NZ cruis­ing’s big splash

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

MORE Ki­wis cruised in 2016 than any other year, the lat­est Cruise Lines Int’l As­so­ci­a­tion (CLIA) Aus­trala­sia sta­tis­tics show.

The Cruise In­dus­try Source Mar­ket Re­port New Zealand 2016 re­leased yes­ter­day ( CW break­ing news) saw ocean cruise pas­sen­gers grow by 36% to 90,184, com­pared to Aus­tralia’s 21% growth in 2016 to 1,281,159 pas­sen­gers ( CW 16 May).

CLIA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Aus­trala­sia Joel Katz told Cruise Weekly “as a rel­a­tively small and emerg­ing mar­ket, NZ is cer­tainly punch­ing above its weight”.

Katz said the in­crease in home port op­tions and short close-to­home cruises was re­flected in the source mar­ket pax growth.

“As cruise lines con­tinue to de­ploy and home­port new ships in this re­gion, we can ex­pect to see the NZ num­bers con­tinue to grow and we are well on track to achieve the goal of 100,000 NZ ocean cruise pax by 2020,” he said.

Sim­i­lar to Aus­tralian fig­ures, the most pop­u­lar cruise du­ra­tion was 8-14 days, with more than half of New Zealan­ders opt­ing for this length, while voy­ages of 1-4 days surged 142% to be­come the sec­ond most pop­u­lar du­ra­tion.

In 2016, New Zealand cruise pas­sen­gers spent 871,952 days at sea, up 29% from 2015 and a 187% in­crease in five years.

The av­er­age length of a cruise holiday in 2016 was 9.7 days, down from 10.2 days in 2015.

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