27 JANUARY 2020

The Celebrity Solstice is staying overnight at the Port of Tauranga on Saturday 1 February for the last time this cruise ship season. Tauranga is the only New Zealand Port where the Celebrity Solstice stays overnight.

Locals are invited to make the Celebrity Solstice passengers feel welcome at a special market being held to celebrate her final overnight stay in New Zealand. Local event business The Little Big Markets has organised an evening Street Food Union for the cruise passengers to mix with locals and feel the welcoming spirit of the Bay of Plenty. The Street Food Union is on Saturday 1 February from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and will have live music and a range of dinner and dessert options.

Tourism Bay of Plenty Chief Executive Kristin Dunne encourages residents to come down to Coronation Park at 5:00 pm to celebrate the Celebrity Solstice and chat to the passengers to make them feel welcome.

“The Bay of Plenty is renowned for its manaakitanga and we want our cruise passengers to feel our warm welcome”, said Dunne.

Cruise ship activity brings significant benefits to the Bay of Plenty including the $90.3m boost the economy received during the 2018-2019 season. Last season Tauranga had the second largest total spending by port in New Zealand (up 35 percent).

This season the Bay of Plenty will welcome approximately 302,985 passengers and crew from 111 ships including 27 double ship days, one triple ship day, and seven overnight stays.

The Celebrity Solstice is scheduled to arrive at 6:45 am on Saturday 1 February and depart at 7:30 pm on Sunday 2 February.

The Celebrity Solstice is a modern ship that sails to New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific, Indonesia, Hawaii and Tahiti. On her roof are 216 solar panels that contribute to the ship’s electrical grid, and a half acre of lush living grass known as the “Lawn Club”.

The Celebrity Solstice is the third largest ship to visit the Port of Tauranga with a gross tonnage of 121,878. She can accommodate 4,100 passengers and crew. She measures 317.3 metres long.