Who are we?

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

Located in the sunny north of Ruakaka, Debbie Christian has been a travel agent in NZ for over 24 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. While we are located in Ruakaka, we can look after all clients located throughout New Zealand.  If you are local, we are happy to meet you for a coffee and discuss your travel plans!

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.

Expert knowledge on the following cruise lines, many of which we have either cruised on, or inspected.

Ambassador Line Avalon Waterways Azamara Carnival Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises Cunard Disney Cruise Line Emerald Waterways
Explora Journeys Holland America Line Hurtigruten Hurtigruten Expedition
Holland America Line MSC NCL Oceania Cruises
P&O Cruises P&O Cruises UK Princess Cruises Ponant
Royal Caribbean Regent Seven Seas Cruises Scenic Seabourn
Silversea Uniworld Viking Expedition Cruises Viking Ocean Cruises 
Viking River Cruises Virgin Cruises Windstar 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  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 is provided to you.  

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

Ready to travel?