New Zealand cruise market grows

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 0 comments
Figures from 2010 have shown that New Zealanders are the fastest-growing cruise market, with 509,578 cruisers from the land of the long white cloud last year.

Leaders in the industry have said that it is looking to be an exciting few years for the cruise industry in New Zealand, with more ships making their way there as supply for the demand. This summer season new ships sailed from NZ's ports.

Cruise lines are directing attention towards the south pacific- only one per cent of New Zealanders have taken a cruise, so there is potential for a lot of growth yet!

Yes, Ma'am

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 0 comments
Australasia has it's first female cruise ship captain- Sarah Breton. She is one of only 3 women in the role worldwide, breaking into what is predominantly a boy's club. Men rule the waves down under no longer!

Sarah, from Essex in the UK, has been a captain with P&O since 2010, and will take command of the Pacific Pearl in July. She has, according to P&O Australia's CEO Ann Sherry, worked her way up- she has been with P&O since 1989.

Photo by Barbara Slavin Flickr Creative Commons
Captaincy is traditionally considered a man's domain

Sarah will not be the only female with authority on the Pacific Pearl- Cruise Director Zoltina J Medwick-Daley; Hotel Director Jane Herren and Admin and Revenue Director Martina Damonte will form part of the team that runs the ship. An impressive group of women!

The Queen is Coming!

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | 0 comments
Photo by Max Froumentin via Flickr Creative Commons

Cunard Line's Queen Mary II, that is. The great ship will make a Royal Circumnavigation of New Zealand in 2013, departing from Sydney in March. She will visit Auckland, Wellington and the Bay of Islands, pass through the Milford Sounds and call in at Christchurch for the first time after the cancellation of an earlier visit due to the quakes.

There will be two itinerary options available: the 12-night circumnavigation, or a 19-night option from Sydney to Fremantle. Passengers booking before the end of this year will be eligible for discounts, so get in quick for this royal opportunity!

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Another Ship To Be Based Down Under

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 | 0 comments
Voyager of the Seas photo by
Zolio Andres via Flickr Creative Commons

Australasia and Asia are about to receive a new resident, and a rather large one- Royal Caribbean's megaliner 'Voyager of the Seas.' It will be the 5th Royal Caribbean ship in the area in 2012/2013, as the company responds to growth and opportunities in the cruise market Down Under.

The 'Voyager' was the largest ship on the seas when launched in 1996, and although she is now outsized by several others, with 1556 staterooms, 'Royal Promenade' indoor main street, skating track, an ice rink, golf simulator and inside cabins with a view, the ship will certainly add something to cruising in the area. She will operate 12 various South Pacific itineraries from Fremantle and Sydney, and these are due to go on sale early next month.

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New P&O ship for cruise-hungry Britons!

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 1 comments
Britain's demand for cruise holidays is high- so high that P&O has announced its intention to build a new supership for british passengers. It would seem that the british are very enthusiastic about their cruise holidays- to the tune of 1,812 new cabins, 12 restaurants, three swimming pools, several lounges, a spa, a cinema, a theatre and a gym.

Parent company Carnival has commissioned the ship from Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri, and it will by no means be the largest ship on the high seas, but will still be a major and welcome addition to P&O's fleet, and is said to include the best features of the various other P&O ships.

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