The Best UK -Based “Cruises to Somewhere” This Summer: On Board Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises And Royal Caribbean

More news after our March letter – more ships cruising from UK ports for British passengers, now with UK ports of call. For those who have booked with us before, many of you on the Celebrity Eclipse, we are pleased to bring you news of cruises from Celebrity, Princess and Royal Caribbean While many ships will be “cruising to nowhere” from UK ports this summer, we recommend these ships as they are actually “cruising to somewhere.”

While we particularly recommend these three lines, other companies such as Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Hurtigruten and Viking Cruises also offer UK to UK sailings for UK residents only. So do Saga and MSC Cruises. And Cunard, Disney, P&O, Princess and others offer “cruises to nowhere”

Celebrity Cruises Returns To Southampton

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The Celebrity Silhouette offers all-inclusive balcony fares from Southampton

Celebrity Cruises has announced its long-awaited return to the UK recently, as it confirmed that its newly-refitted Celebrity Silhouette will sail from Southampton this summer, offering new luxury staycations for discerning British guests.

Setting sail from Southampton on Saturday, July 3, the new Apex-like Celebrity Silhouette will embark on a series of 6-to-8-night itineraries around the UK. Guests will have the chance to explore the Portland coast, discover bustling Scottish cities including Inverness, Kirkwall and Glasgow, uncover the history of Belfast, and, immerse themselves in the cultural hub of Liverpool – home of the Beatles.

Sample 6-night Sailings in July 2021, balconies from £1,099 per person

July 3 – Southampton – Greenock – Belfast – Southampton

July 17 – Southampton – Inverness – Belfast – Southampton

July 31 – Southampton – Inverness – Liverpool – Southampton

Celebrity Silhouette will sail with all guests aged 18 and above vaccinated against Covid-19, and those under the age of 18 with negative PCR test results. Celebrity Silhouette’s return to the UK will offer UK travellers the opportunity to book a luxury staycation to reconnect with friends and family, while at the sae time boosting British tourism and ports.

From bow to stern, Celebrity Silhouette has undergone a stylish multi-million-dollar refit, designed to add some of the new luxury experiences from the newer Celebrity Apex series.

Celebrity Silhouette’s new look includes:

• Completely modernised staterooms and suites with additional enhancements for guest comfort

* The Retreat for suite guests, an exclusive open-air hideaway featuring a private sun deck and lounge with complimentary beverages, gourmet bites, entertainment, and concierge service

• Stunningly refitted restaurants, bars, and lounges where guests can enjoy unparalleled culinary experiences in new and interesting environments

• New designer boutiques featuring top designer names

And, because Celebrity believes holidays should be effortless from start to finish, Wi-Fi, drinks and service charges are now “Always Included” in every purchase, “everything is taken care of”’ to life. This fearure will be new to most of you who have cruised with Celebrity before.

Royal Caribbean Deploys Anthem of the Seas To The UK

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Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is one of their family ships

At the same time, Royal Caribbean is bringing Anthem of the Seas to the UK this summer to run on domestic cruises. . The ship will sail from Southampton from July 15 on a series of 5- to 8-night itineraries visiting destination that will include Liverpool, Kirkwall and Belfast. Fares from £1,279 per person for7 days.

These cruises will be available to UK residents who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and those under the age of 18 with negative test results. The ship will sail with a fully vaccinated crew.

Princess Cruises Offers All-Inclusive UK-Based Cruising

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We are pleased to announce that Princess Cruises’ new “Summer Seacation “short breaks and week-long cruises, around the UK aboard Regal Princess and Sky Princess, are on sale now. These ships will offer cruises from Southampton, with stops in UK ports-of-call including Liverpool, Belfast and Greenock, and itineraries ranging from 3 to 7 nights.

Five of these cruises will include ports of call. Fares given below are all-inclusive per person for two in a double occupancy balcony cabin from Southampton:
September 1 (4 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £599. Sail Wednesday, spend Friday in Belfast, return Sunday morning
September 9 (7 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Thursday, spend Sunday in Belfast, Monday in LIverpool, return Thursday morning
September 16 (7 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Thursday, spend Monday in Belfast, return Thursday morning
September 22 (6 nights), Sky Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Wednesday, spend Friday in Glasgow, Saturday in Belfast, return Tuesday morning
September 23 (7 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Wednesday, spend Friday in Belfast, return Sunday morning
New “Summer Seacation” Cruises from Southampton. All-inclusive balcony cruises from £599 per person – plus £50 pp low deposit.
On offer now: All-inclusive cruises fares include Premier Drinks Package, unlimited Wi-Fi and on board gratuities! Book today with a £50 pp low deposit – offer ends May 3, 2021.

