Cruise rookie Fred Woodcock spends two memorable days on the biggest cruise ship in the world, and is wowed.
Carnival Vista joins new ships that are taking up residence in Florida after an inaugural summer in Europe.
Cruise ships are expected to inject valuable tourism dollars into quake-affected regions.
Tour operators insist it is business as usual for Marlborough.
A week on from the 7.8 quake, Wellington's cracked wharves have welcomed a cruise ship.