A couple of weeks ago we told you how Royal Caribbean’s plans for part of the inaugural season of Ovation of the Seas may have been scuttled when the Port of Auckland decided they didn’t want to make modifications to a pier to accommodate the huge 168,666-ton ship. Without Auckland as the turnaround port, the entire New Zealand program may have had to be canceled, since other ports on the itinerary just didn’t have the international air lift necessary.
But yesterday it was revealed that the Port of Tauranga has stepped up and is making necessary modifications in time to handle the giant ship during the 2016/2017 (austral) summer season. Passengers will fly in and out of Auckland and sail from Tauranga.
The complete story appeared in the May 13 edition of Cruise News Daily.