The Cruise People very much look forward to being able to serve you again, so please call or email to enquire about the latest availabilities and to discuss your next unforgettable and well-deserved holiday voyage. From ultra-luxury cruising to polar and expedition voyages, Transatlantic sailings and freighter travel we’ve got you covered and can’t wait to welcome you on board one of your favourite ships soon.

Ask us about UK cruising from Southampton on board the all-inclusive Celebrity Silhouette, Regal Princess and Sky Princess or the family ship Anthem of the Seas

The Cruise People Ltd, London W1H 1QT

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The Cruise People Will Offer Australian Liner Voyages Until Container Ships Return

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CMA CGM’s cargo fleet will not be carrying passengers again until 2022

Unlike North Americans and Europeans who have still been able to fly Transatlantic, dozens of Australians have been calling and emailing The Cruise People since they found themselves stranded in Europe after their flights back to Australia were cancelled. And cargo ships had stopped carrying passengers becuse of Covid-19. So here is what we have been able to offer for the next few months.

Normally, one can sail to Australia, either by cruise ship or by passenger-carrying container ship via Mauritius and Reunion. But Princess Cruises’ usual July cruise from Dover to Sydney has been cancelled this year and Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV’s) traditional pre-Christmas cruise from Tilbury to Sydney was cancelled after CMV could not afford to repatriate its crews after Covid-19 brought all cruising to a halt.

After ceasing the carriage of passengers in March 2020, CMA CGM, which operates the container ships, decided not to carry any passengers at all in 2021. The result of this will be no cargo-passenger service on the Europe-Australia route for 21 months!

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Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth makes a special voyage from Barcelona to Melbourne in October

However, this year The Cruise People is offering a special 36-day voyage by Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth from Barcelona to Melbourne, leaving Barcelona on October 18.

QUEEN ELIZABETH: Barcelona, Spain (18 Oct); La Valletta, Malta (20 Oct); Chania, Crete (22 Oct); Suez Canal (24 Oct); Aqaba, Jordan (25 Oct); Salalah, Oman (30 Oct); Colombo, Sri Lanka (04 Nov); Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia (08 Nov); Singapore (09 Nov (+1); Bali, Indonesia (13 Nov); Fremantle, Australia (17 Nov); Adelaide, Australia (21 Nov); Melbourne, Australia (23 Nov)

Double occupancy fares for 36 days, £3,049 per person for an inside cabin, £3,099 for an oceanview and £3,449 per person for a balcony. Britannia Club is £5,299 pp, Princess Grill £7,199 and Queen’s Grill £10,499 per person. Sole occupancy fares are £5,336 for an inside cabin, £5,423 for an oceanview cabin and £6,036 for sole use of a balcony.

0therwise, space available to Australia this year is limited to the four world voyages performed by the following ships.

• SOUTHAMPTON-SYDNEY:

1) MON 3 JAN 2022 – 21 FEB 2022, 49 nights, ship AURORA

2) THU 6 JAN 2022 – 24 FEB 2022, 49 nights, ship BOREALIS

3) MON 10 JAN 2022- 6 MAR 2022, 55 nights,ship QUEEN MARY 2

4) MON 10 JAN 2022 – 1 MAR 2022, 49 nights, ship QUEEN VICTORIA

• SYDNEY -SOUTHAMPTON:

1) MON 21 FEB 2022 -13 APR 2022, 51 nights,ship AURORA

2) THU 24 FEB 2022-17 APR 2022, 52 nights,ship: BOREALIS

3) TUE 1 MAR 2022- 29 APR 2022, 59 nights,ship QUEEN VICTORIA

4)- SUN 6 MAR 2022 -24 APR 2022, 49 nights,ship QUEEN MARY 2

However, if one can route over Singapore there is a lot more choice:

• SINGAPORE – SYDNEY:
1) 15 OCT 2021 – 04 NOV 2021, 20 nights , ship: ROYAL PRINCESS 
2) 13 NOV 2021 – 03 DEC 2021, 20 nights ,ship: REGATTA
3) 28 NOV 2021 – 21 DEC 2021, 23 nights ,ship: SEABOURN OVATION
4) 29 NOV 2021 – 17 DEC 2021, 18 nights ,ship: SILVER MUSE
5) 02 DEC 2021 – 20 DEC 2021, 18 nights ,ship: SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER
6) 06 DEC 2021 – 23 DEC 2021, 17 nights ,ship: NORWEGIAN SPIRIT
7) 11 FEB 2022 – 06 MAR 2022, 23 nights ,ship: QUEEN MARY 2
8) 30 OCT 2022 – 15 NOV 2022,16 nights ,ship: QUEEN ELIZABETH
9) 21 NOV 2022 -12 DEC 2022, 21 nights, ship: REGATTA
10) 02 DEC 2022 – 20 DEC 2022, 18 nights, ship: SILVER MUSE
11) 12 DEC 2022 – 29 DEC 2022, 17 nights, ship: SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER
12) 16 FEB 2023 – 12 MAR 2023, 24 nights, ship: QUEEN MARY 2

• SYDNEY – SINGAPORE:
1) 19 FEB 2022 -09 MAR 2022, 18 nights, ship SILVER MUSE
2) 20 FEB 2022 – 02 MAY 2022, 72 nights, ship SEABOURN SOJOURN
3) 21 FEB 2022 – 16 MAR 2022, 23 nights, ship: AURORA
4) 22 FEB 2022 – 11 MAR 2022, 17 nights, ship: AZAMARA JOURNEY
5) 22 FEB 2022 – 15 MAR 2022, 21 nights, ship; SEVEN SEAS MARINER
6) 23 FEB 2022 – 21 MAR 2022, 26 nights, ship: SEABOURN OVATION
7) 27FEB 2022 – 12 MAR 2022, 13 nights, ship: SERENADE OF THE SEAS
8) 01 MAR 2022 – 26 MAR 2022, 25 nights, ship: QUEEN VICTORIA
9) 06 MAR 2022 -22 MAR 2022, 16 nights, ship: QUEEN MARY 2
10) 09 MAR 2022 -24 MAR 2022,15 nights ,ship: QUEEN ELIZABETH
11) 18 MAR 2022 – 08 APR 2022, 21 nights, ship: MSC POESIA
12) 24 FEB 2023 – 14 MAR 2023,18 nights, ship: SILVER WHISPER
13) 01 MAR 2023 – 23 MAR  2023, 22 nights ,ship: QUEEN VICTORIA

For further details on sailings between Europe and Australia please call The Cruise People Ltd on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526313, or email PassageEnquiry@outlook.com

Princess Cruises Announces UK Coastal Cruises For This Summer

Princess Cruises’ new short breaks and week-long cruises, around the UK coast aboard Regal Princess and Sky Princess, are on sale now.

These ships will offer scenic cruises and voyages from Southampton, with stops in UK ports-of-call including Liverpool, Belfast and Greenock, and itineraries ranging from three to seven nights. Many are “cruises to nowhere” but five cruises include ports of call. Fares given below are per person for two in a double ocupancy balcony cabin from Southampton

September 1 (4 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £599. Sail Wednesday, spend Friday in Belfast, return Sunday morning

September 9 (7 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Thursday, spend Sunday in Belfast, Monday in LIverpool, return Thursday morning

September 16 (7 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Thursday, spend Monday in Belfast, return Thursday morning

September 22 (6 nights), Sky Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Wednesday, spend Friday in Glasgow, Saturday in Belfast, return Tuesday morning

September 23 (7 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Wednesday, spend Friday in Belfast, return Sunday morning

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The Regal Princess and Sky Princess sail from Southampton to the Irish Sea this summer

New “Summer Seacation” Cruises from Southampton. All-inclusive balcony cruises from £599 per person – plus £50 pp low deposit. Also Ask About: “Cruises to Nowhere” from £539 pp.

On offer now: All-inclusive cruises start from just £599 per person, with included Premier Drinks Package, unlimited Wi-Fi and on board gratuities!

