Meet the team


Ocean Escapes is a NZ owned and operated company in association with Travel Advocates, aligned with the countries largest New Zealand owned chain. 

Directors Debbie Christian & Ric Wright are self-confessed cruise addicts and love to share the experience of cruising with their customers.

Meet us

The Ocean Escapes team

Debbie Christian has been a travel agent in NZ for over 23 years and is well known in travel and cruise industry circles. She has previously worked for major travel brands in a variety of roles, most recently Cruise Product and Marketing Manager for a large cruise travel agency. Debbie is always looking for unusual itineraries and dream holidays.

Ric Wright has owned his own businesses for many years and is the admin, finance and operations director of Ocean Escapes. He would happily sail the world if he could.

We know Cruise Lines.

We have sailed on, or inspected most major cruise lines, including: 

Avalon Waterways Azamara  Carnival Cruise Lines Celebrity Cruises
Cunard Holland America Line MSC Cruises NCL
Oceania Cruises P&O Cruises Princess Cruises Ponant
Royal Caribbean Regent Seven Seas Silverseas Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking River Cruises


Experience. Knowledge. Care.

In todays world where requirements change with little to no notice, it’s more important than ever to ensure your plans run seamlessly.  That’s where we come in. Our team will not only arrange your flights, transfers, hotels, cruise, rental cars, coach touring, visa requirements, and ensure right up to your departure that the latest information we have available regarding Covid-19 requirements is provided. 

We are TAANZ bonded, so you can be sure your funds are in safe hands. 

Our sister brand

Sport Holidays

Sport Escapes is our other passion! New Zealand is a sporting nation, and we believe that combining these two great loves creates one great Escape. Contact us today. Once again, we will ensure a seamless sporting holiday, ensuring your flights, hotels, transfers, sports or events tickets, transportation, visa and Covid-19 requirements are all taken care of. 

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