Crystal Examines s.s. United States – Other Cruise News: – Cruise Ship Creep – Ocean Liner Society Chooses Sovereign

The Cruise Examiner for 8th February 2016

s.s. United StatesLast week saw the news that Crystal Cruises was about to undertake a feasibility study into whether the 1952-built s.s. United States could be revived and put back into service as a fast 21st Century cruise ship (see artist’s concept, above). The results of this determination should be known by the end of the year. Elsewhere, we look at “cruise ship creep” as different classes of ship keep getting progressively longer, with more berths in each case. And the Ocean Liner Society has chosen to take this year’s annual group cruise on Pullmantur’s Sovereign, a vessel that when built in 1988 was the world’s largest cruise ship.

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Grimaldi Lines Announces Rome To Baltimore Passenger Dates

Grimaldi Marocco © John Skelson

Grimaldi Lines’ Grande Marocco class ships carry 12 passengers each betwen Rome and Baltimore

Grimaldi Lines last year announced a new cargo-passenger service between Civitavecchia (for Rome) and Baltimore, which will eventually also serve Halifax and Antwerp.

To begin with, Grimaldi is offering service between Civitavecchia and Baltimore on ships carrying cargo including new automobiles for Fiat-Chrysler. It may be possible later to book accompanyied privately-owned vehicles as well. These ships carry up to twelve passengers each, the maximum allowed on a cargo ship.

One-way North Atlantic fares for 2016 are as follows:

Owners Category EM2: €1,700 (about US $1,905) per person for two
Outside Category DE2: €1,300 (about US $1,455) per person for two
Inside Categories DI2/BI2: €950 (about US $1,065) per person for two

Owners Category EM1: €2,300 (about US $2,575) for sole occupancy
Outside Category DE1: €1,700 (about US $1,905) for sole occupancy
Inside Categories DI1/BI1: €1,200 (about US $1,345) for sole occupancy

The duration of each voyage is about 11 days and there is a sailing about every 11 days. Whilst bookings have only been taken so fare about thirty days in advance, a new schedule has now been released, with departures from Civitavecchia as follows:

Grande Congo – February 21, 2016
Grande Senegal – March 6
Grande Benin – March 17
Grande Guinea – March 28
Grande Marocco – April 8
Grande Sierra Leone – April 19
Grande Congo – April 30
Grande Senegal – May 11
Grande Benin – May 22
Grande Guinea – June 2

The Grande Marocco class ships feature an Owners cabin and five Inside cabins.

For further details on booking a voyage on Grimaldi Lines or any other cargo-passenger service please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Norwegian To Add Hamburg And Southampton In 2017 – Other Cruise News: River Lifts And Elevators

The Cruise Examiner for 1st February 2016

Norwegian JadeLast week Norwegian Cruise Line was full of announcements for next year. First, it will base its Norwegian Jade (above) in Hamburg starting in 2017, second it will return to Southampton next year in an effort to double its UK trade and third it will base its mammoth Norwegian Getaway in Copenhagen, offering an increase of 36,000 berths there on a seasonal basis. Meanwhile, we look at the recent addition of lifts and elevators to river cruisers in Europe.ensure the long-term health of the world’s oceans.

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The World’s First Cruise Ships – The New Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – Royal Caribbean To Donate $5 Million To World Wildlife Fund

The Cruise Examiner for 25th January 2016

Augusta Victoria
As Hapag-Lloyd Kreutzfahrten renamed itself Hapag-Lloyd Cruises last week, it celebrated the 125th Anniversary of its first cruise, which was offered on the 7,241-ton Augusta Victoria (right) in 1891. On the occasion of this event we look back at some of the world’s earliest cruise ships and cruise operations, which date back to the early 1880s. Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean Cruises and the World Wildlife Fund have announced a $5 million cooperation program to help ensure the long-term health of the world’s oceans.

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Super Two-for-One Offer On Azamara Journey, 30 Ports In The Mediterranean, April 20-May 24, 2016, Nice to Venice


Contact The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email for further details.

Special Cargo-Passenger Voyage By NSB’s Buxcoast: Mediterranean To US East Coast (New York to Miami) And Back This Spring

Buxcoast © bassheiner at FleetmonThe following special voyage will be offered by the Buxcoast – one single voyage from the Mediterranean to the US East Coast and back to the Mediterranean in March/April 2016.

Her outbound rotation will be Genoa (March 15), La Spezia (March 17), Fos-sur-Mer (March 18), Barcelona (March 20), Valencia (March 21) and Algeciras (March 23) to New York (April 1) and Norfolk (April 4). From Genoa to New York is about 17 days and Algeciiras to New York 9 days.

For passengers joining in the US the Buxcoast is expected to sail from Savannah about April 6 and from Miami, last US port, April 8 by way of Algeciras (April 19), Valencia (April 21), Barcelona (April 22) and Livorno (April 24) to Genoa (April 25). From Savannah to Genoa will take approximately 20 days, and from Miami to Genoa about 18 days. After Genoa the vessel will go to Suez en route to the Middle East and India.

Dine with the officers in a ship equipped with a passenger lounge, indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. Intending passengers who are not US or Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Visa to enter the United States this way as cargo ships are not party to the various visa waiver schemes. Act now in order to book space.

For further information on this voyage, or travel by cargo ship in general, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

Germany’s New Flagship – Scenic To Enter Ocean Cruising – Columbia Cruise Services Takes On New Business

The Cruise Examiner for 18th January 2016

AIDAprima ©

Germany’s new flagship, the 125,000-ton 3,286-berth AIDAprima, is to be based in Hamburg

As a small fire struck the much-delayed AIDAprima in Nagasaki last week, we have a look at the role the new ship will play n the German market, where she will become the largest cruise ship in the market for the next three or four years, filling a role similar to the Britannia in the UK. Down Under, meanwhile, we have news of yet another river cruise operator expanding into ocean cruising, with a recent order in Croatia for a 16,500-ton 228-berth luxury expedition vessel to be named Scenic Eclipse (below). Finally, we have a quick look at recent activities at Columbus Cruise Services as it reaches its first anniversary of being based in Hamburg.

Scenic Eclipse

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