Cruises are on sale now, so book today with a £50 pp low deposit – offer ends May 3, 2021.

These Summer Seacations will feature many of the signature onboard experiences enjoyed on a Princess holiday. All world-class dining venues will be open including the speciality restaurants, where guests can dine at Princess favourites Crown Grill Steakhouse and Sabatini’sItalian Trattoria, and Sky Princess’ Bistro Sur La Mer, created with Michelin three-star chef, Emmanuel Renaut.

Entertainment will include award-winning production shows in the Princess Theatre, Movies Under the Stars, guest speakers and live musical performances, such as the resident trio in signature live jazz venue Take Five. Fitness classes, swimming pools and spa treatments will also be available.

For further details call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526313 or email PassageEnquiry@outlook.com.

UK-Based Cruising Poised To Make A Post-Covid Come-Back

The Cruise People Ltd 

This ietter is being sent this week to our UK clients:

I am writing to you today to share with you some great news regarding future travel and cruising. Although the global Covid-19 Pandemic is not yet over, the UK’s successful vaccination programme will now make it possible to start planning our lives and holidays once more.

As you have booked with us before, I am particularly pleased to bring you news that, starting from Monday 17th May 2021 (the same day that British hotels are due to re-open) cruising from UK ports will be backed by the UK Government‘s Ministry of Transport.Taking cruises outside the UK will still be frowned upon, however. Companies like Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Hurtigruten and Cunard Line are now designing and will soon be offering UK to UK sailings for UK residents, complete with all necessary protocols for passenger health.

In the course of this, we will also be pleased to bring you some brand-new cruise and voyage offers to consider at your leisure. We have also added some fantastic and exciting new polar and expedition voyages to our already extensive travel menu for 2021, and many of our voyages also come with no single supplement.

We very much look forward to being able to serve you again, so please call to enquire about the latest availabilities and to discuss your next unforgettable and well-deserved holiday voyage. From ultra-luxury cruising, polar and expedition voyages, Transatlantic sailings to freighter travel we’ve got you covered and can’t wait to welcome you on board one of our great ships soon.

Itineraries and fares for the summer cruises will be advisedin late March. Please let us know on 020 7723 2450 or at cruisepeopleltd@outlook.com if you would like to be advised when the information is available with the reference UKSC.

With very best wishes

Kevin Griffin, Owner and Managing Director, The Cruise People Ltd, London
E: cruisepeopleltd@outlook.com T: +44 (0)20 7723 2450
UK Frephone: 0800 526 313 ; US Toll Free: 1-800 516 6950

Here are some examples of the voyages you can book with us already- from May 2021 and beyond 2022, 2023. New for 2021 –introducing Albatros Expeditions, the leader in polar and expedition voyages.

ALBATROS EXPEDITIONS

May 21, 2012 OCEAN ATLANTIC (7 nights from $2,680 pp) Dublin to Aberdeen

July 13, 2012 OCEAN ATLANTIC (7 nights from $4,699 pp) Longyearben Round Svalbard

The brand-new OCEAN VICTORY and OCEAN ALBATROS are “solo travel” friendly, with some designated no-single-supplement solo cabins. However, they also continue with the single share option; sharing a cabin with another solo traveller of the same sex, without single supplement. These single-share options are available for categories F (triple) and C (balcony-twin).

FRED. OLSEN CRUISE LINES

Introducing new British Isles sailings

May 17, 2021 BRAEMAR (9 nights from £1,399 pp). Edinburgh to Belfast, Dublin, Cobh, Bantry Bay, Killarney Harbour, Galway and Killybegs.

July 29, 2021 BOREALIS (8 nights from £1,399 pp0. Liverpool to Tarbert, Fort William, Lerwick, Kirkwall, Invergordon and Fingal’s Cave.

August 5, 2021 BALMORAL (5 nights from £749 pp). edinburgh to Lerwick, Torshavn and Cruising.

August 24, 2021 BOREALIS  (5 nights from £799 pp). Liverpool to Cobh and Galway, Clare Island, Aranmore and Belfast.

September 11, 2021 BRAEMAR (12 nights from £1,899 pp). Southampotn to Falmouth, St Mary’s, Dublin, Lerwick, Kirkwall, Invergordon and Edinburgh.

PRINCESS CRUISES

Princess Cruises has cancelled European sailings from the UK until September but it will offer a range of short breaks and 7-night sailings from Southampton. Call or email for further details and itineraries. These sailings will be available to UK guests only and similar cruises will be offered by sister line P&O Cruises.

October 15, 2021 SKY PRINCESS (7 nights from £794 pp). Southampton to Larochelle, Bilbao, Coruna and Guernsey.

October 23, 2021 REGAL PRINCESS (4 nights from £469 pp). Southampton to Rotterdam and Guernsey.

October 30, 2021 REGAL PRINCESS (4 nights from £469 pp). Southampton to Rotterdam and Guernsey.

April 23, 2022 SKY PRINCESS (7 nights from £894 pp). Southampton to Bergen, Skolden, Olden and Stavanger.

August 13, 2022 SKY PRINCESS (7 nights from £894 pp). Southampton to Bergen, Skolden, Olden and Stavanger.

HURTIGRUTEN

May 7, 2022 FRIDTJHOF NANSEN (3 nights from £350 pp). Portsmouth to Fowey and Waterford

May 10, 2022 FRIDTJHOF NANSEN (15 nights from £4,921 pp). Liverpool to Stornoway, Haimeay, Reykjavik, Akureyri and Kirkwall.

The Cruise People Ltd, London
E: cruisepeopleltd@outlook.com T: +44 (0)20 7723 2450
UK Freephone: 0800 526 313,  US Toll free: 1-800 516 6950

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The Joy of Solo Travel – Expedition Voyages With No Single Supplement And Solo Transatlantic For Less !

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When the 17th Century English poet and scholar John Donne famously wrote that “no man is an island,” little did he realise that 400 years later, his words would ring so true with our modern, 24/7 digital and stressed society.While the world’s focus remains on tackling the deadly, global Covid-19 pandemic, we can’t ignore another serious threat to our society – loneliness, which is sadly progressing at an alarming rate across all age groups. Although loneliness is not a new occurance, it has been fuelled even further by the recent lockdowns, social isolation, distancing, as well as the ongoing uncertainity of the future. With over 9 million lonely people in just the UK, this is no longer a private matter for the individuals concerned,but a universal problem for governments. However, just like our cavemen ancestors, we instinctively know that feeling lonely and isolated is not good for us and that in order to thrive and survive in life,we need companionship and comfort from others,as no one in this world is truly self-sufficient.

The 198-berth Ocean Atlantic sails in Greeenland waters this summer

Our modern home comforts and advanced technology,are just simply not enough to satisfy our natural desire to be part of a like-minded group.We social creatures do badly when isolated from others,but as most of us will at some stage in our lives have to address the unpleasant feeling of loneliness – be it due to various life circumstances or simply by personal choice, it is worth remembering and clarifying that loneliness is not always the same as being alone.You may choose to be and live alone and still have a fantastic life with a packed social diary,while others find living on their own a very lonely experience. Equally,you may be in a relationship, have a family and friends and yet still feel lonely, unhappy and isolated. Luckily, loneliness doesn’t last forever and can be successfully rectified and managed. By making a plan and taking action to improve the situation, even small steps are all it takes to make a start. Meeting new, like-minded people, having a positive mindset and not letting loneliness get in the way of living your best life, can also make a huge difference to how you view your life and personal circumstances.

Personally, I’m a great believer that solo travel is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to tackle loneliness,so whether you are a first-time or regular solo traveller, making new friends and creating truly magical travel memories together can be a very empowering and transformational experience. The cruise and travel industry is finally catching on and finding a no-single supplement voyage is much easier now. The Cruise People team and I have always warmly welcomed solo travellers, so come and talk to us and let us assist you in planning your next unforgetable voyage.

With so many happy solo clients to date,we are here for you and if you are new to solo travel or feel nervous about venturing out on your own,why not drop me an email or call to discuss your options and concerns? Take the plunge and see for yourself the great benefits and advantages that solo travel brings. As Mark Twain – himself often a solo traveller – said : “Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Anna M.Iwata – The Cruise People’s Life, Happiness and Wellness Coach.

