Fast-track for New Zealand cruisers
Cruise passengers can look forward to faster disembarkation times at New Zealand ports from this month if a trial of new biosecurity measures is successful. The New Zealand government has announced a new accreditation scheme in which cruise lines must demonstrate systems to reduce biosecurity risks, allowing New Zealand Border Clearance Services to reduce their inspections and speed up movement of passengers. The move has been welcomed by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, which worked closely on developing the trial. Most member cruise lines visiting New Zealand were expected to seek accreditation under the trial, CLIA said.