Quantum of the Seas To Go To China – Holland America Expands UK Program (Again) – Who Needs A North Star Capsule When You’ve Got This?

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 21st April 2014..


Last week, Royal Caribbean International shocked the industry by announcing that from June 2015, its newest ship, the 167,000-ton Quantum of the Seas (above), will be based year-round in Shanghai. We take a look at the repercussions for Royal Caribbean and what the other Asia players, Costa, Princess and Star, are up to as well. Meanwhile, Holland America has been quietly growing its UK round-trip cruise market to the extent that in 2015 it will be offering thirteen round-trip UK cruises with a dedicated ship, the Ryndam, and boat trains that come right alongside at Harwich. And finally, we have an interesting look at some overhead views.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                              (See previous columns)

Cape Town Cargo-Passenger Ships Get Some Help From MSC Opera

Blue Master II by JaKuSince the South Africa cargo ships are so often sold out here is an opportunity this October to take a passenger ship from Southampton to Cape Town – a route that is not offered any longer. And at very advantageous fares for a 21-night voyage!

United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Cape Verde, Namibia, South Africa

07 October 2014 from Southampton
Duration: 21 Nights
Inbound flightCPT/LON
available for £490pp

Cruise Only Rates:

Inside Cabin from
£735 per person
Outside Cabin from £840 per person
Balcony Cabi from *
pp (sold out)

MSC OperaFor further details on either cargo-passenger ships or MSC’s Cape Town service please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.


Vancouver To Regain Its Lead Over Seattle? – Explorer of the Seas To Australia – Bermuda Forecasts 21,000 More Cruisers This Year

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 14th April 2014..

Zuiderdam Lion's Gate

As the Alaska trade prepares for its first sailings later this month, our main subject this week is the ongoing contest between Vancouver and Seattle. Since coming out of nowhere almost fifteen years ago to capture more than half the Alaska cruise trade in just a few years, an equilibrium seems to have been reached whereby Vancouver will see almost 40% more sailings than Seattle but the average passenger turnaround per ship on Seattle sailings will be more than a third higher than Vancouver’s. Elsewhere, the news has finally broken that after her 2015 season in the UK, Explorer of the Seas will join Voyager of the Seas to become one of “Australia’s two mega liners” during the southern hemisphere cruising season. And as the Bermuda season opens, it forecasts 356,000 cruisers this year, a rise of 21,000 over 2013.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                            (See previous columns)

Cruise Examiner Special – Cruise Ferries – Nova Star Cruises – Cruise Ferry Services Around The World

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 7th April 2014..

Nova StarEvery few weeks The Cruise Examiner brings you a special report on niche areas of the cruise market. Last month it was on cargo ship travel and with today’s arrival in Lisbon of the 27,444-ton cruise ferry Nova Star, en route from Singapore to Canada, the subject is cruise ferries. One of the first such vessels, Kloster’s 8,666-ton Sunward, resulted in the formation of two cruise lines, first Norwegian Caribbean Lines, now Norwegian Cruise Line, and later Carnival Cruise Lines, the acorn from which grew the largest cruise line group in the world. Viking Line gave its starboard-side only promenades to Carnival Cruise Lines and Silja Line its central promenades to Royal Caribbean International. Today, we look on the other side of the fence at what the world of cruise ferries has to offer.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                         (See previous columns)

Crystal Serenity To Sail From Quebec In September and October 2014

Crystal Symphony at QuebecCrystal Cruises’ 2014 Canada/New England season, the first to be performed by the Crystal Serenity, will turn at Quebec City instead of Montreal, where the Crystal Symphony has turned in the past. In consequence, Crystal will offer complimentary transfers between Quebec and Montreal for these cruises, adding yet another city and use of Montreal International Airport.

Starting on September 19, Crystal will offer one 7-night round trip cruise from Quebec and four 10-night voyages between Quebec and New York. Calls will be made on the Magdalen Islands, Boston, Bar Harbor, Newport, Sydney NS and Portland ME. Other ports of call will include Baie Comeau, Sept-Îles, and Havre St Pierre, Saint John, Halifax and St Pierre & Miquelon, the last remnant of New France.

All cruises include an overnight in Québec City, voted bet cruise port in North America. Ten-night voyages also include an overnight at the other end, ie in Boston or New York. This season’s five sailings are:

7 nights: September 29 – Québec City round-trip

10 nights: September 19: Boston to Québec
· October 6 – Québec to New York
· October 16 – New York to Québec
· October 26 – Québec to New York

Guests will enjoy the value of a Crystal cruise with the line’s “All Inclusive” policy, comprising gratuities, fine wines, premium spirits and dining in the ship’s specialty restaurants without charge. Additional savings are available for large groups of friends or families, solo cruisers and free third berths for children.

All-inclusive “Book Now” fly/cruise fares start at £3,267 per person (based on the September 29 round-trip sailing),if booked by April 30.

For further information and reservations please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

No More North Pole Departures After 2015 – Royal Caribbean Signs With Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie’s Italian” – The Introduction of Hagenisms

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 31st March 2014..

50 Years of Victory at the North Pole - Poseidon ExpeditionsAfter 2015, there will be no more nuclear icebreaker trips to the North Pole so passengers wanting to visit the North Pole are urged to book now or miss the boat entirely. Northern polar trips in future will concentrate on the Northwest Passage across the top of Canada and the Northern Sea Route above Russia. Between Quark Expeditions and Poseidon Expeditions there will be a record total of six departures for the North Pole in 2015. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean International scored a coup last week by engaging British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to install the first “Jamie’s Italian” restaurants at sea on board the first two “Quantum” class ships, debuting this year and next. Finally, in view of last week’s Guinness Book of World Records christening of eighteen Viking Cruises river cruisers in a single week, we remember the introduction into the English language of the “Hagenism,” named for Viking CEO Torstein Hagen, by the US edition of Travel Weekly a year ago.

Photo: Poseidon Expeditions’ 2013 Voyage marking the 100th trip to the North Pole by nuclear icebreaker

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                        (See previous columns)

Last Minute Cargo Ship Voyage From La Spezia To Australia (A 10% reduction is offered on this voyage only)

MSC GenevaWe can now offer on short notice a voyage in the MSC Geneva, departing La Spezia on or about April 20 for Australia via Mauritius. Ports of call include La Spezia, Naples, Gioia Tauro via Pointe des Galets and Port Louis to Sydney (34 days from La Spezia), Melbourne (36 days), Adelaide (40 days) and Fremantle (45 days). Part voyages are also possible.

The MSC Geneva is equipped with an Owners Cabin of 340 sq ft and two Double cabins, one of 340 and one of 270 sq ft in area, all with en suite facilities. Each contains a separate dayroom and bedroom, with fares of €90 to €95 per person per day double or €105 to €110 per day single. A special last-minute reduction of 10% is available on this sailing only. Port charges and deviation insurance are extra and a valid yellow fever vaccination is required for this voyage.

For further details or to book please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.


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