Lack of Cruise Facilities Blocks Building of New Cruise Ship for Australia and New Zealand

By ,   December 23, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

A large new cruise ship planned for Australia and New Zealand run was deferred in part due to poor port facilities. 

Cruise New Zealand executive officer Kevin O'Sullivan said it was disappointing to learn that the new 4200-passenger ship planned for P&O Cruises Australia, the first planned specifically for the AU-NZ region, would not go ahead.

Lack of infrastructure progress was cited as one of the reasons for deferring the build.

The largest cruise ship to visit New Zealand, Royal Caribbean' Ovation of the Seas, arrives in Auckland on December 27, but it is too long to berth there. 

Sullivan said it would have to anchor in the harbour with passengers ferried on tenders to the Viaduct area.

Installation of a mooring "dolphin" to allow larger new generation cruise ships to berth off the end of Queen's Wharf was supposed to be in place next summer.

But a consent application for the structure had been delayed, and it was now uncertain when the dolphin would be in place, he said.

The Ovation cannot not berth in Lyttelton, so it will bypass Canterbury and steam straight to Wellington