The New Zealand Cruise Association has released a statement on the recent eruption on White Island.

The organisation expressed concern about some visitors to White Island at the time of the eruption, who are passengers from the Ovation of the Seas, a vessel visiting Tauranga.

“Our primary concern right now is with the wellbeing of the passengers and all those involved. We would like to extend our heartfelt concern to the passengers and their families,” said NZCA chief executive officer Kevin O’Sullivan.

“Our hope is that everyone will be recovered quickly and unharmed, but at this time we have no further information.”

About New Zealand Cruise Association

The New Zealand Cruise Association is the industry association of New Zealand’s cruise sector. NZCA represents more than 90 members and is the industry voice of cruises in the region. NZCA has been the driving force in attracting cruise lines to New Zealand since 1994, and has played a major part in building New Zealand’s world-renowned reputation as a cruise-friendly destination.