TUI’s Expedition Side – Other Cruise News: Emerald’s Three New Ships – The Windsors’ Cruise To Bermuda and Nassau

The Cruise Examiner for 31st August 2015

Kapitan Khlebnikov

After leaving passenger service for icebreaking in 2012 the Kapitan Khlebnikov is back working for Quark Expeditions again

Two weeks ago, we covered the TUI cruise fleet operated by the TUI Cruises joint venture with Royal Caribbean and the wholly-owned Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Thomson Cruises. Today, we have a look at TUI’s expedition arm, with ships operated by Toronto-based Quark Expeditions and Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions. Emerald Waterways, meanwhile, is about to order three more 172-berth vessels for rivers they do not presently cruise on. And we have a quick look at the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s cruise from Europe to Bermuda and Nassau seventy-five years ago this month.

Last Minute Transatlantic Cargo Ship Cabins, Mediterraean to the USA and USA to The Mediterranean, On Board NSB’s m.v. Buxcoast

Buxcoast © bassheiner at FleetmonA single last-minute round voyage has been announced by NSB for its 68,800-ton m.v. Buxcoast, a vessel equipped with an Owners Cabin, Double Cabin and Single Cabin. Fares start at €90 per person per day double and €85 per day single (a negative single supplement!) plus port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee totalling €265 for voyages up to 14 days and €325 for more than 14 days. Single occupancy of a double cabin is €105 per day. A 10% last-minute reduction is also being offered on these fares.

  • Departs Genoa about September 21/22
  • La Spezia about September 24
  • Fos sur Mer about September 26
  • Barcelona about September 28
  • Valencia about September 29/30
  • Algeciras about October 1
  • New York about October 10/11
  • Norfolk about October 12
  • Savannah about October 14
  • Miami about October 16/17
  • Algeciras about October 28
  • Valencia about October 30
  • Barcelona about October 31
  • Livorno about November 3
  • Arrives Genoa about November 4

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

Kolkata to Patna on Haimark’s Ganges Voyager, November 12, 2015, From £1,399 For Twin or Sole Occupancy, £499 For Flights

Ganges VoyagerKolkata to Patna on Haimark’s brand-new Ganges Voyager. Ten nights, deprting November 12, 2015, with fares from £1,399 per person for twin or sole occupancy. This opportunity is strictly limited to a maximum of  56 fortunate travellers and includes:

  • Transfers from Kolkata airport to the Ganges Voyager
  • 10-night luxury cruise aboard the Ganges Voyager between Kolkata and Patna.
  • All meals whilst on board Ganges Voyager, and breakfast, lunch, dinner and meals
  • Beverages while cruising – all locally-produced beer, soft drinks, coffee, tea and mineral water is served free of charge during the cruise, and house red and white wine is served with lunch and dinner.
  • Included sightseeing with stops for the duration of the cruise
  • On-board gratuities
  • Transfers on your day of your departure from Patna to Varanasi airport.
  • Domestic flight from Patna to Delhi
  • Overseas flights from London to India with Etihad are additional at £499 per person

Ganges Voyager - SuitesFor a map and further details please click here or call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email .

85 Years Ago: The Flight To White – New Ships And New Port For CMA CGM – The World’s Longest Cruises

The Cruise Examiner for 24th August 2015

Empress of Britain © C E A van Boeckel

Canadian Pacific’s Empress of Britain of 1931 was the largest white-hulled passenger ship until the Canberra of 1961

Eighty-five years ago, Canadian Pacific’s newly built Empress of Japan appeared with a white hull, something her running mate the Empress of Canada had adopted the previous year. Within a year, the 42,348-ton Empress of Britain had joined them, and would remain the largest white-hulled passenger ship for thirty years, until P&O’s 45,270-ton Canberra of 1961. Soon, lines such as P&O, Pacific Steam, Blue Star, Lamport & Holt and Royal Mail joined them. Meanwhile, CMA CGM is introducing three new passenger-carrying cargo ships to its Caribbean and South American route, while the three they replace will open up a new passenger service between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. And finally, we have a look at some of the world’s longest cruises, as brought to us by Prestige Cruise Holdings.

One-Time Only Singapore-to-Sydney Sailing, 22nd November 2015 By SuperStar Virgo, Starting at £1,325 Inside, £1,853 Outside Cruise Only

SUPER STAR VIRGOOverland travellers to Australia now have a hard tme finding a link by sea from Singapore. But this year Star Cruises is scheduling a once-only voyage from Singapore to Sydney in November by the SuperStar Virgo, with arrival at Sydney on Wednesday, December 9, well in time for Christmas. The full itinerary for this cruise follows:

Date           Port           Time
22-Nov-15 Singapore Sail at 2000
24-Nov-15 Jakarta 0800-2000
25-Nov-15 Cruising Krakatoa 0400-0600
28-Nov-15 Geraldton, WA 1100-1900
29-Nov-30 Fremantle, WA 0800-1800
30-Nov-15 Albany, WA 1300-2100
03-Dec-15 Adelaide 0800-2200
05-Dec-15 Melbourne arrives 0800
06-Dec-15 Melbourne sails 0500
07-Dec-15 Tasmania 0900-2300
09-Dec-15 Arrives Sydney 0700

Fares (including port charges)

17 Nights Singapore to Sydney
Inside £1,325 per person double, £1,853 single
Outside £1,640 per person double, £2,325 single
Balcony £1,890 per person double, £2,700 single

Option 1: It is also possible to join in Hong Kong on 15th November 2015, sailing by way of Sanya (Hainan) in China and Da Nang and Ho Ch Minh City in Vietnam, with through fares as follows:

