Kevin O'Sullivan, NZCA with Joel Katz, CLIA Kevin O'Sullivan, NZCA with Joel Katz, CLIA

We don't have months to waste, says NZ Cruise Association

The New Zealand Cruise Association (NZCA) says it is imperative not to ‘waste the next month or two’ and wants close collaboration with government on what its expectations are from cruise – in the short, medium and longer terms.

The statement comes after the Prime Minister announced the continuing suspension of cruising in New Zealand until at least the end of September.

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.’

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