Direct Europe-Australia Cargo-Passenger Service Is Back With Four Ships From CMA CGM : UK / Europe / Med / Mauritius / Australia

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The 10-passenger CMA CGM Rhone is one of four ships that now carry travellers to and from Australia in the Nemo Line service

We are pleased to announce the return of CMA CGM to the Europe-Australia route along with the 10-passenger CMA CGM Rhone and three 4-passenger ships (with two Owners Cabins each), the APL Danube, APL Detroit and APL Phoenix, from APL. The CMA CGM Rhone offers five Double cabins and a swimming pool, and carries a maximum of 10 passengers. These ships have now entered Europe-Australia route from London Gateway via Suez to Australian ports, in what is called the North Europe Mediterranean Oceania Express (Nemo) Line.

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The full round voyage is 97 days and initial sailing dates are as follows:

From Sydney:  APL Danube November 19; CMA CGM Rhone December 1; APL Phoenix December 15; APL Detroit December 29. 2019.

From London: APL Phoenix October 30; APL Detroit November 13; APL Danube December 25, 2019; CMA CGM Rhone January 15, 2020; APL Phoenix February 5; APL Detroit February 19, 2020.

Note: As this is such a popular route, options will only be granted for 7 days, with no extensions.

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The officers and passengers take their their meals in this mess on the APL shps

London to Sydney on the Nemo service is 45 days. Sydney back to London is 52 days. Ports served are London – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Antwerp – Le Havre – Fos sur Mer – La Spezia – Genoa – Gioia Tauro – Mauritius – Reunion – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Fremantle – Singapore – Colombo – Gioia Tauro – Valencia – London. Fares for voyages of 20 days and more are €150 per person per day in double occupancy or €170 per day or sole use of a cabin.

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The APL Phoenix and two sister ships offer two Owners Cabins each with a common lounge

For further details on how to book passange to or from Australia please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450, UK Freephone 0800 526 313 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com

Who Remembers The Volcanic Ash Cloud of April 2010, When For A Time There Were No Flights Across The Atlantic?

This Is One Of The Regular Reports We Sent To Intending Clients:
SEA TRAVEL SITUATION REPORT FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC 19.04.10
Herewith is the latest update on the possibilities of sea travel between Europe and North America. If you wish to take up any of these options please contact us as soon as possible as reservations will be made on a first come first served basis.
Norwegian Sun

The 1,986-berth Norwegian Sun carried stranded passengers from Miami to Dover

EASTBOUND PASSENGER SHIPS – NORTH AMERICA TO EUROPE
Apart from two ships that are leaving Fort Lauderdale today, these are sailings for the rest of April. Queen Mary 2 and the bigger cruise ships are all now sold out and on waitlist, but there is still space today on three sailings by all-inclusive ships from New York, Barbados and San Juan:
22 April-06 May – Silver Spirit – New York to Southampton (1st European call Cork) (space available). Verandah suites £4,183 per person double, £6,262 for singles (all inclusive with bar and port charges)
24 April-12 May – Star Princess – Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen (1st European call Lisbon) **W/L**
25 April-07 May – SeaDream II – Barbados to Malaga (space available). Suite rooms from $2,800 per person, no single supplement (all inclusive with bar and port charges)
26 April-11 May – Norwegian Sun – Miami to Dover (1st European call Lisbon) ** W/L **
27 April-15 May – MSC Poesia – Fort Lauderdale to Hamburg (1st European call Lisbon) ** W/L **
29 April-08 May – Queen Mary 2 – New York to Southampton (1st call Hamburg) **W/L**
30 April-13 May – SeaDream I – San Juan to Malaga (space available). Suite rooms from $2,845 per person, no single supplement (all inclusive with bar and port charges)
01 May-15 May – Crown Princess – Fort Lauderdale to Rome (1st European port Gibraltar)
**W/L** = Waitlist.
We are now checking early May cruise ship sailings but Queen Mary 2’s May sailing is already sold out.
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And Queen Mary 2 did well for a while

