Crown Princess Trapped by Storm – The Winter Season Of Liner-Style Voyages – Four-Night Sampler Cruises On Top-Rated Europa 2

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 28th October 2013.

Crown PrincessAfter P&O Cruises’ Ventura left Southampton for Barbados at 5 pm on Friday, Princess Cruises’ near sister Crown Princess (above) was due to leave 24 hours later. However, Princess Cruises decided to hold her back due to the impending arrival in the early hours of Monday morning of a storm called St Jude. We have a look at what other ships in Southampton did. Elsewhere, November usually marks the great peregrination of cruise ships from Europe back to the Caribbean for the winter, while January sees the annual Australasian departures, so we have a look at opportunities here. Finally, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have announced four 4-night opportunities to cruise in the top-rated Europa 2 in the Baltic next June.

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Seabourn’s New Order Changes The Balance With Silversea – QE2 On The Way To Asia – Anthem of the Seas For Southampton?

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 21st October 2013.

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Two Queens: Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 (right) seen together in New York on April 25, 2008

Last week Seabourn announced that it was ordering a fourth ship of the Seabourn Odyssey class, which will serve to replace most of the capacity lost by the sale of its original trio to Windstar Cruises, with deliveries over 2014 and 2015. Meanwhile, Silversea has increased its fleet of expedition ships to three. Elsewhere, QE2 Shipping has placed a contract with COSCO Shipyard Group for conversion of the Queen Elizabeth 2 (seen above in New York with her replacement Queen Mary 2) into a 400-room floating hotel, to be based at an as yet unnamed major city in Asia. Meanwhile, rumours seem to indicate that Royal Caribbean intends to replace the Independence of the Seas at Southampton in 2015 with the new Quantum class ship Anthem of the Seas.

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How Berlitz Rates The Ships For 2014 – Star Orders New Ship From Meyer Werft – Names For Seven New Cruise Ships

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 14th October 2013.

 

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The new Star Cruises ship replaces an earlier concept for a SuperStar Sagittarius (ii).

Last week we posted the arrival of the 2014 issue of the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships by Douglas Ward. This week, we have a look at how the new guide rates those ships, with the top five scores in each category. Elsewhere, after standing by the sidelines for many years while concentrating on its half-interest in Norwegian Cruise Line, Genting has finally ordered a large new cruise ship for its Star Cruises operation. And among them, Norwegian, AIDA and Royal Caribbean International have together revealed seven new cruise ship names.

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Plantours Cruises To Offer Two 16-night Great Lakes Cruises From Montreal and a Round Trip Montreal-New York Cruise in Autumn 2014

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Plantours Cruises of Bremen have announced a revised season of cruises to be operated from Montreal in the autumn of 2014 that will include two 16-night cruises into the Great Lakes, a 16-night round trip cruise from Montreal to New York and back and a positioning cruise from Montreal to Nassau.

Plantours’ 400-guest ms Hamburg is no stranger to the region, having operated Great Lakes cruises between 1997 and 2011 as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Columbus.

The first two cruises, scheduled for September 24 and October 11, will tour the Great Lakes as far as Chicago, and the third, scheduled for October 27, will cruise Canada and New England as far as New York. These cruises will be followed by a 14-night voyage from Montreal to Nassau via St Lawrence and East Coast ports, departing Montreal November 12. Ports of call are laid out below for each cruise:

September 24-October 11, 2014: 16-night Great Lakes cruise from Montreal to Toronto, the Welland Canal/Niagara, Windsor, Tobermory, Little Current, Chicago, Milwaukee, Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Kingston and return to Montreal.
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October 11-27, 2014: 16-night Great Lakes cruise from Montreal to Toronto, the Welland Canal/Niagara, Windsor, Tobermory, Little Current, Chicago, Milwaukee, Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Kingston and return to Montreal.
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October 27-November 12, 2014: 16-night Canada/New England cruise from Montreal to Gaspé, Sydney, Boston, Cape Cod Canal, New York, Martha’s Vineyard, Halifax, Cape Eternity, Quebec and back to Montreal.
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November 12-26, 2014: 14-night cruise from Montreal to Nassau via Quebec, Halifax, Boston, New York, Charleston and Savannah.
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For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk..
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Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2014 – Bermuda Allows Gambling on Cruise Ships – Carnival Publishes First Brochure In Five Years

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 7th October 2013.

 

Berlitz Guide 2014One of the sure signs that autumn has arrived is the appearance of the latest edition of the annual Berltz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships by Douglas Ward. This week, we have a look at the changes in the enlarged 2014 edition (50 more pages this year). Elsewhere, having lost Holland America Line’s Veendam last year, as its last regular caller to Front Street , Bermuda has voted to allow gambling on cruise ships that remain in port overnight. In exchange for being allowed to keep their casinos open between 9 pm and 5 am, cruise lines will have to pay a licencing levy to the Bermuda Government. Finally, at the request of travel agents, Carnival Cruise Lines has finally acquiesced and reinstated the paper brochure that it relegated to the dustbin five years ago. We look at other measures that Carnival is taking to reinvigorate its relationship with travel agents.

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Three New Multi-Purpose Ships Join MACS Europe/South Africa Cargo-Passenger Service (Bookings Taken By Month Only)

Blue Master II by JaKuThis summer has seen the addition of three new passenger-carrying multi-purpose cargo ships to the MACS service between Europe and South Africa. The 37,400 deadweight ton Blue Master II (above), Bright Sky and Golden Karoo have entered service since May and carry three passengers each in an Owners Cabin and one single.

Passengers are accepted from Hamburg or Antwerp for the southbound voyage to Walvis Bay (18/21 days), Cape Town (22/25 days) and Durban (26/29 days) and from Durban (26/28 days) and Cape Town (22/24 days) for the northbound voyage to Rotterdam and Hamburg. No northbound service is offered from Walvis Bay in Namibia and there is no UK call in either direction.

Sample fares are €2,572 (about £2,235) from Hamburg to Cape Town or €6,982 (about £6,075) for the full round voyage of about 74 days. As schedules vary according to cargo requirements, passenger bookings are accepted by calendar month only and dates are not given until closer to sailing.

For further details on fares and availability please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

A Cargo Ship Voyage: Rebecca Hall Sails From Athens to Hong Kong On Board Hanjin Boston And Records Her Impressions For All

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In late June, intrepid Brit and previous Cruise People customer Rebecca Hall (she was one of the last passengers to travel by banana boat) cast off from Athens’ port of Piraeus to sail round the Med and through the Suez Canal to Hong Kong.

En route Rebecca (pictured right, let’s call her Bex) made calls at La Spezia, Genoa,  Barcelona and Valencia before doubling back to Athens once more and then sailing direct via Suez to Singapore and Hong Kong.

In her own blog, Bex has recorded her impressions for those who may be interested in a similar voyage and you will find her reports here:

Rebecca Hall’s Voyage Blog On Board Hanjin Boston (and Ashore)

Her comments cover passengers travelling in cargo ships, joining ship, security matters, getting along with the crew, food on board etc, as well as various films and photos, such as this one of the Supercargo’s cabin in which Bex travelled (look at the size and those four bright windows):

Bex's Supercargo cabin

 

For those that are interested in following in Bex’s wake and booking a cargo ship voyage, please feel free to contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.