing a new itinerary in Northern France on The B, along with new excursions and onboard amenities across the fleet in 2019.

World of Viking sale

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:23

Viking has launched its World of Viking sale, with a range of offers on both river and ocean cruises.

Small ships – big gains

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 22:53

Travel agents are almost invariably sitting on a database of potentially lucrative expedition cruisers whether they are actually in that business or not, the audience at Cruise360 heard late last week.

Agents in Sydney for Cruise360

Friday, 31 August 2018 03:22

A strong contingent of New Zealand travel agents are ready for the Cruise 360 conference in Sydney.

Aurora promotes new ship, expeditions at trade event

Friday, 31 August 2018 02:38

The launch of Aurora’s new expedition ship, Greg Mortimer, and additional itineraries presents extra opportunities for New Zealand agents with clients seeking this increasingly popular form of cruising.

Silversea: ‘Work to do in NZ’

Monday, 27 August 2018 22:51

Getting Silversea in the mix that travel agents are putting in front of their clients is a focus for the company’s new boss down under, Adam Armstrong.

Cruise NZ – all the numbers are up, including membership

Monday, 27 August 2018 21:41

A 37% increase in membership of the New Zealand Cruise Association was celebrated at its annual conference in Blenheim last week.

Hosted with Aqua

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:31

Aqua Expeditions hosted departures are opportunities for clients to embrace Peru’s Amazon and the Mekong Delta.

Europe earlybird with Scenic

Friday, 17 August 2018 00:09

Agents have until 31 August 2018 to secure the best deal on a 2019 Europe river cruise or tour with Scenic for their clients.

Windstar's Tahiti specials

Monday, 13 August 2018 21:27

Windstar Cruises is offering ‘never to be repeated prices’ on the following Tahiti & Tuamotu Island cruises.

Infrastructure constraints

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:33

During July, CLIA released the New Zealand Ocean Source Market Report showing that Kiwis continue to increasingly choose cruise as their preferred holiday choice.

Viking's trade incentive

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:15

Viking has launched a trade incentive rewarding the travel agent who sells the most Viking river cruises between 1 August 2018 and 30 November 2018.