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  • Counting the Cost of Delayed Cruise Infrastructure

    “Cruise New Zealand is disappointed to learn that the new build ship planned for P&O Cruises Australia will not go ahead,” says Executive Officer Kevin O’Sullivan. The new ship was the first ship planned specifically for the Australia and New Zealand cruise market and would have been capable of carrying 4200 passengers. The good news […]

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  • Ovation of the Seas mega cruise ship heading for New Zealand

    The biggest cruise ship to visit New Zealand is about to head our way. The 168,666-tonne Ovation of the Seas leaves Sydney tonight bound for Tasmania then will cross the Tasman Sea to reach Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound next Wednesday before making its first port call at Dunedin on Friday. Ovation is […]

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  • P&O Cruises Australia Releases New Mobile App

    P&O Cruises Australia has launched its first onboard app allowing guests to plan their activities, make bookings and share experiences in real time while onboard. Available free on personal devices when connected to P&O Cruises’ Wi-Fi, the WhatsOn app provides a new way for passengers to stay in touch during their trip, according to a […]

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  • P&O Cruises Named Best Family Cruise Line

    P&O Cruises has finished the year on a high with the news that the cruise line has been named Best Family Cruise Line in Cruise Passenger’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The nod from Australia’s only dedicated consumer cruise magazine follows another ‘Best Family Cruise Line’ award earlier in the year from the readers of leading […]

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  • Ovation Cruises Into Western Australia

    Fremantle is the first Australian port of call for Ovation of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship to ever visit Australia. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett today welcomed the vessel in Fremantle at a special ceremony featuring more than 100 local entertainers and performers. “It is an absolute honour to welcome this state-of-the-art cruise […]

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  • Princess Cruises Honored with Four Porthole Readers’ Choice Awards

    Princess Cruises has won four awards from the readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine, receiving Best Central America Itineraries, Best South Pacific Itineraries, Best Onboard Shopping and Best Signature Cocktail in the magazine’s 18th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards represent the 16th year that the line has been recognized in an itinerary category and the […]

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  • Seabourn takes delivery of the Encore

    Seabourn has taken delivery of its newest ship, the 600-passenger Seabourn Encore, during a ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Italy. The Encore was designed by hotel and restaurant designer Adam Tihany. Each of its 300 suites have a private veranda. New to the ship is The Retreat, where passengers can relax in […]

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  • Mount Maunganui road closures for cruise ships

    As huge numbers of cruise ship passengers descend on Mount Maunganui in the coming months there will be road closures to enable passengers to safely get off the ships. Between November and February a number of particularly large cruise ships were scheduled to visit, with numbers from 3000 people to 10,000 people disembarking. Tauranga City […]

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  • Cruise ship business is booming in Bay

    For Hawke’s Bay, and the cruise ship tourism industry, it is very much a case of business is booming. “It is very much growing,” Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry general manager Annie Dundas said, adding the buoyancy it brought the regional economy was set to expand given the rise in interest from cruise ship operators who […]

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  • Crystal Orders More Vessels but Delays Introductions

    Crystal Cruises has upped its expedition yacht program from one ship on order to three, while delaying the first delivery by a year to 2019. The company’s new ocean-going 1,000-passenger ships are also being pushed back, from 2019 – already a year behind schedule – to 2022, according to a prepared statement. The ships are […]

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