See New Zealand in a whole new cruisy way

The Tribune (NZ) - - TERRACE END -

Trav­el­ling around New Zealand over sum­mer, join­ing queues of traf­fic all try­ing to get to their des­ti­na­tion first, is not the most re­lax­ing way to spend your wellde­served sum­mer break. And how much of our beau­ti­ful coun­try do you ac­tu­ally get to see and en­joy?

Trav­els­mart Travel Co-or­di­na­tor Mar­garet Scott has a fan­tas­tic al­ter­na­tive; take a cruise!

‘‘Over the com­ing sum­mer we will have a large num­ber of cruise ships visit­ing our shores. Many of the ma­jor cruise lines bring their ships down here dur­ing the north­ern hemi­sphere off-sea­son and there is a huge range of op­tions for cruis­ing hol­i­days.’’

One of the largest cruise ships in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Ova­tion of the Seas, was cruis­ing around New Zealand over the past sum­mer and drew enor­mous in­ter­est when­ever she en­tered a port and, while this ship has so many amaz­ing on-board fea­tures and ac­tiv­i­ties, the over­all price per per­son can be as low as $150 per night. Other cruise lines can be even cheaper but to get the best deal it cer­tainly pays to visit the pro­fes­sion­als at Ter­race End’s Trav­els­mart.

Cruis­ing around New Zealand gives you the op­por­tu­nity to see the coun­try in a com­pletely new light.

‘‘The coastal land­scape is fas­ci­nat­ing. See­ing the south­ern fjords and Mil­ford Sound from the sea is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. I find cruis­ing hol­i­days to be so re­lax­ing; they also give you the time to meet and so­cialise with your fel­low pas­sen­gers,’’ says Mar­garet.

Tak­ing a cruise is also a great way to un­wind. There is al­ways great entertainment, meals are all pre­pared for you, so all you have to do is just sit back and re­lax or join in on the many on-board ac­tiv­i­ties. When you’re visit­ing a port, you can choose from a num­ber of ex­cur­sions and tours or sim­ply make your own way around or even catch up with fam­ily and friends. This is a great time to call into Trav­els­mart as they have some great deals on cruises.

The team at Trav­els­mart, from left, Mar­garet Scott, Michele Gullery and Shel­ley Hosk­ing.

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