EASTBOUND CARGO/PASSENGER SHIPS – NORTH AMERICA TO EUROPE
Hurry if you want space on cargo ships as this is all that is left on sailings from Philadelphia to Antwerp:
mv Rickmers Jakarta, planned for 02.05.at the moment – Double 513 available now
mv Rickmers Shanghai, planned for 11.05 .at the moment – Single 612 and 604 and Owners cabin available now
mv Rickmers Seoul, planned for 13.05. at the moment – Double 513 available now
mv Rickmers Singapore, planned for 07.06. at the moment – Owners available now
Fares are € 960 per person in Single and Owners Double use, € 840 pp in Double 513/double use, € 1020 pp in Double 513/solo use and € 1170 pp in Owners/solo use + 195 in dues and charges in each case.
Rickmers Shanghai

The Rickmers Shanghai carried 7 passengers from Philadelphia to Antwerp

We may also have some availability on grain ships from the Great Lakes but port of disembarkation in Europe is only known at the last minute.
WESTBOUND PASSENGER SHIPS – EUROPE TO NORTH AMERICA
22-27 April – Queen Mary 2 – Southampton to New York **W/L**
15-21 May – Queen Mary 2 –  Southampton to New York ** W/L **
No other ships scheduled until June 25 (Ocean Princess, Dover to New York)
WESTBOUND CARGO/PASSENGER SHIPS – EUROPE TO NORTH AMERICA
Polish Steamship Co – planned for 27 April – last cabins just booked – next sailing in about 14 days.
The weekly Antwerp-Liverpool-Philadelphia service advises as follows: “Unfortunately there are only a few places left because in some cases the shipping company will transport their own crew because they have no flights either. If you have any requests please send them and we have to see what we can do.”
We are also now checking with one other owner who has sailings scheduled for April 21 and 28 from Antwerp and/or Bremen, but do not yet have a response.
Generally speaking, those in North America are in a better position as there are several cruise ships positioning to Europe for the summer cruise season but nothing but the Queen Mary 2 and only occasional cargo ships offering space from Europe to North America. We would advise those in Europe to seek out other alternatives although we do have some cabins available to the Caribbean as there is a weekly service by 12-passenger ships to Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Best regards,
Kevin Griffin

The Cruise People Ltd, 88 York Street, London W1H 1QT, England
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A note from the time: Have been extremely busy with the volcano clouds – these are the visitors to our Transatlantic page:-
14 Apr, Wed     63  
  15 Apr, Thu     166  
  16 Apr, Fri     495  
  17 Apr, Sat     2056  
  18 Apr, Sun     3159  
  19 Apr, Mon     1805  
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  21 Apr, Wed     257  
And feedback from one of the families we booked at the time:

“Thank you thank you … we are off … you did it for us … Brilliant!” – Mrs Victoria M and family of four, who were among the many passengers we booked home by sea during the Volcanic Ash flight shutdown, April 2010. 

Australia Or New Zealand: If You Are Planning To Sail There By Cargo Ship In 2020, This Is What You Need To Know

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The Nordpacific and Nordmaple offer eight sailings a year to Australia, with one cabin each

For “Down Under” sea travellers, things are not what they used to be. Not that many years ago, Contship, NSB, Rickmers and P&O Nedlloyd offered direct passenger space on fifteen ships running between Europe and Australasia, with a choice of sailing via Suez or Panama. The Bank Line also ran four ships to New Zealand and Blue Star Line and Columbus Line offered frequent sailings to and from the USA. And MSC once offered regular service via Durban.

Today, NSB operate but two direct ships, the 5-passenger Buxcliff and MSC Flaminia, sailing from London Gateway and other European ports via Suez to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle. But they do not serve New Zealand. The Nordpacific and Nordmaple do offer occasional sailings via Panama that call in New Zealand, but have only one cabin each.

Other than these ships, which are always fully-booked, one needs to use one’s ingenuity if one wants to sail all the way to Australia these days.

Sailing From Europe: If one wants to sail all the way, and there is no space on the direct ships, The Cruise People can offer a through passage with change of ships en route. But here are some facts you need to know before proceeding:

  • As Singapore is now the last port of call in Asia it  is no longer a quick trip from the UK. The outbund trip is now more than twice as long as the inbound voyage
  • Port Kelang requires passengers arriving by cargo ship to be able to present a valid flight ticket back to their country of origin.

