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23 Apr 2015
Royal Carribean’s 90,090 tonne Radiance of the Seas docked at Wellington this morning, the final ship of the 2014/15 cruise season to visit the city. The season has seen 77 ship visits since the first on October 7 – also Radiance of the Seas.
The vessels have brought around 150,000 passengers and crew to the capital over the last 7 months, for an estimated economic benefit of $35 million.
Positively Wellington Tourism Chief Executive David Perks says the cruise market delivers important income to the local economy.
“Wellington gets great value out of cruise passengers, and vice versa.
Our compact layout and unique attractions are well suited to the day-trip nature of the cruise visitor. Our shore excursion products cater to a wide range of interests, and the walkable CBD’s retail and hospitality options suit those who like to wander and explore.”
Positively Wellington Tourism manages a team of 101 volunteer Cruise Ambassadors, stationed at key points around the city, who provide a friendly welcome and local knowledge to passengers.
“It’s the kind of personal touch that few other ports-of-call can offer.” Mr Perks says “All PWT staff take shifts as Cruise Ambassadors, and are always hearing from passengers how much easier it is to deal with a human being than an app or guidebook.”
Centreport Chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe said the port was pleased to support yet another strong cruise season, and was looking ahead to the future.
“The outlook for the future is bigger ships with more passengers. CentrePort’s existing facilities can handle cruise vessels of any length. Planned deepening of the shipping channel will enable ship calls in a wider range of sea and weather conditions and ensure Wellington maintains its position as one of the country’s leading cruise destinations as cruise vessels get bigger.”