NZCA chief executive officer, Kevin O’Sullivan, says the association has a recovery plan based on what it believes are the likely scenarios for a restart of the cruise industry in New Zealand. ‘It is very much in draft with frequent amendments as circumstances change,’ he adds.
‘In essence though, we believe that cruise recovery will begin with ships allowed to come back, with crew only, and then early voyages with New Zealand passengers only.
‘When the trans-Tasman bubble is reality, then we will start to see Australian cruise passengers. It is important to note that domestic cruising around New Zealand will open the way for trans-Tasman cruising.’