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Windstar offers first-ever New Zealand cruises in 2001/2002

Windstar<.> Cruises is to enter the New Zealand market for the first time in 2001/2002 with the introduction of…

Windstar<.> Cruises is to enter the New Zealand market for the first time in 2001/2002 with the introduction of 10-night luxury sailings between Auckland and Christchurch.

Well-established in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Central America cruise markets, Windstar will utilise the 148-passenger Wind Song to operate its New Zealand programme.

This will begin with a 10-night Auckland-Christchurch Christmas voyage, departing on 23 December 2001 and calling at Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Golden Bay, Picton, Ship`s Cove, Kaikoura and Akaroa. The Wind Song will then sail this itinerary in reverse on 2 January 2002, beginning a programme of alternating cruises which will conclude with a Christchurch-Auckland sailing departing on 12 April.

`Cruise-only` prices for these 10-night sailings will start at 2,655 pounds per person plus port tax of 330 pounds. This includes a substantial saving for clients booking more than 60 days before their cruise departure date.

New Zealand`s growing popularity with visitors from all over the world makes it an ideal new destination for Windstar, said Wendy Kavanagh, UK Sales & Marketing Manager for Windstar Cruises.

UK visitor numbers are already up by over 10 per cent this year and there is huge potential to attract some of these travellers to cruise with us. We are hoping to work with specialist tour operators to promote and sell the product.

Windstar`s image of five-star cruising without the formality ties in naturally with New Zealand`s relaxed lifestyle, and we believe the product will appeal to holiday travellers and VFR clients alike.

Renowned for their casual elegance and relaxed, intimate atmosphere, Windstar`s masted ships are designed to combine the romance of a private yacht with the comfort and convenience of a five-star cruise ship. Guests dine when and with whom they wish (there are no routines or schedules), enjoying superb cuisine and entertainment, with all meals, facilities and watersports included in the cruise price.

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