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From introducing tours to time in with ship schedules, or employing more staff to help cover double cruise ship days, the capital’s businesses should make the most of the cruise ship opportunities.
Did you know...
51% of cruise passengers who visit Wellington are Australian
The 2019/20 cruise season will see 249,000 cruise ship passengers visit Wellington. This year is tracking to be our biggest season ever, which means great things for Wellington retailers and attractions. Last years season was worth $56 million to the local economy and this season is even bigger.
Cruise passengers have just a few hours - usually from 8am to 6pm - to explore and experience the attractions, shopping and culture of Wellington. To make the most out of the cruise opportunity and build our reputation as a cruise-friendly destination, it's important that Wellington is prepared for these visitors.
For arrival and departure times, as well as number of passengers for each ship, be sure to check out the full schedule of ships coming into Wellington port this season. The New Zealand Cruise Association provides detailed information on the ship size and style, as well as passenger and crew numbers.
Cruise schedules can change throughout the season, particularly due to weather conditions, so for more cruise information, please check CentrePort Wellington.
On several days, more than 5000 passengers will arrive on multiple ships meaning a new traffic plan has been put in place to improve the visitor experience of those being shuttled from their ships into the CBD. Find out more about the new cruise shuttle locations.
The following tips and ideas can help retailers make the most out of the cruise season: