Cruising New Zealand, the perfect Staycation!

As global restrictions continue, our Hoot Cruises team are receiving many enquiries about cruises from Auckland, in particular opportunities for domestic cruising in New Zealand waters for Summer 2020/21.

Cruising in New Zealand waters is nothing new and has been growing rapidly year on year. Every summer we see a flotilla of International ships that call this region home for the summer wave season. The traditional New Zealand wave season operates from October through to April each year.

Let’s take a look at some “Staycation“ cruise options for the Coming summer

P&O Australia Pacific Explorer will be cruising from Auckland for her summer 2021 season. Pacific Explorer will be operating round trip cruises from Auckland, February – May 2021 with a good selection of great value NZ only options. From three and four night Mini breaks to destinations such as Wellington, Napier Art Deco Festival and the Marlborough Sounds plus and 8 night South Island Kiwi Explorer Cruise including the jewel in New Zealand’s crown, Fiordland National Park

For those looking at travelling to New Zealand’s remotest islands, the Uber cool French cruise line Ponant are basing their brand new Explorer ship “Le Bellot” in NZ this summer.
Highlights of Le Bellot’s NZ season are undoubtably her two round trip cruises to the Sub Antarctic Islands. Our personal favourite is the New Years adventure departing Auckland 29 December, which also includes the remote Bounty & Antipodes islands combined with the Sub Antarctic collection.

Le Bellot

Two ultra luxury Cruise brands are also deploying ships in NZ this summer.
Silversea Silver Explorer will summer down under with amazing sub Antarctic round trip options from Dunedin, including a special Christmas to remember departure. Plus, her luxury sister Silver Muse will operate one way journeys between New Zealand and Australia, taking in the best of scenic New Zealand’s coastal gems.

Crystal Expedition cruises launch their brand new luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavour in November. Her inaugural season offers a selection of coastal NZ journeys in ultra luxury, Plus a choice of Sub Antarctic and even a full Antarctic Sailing from the new Christchurch cruise port at Lyttleton.

So don’t assume you have to travel far to see some of the world most amazing scenery, wildlife, or off the grid destinations. We have them right here in New Zealand. Escape to your own backyard this summer and enjoy a World class Staycation. For a selection of great NZ cruises, click here

For Expedition Cruises it is best to call our team as most of these style ships are not bookable online and will show CALL on our web site
If you have any questions, feel free to talk to our friendly
Hoot Cruise Champions, we are happy to help!
 FreePhone: 0800 99 44 88

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