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18 Nov 2016
Wellington will welcome the inaugural visit of the Pacific Aria on Monday 21 November 2016.
CentrePort Chief Executive Derek Nind says the cruise berth has been declared fit for operation, after the company suspended operations because of Monday’s earthquake.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming passengers and crew of the 219-metre long Pacific Aria to our Harbourside Capital. Cruise ships make a significant contribution to the regional economy, making the visit particularly welcome at this time.”
Mr Nind said port staff are continuing to work alongside other agencies to restore operations while maintaining public safety.
Chris Whelan, CEO of Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, says this will be very welcome news for the city’s retail and hospitality sectors, and tourism operators.
“Last year, the cruise season saw close to 165,000 cruise ship passengers visit the city, worth $58 million to Wellington’s economy. This year is tracking to be our biggest season ever and following the events of this week, this is some very good news for the city’s economy during a challenging time.”
Mr Whelan says the passenger and crew spending isn’t just limited to city tours and souvenirs. People will buy things like toiletries, phone sim cards, electronics and Christmas presents.
“We also have Wellington city ambassadors who will welcome and assist Pacific Aria passengers.”
The Pacific Aria is on her maiden voyage to New Zealand. She will arrive in Wellington from Napier, before heading to Akaroa on Monday night. She is carrying 1,459 Australian passengers and has 617 crew.