Cruising Updates

CroisiEurope canals famil

Monday, 22 April 2024 07:33

Kaye Williamson from CroisiEurope GSA, Innovative Travel, recently hosted a CroisiEurope boutique barge famil, ex Strasbourg with agents and a media representative.

Croatia private yacht savings

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 21:49

Sail Croatia has launched savings on a number of luxury yacht options in the Adriatic.

NCL's major new build order

Monday, 15 April 2024 23:14

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has unveiled the most comprehensive new build order in its history – a total of eight vessels, representing nearly 25,000 additional berths, with new classes of ships for each of its three brands.

River cruising for incentives

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 21:11

Incentive travel organisers are being encouraged to consider a European cruise for a future event.

MSC: Fresh team, new ships

Friday, 15 March 2024 23:21

MSC Cruises is on a mission to update the perception of the New Zealand travel trade towards the line, says managing director Australia and New Zealand Lisa Teiotu.

Oceania anticipates NZ growth

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 22:56

Oceania Cruises is expecting a few Kiwi bookings on its latest world cruise, which goes on sale 14 March, adding to the overall positivity the line is seeing from the market and particularly the trade here.

Kiwis to fore at awards

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 22:35

The New Zealand trade shone brightly at the 21st annual Cruise Industry Awards in Sydney on Saturday night, with House of Travel setting the pace early and the event ending with the induction of ISS-McKay New Zealand managing director Craig Harris, into the CLIA Hall of Fame.

Agents giving precedence to ‘high ticket’ clients, works well for cruise, says NCL exec

Thursday, 29 February 2024 04:05

The increasing inclination of travel agents to prioritise value clients looking for experiences with a high ticket price is an advantageous trend when it comes to selling cruise, says Ben Angell, vice-president and managing director Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) APAC.

Early interest in Viking’s Explorer Sessions at all time high – events kick off soon

Friday, 02 February 2024 21:32

Viking’s Explorer Sessions for agents and their clients are already looking like attracting a bumper audience, spread over 31 events from 28 February to 4 July.

Aurora's new trade Approach

Friday, 02 February 2024 05:03

Aurora Expeditions has partnered with Approach Guides, in a move to provide greater marketing support for its travel trade partners globally.

Viking's new China options

Thursday, 25 January 2024 22:43

Viking is introducing three new itineraries to China in 2024.

They range from 10 to 20 days and explore cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Each itinerary also includes a domestic sailing off China’s coast that highlights rarely-seen destinations and ports to which only Viking has access.

HX: Polar flight special

Monday, 22 January 2024 23:44

HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) is offering specials on  all-inclusive itineraries with flights to Antarctica, Iceland and Greenland when booked by 31 March 2024 for departures in the 2024-2025 season.

Aurora's e-book, savings

Friday, 19 January 2024 00:24

Expedition travel company, Aurora Expeditions is encouraging travellers to ‘go wild with their bucket lists’in 2024, releasing its Best Small-Ship Experiences bucket list and e-book.

Charter success for Viva

Tuesday, 09 January 2024 20:29

Viva Expeditions is hailing the success of last year’s VIP Antarctica cruise, the company’s first full charter to the continent.

Plenty of potential yet in expedition cruising for 2024 and beyond, says Russ

Tuesday, 09 January 2024 20:14

Travel agents who are really embracing expedition cruising can expect to be increasingly successful over the next year and beyond, says Aaron Russ, commercial director and expedition leader with Heritage Expeditions.

Strong trade engagement leads to growing sales in NZ for Viking

Monday, 08 January 2024 20:21

Working diligently with the New Zealand travel trade is paying strong and tangible dividends for Viking, says commercial manager New Zealand Steve Parker.

Princess Cruises update

Saturday, 21 October 2023 22:19

Travel agents will receive a teaser about Princess Cruises’ 2026 World Cruise on 23 October, with full details set to be released 15 November and the cruise open for sales on
29 November.

Delve deep for cruise rewards

Monday, 16 October 2023 20:56

The deeper agents delve for cruising options that don’t necessarily fit a traditional mould, the more opportunities they will find to get clients beyond the ordinary – and earn attractive commission in doing so, a leading cruise wholesaler is reminding the trade.

Aranui Cruises special

Friday, 13 October 2023 22:47

The French Polynesian cruise line Aranui Cruises is offering 50% off the second guest in a twin share room and has removed the single supplement on its Pitcairn and Austral Islands voyages in 2024.

Demand for Croatia cruising

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 02:04

Croatia has been one of the rising stars of Europe since the world reopened, according to World Journeys.

The niche wholesaler reports high demand in particular for cruising the Adriatic coast between Split and Dubrovnik.

River cruising breaks records

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 03:03

Increased interest in small ships and intimate experiences is being credited for driving record breaking booking trends for Avalon Waterways, which  registered its strongest booking quarter ever in Q1 2023.

