Cruising Updates

Cruise Champion opens access

Thursday, 04 June 2020 00:18

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is offering open access to its new online training course Cruise Champion, making it available to travel agents and other industry supporters from outside CLIA’s membership.

The course provides a deep insight into the workings of the global cruise industry, helping to combat misperceptions and raise awareness of the strict regulations that govern cruising operations worldwide. 

Technology shift set to quicken cruise boarding post crisis

Friday, 29 May 2020 00:50

Embarkation on cruise ships is likely to be much quicker as cruise lines adopt more self check in technology and paperless documeyation post the Covid crisis, says one leading cruise practitioner in New Zealand.

Jeff Leckey, general manager cruise with House of Travel Group, says the tendency of many people to turn up early for their cruise check in has meant long waits at the cruise terminal and winding queues to get to check in desks.

Will we miss cruise buffets?

Friday, 29 May 2020 00:40

Jeff Leckey, general manager cruise at House of Travel Group, is unlikely to mourn the probable passing (at least for a while) of cruise buffets.

‘When local cruise line P&O did away with the buffet a few years ago and replaced it with The Pantry, there was a sudden intake of breath from traditionalists,’ Leckey says in a Hoot Cruises Blog. ‘Could they seriously

Sub-Antarctic, NZ specials

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 00:45

Wild Earth Travel has a limited, two cabins only offer for a Sub Antarctic Islands cruise on board PONANT’s Le Bellot.

Departing 29 December 2020 and 8 February 2021, the 15-day cruise is priced at $13,495pp (down from $18,205).

Departing Auckland, Le Bellot sails to the Bounty Islands, Antipodes Islands, Campbell Island, Auckland Islands, Macquarie Island and The Snares before passengers disembark in Dunedin.

Step by step for cruise

Thursday, 14 May 2020 23:57

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.

Training with Viking Expeditions

Thursday, 14 May 2020 03:49

Viking Cruises is launching a series of trade training emails to learn about the cruise line's purpose built expedition ships and voyages.

'By boosting their expertise in this popular category, agents can maximise opportunities to increase their commission too,' says Erin Kramer, trade marketing manager, Viking Cruises ANZ.

Genting's Covid-19 sanctuary

Thursday, 07 May 2020 21:18

Genting Cruise Lines’ SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius are providing temporary on-board accommodation for foreign workers in Singapore who have recovered from Covid-19.

‘We are pleased that our on board facilities, as well as preventive and safety standards, meet Singapore’s strict requirements for this initiative,’ says Michael Goh, president of Dream Cruises and head of international sales, Genting Cruise

Viking's late 2022 cruises on sale

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 05:26

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.

New cruise education

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 02:52

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has a new education platform, giving travel agent members access to a single, streamlined location.

A-ROSA’s Danube range

Friday, 01 May 2020 04:39

A-ROSA River Cruises typically operates 100 annual Danube sailings, and is planning to get back to that level when it is safe to do so. The company offers cruises from three to 16 nights on the river; the short deartures are ideal for cruise novices and as an addon to a European holiday, while the longer itineraries explore the Danube in detail.

Call to support cruise industry

Friday, 24 April 2020 04:44

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.’

Viking: Mississippi bookings

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 02:11

Viking has opened reservations for its inaugural Mississippi River cruises, launching 2022.

Steamboat enquiries for 2021

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 01:34

Cruise World reports that it is already receiving some enquiry regarding American Queen Steamboat Company cruises in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.

Update from Carnival

Thursday, 02 April 2020 00:17

Carnival Australia President Sture Myrmell has today come out in strong defence of the Australian cruise industry and its contribution to the Australian, state and regional economies in supporting jobs, suppliers of fresh produce, travel agents and tourism-related businesses.

A Humanitarian Crisis

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 02:41

– By Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line

P&O: pause & commissions

Monday, 30 March 2020 22:08

P&O Cruises is extending its voluntary pause in operations across Australia and New Zealand.

