More cruise ships head our way

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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