Here are some examples of no extra cost solo travel that you can book with The Cruise People:

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The new Ocean Victory and Ocean Albatros will include single cabins as well as a share programme

Two new ships operated by Albatros Expeditons, the 170-berth Ocean Victory and Ocean Albatros, will have dedicated single cabins, as well as offering single travellers the option of booking with a fellow passenger in either a male share or female share cabin. Antarctica, South America, the Arctic.

The 198-berth Ocean Atlantic, meanwhile operates a short 6-day Greenland and Disko Bay cruise from Kangerlussuaq and back on August 14, 2021. Flights are also available from Copenhagen. Enquire at The Cruise People Ltd in London for further details.

Meanwhile, Queen Mary 2’s year-long absence from her usual Southampton to New York trade has been no help to the various container ships that also carry a few passengers across the Atlantic. But two of these lines offer great price advantages to single travellers, as much as 40% less than Queen Mary 2.

The Independent Voyager is one of four ICL ships sailing from Southampton

The Independent Container Line service operates four ships in a weekly service from Southampton to Chester PA (Philadelphia) and return from Wilmington NC to Antwerp.The fare from Southampton to Chester is €1,558 per person in a double cabin or €1,510 for a sole use single cabin (3.1% less for a single).

A much longer 49-day round voyage from Bremerhaven to Charleston, Miami, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston and New Orleans then back to Lehavre, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven runs to €5,287.50 per person in a double cabin and €5,052.50 in a single cabin.(4.6% less for a single).

To get in touch call The Cruise People Ltd on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or reach Anna and chat about your next solo voyage, email her at CruisePeopleAnna@aol.com or call her on: +44 (0)753 155 1323.

CMA CGM Europe-Australia Service Returns In January 2022

The APL Savannah and sister ships carry four passngers each in two Owners cabins

For those who like to book well in advance we are pleased to announce the post-Covid return of CMA CGM to the Europe-Australia route along with four 4-passenger ships (with two Owners Cabins each). The APL Detroit, APL Miami, APL Phoenix, and APL Savannah each offer two Owner’s cabins.

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Four APL ships have entered the Europe-Australia trade from London Gateway via Suez to Australian ports, on the North Europe Mediterranean Oceania Express (Nemo) Line.

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The officers and passengers mess on board the APL Detroit and APL Phoenix

London to Sydney on the Nemo is 45 days. Sydney 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.

The APL Phoenix and three sister ships offer two Owners Cabins each with a common lounge. A fifth vessel, the NSB-owned 10-passenger Conti Everest features one Owner’s cabin, three doubles and two singles, plus a swimming pool.

For further details on how to book passage 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

Valentine’s Day In Times Of Coronavirus And Lockdowns – Here’s To Life And Love!

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is Love” – Sophocles.

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As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, we are once again reminded of our very frustrating and harsh current reality. Unfortunately, this year there will be no romantic outings, no dining out, no shows and no voyages taking place, as the world still battles the cruel and unpredictable global pandemic. However, despite the doom and gloom around us and the somber and reflective mood we find ourselves in, let’s try and make this year’s at home Valentine’s Day celebrations-particularly special, memorable and uplifting. So, ladies and gentlemen, wherever you are in the world and no matter what your present relationship status is, I invite you to join me on Sunday 14th February to lift a glass of your favourite tipple to the two most important and precious gifts any of us can ask for- to Life and to Love. As we do so, let’s also pause for a moment to remember our loved ones as well as all those around the world who sadly lost their lives to this brutal pandemic and are no longer with us. So let’s all make this Sunday’s celebration not just about romantic love, but also about life and love for humanity in general, because there is no better or more important time for love, kindness and generosity than now. We are a global village and we’re in this together. So, from my heart to yours, wishing you a happy, healthy and magical Valentine’s Day.

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Why not take your special valentine on a luxury cruise in 2022? For example, the brand-new Celebrity Apex departs Fort Lauderdale on 12th February on a 7-night voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico; St Thomas, US Virgin Islands and and St Kitts, from £1,389 incl drinks, WiFi and tips. Longer cruises also available. Apply to The Cruise People for more details

The Cruise People Team and I are very much looking forward to welcoming you on board one of our ultra-modern ships for Valentine’s Day 2022. In the meantime, please stay well, safe and happy. Here’s to Life, to Love and to fabulous new adventures to come!  

