Local company wants international cruise ships to steer clear of domestic market

While some cruise lines were dismayed by the government’s decision to extend a ban on international ships until at least October, others have been delighted.

It has been suggested that big ships could return to New Zealand waters for domestic-only itineraries, selling cabins to Kiwi cruisers – but local operators are hesitant to allow big cruise lines return.

“Cruise ships will come back again, but if they come back too soon it could be to the detriment of New Zealand businesses,” says Vicky Maitland of Picton-based Affinity Cruises.

The company which runs small-ship cruises between Marlborough, Fiordland and Stewart Island has urged tourists to “use what is already here and operating.”

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