24 Nights Hong Kong to Sydney
Inside £1,836 per person double, £2,581 single
Outside £2,276 per person double, £3,241 single
Balcony £2,631 per person double, £3,774 single

CMA CGM Magellan 2Option 2: An unusal sea travel connection is available from Europe, on board the 150,269-ton British-flag container ship CMA CGM Magellan departing Le Havre Friday 16th October and arriving Port Kelang, Malaysia, 16th November 2015. Dine with the officers, wine included with lunch and dinner, swimming pool and gym, you may also visit the bridge. One stop at Jeddah en route but no shore leave. Time spent ashore betwen Port Kelang and Singapore is at traveller’s expense. The fares for this voyage, including port charges are:

31 Nights Le Havre to Port Kelang
Outside £2,345 per person double, £2,580 single

Note: The Singapore to Sydney voyage will be offered exclusively by Cruiseco in 2016 using Royal Caribbean’s brand-new 168,666-ton Ovation of the Seas, departing Singapore 30th November and arriving Sydney 15th December 2016. This will be part of the vessel’s maiden voyage to Australia. Please ask for further details.


The Cruise People Ltd in London

+44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Free UK Flights On Cruiseco’s Exclusive 34-Night Azamara Journey Cruise “Hidden Treasures Of The Mediterranean” – April 20, 2016

Azamara JourneyCruiseco, the leading provider of worldwide cruising options, in conjunction with Azamara Club Cruises, is delighted to offer travellers an expansive itinerary aboard the luxurious 684-berth Azamara Journey. This bespoke 34-night cruise uncovers a wide array of the Mediterranean’s hidden treasures. Departing Nice on April 20, 2016, guests will sail to ten of Europe’s most exquisite countries including Malta, Turkey, Greece and Croatia. And now, you can also avail yourself of free flights to Nice and back from Venice – from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Cruise fares start at £6,300 per person inside and £7,140 pp outside.

Revel in the unique and unknown of Europe’s least-visited gateways, getting closer than others can, while being cosseted in absolute splendour. Enjoy wondrous sunsets and dawns, explore historic ports and wander the streets of ancient and modern capitals. The Mediterranean is hailed as the birthplace of civilization and this voyage will ensure that you can experience it all. This exceptional cruise features five overnight stays and twenty-nine ports of call, showcasing an incredible selection of destinations, coastlines and cuisines. Guests who embark on this luxurious voyage will also benefit from longer days in port, providing more time to explore.

Azamara Journey mapThe Azamara Journey will visit ports including Mgarr, a charming town surrounded by vineyards and overlooked by Fort Chambray, built in 1749. Other highlights will include uncovering the history of the walled city of Dubrovnik, an ancient World Heritage Site, and Limassol in Cyprus, which dates back to the 8th Century BC, plus many more unusual, off the beaten track ports.

Azamara Journey poolPrices for this 34-night exclusive charter start from £6,300 per person, based on twin share and include all meals on board Azamara Journey; house wine and beer with lunch and dinner; bottled mineral water throughout the cruise; full on board programme of entertainment, enhancement and port lectures; gratuities to dining room and stateroom staff aboard ship; arrival and departure transfers, port charges and taxes.

To book whilst cabins are still available visit Hidden Treasures of the Mediterranean, or for more information call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Three New CMA CGM Ships Enter Europe-Caribbean-Guyana-Brazil Cargo-Passenger Service As New Med-Caribbean Service Opens

CMA CGM Marseille

The newly-built CMA CGM Marseille replaces CMA CGM Herodote in the Europe-North Brazil service at Trinidad in September

The CMA CGM Marseille, second vessel of CMA CGM’s three-ship Guyanamax series, has recently been delivered in South Korea. This 2100 TEU capacity vessel (which includes 530 refrigerated containers) was built by the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and will fly the UK flag.

The three ships will operate in the North Europe French Guyana North Brazil line. This 42-day rotation calls at Tilbury, Rouen, Le Havre, Philipsburg, Port of Spain, Degrad des Cannes, Belem, Fortaleza and Natal and returns via Algeciras and Rotterdam to Tilbury.

The Guyanamax series is composed of the CMA CGM Cayenne, which enters the service at Trinidad next week, the CMA CGM Marseille, which follows in September, and the CMA CGM Saint Laurent, which will join the service in November.

The CMA CGM Cayenne and Marseille are equipped with cranes while the CMA CGM Saint Laurent is not, leading to speculation that the third ship could eventually be placed in service to Montreal, as her name would seem to indicate. The present CMA CGM-chartered ship on the “St Laurent” service is the much larger 3091 TEU Em Kea, which runs together with three 2900 TEU ships provided by Maersk Line. The new trio will carry passengers and the accommodation will amount to three double cabins and one single, accommodating up to seven passengers.

They will replace the six-passenger CMA CGM Aristote, Herodote and Platon, which will open up a new cargo-passenger service between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, serving Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica and the French West Indies. This service starts at Genoa and calls are made at Fos sur Mer, Barcelona, Valencia and Tangier before crossing the Atlantic to Pointe a Pitre, Fort-de-France, Caucedo, Cartagena, Punta Manzanillo in Panama, Puerto Limon, Turbo and Pointe a Pitre before returning via Algeciras and Livorno to Genoa.

Altogether, the seven ships will be able to carry up to 375 passengers each way across the Atlantic each year, while the French West Indies Line will continue to offer space for another 600 potential travellers in each direction between France and Martinique and Guadeloupe.

For further details on how to book either of these Transatlantic services please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail


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