Viking's India and Europe voyage

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 01:30

Viking has released its India and Europe Grand Passage itinerary, journeying between Mumbai and Barcelona and vice versa. Sailings of the new itinerary are limited, with two departures scheduled in December 2024 and January 2025.

Asia soon for Norwegian Jewel

Sunday, 01 October 2023 01:21

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is weeks away from returning to Asia after a three-year hiatus, with Norwegian Jewel setting sail from Tokyo on 19 October 2023.

Early booking adventurers: Kiwis lead trends

Monday, 04 September 2023 03:14

Kiwis keen to secure preferred voyages and stateroom categories are booking an average of 412 days ahead – leading the world in advance cruise bookings for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

And they’re a lot more adventurous, according to Lisa Pile, vice president sales and general manager Asia Pacific with Regent, who hosted a media lunch at Auckland’s Origine restaurant this week.

NCL launches 2024-25 APAC

Wednesday, 30 August 2023 23:24

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has released a series of destination-rich itineraries for its 2024-25 season in Asia-Pacific.

This includes 14 voyages on the refurbished Norwegian Spirit, and 12 sailings for Norwegian Sun’s first foray into the region.

Antarctica cruises filling

Friday, 18 August 2023 22:29

With the start of the 2023-24 Antarctic cruise season just over three months away, Viva reports that some popular Antarctic operators are close to sold out on many departures.

Viva has seen massive interest in Antarctica recently, with the continent making up more than 60% of the company’s enquiries in recent months.

PONANT's Kimberley incentive

Monday, 07 August 2023 02:17

PONANT has a gift card incentive for travel agents who book guests on a Kimberley itinerary for 2024.

Applicable for bookings made during the month of August 2023, travel agents who place a deposit no later than 8 September will receive a $250 gift card per booked passenger.

Princess Cruises' Alaska 2025

Monday, 07 August 2023 02:13

Princess Cruises has unveiled its 2025 Alaska cruise and cruisetours season, with three roundtrip itineraries and a new National Parks cruisetour. These are available for booking now.

Second Prima class ship boosts opportunities for trade and clients, says NCL

Monday, 07 August 2023 01:56

The delivery yesterday of Norwegian Cruise Line’s second Prima Class Norwegian Viva to the 19-ship fleet will give new opportunities to the New Zealand trade when it comes to Mediterranean and later Caribbean cruising, says NCL’s managing director and VP APAC, Ben Angell.

Oceania's NZ trade bookings up

Monday, 24 July 2023 23:57

A number of factors are combining to ensure that luxury small ship cruising is more than holding its own out of the New Zealand market, says Jason Worth, vice-president and general manager Asia Pacific at Oceania Cruises.

More Arctic with Viking

Monday, 24 July 2023 00:21

Viking has released its 2023-2025 Expedition brochure featuring the expedition vessels Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris. The brochure highlights Viking’s latest expansion into the Arctic region and additional departure dates on popular voyages.

Scottish ship for Cruise World

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 05:00

Cruise World is now the exclusive representative for Scotland’s Hebridean Island Cruises.

To mark the development, Hebridean Island Cruises is offering 5% discount for 2023-24 sailings for New Zealand guests booked by the end of August.

Aurora voyage, trek combo

Saturday, 15 July 2023 00:43

Aurora Expeditions is combining one of its Antarctic voyages with its 10-day Patagonian Discovery Trek.  When booked and deposited before September 30, 2023, travellers can save 50% off the cost of the immersive trek.

P&O urges agents to get on board – plenty of chances in winter

Friday, 07 July 2023 03:11

Giving the Kiwi trade a fresh perception of P&O Cruises is one of the key objectives for the line this year, says Belinda Clark, sales manager New Zealand.

The comments come as Pacific Explorer begins a five-month season of home porting in Auckland. The ship arrived from Cairns on Friday and is now on her first winter voyage out of New Zealand – taking in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

Paul Gauguin's 2025 sailings

Friday, 23 June 2023 23:11

Paul Gauguin Cruises  has launched its programme for 2025, covering French Polynesia, Fiji and the South Pacific. The 26 voyages span six itineraries, offering experiences ranging from seven to 14 nights.

NCLH’s Starlink plans

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:53

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, plans to improve connectivity for guests and crew at sea by offering SpaceX’s Starlink high-speed internet on its ships.

Using advanced low earth orbit satellites, Starlink delivers broadband internet connectivity which will improve the capacity, speed and reliability of internet on board. The company is testing Starlink, beginning with Norwegian Breakaway, with the intent to have a phased rollout this technology across its entire fleet.

Trade more receptive to selling expedition cruises, trends give opportunities

Wednesday, 22 March 2023 00:24

The New Zealand travel trade is gaining confidence in selling expedition cruising, in large part due to being able to get on and experience some of the new vessels now on offer, says Aaron Russ, commercial director of Heritage Expeditions.

Cruise: Youth market doubles

Wednesday, 22 March 2023 00:21

The New Zealand cruise industry has seen a youthful transformation with more younger travellers booking to go on cruise ship holidays, according to Flight Centre NZ figures.

