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This week we cover three new riverboats on the Mississippi, American Cruise Lines’ 195-berth America, French America Line’s 150-berth Louisiane and American Queen Steamboat Company’s 166-berth American Duchess, announced last week. Also announced last week were Explorer names for Ponant’s four 184-berth newbuildings: Le Bougainville, Le Champlain, Le Kerguelen and Le Lapérouse. Finally, earlier this month, Fathom announced two more Miami departures for Cuba with its 710-berth Adonia.
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Last week came an announcement from P&O Cruises that it was ordering a new 5,200 lower-berth cruise ship that will have 42.5% more lower berth capacity than the line’s latest ship, the 3,647-berth Britannia, but 10% less space per passenger. Oddly, the announcement seemed to come from P&O Cruises’ Facebook page rather than a press release and the accompanying illustration depicted only the forward end of the ship (see the Costa image above for a full-ship depiction of one of this class). At the same time, Celestyal Cruises is talking about building a pair of 60,000-ton 1,800-berth ships that would be designed for 3- and 4-night cruising, and making some other changes in its operations as two ships return from charters with Thomson Cruises in 2017.
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For those travelling overland also, a wonderful way to get from Southeast Asia to your choice of ports in Australia without flying – sailing to Fremantle (6 nights), Adelaide (11 nights) or Sydney (15 nights). Click through below for cruise-only fares.
For further details please call Giulia Morri at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.
06/09/2016 Leave a comment
This week, we will be featuring two blog postings by Karli Lehtinen, a Cruise People client who this year has crossed the Atlantic and the Pacific and is now preparing to return from Australia to Europe via Southeast Asia. Here is Katri’s first blog posting on this subject as she was in the midst of her planning this January.
Traveling round the world on a cargo ship, doesn’t that just sound like the most amazing adventure? Not only is it the most environmentally friendly way to cross oceans (more on that in a later post), but it evokes nostalgia for a world gone by.
Booking a passage on a cargo ship is not as simple as booking a flight, however. You cannot book cargo passages or even view available ships and cabins online. Also, due to limited number of cabins, the passages should be booked 3-6 months in advance. However, it can be done. There are a few agencies who book passages on a cargo ship. I have used The Cruise People Ltd for all my cargo ship bookings. They are based in London and book freighter travel around the world. So how do you do it?
Planning: first, have an idea when and where you would like to go. Or, you can browse around the above website and look for inspiration. I did originally think about getting a freighter from Iceland to Greenland and from there to Canada, but that doesn’t seem possible on cargo ships. If you have found these options, do comment below. I was also thinking about South America, but that would have extended my total travel time too far, so decided to leave that in the dream pile for now.
Getting in touch: once I settled on my current itinerary, from Europe to US, then to Australia and finally to South East Asia, I then simply e-mailed The Cruise People with my questions. At first, my timelines were open, so we only established that they can book all three legs of my cargo journeys. As soon as I knew when I could set off, I sent an inquiry for the EU-US leg with my preferred date range. The agent checked and sent me an option for mid April, which I was happy to accept.
Paperwork, Part 1: I received an option for the journey in return mail, with four pdf files and an excel invoice. The deposit needed to be paid and documents signed within a week to confirm the booking. The initial paperwork depends on the shipping line, but typically includes various terms and conditions, indemnity letter and an identity form with details about myself, such as address and passport details.
Paperwork, Part 2: once the deposit has gone through and the initial paperwork received by the agent, the booking is then confirmed and a final round of paperwork is needed. Again, this varies from ship to ship, but usually includes a declaration that I understand the terms and conditions, a doctor’s certificate qualifying me to travel on a cargo ship, information about travel and health insurance, and relevant visas. Many of these I didn’t have available at time of booking, but they can be provided closer to sail time, fortunately. Having completed what I could, I sent the scans back to the agent.
The rest of the passage fare needs to be paid within 2 months of planned departure. The doctor’s certificate can only be obtained less than 30 days of departure. This means that for the US to Australia and Australia to Malaysia, I will need to get these from local clinics in my departure country. Additionally, you need of course a valid passport and visas for all relevant countries. All in all, it can take weeks to book your cargo travel and provide all necessary documents.
Cargo travel is not a fast and cheap travel option. In a single cabin, the cost is around 80-100 euros per day, with additional booking fees, port fees and taxes and a deviation insurance of about 200 euros (in case the ship has to make an unscheduled stop due to a medical reason). Crossing the Atlantic takes around 11 days, with about 21 days from US to Australia, and another 10 days to Malaysia.
Yet, cargo travel is a wonderful option for those with time and money, and ability to commit to a schedule many months in advance.
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For further details of how to book a cargo ship voyage please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.
02/09/2016 Leave a comment
The UK-based Ocean Liner Society’s 2016 annual cruise leaves Barcelona on September 24th on Pullmantur Cruises’ 73,192-ton Sovereign (above). As Sovereign of the Seas, this was the world’s largest cruise ship when built in 1988, measuring more than either the 70,202-ton Norway or the 66,451-ton (at the time) Queen Elizabeth 2.
Several Ocean Liner Society group cruises have taken place on Pullmantur ships. It is now over a decade since the Society first cruised in Pullmantur’s 39,241-ton Oceanic, once the Home Lines flagship, and the 46,087-ton Sky Wonder, which had been built as the Sitmar Line flagship Fairsky. In recent years, the Society has also chosen Pullmantur associate Croisières de France, cruising in its 37,301-ton Bleu de France (now Saga Sapphire) in 2010 and 46,811-ton Horizon in 2012.
For this month’s cruise, the Itinerary is:
Date Ports of Call
Saturday September 24 Barcelona
Sunday September 25 At Sea
Monday September 26 Olbia, Sardinia
Tuesday September 27 Naples
Wednesday Septenber 28 Rome (Civitavecchia)
Thursday September 29 Florence/Pisa (Livorno)
Friday September 30 Provence (Toulon)
Saturday October 1 Barcelona
The 2017 cruise is now being planned for the 19,093-ton Celestyal Nefeli (above), the former Gemini, operated by Celestyal Cruises of Piraeus. Next year’s 7-night cruise will depart Athens (Lavrion) on September 29. Group fares and other details will be available shortly. The last time the Ocean Liner Society travelled in Louis (now Celestyal) ships was in 2009, when it cruised back-to-back in the 23,149-ton Aquamarine and the 16,710-ton Aegean Pearl. Members should keep their eye out for details of the 2017 cruise in the next issue of Sea Lines magazine.
The Ocean Liner Society is a non-profit organisation whose members celebrate the passenger ship in its many forms. Members of the general public can qualify to travel on this cruise by joining the Ocean Liner Society. Membership is £20 in the UK, £23 in Europe and £25 in the rest of the world. As well as the opportunity of joining Society g oup cruises, this includes a subscription to its 48-page quarterly journal, Sea Lines. Further details can be found at Ocean Liner Society
For further details or to book the 2017 cruise please call agents The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 and ask for Giulia Marri or e-mail CruisePeopleGM@aol.com.