Last cruise ship to leave New Zealand waters after bumper season
The last ship of the summer cruise season is set to leave the Bay of Islands on Anzac Day, marking what the local cruise sector has described as a bumper season.
Oceania Cruises' Sirena is the last of 41 ships from 22 liners to have visited New Zealand during the 2016-17 season, Cruise New Zealand chief executive Kevin O'Sullivan said.
"Those 41 ships have made 760 calls to 31 locations, with an expected benefit to the New Zealand economy of $490 million spread across our regions."
O'Sullivan said the number of cruise passengers visiting our shores is expected to continue to rise, bringing greater economic benefits.
More than 280,000 cruise passengers are expected to visit New Zealand next season, which will kick off on September 1 when the Pacific Jewel docks in Auckland.
Cruise NZ has predicted the season will contribute more than $500 million to the local economy.