|NZ’s Harbourside Capital Cruises Into New Season|
|Tuesday, 04 October 2016 13:26|
Wellington, welcomes the first cruise ship of the season tomorrow, 5th October 2016, the 2000 passenger Radiance of the Seas.
Chief Executive Derek Nind says, “We look forward to piloting the first of the vessels into our deep water harbour.”
CentrePort and Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) are gearing up for another bumper cruise season in the capital.
Last season over 232,259 passengers and crew came to Wellington during the 2015-2016 cruise season, on 77 cruise ships, adding an estimated $58 million to the region’s economy.
A total of 89 cruise ships will call at CentrePort during the seven-month season. Twelve are inaugural visits.
CentrePort Chief Executive Officer, Derek Nind says, “It’s great for Wellington’s economy and CentrePort.”
Each year, between October and April, CentrePort staff help approximately 164,407 cruise passengers to safely disembark from visiting ships on CentrePort’s purpose-built cruise terminal.
“We work hard to ensure cruise visitors enjoy their experience in Wellington from the moment our pilot guides the ship into port,” says Nind.
WREDA General Manager, Destination & Marketing Adele Fitzpatrick says Wellington delivers an excellent port experience for cruise passengers.
“Our passenger management and hosting systems work very smoothly, and our compact harbourside capital offers a great range of activities and experiences. Passengers leave Wellington having packed a lot into a day, and as many tell us, are keen to come back for more.”
WREDA manages a team of volunteer Wellington City Ambassadors( WCAs) who provide guidance at key locations throughout the city.
“The personal welcome and local knowledge our WCAs are able to provide is a distinct feature of the Wellington experience for cruise passengers. They appreciate the care and attention, and it helps them see and do more while they’re here, ultimately increasing the economic value of each ship visit.” Ms. Fitzpatrick says.
First ship of the season, the 90,000-tonne Radiance of the Seas is owned by Royal Caribbean International and started service in 2001. The 293-metre long ship has 2,146 berths, 858 crew, 10 dining rooms, three swimming pools, a rock climbing wall, mini-golf course, and pool tables stabilized by a computer-controlled gyroscope.
This summer Wellington will also host the largest cruise ship ever to visit New Zealand. Royal Carribean’s Quantum Class Ovation of the Seas is scheduled to make her first visit of the season to Wellington on 23 December.
Radiance of the Seas
CentrePort is one of the largest seaports in New Zealand, located beside a natural, sheltered, deep-water harbour. It’s located at the heart of the nation’s transport network, and on the doorstep of the central region economy, it provides support to thousands of businesses throughout the country.
Deepening the shipping channel in Wellington harbour will enable CentrePort to receive larger ships and keep central New Zealand competitive by avoiding increases in inland transport costs.
CentrePort, its customers and suppliers support some $ 2.5 billion of GDP and 21,350 jobs.
CentrePort is co-owned by the Greater Wellington Regional Council, which has a 76.4 percent share, and Horizons Regional Council, with a 23.6 percent share.
For comment contact:
Chief Executive, CentrePort LTD, Derek Nind,
c/o Communications and Marketing Specialist, CentrePort LTD,
Phone: 64 4 495 3800 |
Mobile: 029 200 4848
WREDA Corporate Communications Specialist
Phone: 021 1105 157