The company says cruise ship bookings for 18-30-year-olds have dramatically increased, more than doubling in just under a year.

Corporate incentives on river

Friday, 03 March 2023 04:39

Avalon Waterways took the opportunity to re-connect with the incentive travel market during the Destination Marketing Services (DMS) workshop in Auckland this week.

Avalon’s national sales manager Alka Thapar says she is encouraging people in the sector to think outside the box.

Cruising the Nile in luxury

Friday, 03 March 2023 04:35

If clients are heading to Egypt it is important they do it the right way to ensure they get the most out of their experience, says Kenzie Imam, board member of Traveline Egypt which owns five ships cruising on the Nile under the Movenpick Cruising banner.

‘Going on line and winging it is the wrong way,’ says Imam.

Agents get into cruising Spirit

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 04:41

Travel agents not only had the opportunity to look around Norwegian Spirit and enjoy lunch on board last week but also received an in-depth update from NCL business development manager Megan Porter.

The group of 24 in Auckland on Friday also heard about changing trends noticed by the line and what this can mean for trade selling NCL cruises.

Oceania's Regatta returns to NZ

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 04:36

After a three-year hiatus, Oceania Cruises’ Regatta returned to Auckland over the weekend, sporting all-new suites and staterooms (including 14 solo), along with restyled public spaces.

And with cuisine being an all-inclusive, core focus of the cruise line, it was fitting that a small group of travel agents got to enjoy a five-course lunch in The Grand Dining Room following a tour of the ship.

Round Australia on Viking cruise

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 03:51

Viking has released its 2024-2025 ocean voyages season, including two new itineraries.

Viking’s new 32-day Grand Australia Circumnavigation takes in a combination of beauty and culture as it circumnavigates Australia from Sydney return, encountering iconic natural wonders and lesser-known cultural gems, as well as Indonesian highlights in Komodo and Bali.

Orient Express to sail in 2026

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 20:54

Orient Express has unveiled what is reputed to be the world’s largest sailing ship, Orient Express Silenseas.

A French partnership between Accor and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, a globally leading shipbuilding company, this yacht will set sail in 2026.

NCL to pay commission on NCFs

Friday, 11 November 2022 19:15

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), says it will pay travel advisors commission on non-commissionable fares (NCFs).

NCL is the first major contemporary cruise line to compensate travel advisors on NCFs for reservations booked outside of the 120-day window.

Onboard sales soar for NCL

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 17:14

Norwegian Prima has already shown its pulling power to lure repeat guests, says NCL’s president and CEO Harry Sommer.

NZ Cruise hits back at Covid criticism – ‘time to get facts on the table’

Friday, 04 November 2022 19:12

The New Zealand Cruise Association (NZCA) has hit back at Covid related criticism of the industry, citing international research that shows serious cases resulting in hospitalisation are considerably less than on land.

IAH gateway makes NCL’s 2023 Galveston departures attractive choice for Kiwis

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 17:03

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is expecting new ship Norwegian Prima’s 2023 winter season out of Galveston Texas to prove popular not only with the local market but also those from further afield taking advantage of the Houston gateway.

Prima Donnas: It’s Summer season

Monday, 31 October 2022 17:10

When NCL does a Broadway show, it really wants to do the Broadway show, says the line’s senior artistic director Robert Dean Hertenstein.

PONANT's 2024 Kimberley season

Friday, 28 October 2022 16:45

PONANT has unveiled its 2024 Kimberley sailing expedition season with its newest small luxury expedition ship Le Jacques-Cartier set to make its Australian debut, joining Le Lapérouse.

PONANT’s 2023 Smithsonians

Tuesday, 04 October 2022 21:48

PONANT has announced its 2023 sailing collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys, the travel programme of the Smithsonian Institution – the world’s largest museum, education and research complex. This is the second year PONANT and Smithsonian Journeys will offer co-branded sailings.

Savings with Aranui Cruises

Tuesday, 04 October 2022 20:10

French Polynesian cargo cruise line Aranui Cruises is currently offering savings of up to $3,000 per cabin.

The biggest savings of $1,500 per person are on offer for Aranui 5’s final two voyages of 2022 to the Marquesas Islands, departing December 3 and 17, 2022, when New Zealand clients book a Royal, Premium or Presidential suite before 9  December 2022.

2024-2025 Voyage Collection

Monday, 22 August 2022 21:52

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced its new 2024-2025 Voyage Collection, with new itineraries and new ports of call.

Guests can pre-register their interest from today, with reservations open for sale on 25 August 2022. A low refundable deposit of 7.5% is being offered for bookings made by 31 October 2022. (Check conditions)

Prima: Open spaces suit times

Monday, 15 August 2022 22:22

The spacious nature of the new Norwegian Prima and its expanded range of both onboard activities and cuisine options will resonate with New Zealanders and Australians, says Ben Angell, managing director and vice president of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Asia Pacific.

Prima will commence her eight-day inaugural voyage in Reykjavik on 26 August.