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Shock as most New Zealand cruises won’t pick up passengers any more

With Pacific Explorer withdrawing from operations, cruising in New Zealand has been left in a desperate state. Kiwis will find it virtually impossible to cruise out of their country.

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Jun 17 2024
Sea Princess cruising in New Zealand fjords on the water

Cruise lines may slash NZ port calls over bio rules and fee hikes

CLIA is warning that without action from government, ports and destinations, New Zealand is set to see a steep decline in cruising.

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Apr 26 2024
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Ultimate Guide to P&O Australia

For over nine decades, P&O Cruises Australia has been a pioneering force in the cruise line industry. In line with this, here's Cruise Passenger's ultimate guide to P&O Cruises Australia. 

WORDS BY Nuelan Magbanua . Mar 20 2024
Ovation of the Seas sails through Milford Sound, New Zealand

Best last minute deals to New Zealand now starts at $649

Cruise Passenger spotlights best last minute cruise deals to New Zealand.

WORDS BY Nuelan Magbanua . Feb 7 2024
Manukau Heads Lighthouse, Auckland New Zealand

NZ Biosecurity reminds cruise ships to clean hulls before sailing

As cruise lines in Australia gear up for the busy summer season next month, New Zealand’s Biosecurity authorities have stepped up efforts to ensure 57 cruise ships scheduled to visit NZ should have their hulls properly cleaned to comply with the country’s biofouling rules.

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Sep 14 2023
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Cruise lines scramble to halt chaos of last year’s NZ cruise sailings

New Zealand’s last cruise season involved a lot of heartbroken passengers, as many ships were turned away from entering Fiordland National Park due to new biosecurity regulations. Many cruise ships were turned away due to their hulls containing biohazards, even some that had been recently cleaned.

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Aug 31 2023
Is New Zealand heading for another season of cruising chaos?

Is New Zealand heading for another season of cruising chaos?

A letter to guests had a familiar ring. “Please be advised that Grand Princess must complete a thorough hull cleaning in advance of our calls to New Zealand. As a result, we will now overnight […]

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . May 19 2023
Police probe claims of 'extortion attempt' over New Zealand biohazard ship checks

Police probe claims of ‘extortion attempt’ over New Zealand biohazard ship checks

The managing director of a Sydney port services company has reported an alleged “extortion attempt” by a former staff member to police after a dossier was sent to the media alleging documents on hull cleaning […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Mar 17 2023
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Another cruise ruined by NZ bio rules: Should we now halt sailings across the ditch?

Another cruise ship has been banned from New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park over biofouling, provoking fury from passengers.

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Mar 10 2023
Seven lines hit by New Zealand's bio-blockade as passengers fume

Seven lines hit by New Zealand’s bio-blockade as passengers fume

From Carnival to Viking, almost every cruise line has fallen foul of New Zealand’s tough biosecurity regulations about hull cleaning. It’s meant disaster for many passengers who have travelled around the world for a once-in-a-lifetime […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jan 12 2023
Queen Elizabeth Cruises into Sydney

Oceania Regatta becomes fifth ship caught by New Zealand bio laws row as talks open to try and end the problem

The Oceania Regatta has become the fifth cruise victim of New Zealand’s biosecurity laws, cancelling two port calls in the country. Queen Elizabeth, Regent Seven Seas Explorer, Viking Orion and Coral Princess also had to […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jan 7 2023