Here are some sample transit times and fares from Europe to Singapore and Port Kelang:

  • Southampton/Singapore 50 days (€6,627 pp double or €7,627 single)
  • Algeciras/Singapore 45 days (€5,977 pp double or €6,877 single)
  • Malta/Singapore 39 days (€5,197 pp double or €5,977 single

If you don’t mind buying refundable flight tickets to allow you to disembark in Port Kelang, it will cut at least two weeks off your sea time and save lots of money.

  • Southampton/Port Kelang 36 days (€4,807 pp double or €5,527 single)
  • Algeciras/Port Kelang 21 days (€2,857 pp double or €3,277 single)
  • Malta/Port Kelang 24 days (€3,247 pp double or €3,727 single)

We have regular Australian sailings from Singapore and Port Kelang to Fremantle (9 days), Sydney (15 days), Melbourne (18 days) and Adelaide (21 days). One just needs to allow enough days between sailings in case there are slippages in the schedules

Returning to Europe. If you are looking to sail just one way then we would highly recommend the northbound voyage as with Singapore now being the last port in Asia, it offers much faster sailings back to Europe. Here are the typical transit times and fares:

  • Fremantle/Singapore 8 days (€1,087 pp double or €1,247 single)
  • Sydney/Singapore 19 days, (€2,407 pp double or €2,787 single) thence
  • Singapore/Algeciras 18 days (€2,467 pp double or €2,827 single)
  • Singapore/Le Havre 21 days (€2,857 pp double or €3,277 single)
  • Singapore/Southampton 21 days (€2,857 pp double or €3,277 single)
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The CMA CGM Aquila sails on the Columbus PNW Line from Seattle and Vancouver

Sailing from North America: For other combinations involving a change of ship we list below some routings and transit times via Asia and the Pacific:

  • Oakland/Hong Kong 16 days (Columbus Jax) (€1,887 pp double or €2,207 single)
  • Oakland/Hong Kong 19 days (Pearl River) (€2,217 pp double or €2,597 single)
  • Vancouver/Qingdao 26 days (PNW Line) (€2,987 pp double or €3,507 single)
  • Vancouver/Singapore 39 days (PNW Line) (€4,417 pp double or €5,197 single)
CMA CGM Amber

The CMA CGM Amber connects Hong Kong and Ningbo with Brisbane and New Zealand

With connections to Australia and New Zealand

  • Hong Kong/Brisbane 21 days (Anzex Line) (€2,647 pp double or €3067 single)
  • Ningbo/Auckland 21 days (Anzex Line) (€2,647 pp double or €3,067 single)
  • Ningbo/Brisbane 16 days (Anzex Line) (€2,047 pp double or €2,367 single)
  • Qingdao/Melbourne 18 days (A3N ANL) (€2,287 pp double or €2,647 single)
  • Qingdao/Sydney 21 days (A3N ANL) (€2,647 pp double or €3,067 single)

With return times back from Australia and New Zealand

  • Brisbane/Yokohama 12 days (A3N ANL) (€1,567 pp double or €1,807 single)
  • Singapore/Yokohama 15 days (A3N ANL) (€1,927 pp double or €2,277 single)
  • Sydney/Qingdao 20 days (A3N ANL) (€2,527 pp double or €2,927 single)
  • Tauranga/Hong Kong 14 days (A3N ANL) (€1,807 pp double or €2,087 single)

And return times back to North America

  • Hong Kong/Los Angeles 18 days (Pearl River) (€2,107 pp double or €2,467 single)
  • Singapore/Los Angeles 28 days (Columbus Jax) (€3,207 pp double or €3,767 sole)

Feel free to call or email and ask to see the various fact sheets or ask about schedules to find the possibilities that might suit you.

