, 2022-09-03 12:00:00,
After a two-year absence, cruise ships are once again heading our way.
For Kiwis who can’t wait to get back onboard, there’s a lot to look forward to – from swanky new ships, big and small, to intrepid itineraries incorporating bucket list destinations.
Whether you’re staying close to home or venturing further afield, here are some highlights of the upcoming cruise season and into 2023.
* ‘Hell of a ride’: A ship comes into the harbour, 880 days later
* Exploring South Georgia onboard a polar expedition ship
* Resilient Lady: Virgin’s newest adults-only cruise ship is heading to New Zealand
Cruise debuts close to home
As well as plenty of returning favourites, we’ll also see several ships gracing our shores for the first time.
Among those making their debut Down Under is Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse. The 2010-built ship, which can carry 2852 passengers, will sail from Sydney, offering a series of itineraries around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, including a 12-night Auckland to Fiji voyage departing in January.
Royal Caribbean’s giant Quantum of the Seas, which holds 4905 passengers, will also be making its first appearance in local waters. The 2014-built vessel will be based in Brisbane, and sail around Australia and the South Pacific, with a 13-night New Zealand cruise in March.
We’ll also be welcoming what was billed as the “most luxurious ship ever built”…
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