Q&A with Larry Pimentel, President & CEO, Azamara Club Cruises
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As you plan 2019 with three ships [yeah!], are you considering a country-intensive cruise in New Zealand? Other lines go from Sydney to Auckland, which means at least 2 days at sea in possibly rough waters. Round-trip from Auckland would be much more interesting to me.
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Does NZ have cabotage laws that would prevent this? I think the closest foreign port would be Norfolk Island (part of Australia, but geographically closer to NZ). I would find this an interesting port (Australia had three Level 7 Prisons for transported persons convicted of further major crimes - Sarah Island and Port Arthur both in Tasmania [and both of which I have visited], and Norfolk Island), but I'm not sure of the degree of interest in passengers not so deep into history.
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Originally posted by Host Jazzbeau
As you plan 2019 with three ships [yeah!], are you considering a country-intensive cruise in New Zealand? Other lines go from Sydney to Auckland, which means at least 2 days at sea in possibly rough waters. Round-trip from Auckland would be much more interesting to me.

Another great question, country intensive in New Zealand will continue to be a part of our deployment pattern. I’ve been fortunate to travel to over 120 countries,and new Zealand is actually one of my favorite. It has very high guest satisfaction and the country and its people are one-of-a-kind.
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Originally posted by TravelerThom
Does NZ have cabotage laws that would prevent this?
Evidently not, since Ponant has scheduled 4 cruises from Auckland to Dunedin without any non-NZ stops in 2019.
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Booked:
Viking Sun British Isles Explorer 8-2018
Celebrity Edge Caribbean 1-2019
Ponant/Backroads Iceland 8-2019
Ponant New Zealand 3-2020

Completed:
AMA Discover Africa 5-2018 / Azamara Quest Costa Rica 1-2018 / Crown Princess Classic Canada & New England 10-2017 / Norwegian Pride of America Hawaii 10-2016 / Azamara Quest Norwegian Fjords 8-2016 / Celebrity Constellation Greek Isles 5-2016 / AmaDagio Provence 9-2015 / Celebrity Xpedition Galapagos 5-2015 / Celebrity Eclipse Southern Carib 3-2015 / Fresco Tours A Kinder Camino walking tour 9-2014 / Crystal Serenity Mediterranean 5-2014 / Coral Princess Panama Canal 1-2014 / AmaCello Rhine 8-2013 / Coral Princess Alaska 6-2013 / Ireland Fly-Drive 9-2012 / Norwegian Dawn Caribbean 3-2013 / Celebrity Summit Caribbean 1-2012 / Oceania Insignia Mediterranean 5-2011 / Fair Dinkum (Erie Canal bareboat) 7-2003 / Costa Italia Caribbean 5-1974