Miri Lopusna, who handles our freighter bookings, can respond to any specific enquiry. You can reach Miri at CruisePeopleML@aol.com

Amadeus River Cruises: Special Fares And Offers On 7-Night Rhine And Danube Cruises

The Classical Rhine

Basel > Strasbourg > Cochem > Hoorn > Amsterdam or v.v.
Save up to £560 per stateroom + receive €100pp onboard credit

Includes:
★  Return flights & overseas transfers
★  Full-board cruise aboard Amadeus Silver II
★  Complimentary Wi-Fi

★ HIGHLIGHT: Guided Tour of Cologne Cathedral

 7-night fly-cruise from £1,779pp
Based on 31.10.19 sailing

The Romantic Danube

Vilshofen > Vienna > Bratislava > Budapest or v.v.
Save up to £600pp on selected sailings + receive €75pp onboard credit

Includes:
★  Return flights & overseas transfers
★  Tour guide and excursions
★  Full-board cruise including drinks at lunch &
dinner

★ HIGHLIGHT: Dürnstein and Melk Abbey

 7-night fly-cruise from £2,099pp
Based on 22.11.19 sailing

For details and bookings on either of these itineraries please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@outline.com

Why You Will Want To Cruise In The Ultra-Luxury River Cruiser Crystal Debussy

On Tuesday, four cruise agents from the UK, including a representative from Culture Cruises, flew to Amsterdam to inspect the latest Crystal River cruise vessel, Crystal Debussy, and enjoy a leisurely lunch. As you will see from our photos it was a sunny day. Below is the Palm Court, the main lounge of the Crystal Debussy and her three sister ships. The Palm Court, which can accommodate all 106 guests at the same time, is outfitted with skylights on both sides, allowing daylight to brighten the whole room. This lounge also boasts a full-size Steinway grand piano.


    This view shows the Palm Court’s dance floor and the bar at the after end

One way to assess this ship might be to read the email I sent my co-director when asked what it was like: “An excellent product. Full size but only 106 passengers. Best river value about £5,000 per person for 16 days Amsterdam to Budapest on Crystal Mahler. Very well managed kitchen and menus. Had the edamame beans, river trout and Dutch lamb stew. Typical American upmarket customers . The crew are 100% Crystal – no agencies, no franchises, no sub-contracted staff – they had trouble with the last of the ‘hired in’ staff creating the wrong mood.”

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Unusual for river craft, the Crystal Debussy and sisters have a swimming pool, as well as spacious spa and gym. The pool is a counter-current swimming pool so you can swim to your heart’s content.

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The midships Bistro has windows both sides for views of the river and its shores, not to mention the ship traffic. As well as a daytime haunt, the Bistro becomes a Tapas bar for informal dinners, reservations required . 

Finally, the accommodations are all large, on a ship with lots of space. Below are the lounge and bedoom of a Category C Suite. Other rooms have convertable balconies with outward-facing beds from which to enjoy the passing river views.

Thus you can wake each day to enchanting panoramic views aboard this elegant all-suite ship with river cruising’s largest standard accommodations. And enjoy award-winning service, farm-to-table cuisine and enriching discovery bridging ship and shore.

With the highest staff-to-guest ratio among all European river lines, and professionals chosen for thire expertise and friendly demeanour, Crystal’s genuine hospitality sets the stage for a journey beyond compare.

This is a place where luxury is comfortable, and where supreme indulgence creates a sense of well-being. Day breaks with new views, and night falls into a dreamy slumber in your beautiful spacious suite.

Cuisine transcends mere excellence and enters the sublime. Menus of Michelin-level envy are sourced with the freshest ingredients and paired with the finest wines. Every meal is a celebration.

We will post some Crystal River offers on the weekend so keep your eye out.

Or if you want to know more in the meantime call either Kevin or Suzy at Culture Cruises on 020 7660 1450. Or email info@culture-cruises.com

The Launch of Culture Cruises … a new approach


Culture Cruises … more than just a cruise

Culture Cruises Limited is pleased to announce the arrival of a new company dealing exclusively with small ship cruising, river cruises and expedition voyages. The new firm will specialise in special interest cruises.

CULTURE CRUISES LIMITED

A new UK-based niche cruise marketing organisation opened last week when Culture Cruises Limited launched its website in London.

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Culture Cruises logo

The new company has been formed by Kevin Griffin and Suzy Cooper, two enthusiastic culture-loving travel entrepreneurs who aim to provide cruises with special interests: the sort of cruises that they would like to go on themselves. Their cruises will be designed for people who prefer to combine the superb relaxation of sea travel with interesting themes, fascinating lectures and superb shore visits.

