The last ship of the summer cruise season is set to leave the Bay of Islands on Anzac Day, marking what the local cruise sector has described as a bumper season.
Oceania Cruises’ Sirena is the last of 41 ships from 22 liners to have visited New Zealand during the 2016-17 season, Cruise New Zealand chief executive Kevin O’Sullivan said.
“Those 41 ships have made 760 calls to 31 locations, with an expected benefit to the New Zealand economy of $490 million spread across our regions.”
O’Sullivan said the number of cruise passengers visiting our shores is expected to continue to rise, bringing greater economic benefits.
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More than 280,000 cruise passengers are expected to visit New Zealand next season, which will kick off on September 1 when the Pacific Jewel docks in Auckland.
Cruise NZ has predicted the season will contribute more than $500 million to the local economy.