2019/20 cruise ship season on the horizon
The 2019/2020 cruise ship season is upon us, with the first cruise ship MS Maasdam, set to arrive in Tauranga on October 6.
With thousands of tourists set to step foot in the Bay of Plenty, Tourism Bay of Plenty chief executive Kristin Dunne says she finds it most inspiring to see so many locals watching cruise ships come into port or wave the passengers goodbye.
“The manaakitanga and welcoming spirt of our locals are what our visitors leave raving travellers. Seeing locals helping cruise passengers with directions or other information is what ensures they have amazing experiences in our region.”
Kristin says The Bay of Plenty is naturally beautiful and there is a huge variety of attractions that passengers can enjoy.
“Our region offers a unique combination of Aotearoa’s best beaches and diverse ocean life, stunning natural landscapes and landmarks such as Mauao and White Island, and Maori culture.
“The Bay of Plenty is also the fruit bowl of the nation. Tauranga has the busiest cruise tour port of any New Zealand port.”
This cruise ship season Kristin says the region will welcome more than 300,000 passengers and crew from 112 ships including 25 double ship days, one triple ship day, and four overnight stays.
Last season, Tauranga had the second-largest total spending by port. In the year ended June 2019, cruise activity spending in Tauranga totalled $90.3 million.