Royal Caribbean Opens New Zealand Office

Royal Caribbean Cruises has announced that it will open a dedicated office in New Zealand. RCL has acquired part of Cruise Vacations, the Auckland-based general sales agent, which had previously represented the line’s cruise brands in New Zealand since 1990.

The New Zealand office will be overseen by Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia and headed by local managing director, Gavin Smith. The new office in Auckland will support the commercial and operational efforts in New Zealand for the company’s three cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, and is expected to be fully operational from April 1.

Gavin Smith also announced that Royal Caribbean International will double the number of sailings to New Zealand by the end of next year. From October to April 2011, Rhapsody of the Seas will be joined by Radiance of the Seas, which will offer cruises in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Radiance of the Seas is reportedly the newest, largest and most modern ship in the Royal Caribbean International fleet to sail in Australasian waters.

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