Published on : Friday, December 22, 2017
The Ovation of the Seas measures 348m and weighs 168,666 tonnes. It has brought 4180 passengers to the city. By 6am this morning the ship could be seen approaching Tauranga Harbour. Mount Maunganui was abuzz with early-risers, and eager individuals and groups scaled Mauao for the best views.
A group of ocean swimmers set off from Mount Main Beach and kayakers hit the water under a stunning sunrise. Ahead of the arrival of the Ovation of the Seas, data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Statistics New Zealand showed the Bay of Plenty received the second highest cruise spend in the country for the 2016/17 season.
The region accounted for 20 per cent of New Zealand’s total cruise expenditure. Cruise passengers spent $59m in the Bay of Plenty region in the 2016/17 season, the MBIE and Statistics New Zealand Tourism Satellite Account data showed. That is 20 per cent of the total national cruise passenger spend – $306,464,000.