Port Otago cruise team members Carolyn Bennett (left) and Michelle Simpson outside the port’s cruise terminal when the announcement was made in May that the maritime border would reopen at the end of July. When she heard of Celebrity Eclipse’s booking, Port Otago cruise manager Carolyn Bennett celebrated the news with cruise operations lead Michelle Simpson over a cup of tea and a chocolate fish. In May, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced cruise ships would be allowed to return to New Zealand waters when the maritime border reopened at the end of July. Pre-Covid, cruise ships were worth more than $60 million to the Otago economy. "For us at Port Otago, we’re excited about the prospect of coming to work and seeing cruise ships at berth again."
Source: Otago Daily Times July 01, 2022 22:34 UTC