More cruise ships head our way
The warm weather has yet to arrive but the summer cruise ship season is about to launch with the arrival of the Star Princess.
The 2600-guest capacity ship called at the Ports of Auckland this morning.
It is the first of 25 ships to make 57 calls to Auckland during the summer and winter cruise season, which runs until next August.
Managing director Jens Mad- sen says while the economic situation impacted some international cruise operators, the New Zealand market was resilient.
“Despite a slight drop in the number of cruise ship calls this season, we are hearing positive reports from around the industry and are expecting a speedy recovery.
“Bookings for the 2010-2011 season are currently sitting at 69 calls.
“We are hosting 25 percent more cruise ship calls this season than we did just three years ago,” Mr Madsen says.
“We have also seen an increase in winter cruise calls over the last two years.”
Auckland will host nine calls by the Pacific Sun during the 2010 winter season.
Ports of Auckland will have four maiden calling ships during the season.