11 May 2010
Two of the largest, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises, plan to offer 38 cruises to New Zealand by 2012, carrying around 80,000 passengers.
Carnival Australia’s Ann Sherry, speaking to Travelmole, said: "New Zealand is becoming to Australia what Alaska is to America - a very desirable holiday destination that’s ideal to visit by sea."
"Last year, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises operated 11 New Zealand cruises which proved so popular we increased our offering to 17 cruises this year. Next year we’ll have 31 cruises across the Tasman and in 2012 that number will rise to 38.
"So in just three years we’ll have more than tripled our New Zealand holiday offering and significantly increased the number of tourists we deliver to New Zealand shores."
Ms Sherry said the rise in Australians cruising to New Zealand reflected a larger trend and official visitor statistics which show that the number of Australians taking trans-Tasman trips has more than doubled over the past decade, and now exceeds one million a year.