Philadelphia and Charleston to New Zealand and Australia Container Ship Passenger Service Via Panama – Round Voyage 70 Days

Five “Spirit” ships, the Spirit of AucklandSpirit of Melbourne, Spirit of Shanghai, Spirit of Singapore and  Spirit of Sydney now run in the well-established Hamburg-Süd cargo-passenger service from Philadelphia and Charleston via Cartagena and Balboa to Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, then on to Port Chalmers, Napier and Tauranga before returning via Auckland, Punta Manzanillo in Panama and Cartagena to Philadelphia again. The meat-packing port of Philadelphia is of course the destination for most of the New Zealand lamb that arrives in these ships.

These modern 3,630 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container) ships offer one Owners Cabin and one more cabin, either a single or a double depending on the ship. The quickest southbound transit time is 24 days from Charleston to Auckland or 28 days Charleston to Sydney and the quickest northbound is 26 days from Auckland to Philadelphia or 37 days Melbourne to Philadelphia. The full 70-day round trip starts at €7,085 (about £6,075 or US $10,125) per person and one-way bookings are possible.

For further details and bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Norwegian Star Special Sailing, Sydney to Auckland, 12 Nights, February 6, 2017, From £1,409 pp Inside £1,799 pp Outside

Norwegian StarIn the course of our daily business we get frequent requests for passages from Australia to New Zealand. The vast majority of these go unfulfilled as container ships reserve their passenger cabins for long-distance travellers to and from North America or Asia.

OZNZNSHowever, this February, with the arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s 2,348-berth Norwegian Star, we have a 12-night opportunity that will also add value to your time Down Under. Leaving Sydney February 6, this ship will make calls at Melbourne and Burnie before crossing the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, where she will cruise Milford Sound and then Explore New Zealand, with calls at Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and Auckland, where she is due to arrive on February 20.

Fares start at £1,409 per person cruise-only for an inside cabin, $1,799 pp for an outside and £2,449 pp for a balcony stateroom. Port charges and fees are included.

For futher details please call Giulia Marri at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Harmony of the Seas Enters Service – Koningsdam Christened In Rotterdam – Carnival Vista’s New Attractions

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd May 2016

Harmony of the Seas arrives Soton

Royal Caribbean’s 226,963-ton Harmony of the Seas arrives at Southampton last week

This week we have a look at three brand-new ships, the largest yet built for each of Royal Caribbean International, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line. Harmony of the Seas arrived for the first time in Southampton last week, and we compare her not only with her earlier sister ships, but also with the US Navy’s “Nimitz” class aircraft carriers and with the 18,000 TEU container ship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, which also carries a few passengers. We also have a look at Holland America Line’s Koningsdam, which was christened by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands last week. Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Carnival Vista, also entered service earlier this month.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                                  (See previous columns)

The Last Ten Cabins Expiring On The 2016 Ocean Liner Society Group Cruise On Pullmantur’s Sovereign, September 24 From Barcelona


Note: The last ten cabins will only be held until May 25, after which inventory will be returned to Pullmantur for sale and all fares will become subject to application.

The UK-based Ocean Liner Society  has arranged its annual cruise for 2016 on Pullmantur Cruises’ 73,192-ton Sovereign, sailing from Barcelona on September 24th. As Sovereign of the Seas, she was the world’s largest cruise ship when she entered service in 1988. When new, she was larger than either the 70,202-ton Norway and 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 more recent years, the Society has chosen Pullmantur associate Croisières de France, cruising in its 37,301-ton Bleu de France (now Saga Sapphire) in 2010, and the 46,811-ton Horizon in 2012.

For 2016, it is back to Pullmantur’s Spanish-based fleet, with a 7-night cruise from Barcelona on the Sovereign. Sailing on Saturday, September 24, 2016, this year’s cruise will call at Olbia, Civitavecchia, Livorno and Toulon before returning to Barcelona on October 1.

Sailing Itinerary

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

Special Ocean Liner Society Fares on Cabins Remaining:

1 x Luxury Outside A cabins (Doubles)         £880 per person
4 x Outside cabins (Doubles)                           £695 per person
4 x Inside Superior (Doubles)                          £635 per person
3 x Inside Superior (Singles)                            £795 for sole use

Above fares include port charges, standard Drinks package and gratuities.


Those interested in participating in this year’s cruise should register as soon as possible as the allocation is limited. A deposit of £150 per person will confirm a place and the final balance will be due 70 days before sailing (15.07.16)

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 this cruise  please call agents The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 and ask for Giulia Marri or e-mail

Last Few Cabins On Cruiseco’s CMV Signature Rhone And Danube Cruises This Summer – Second Passenger Cruises Free

Take advantage while you can of “two-for-one” offers on two of Cruiseco’s European river cruises this summer. Only a limited number of cabins remain. Fares also apply to singles as there is no single supplement on top of the base fare.

m.v. Bellejour – Budapest to Budapest, June 11-21, Voyage To The Black Sea.

m.v. Bellefleur – Lyon to Lyon, July 1-8, Treasures of the Rhone River.

For further details please call Giulia Marri at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450or e-mail

Twenty-Five Years Of Cruise Line Branding – Genting’s World – Royal Caribbean Sells 51% Of Pullmantur – Two Orders For Vard

The Cruise Examiner for 16th May 2016

HAL the new

Holland America cleaned up its logo, changed its fonts and updated its tagline

This week we have a look at cruise line brands. Brands are supposed to differentiate products but with so many multiple and sub-brands these days, we wonder if they also serve to confuse. The branding of cruise lines did not really start in earnest until Carnival and Royal Caribbean started acquiring other cruise lines but has nevertheless been rampant now for a quarter century. Meanwhile, Genting Hong Kong last week confirmed an order for two 5,000-berth “Global” class ships (below) for Star Cruises in addition to its orders for Crystal Cruises and Dream Cruises, with the latter set to accept its first ship later this year. In a counter-move to the many acquisitions of recent years, Royal Caribbean last week announced that it was divesting itself of 51% of Pullmantur Cruises in Spain, but remaining as owner of its ships. And Fincantieri’s Italian subsidiary Vard announced orders for two more expedition ships from unidentified owners.

Star Cruises newbuildings

Star Cruises’ 5,000-berth “Global” class ships will echo NCL’s original side-by-side funnel arrangements

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                          (See previous columns)

An Opportunity To Travel On An Inland Canal Barge On The European Waterways Of The Benelux, Germany And France – Bikes Welcomed

This week we have been contacted by a Netherlands-based agency that books paying passengers (and their bikes) on inland canal barges plying the waterways of Europe. What follows are some views of typical units that can accommodate anything from a sole traveller up to eight paying guests, with fares about €100 per person per day. There is usually a ship’s dog as well.

Some of these are individual units while others are twin sets. One of these (top left), the KVB Tuna, consists of twin hulls that combine to make up a length overall of 738 feet (as long as the maximum size ship that can fit into the St Lawrence Seaway) and can transport a cargo of about 7,000 tonnes. Cargoes can be anything from coal and coke to containers and trading is not necessarily to a schedule.

We have had this type of request in the past and typical routes might be in Dutch or Belgian waters or the Rhine to and from Duisburg, as well as the French Canals. Let us know what you think at!


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