Anna M. Iwata, The Cruise People’s Life, Happiness and Wellness Coach

IF YOU WISH TO HAVE A CHAT WITH ANNA AND BOOK A FREE SESSION, SHE CAN BE CONTACTED by email at: CruisePeopleAnna@aol.com or by phone: +44 (0)7531 551 323. Anna offers a free 60-minute session to all fellow Cruise People customers and friends.

English Holiday Cruises’ Edward Elgar Offers A Comfortable Alternative Cruise In These Covid Days

The 22-passenger Edward Elgar carries cruise passengers through the English countryside

Since March, Cruise People clients have not been able to book the usual type of voyage they are interested in, a cargo ship that carries a few passengers or in their favourite specialty cruise ships.

So we went looking for something else that leaves this summer. The result of this was a visit to a rather interesting Visit England four-star hotel boat that offers 2- to 6-night voyages from the Port of Gloucester. The 2000-built Edward Elgar is an 88-foot vessel that was built and designed to be able to navigate the locks and bridges of the River Severn from Gloucester to Stourport, whilst also sailing the Canal that connects Gloucester to Sharpness on the Bristol Channel.

Recently refitted and modified to accommodate social distancing, the Edward Elgar’s itineraries allow English passengers to avoid flights and the quarantines that are necessitated by travelling to some EU countries at the moment.

Fares are all-inclusive of meals, drinks, shore excursions. Accommodation is provided in cosy en suite cabins, with trsditional English meals and an optional pre-cruise hotel night ashore in Gloucester, on offer between now and the end of October 2020.

All voyages leave from and return to Alexandra Quay in the Gloucester Docks (below).

Sail from historic Gloucester Docks

• Seven Wonders of the Severn (6 nights @ £1,595 pp) – 7 & 21 September
• Heart of England Cruise (5 nights @ £1,315 pp) – 14 & 28 September
• Cruise to the Views (5 nights @1,275 pp) – 31 August
• Historic Canal Cruise (3 nights @ £495 pp) – 14 & 28 Sept, 5 October
• Unique Weekend Cruise (2 nights @ £315 pp) – 23 & 29 October

For brochures, reservations or further details please call The Cruise People Ltd on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail passageenquiry@outlook.com

Enlist For Adventure: Take A Working Ship Voyage In 2021

Canada & USA

Liverpool to Halifax & New York

Atlantic Container Line offers weekly year-round passenger service between Europe and North America: Liverpool – Halifax – New York – Baltimore – New York – Halifax – Hamburg – Antwerp – Liverpool. Liverpool to Halifax is 9 days), Halifax to Liverpool 7 days. The Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Sun accommodate 12 passengers each in ten twin cabins and one Owner’s Cabin with separate lounge and bedroom. Fares: Europe to Canada or Canada to Europe: £950 per person, £1,395 single occupancy; Europe to USA or USA to Europe: £1,225 per person, £1,595 single occupancy.

Australia

London To Australia Via Suez And Mauritius

Norway

Dover to The Norwegian Fjords, North Cape, & British Isles

The Cruise People Ltd,

88 York Street, London W1H 1QT

www.cruisepeople.co.uk
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ACL Delays Re-Opening North Atlantic Passenger Service Until Late 2020; Remaining Capacity Is Limited So Act Now To Sail This Year!

Atlantic Star © elbwasser

The 12-berth Atlantic Star and  sister ships are now wait-listing passengers for 2021 crossings

On Friday 22nd May ACL parent Grimaldi Lines announced at its Naples passenger office that “it has been decided to suspend passenger service on ACL, G4  vessels until the end of 2020.”

After several weeks of valiantly trying to maintain its weekly passenger service between Hamburg, Antwerp and Liverpool and Halifax, New York and Baltimore, the complications caused by Covid-19 have finally made it impossible to continue. Many affected passengers have rebooked for 2021 while those that are still booked to travel this year are being contacted now about alternative sailings.

The five ACL ships carry 12 passengers each and offer a capacity each year of 600 passengers in each direction. Earlier this year, the line often had its ships fully booked four months in advance.

