The Bay of Islands has Cruise Ships visiting our shores on a regular basis from September 2017 through to June 2018.

 To view the schedule – click this link Cruise Ship schedule 2019-2020 season 

We will regularly be updating arrival and departure information on this page as and when we have the information.

MAJESTIC PRINCESS – Sunday, 24th November 2019

ETA pilot – 06.00
To anchor – 06.45 No.1
First tender ashore ship personnel – 07.15
First tender passengers – 07.30
Tendering to Waitangi Pier
Shuttle buses running – 8
Last shuttle ex Paihia Maritime Building – 15.45
Last tender – 16.00 TBC
ETD – 17.00
Tenders to Russell – NIL
Maori Markets – NO
Vessel arriving from Auckland
Vessel departing to Sydney
Passengers nationality – Mainly Australian
Passenger No’s – 4,200
Other Information – Last NZ port call
Any changes will be advised ASAP


The Bay of Islands Cruise Ship Ambassador Scheme

What is it? – Bay of Islands Cruise Ship Committee has provided an Ambassador Program for the last nine seasons on days that there is a large cruise ship visiting the Bay of Islands. In the season ahead this will be on 61 days with 64 ships in total.

Why do we need the Cruise ship Ambassador scheme?

Many years ago the Bay had a very low rating and profile within the industry due to the lack of coordination and information for passengers arriving at Waitangi. The ambassador scheme was introduced to give the passengers a friendly and informed welcome, polite and constructive assistance for directions, information, and then ensure a safe and friendly flow to coach’s shuttles etc.  This made a marked difference in our rating, pushing us into the top two New Zealand ports.  As a consequence, over the last four years the Bay has achieved significant growth in passenger numbers compared to many other ports due to this highly improved rating.  We need to hold these rating, we need Ambassadors to help achieve this, we do not want to see the Bay lose opportunity and future business by the visitor experience being lowered due to the lack of ambassadors.

  • Not only does your contribution meet the direct costs of running the program you also receive
    • As a contributor to the Ambassador scheme you will receive an email notification of upcoming cruise ships all details needed as well as immediate notification of any changes to the Cruise Ship arrival/departure
    • A text message of any sudden and immediate changes/information
    • Electronic notification via Facebook groups of all details to do with imminent cruise ship arrival
    • An ‘Ambassador Program Supporter’ window sign will be provided

Costs? – We are seeking a contribution from all businesses and organization’s that benefit from the business generated by cruise ship visits.  The committee believe the more people involved the better, thus the level of contribution has been reduced so more business can support the scheme and we can provide a more collaborative approach to the ships arrival and departure – having said that if you want to pay more please do!

Small to medium enterprises:           $150 + GST, or 5 monthly payments of $30 excl. gst

Larger enterprises: 12 + Staff            $1000+GST, or 5 monthly payments of $200 excl. gst

Please note that the stallholders on the village green contribute to the scheme.

An ‘Ambassador Program Supporter’ window sticker will be provided to those who financially support this program.

If you want to invest in this scheme and support the continued arrival of ships and high satisfaction levels in those passengers arriving on our shores – please email Irwin Wilson or call 09 402 5659