The industry is saddened by the death of James Patrick, co-owner of Sydney-based upmarket cruise specialist Wiltrans International with his wife, Diane.

A record number of more than 254,000 passengers and almost 92,000 crew visited New Zealand between August 2015 and June 2016.

Adam Armstrong, md for RCL Cruises Australia and New Zealand who was a delegate at this week’s Cruise New Zealand conference in Wellington, announced Neil Linwood has been appointed director of operations.

The Ports Authority of Tonga announced it has joined Cruise New Zealand at this week’s annual conference in Wellington which had the theme ‘Growing the Value of Cruise.’

Debbie Summers, executive director of ID New Zealand, the country’s largest cruise ground handler which is a finalist in the innovative shorex category for the 2016 Seatrade Cruise Awards, was elected chair at this week’s annual Cruise New Zealand conference in Wellington.

Genting Hong Kong posted a first half loss of US$54.6m, down from its $2.1bn profit a year ago when the results included major one-time items related to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Belmond will add a pair of new luxury barges to its fleet in the French wine region of Burgundy in 2017, while this year marks its 20th operating in Myanmar.

Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering reduced fares on select 2016 and 2017 voyages for bookings made by Aug. 20. Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete, Tahiti, is included.

The ocean-going cruise ship capacity in Asia is surging 51% this year, to 3.2m passengers, according to Cruise Lines International Association's just-out '2016 Asia Cruise Trends' study.

A Carnival Australia spokesman said the company is studying a draft recommendation released by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) that proposes a per call charge at the Overseas Passenger Terminal for larger ships and a per head charge at White Bay.

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