This week marks the arrival of Radiance of the Seas cruise ship in New Zealand, aiming to boost the cruise industry even further for the upcoming season.
New Zealand’s summer cruise season will also end on a high with Oceania Cruises Insignia, arriving in Auckland on 25 May 2015.
An economic report released by Cruise New Zealand last week shows cruise ships are expected to make 124 voyages around New Zealand in 2014-15, spending 712 days at ports throughout the country.
The main cruise ports and emerging cruise destinations like Nelson, Kaikoura and Stewart Island are all expected to reap the cruise sector’s spread of wealth.
Cruise New Zealand general manager, Raewyn Tan has said that this year’s cruise season looks to be one of the best yet.
“The cruise sector has been forecast to contribute $373.4 million to the New Zealand economy in 2014-15 and support almost 7,000 jobs,” Ms Tan said.
Ms Tan says the cruise economic footprint in New Zealand should not to be underestimated.
According to Cruise New Zealand it is vital New Zealand ensures the sustainability of cruise ship tourism, including infrastructure that can safely accommodate and efficiently process the larger, next generation of ships.