Egypt cruises for Viking

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:22

Viking is seeing huge demand for its Egypt cruises and strong support from the New Zealand trade for its coming expedition offerings, says Erin Kramer, marketing manager of the cruise line.

NCL’S ‘Biggest Sale of the Decade’

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 03:07

Norwegian Cruise Line has released its ‘Biggest Sale of the Decade’, delivering up to US$500 onboard credit per stateroom.

Cruise awards upbeat

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 00:52

The novel caronavirus (Covid-19) was on the minds of attendees at the 19th Annual Cruise Industry Awards in Sydney on Saturday night – but it didn’t dampen spirits during the celebration.

Challenge clients with new options

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 00:43

Not only listening to clients but even challenging them to consider previously unknown opportunities can lead to a hugely successful partnership, according to one of the Kiwi winners at the 19th Annual Cruise Industry Awards in Sydney on Saturday night.

HOT takes four, other Kiwis feature

Sunday, 16 February 2020 22:01

House of Travel was a big winner at the 19th Annual Cruise Industry awards held in Sydney over the weekend, taking out the Cruise Month Promotion of the Year for Australasia title and having three individual winners amongst the HOT team.

Skippered sailing co

Monday, 10 February 2020 22:49

A sailing holiday specialist who operates particularly in the Greek Islands, but also in Croatia and the Pacific, says his offerings are ideal for brokers and agents with ‘boomer’ clients who may be slowing down but still want an active and different experience.

CLIA finalist

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 00:08

Themed cruises and a younger demographic are two trends (and opportunities) when it comes to selling cruise, says a Kiwi finalist in this year’s Cruise Industry Awards Australasia.

Commission opps for land-cruise

Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:48

Windstar’s newest cruise tours combine sailings with in-depth inland journeys that offer agents an opportunity to earn more commission.

CTT releases 50% specials

Thursday, 30 January 2020 23:26

Small ship cruises around Croatia continue to grow in popularity out of New Zealand and are increasingly used as options for people visiting the destination for a second or third time, according to niche wholesaler Croatia Times Travel.

NZ cruise future bright

Monday, 20 January 2020 23:15

A stalwart of New Zealand’s cruise industry says a lack of home porting in New Zealand presents a challenge to the industry here in coming years.

Arctic EBD on Ultramarine

Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:55

Viva Expeditions’ Arctic offering now includes the new Ultramarine vessel with its extensive range of activities.

New Lüftner ship in 2021

Monday, 13 January 2020 22:09

Lüftner Cruises’ new cruise ship, AMADEUS Cara, is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2021.

'We'll be back,' says Dream

Monday, 16 December 2019 23:17

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.

Viking’s 12 ‘Cruises of Christmas’

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 22:09

Viking has launched ‘12 Cruises of Christmas’, a collection of river and ocean cruises, each with a special offer available for bookings made between 1 and 24 December 2019.

P&O to up capacity

Monday, 25 November 2019 22:49

P&O Cruises will homeport the 2500-guest Pacific Explorer in Auckland in 2021, the largest ship the cruise line has deployed in the market.

Viking's river cruising webinars

Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:43

Viking has launched a series of river cruising webinars in response to trade feedback for self-directed learning, making it easier for agents to learn about the line’s award winning fleet in their own time.

Aurora roars in for trade

Thursday, 14 November 2019 21:56

‘If your clients enjoyed Africa, they will love Antarctica.’

Savings on Europe’s rivers

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 03:24

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and U River Cruises are offering savings on 2020 cruises.

Silversea adds SALT with that

Friday, 01 November 2019 02:04

Using food as the key to the culture of a destination is the concept behind Silversea’s S.A.L.T ‘ecosystem’ of sea and land taste that will debut on the new Silver Moon when it is launched in August next year.

PONANT increases Kimberley

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 02:29

PONANT is increasing the number of departures of its Kimberley expeditions during August and September 2021.

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.

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