Kiwis cruise easy through rough recessionary waters

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 | 0 comments
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As global recession bore down on world economies last year, a growing number of New Zealanders decided the time was right to take a cruise.

Figures released today by International Cruise Council Australasia showed nearly 39,000 New Zealanders had a cruising holiday last year, a 29 percent rise from 2007.

Two-thirds of those passengers toured around the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific area, with numbers up 31 percent from 2007 to about 25,600.

Numbers on river and ocean cruises in Europe increased 39 percent to nearly 6450, with European river cruising numbers alone almost doubling to more than 1650.

Alaska was the third most popular cruising destination for New Zealanders, attracting 2050 passengers, an increase of 27 percent on 2007 figures.

Estimated annual sea days rose 35 percent to more than 420,000.

Growth in New Zealand passengers compared with 5 percent growth reported by the United States market in 2008, an estimated 12 percent growth for the British cruise market, and a 26 percent increase recorded by the Australian industry.

Cruise council general manager Brett Jardine said the awareness of cruising was growing, as capacity in the market and itinerary options increased.

More and more holidaymakers were attracted to cruising because it included transport, accommodation, meals and entertainment in one fare, he said.

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iMall Brands Cruises - Press Release

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December 2008, iMall Brands set up ‘Cruises Online Ltd,’ a dedicated cruise agent offering technology that had not been used before in New Zealand to sell cruise holidays. For the first time New Zealand travellers were able to access accurate pricing details on a full range of cabins online.

Almost immediately after the New Zealand launch, Cruises Online entered the Australian online cruise travel market when we opened our Melbourne office in January 2009. Cruises Online has quickly established itself as a leading agent in both countries.

Cruises Online is headed by Ryan Posa who came to iMall from Carnival Australia where he was employed as the District Sales Manager in the NZ sales office.

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Dawn Princess - The Australian 'Love Boat'

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | 0 comments
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Buyers Market for Cruises - you bet!

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"2009 is looking like the biggest buyer's market ever with absolute cheapest fares seen in a long, long time" -

I am really excited after reading this fantastic article from reuters - it looks like customers are going to come as winners in the cruise market in the coming year:

ut despite the onboard party atmosphere and the postcard image of luxury liner passengers waving to ferry commuters from ship rails, the world's cruise industry is sailing through rough financial seas as the global downturn bites into tourism.

Cruise operators are desperately trying to attract passengers for 2009, slashing prices, offering last-minute deals, two-for-one pricing, shorter cruises, family packages in which children sail free, and home port cruising which avoids the cost of an airfare to reach an exotic departure port

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