Princess ex­pands NZ

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

PRINCESS Cruises will roll out phase two of its “Across the Ditch Pro­gram”, ex­pand­ing the of­fer­ing over the next 12 months to in­tro­duce 50 new shore tours and a re­freshed menu.

Launch­ing on Princess Cruises’ New Zealand itin­er­ar­ies this sum­mer, the ad­di­tions fol­low the pro­gram’s launch last year ( CW 01 Nov 16).

Princess said this year’s edi­tion had been “de­signed to fur­ther im­merse guests in NZ cul­ture and cui­sine,” with fresh of­fer­ings in­clud­ing ex­pan­sion of the Matariki Fes­ti­val to pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn about Maori her­itage and par­tic­i­pate in tra­di­tional cus­toms.

A new menu will serve up lo­cal del­i­ca­cies such as a tra­di­tional Hangi dinner, NZ lamb & Pavlova, washed down with NZ beers.

Fresh shore tours in­clude a Piha bush and beach eco tour in Auck­land, a Te Puia Ther­mal Re­serve, Maori arts and Agrodome tour in Tau­ranga and Mt Sun­day.

Also new is a Lord of the Rings sights tour in Akaroa and an Oa­maru and Mo­er­aki Boul­ders ad­ven­ture in Port Chalmers.

Princess Cruises vice pres­i­dent Aus­tralia & New Zealand, Stuart Al­li­son said the ex­pan­sion fol­lows the suc­cess of the pro­gram.

“Aus­tralians’ love of vis­it­ing their trans-Tas­man neigh­bours shows no signs of wan­ing,” Al­li­son said, adding “with the ex­pan­sion of our Across the Ditch pro­gram, th­ese guests will now be able to en­joy an even more en­riched, uniquely NZ ex­pe­ri­ence”.

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