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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Norwegian Cruise Line marked its third anniversary in New Zealand (and showed off its Auckland premises) with a trade function late last week.
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Royal Caribbean Line’s 11th New Zealand season started off in style this week when a group of 30 agents plus was hosted on Celebrity Solstice.