This sense of purpose, in splendid combination with the unique R&R that a cruise can provide, makes the whole experience more exciting and rewarding for those who want more than just a cruise.”

The new company was formed as a joint venture in September 2018 and is managed by two directors, Kevin Griffin, and Suzy Cooper, its managing director.

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Among others, Culture Cruises is working with Ponant, who are expanding from five ships to a dozen, all newbuildings. Above is Le Lapérouse of 2018 (Photo credit Philip Plisson, Ponant)

Culture Cruises will offer cruises that are equally enjoyable for individuals, couples and groups, and the company will work with only a few carefully-selected cruise operators who provide elegant ships with extremely high standards, and exhilarating itineraries.

Kevin founded The Cruise People Ltd in London in 1992, when the UK cruise market was just beginning to grow (numbering only 229,000 then compared to more than 2 million now).

He was twice chairman of the Leading Cruise Agents of the UK and now holds a minority interest in a US river cruise project, whose vessel is presently operating under charter.

Suzy was a founder member and director of online travel agency Singular Travel, which she formed in 2004. Suzy has worked as an independent tour guide, tour manager for a wine tour operating company, as cabin crew for BOAC/British Airways and is also an Art Historian.

The Singular Travel website campaigned for and provided better deals for single travellers. Still championing that cause, Suzy has now formed Culture Cruises with Kevin in order to help single travellers pay fair prices and also to enjoy the company of like-minded folk … on special interest cruises.

On the river side, Culture Cruises will be working with Ama Waterways, whose AmaKristina is seen here (AmaKristina at Vilshofen on Danube in Germany)
On the river side, Culture Cruises is working with Ama Waterways, whose AmaKristina is seen here at Vilshofen, on the Danube in Germany

Kevin and Suzy describe themselves as “entrepreneurs with a mission.” Their ultimate goal at Culture Cruises is to differentiate themselves from the rest of the cruise market by introducing cruise tours that focus mainly on cultural themes: Art and Architecture and Food and Wine, as examples.

In order to create a reputation for quality and exclusivity, they have developed a small portfolio of selected partners that operate refined ships that carry only between 100 and 540 guests each. They have agreements with Ponant, Ama Waterways and One Ocean Expeditions and are also now working with Crystal River Cruises and Hurtigruten.

Culture cruises first booking was a Northwest Passage transit with One Ocean Expeditions (The 146-berth RCGS Resolute)
Culture Cruises’ first booking was a Northwest Passage transit with One Ocean Expeditions (left, One Ocean’s 146-berth RCGS Resolute)

Culture Cruises has opened as a niche cruise agent, and although its programme has been kept under wraps until now, it has already made its first booking, a transit of the Northwest Passage with One Ocean Expeditions in August.

Now operating as agents for Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL) holders, by 2020-21, the new company’s owners intend to turn the it into a fully-fledged tour operator, with its own programmes, lecturers, tour guides, etc. The company is already researching and recruiting suitable lecturers and guides.

Culture Cruises’ new website has just opened and can be found at www.culture-cruises.com while a dedicated blog is being developed at www.culture-cruises.blog.  Or feel free to Email us at info@culture-cruises.com.

For more information please call Kevin Griffin on 020 7660 1450 or 07842 576270

A Ponant World Affairs Cruise in the Baltic, m.v. Le Durmont d’Urville – August 5-13, 2020

Critical & Timely Conversations: A World Affairs Cruise in the Baltic  
Sail on an extraordinary journey aboard Ponant’S 5-star Le Dumont d’Urville along the Baltic Sea, with some of today’s most relevant thinkers and policy makers engaging in discussions about world affairs. They’ll visit the historic cities that ring Baltic shores, including two full days in St Petersburg—arguably the most magnificent city on the Baltic, where virtually the entire city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Le Dumont d’Urville Baltic cruise   Email Culture Cruises for detail mailto:info@culture-cruises.com
Prestigious Guests
Admiral James Stavridis – Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News.

Bill Burns – Former US Ambassador to Moscow, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Robin Wright – Contributing writer, New Yorker magazine, Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Learn more about our esteemed guests here
Please contact Culture Cruises for further details at +44 (0)20 7660 1450