Cruise pop­u­lar­ity soar­ing

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Ice skat­ing rinks, sky div­ing sim­u­la­tors, Cirque du Soleil and the chance to meet a film star. Th­ese are among new in­no­va­tions be­ing used to prompt cruise trav­ellers this com­ing sea­son, says Gen­eral man­ager of cruises at House of Travel, Linda Hal­l­i­day.

The ex­cit­ing new of­fer­ings are the most im­pres­sive she has seen in her 35 years in the busi­ness, and es­sen­tial if cruise com­pa­nies are to drive sales.

Hal­l­i­day says th­ese ini­tia­tives are ex­pected to fur­ther boost the 48,000 Kiwi cruise trav­ellers last year, a num­ber which has al­most dou­bled since records be­gan in 2006.

‘‘Cruise com­pa­nies have to con­tin­u­ally up their game to meet the vary­ing needs of an in­creas­ing num­ber of trav­ellers. They are be­com­ing more and more creative,’’ she says.

‘‘Th­ese can in­clude Barbie themes, cook­ing demon­stra­tions from top chefs, and even 4D movie theatres aboard.’’

House of Travel’s Auck­land Cruise Show is on Au­gust 17 at the Viaduct Events Cen­tre, 10am-2pm. Vis­i­tors who book as a re­sult of the show can also en­ter a spe­cial prize draw.

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