Cruise popularity soaring
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.