Nick Hill, chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, and Leigh Robins, cruise operations manager for Port of Auckland, attended a ceremony to mark the company’s maiden visit.
Explorer Dream will operate several round-trips from Auckland, calling at popular ports, including Wellington, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Akaroa, Picton and Napier, until January 26.
On February 2 she departs Auckland for the return voyage to Sydney.
‘As Dream Cruises commences its journey beyond Asia with Explorer Dream, we are excited to continue with our global aspirations and have Auckland one of our homeports for the current seasonal deployment in the Australasia region,’ Michael Goh, president of Dream Cruises and head of international sales, told guests on Monday.
‘Explorer Dream will provide an additional unique vacation experience for New Zealanders as well as inbound international tourists with the growing fly-cruise opportunities, which will pave the way for the return of Explorer Dream to New Zealand in the fourth quarter of 2020,’ Goh said.