Nelson NZ may soon welcome twenty cruise ships per year as work continues to increase the potential of the city as a destination.
The season has proved a ground-breaking one for the city with 8 cruise ship calls this summer.
The port welcomed its largest-ever cruise vessel, Europa 2, prior to Christmas.
At 196.3 m and 198.6 m long respectively and with combined 1000 passengers and crew that are expected to descend on Nelson city, Friday is to be a busy day from a commercial and logistical perspective.
A big part of the recent increase in cruise ships derives from extensive behind the scenes efforts from Nelson's local agencies to increase the region's profile as cruise destination, targeting higher spending voyages.