The Queen To Christen P&O’s Britannia – Other Cruise News: Six New Vikings For The Mississippi

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 2nd March 2015

Britannia P&O

The newly-delivered Britannia in P&O Cruises’ new red, white and blue colours

When Queen Elizabeth II christens P&O Cruises’ Italian-built Britannia next week, she will become the second P&O ship to be named by Her Majesty, joining the German-built Oriana, which she named in 1995. Between 1947 and 2010, the Queen has also named four ships of the sister Cunard Line. Over in New Orleans, meanwhile, US cruise circles are abuzz with Viking River Cruises’ plans to introduce half a dozen new 300-passenger vessels, or 1,800 more berths, to the Mississippi River between 2017 and 2019.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                                (See previous columns)

The Cruise People Present Cruiseco’s 5-Night Exclusive May 25 Bank Holiday Cruise From Southampton On Board Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity EclipseThe following advertisement is going to run in Saturday’s Daily Mail for Cruiseco’s exclusive 5-night Celebrity Eclipse cruise from Southampton to Cherborug, Le Havre and Zeebrugge. Fares now from £380 per person Inside, £450 pp Outside and £480 pp in a Balcony Cabin.

The Daily Mail, February 28, 2015 (click here)

For further details on exclusive Cruiseco products and Celebrity Cruises and to make bookings please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

The Cruise Examiner: So You’ve Won A Free Cruise, Have You? – Other Cruise News: Carnival Vista’s SkyRide

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd February 2015

Caribbean Cruise Line courtesy of CBS

Image courtesy of CBS News

This week, as a result of a message from a reader, we have a look at the third-party travel operators who deal in selling products by offering “free cruises” as bait. Primarily concentrated on 2-night sailings out of Florida, these companies have created a bad taste for many consumers. As some would say, there is no such thing as a free cruise. And with Royal Caribbean’s Quantum and Anthem of the Seas stealing the spotlight with their North Star capsules, we look at Carnival’s SkyRide, a suspended outdoor cycling trip around the top of the new Carnival Vista.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                                 (See previous columns)

MACS Introduces New Multi-Purpose Cargo-Passenger Service to the North Atlantic In April – Between the UK, Continent and Gulf of Mexico

Purple Beach © Javier Alonso

Photograph of Purple Beach © Javier Alonso

German-based shipping line MACS is to introduce a new multi-purpose cargo-passenger service between Immingham in the UK, Antwerp and Bremen/Brake in Europe, Altamira in Mexico and New Orleans, Houston and Port Arthur in the United States. The full round voyage is 60 days, Antwerp to Houston is 25 days via Gulf ports and Houston to Immingham is 26 days via other ports.

Two ships, the 31,916-ton Amber Lagoon (built 1997) and 33,722-ton Purple Beach (built 1998) will serve this trade. Equipped with one twin-bedded cabin each, both vessels also feature an outside swimming pool.

Bookings will be accepted for any month of the year and passengers need to be flexible as departure dates can vary. Non-US and Canadian citizens need full US B1/B2 visas as cargo ships are not included in the visa waiver program (an ESTA is therefore not sufficient).

For further details of voyages between Europe and North America and to make bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

From The Cruise People – An Opportunity to Win A Cruise On Board Celebrity Eclipse When You Subscribe To The Cruiseco UK Newsletter!

Celebrity EquinoxThe Cruise People Ltd of London and Cruiseco are pleased to announce the chance to win a prize of a free cruise on board Celebrity Eclipse round trip from Southampton on May 25, 2015, with visits to Cherbourg, Le Havre and Zeebrugge. You have until March 31, 2015, when the competition ends (GMT) to subscribe

The draw will be conducted at random on April 1, 2015The winner of the cruise will then be advised by email.

To enter the draw please click here and sign up to receive the latest cruise offers direct to your inbox.

Prize Details:  Oceanview guarantee cabin for two passengers on board the Celebrity Eclipse Cruiseco Charter, departing Southampton May 25, 2015, for 5 nights. The prize is for cruise only, and includes all main meals (excluding specialty restaurants) on board. Travel to and from the ship, visas and passports and any on board expenses are not covered in the prize.

Valid for new newsletter subscribers only. Draw ends on March 31, 2015, at 11:59 pm (GMT)

To enter the draw please click here and sign up to receive the latest cruise offers direct to your inbox.

For any further information please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

Azamara Quest Offers A 14-Night Southampton-Montreal Atlantic Crossing Plus An Overnight In Montreal – September 9-24, 2016

Azamara QuestHere is an interesting Transatlantic voyage in Azamara Quest in September 2016:

Azamara Quest Soton-Montreal 09.16From Friday September 9
To Saturday September 24, 2016.
15-Night London, Paris & Canada Voyage (London, Paris, Quebec City and Montreal).
Azamara Club Cruises (all-inclusive)

Cruise Fares: Club Interior US $3,059.00 pp; Club Oceanview US $3,399.00 pp; Club Veranda  N/A and Club Suite US $8,099.00 pp.
: Southampton (09 September, sails at 1800); Honfleur (10 September 0700-2200); Cherbourg (11 September 0800-2300); Guernsey (12 September 0800-1500); Cork (13 September 1100-1800); St Anthony NF (18 September 0900-1800); Saguenay (21 September 0700-1500); Quebec City (22 September 0800-2100); Montreal (23 September arrives 0800, night on board followed by disembarkation on 24 September 2016).

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail In North America, dial toll free 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail

Check Out Our Recent Advertising Of Exclusive Ocean and River Cruises From Cruiseco in the “Daily Mail” and “Daily Telegraph”

Celebrity EclipseCheck out our Cruiseco Exclusive Cruises as advertised in the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph over the past month – covering a 5-night May bank holiday:cruise from Southampton to Cherbourg, Le Havre and Zeebrugge in Celebrity Eclipse (above), luxury river cruises on the Irrawaddy, the Mekong and the Ganges, as well as the Rhone and the Danube, and extended month-long and longer cruises in Europe and North America on board the 682-berth Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest:

Cruiseco Exclusive Charters in the “Daily Mail” February 14, 2015

Cruiseco Exclusive Charters in the “Daily Mail” February 7, 2015

Cruiseco Exclusive Charters in the “Daily Telegraph” January 31, 2015

Cruiseco Exclusive Charters in the “Daily Mail” January 11, 2015

For further details on any of these cruises please feel free to call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450, book online at our cruises web page or e-mail


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