Because CMA CGM has closed passenger bookings on its own North Atlantic ships, this leaves only the four ships that serve the independent Container Line route and two chartered NSB ships operating on CMA CGM’s Victory Bridge Service  to carry passengers between north Europe and the US East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

Independent Pursuit

The Independent Pursuit and fleetmates carry a few passengers on each of their 28-day round voyages.

The Hamburg-owned Independent Horizon, Independent Pursuit, Independent Spirit and Independent Vision operate an alternate weekly service. between Antwerp, Southampron, Chester PA and Wilmington NC. Each ship has a different layout and fares vary from €99 to €119 per person per day plus €335 each in dues and taxes. Non-US and Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 visa to enter the US on this route.

Buxcliff

The Buxcliff carries five passengers in two double cabins and one single.

Meanwhile, NSB’s Brussels and Buxcliff operate a 49-day round voyage from Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven to Charleston and Miami, and the Mexican ports of Veracruz and Altamira, returning to Europe via Houston and New Orleans. Each ship has three double cabins and fares vary from €98 to €117 per person per day plus €318 each in dues and taxes. As NSB is a signatory to the US Visa Waiver Scheme, it is possible to enter the USA with an ESTA on this route.

For further details or to book please call +44 (207) 723-2450 or in the US dial 1-800-516-6950, or email Miri Lopusna at PassageEnquiry@aol.com

NSB’s Conti Annapurna Allows Easy ESTA Entry To The USA From Far East Ports In China, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong

Conti Annapurna © Vesseltracker

The Conti Annapurna was built in 2004 and can accommodate 10 passengers

The entry of the 101,662-ton deadweight container shp Conti Annapurna to Ocean Network Express’s EC-1 TranspacifIc East Coast service alllows holders of ESTA’s (as opposed to full B1/B2 visas) to enter the US at Savannah, Jacksonville, Charleston or Norfok on her round voyages to and from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong and Hong Kong.

ONE EC-1 ServiceThe full rotation is Savannah (day 0), Jacksonville (day 2), Charleston (day 3), Norfolk (day 5), Punta Manzanillio (day 12), Balboa (day13), Tokyo (day 35), Kobe (day 36), Pusan (day39), Kaohsiung (day 42), Xiamen (day 43), Hong Kong (day 44), Yantian (day 45), Shanghai (day 48), Pusan (day 50), Tokyo (day 53) Punta Manzanillo (day 72), Savannah (day 77).

The sailing dates from Asia on the present voyage are: Hong Kong May 21, Shanghai May 25, Tokyo May 30. And from North America: Savannah June 23, Jacksonville June 25, Charleston June 27, Norfolk June 30. Thence every 77 days thereafter.

While port to port bookings are available, the fare for the full 77-day round voyages varies between €7,580 and €9,120 per person depending on the cabin booked.

For further details or to book please call +44 (207) 723-2450 or in the US dial 1-800-516-6950, or email Miri Lopusna at PassageEnquiry@aol.com

Freighter Voyages Still On Offer Despite Present Virus Outbreak

CMA CGM RHONE

The 10-passenger CMA CGM Rhone serves the UK-Australia run via Suez

NOW: FROM THE US AND CANADA CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-516-6950

Yes, we are still in business, booking cargo ship voyages as well as ultra-luxury cruises and small ship and expedition cruises. In order to keep business going, the UK Government is helping out not only giant firms, but also small and medium size companies such as ours.

Atlantic Sail in NY

The 12-passenger Atlantic Sail connects the US & Canada with the EU and the UK

On the customers’ side, requests this week for voyages to Australia and New Zealand will mean travellers having to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival at destination. London to Sydney takes 45 days and costs €5,977.

APL Phoenix © Jan Svendsen

The APL Phoenix offers two Owners Cabins on the UK-Australia run via Suez

The Cruise People has about 300 passenger-carrying cargo ships on its books. But since the full implications of the present worldwide virus outbreak became clear earlier this month, passenger service has been suspended on most of these ships for March, April and May, with June departures being uncertain.
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The ships continue to sail however, and we are accepting bookings for sailing dates well into 2021. Present bookings are subject to confirmation closer to sailing date, but once the travel bans and closed frontiers have been dismantled we will be back in business full time.
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Here are some links for you (we will update the website over the duration of this crisis).
For further details of booking a voyage by cargo ship please call The Cruise People on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 and ask for Miri Lopusna or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.