Cruise ships lining up to visit Gisborne

A day after the season closes half a dozen visit confirmed for the next one.

A day after the season closes half a dozen visit confirmed for the next one.

File photo of Golden Princess by Liam Clayton.

HALF a dozen cruise line visits in the 2017-2018 season have been confirmed for Gisborne just a day after the official end of New Zealand’s cruise ship season.

The last ship of the 2016-17 cruise season sailed out of the Bay of Islands on Anzac Day, marking the end of another busy summer.

Forty-one ships from 22 cruise lines visited New Zealand over the 2016-2017 season, Cruise New Zealand executive officer Kevin O’Sullivan said.

“During this cruise season, those 41 ships made 760 calls to 31 locations, with an expected benefit to the New Zealand economy of $490 million spread across our regions.

“Cruise ships in our ports contribute to the vibrancy of New Zealand’s cities and have become very much a part of the scenery,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Cruise New Zealand states that the numbers of guests enjoying New Zealand on a cruise will continue to increase in future seasons.”

Mr O’Sullivan said Gisborne’s contribution would not be known until further analysis was conducted later in the year.

But there had been “generally positive comments” from cruise lines about Gisborne.

He added that six cruise visits had so far been confirmed for Gisborne next season including Golden Princess, the 2000-passenger Noordam and luxury liner Crystal Symphony.

“The 2017-18 season is expected to bring yet more economic benefits. The main 2017-18 season will start on September 1 when the Pacific Jewel visits Auckland.”

New Zealand will enjoy a season in which upward of 280,000 cruise ship passengers will inject more than $500m into the economy.

HALF a dozen cruise line visits in the 2017-2018 season have been confirmed for Gisborne just a day after the official end of New Zealand’s cruise ship season.

The last ship of the 2016-17 cruise season sailed out of the Bay of Islands on Anzac Day, marking the end of another busy summer.

Forty-one ships from 22 cruise lines visited New Zealand over the 2016-2017 season, Cruise New Zealand executive officer Kevin O’Sullivan said.

“During this cruise season, those 41 ships made 760 calls to 31 locations, with an expected benefit to the New Zealand economy of $490 million spread across our regions.

“Cruise ships in our ports contribute to the vibrancy of New Zealand’s cities and have become very much a part of the scenery,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Cruise New Zealand states that the numbers of guests enjoying New Zealand on a cruise will continue to increase in future seasons.”

Mr O’Sullivan said Gisborne’s contribution would not be known until further analysis was conducted later in the year.

But there had been “generally positive comments” from cruise lines about Gisborne.

He added that six cruise visits had so far been confirmed for Gisborne next season including Golden Princess, the 2000-passenger Noordam and luxury liner Crystal Symphony.

“The 2017-18 season is expected to bring yet more economic benefits. The main 2017-18 season will start on September 1 when the Pacific Jewel visits Auckland.”

New Zealand will enjoy a season in which upward of 280,000 cruise ship passengers will inject more than $500m into the economy.

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