More Northwest Passage News – Prestige Cruise Holdings’ Vancouver-Montreal Cruises – Titanic II An Unlikely Prospect

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 28th July 2014..

 

The World at Cambridge Bay 30.08.12 © Nunatsiak OnlineLast week Crystal Cruises surprised the world with news that it would sail its 68,870-ton Crystal Serenity through the Northwest Passage from Seward to New York in 2016. This week, we bring you a reminder that the World of Residensea’s 43,524-ton residential ship The World has already done this, having transitted from Nome to Nuuk in 2012 without the publicity a cruise ship generates. On the left, she is seen anchored off Cambridge Bay in an image that was posted by Nunatsiaq Online in 2012. And speaking of passages from west to east, two Prestige Cruise Holdings ships, the 30,277-ton Regatta and 28,803-ton Seven Seas Navigator, will be cruising from Vancouver to Montreal this autumn via Alaska and the Panama Canal. Finally, as Clive Palmer’s companies run into more legal problems in Australia, completion of his Titanic II becomes an even less likely prospect than it was before.

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Crystal “Discovers” The Northwest Passage – More Breakaway Plus Orders – Shipping Activity By Royal Caribbean Shareholders

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 21st July 2014..

 

Crystal Serenity in the iceLast week Crystal Cruises surprised the market with the news that it would send its 68,870-ton Crystal Serenity through the Northwest Passage in 2016. Last year the Danish cargo ship Nordic Orion ran from Vancouver across the Canadian Arctic with a cargo of coal for Pori, Finland, and this and other recent activity seem to have emboldened Crystal to try it for themselves. This is despite the fact that there have been times in the past when Ice Class ships have had to abandon their efforts and return from whence they came. Elsewhere, Norwegian Cruise Line has ordered two more Breakaway Plus class ships while there has been some more activity around Royal Caribbean’s shipping shareholders.

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Duchess of Richmond’s 1939 Pacific Cruise From Montreal And New York To Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, California And Mexico

Seventy-five years ago today Canadian Pacific’s 20,022-ton Duchess of Richmond was steaming north from Balboa towards Los Angeles in the course of a 68-day “all in one” 1939 summer cruise that had sailed from Montreal on Dominion Day, July 1, and New York on July 6 for California, Hawaii, Alaska and Mexico. The same itinerary had been offered as a 59-day cruise from New York, from $595 per person, and sold through Thomas Cook with its ads espousing “17 ports, 18,000 miles and 2 World’s Fairs.”

Duchess of Richmond in the West Indies

Canadian Pacific’s Duchess of Richmond tendering passengers in the Caribbean

After departing New York, the Duchess had made calls at Kingston, Cristobal and Balboa and was now bound for Los Angeles, Honolulu, Yakutat Bay, Sitka, Juneau, Vancouver, Victoria, San Francisco, Los Angeles once more, Acapulco, the Panama Canal, Vera Cruz and Havana on her way back to New York and Montreal.

This cruise was unique, and the only one of its kind ever offered by Canadian Pacific. While the Duchess of Richmond had become the largest ship ever to call in Miami on a winter cruise in 1935, she was usually engaged on the North Atlantic in the summer time. The fact that it was 1939 and there were fears of impending war in Europe may have had something to do with it, but at the same time she visited both the World’s Fairs of the year. In New York, she stayed overnight on Wednesday, July 5, and in San Francisco, she spent two nights, from Saturday, August 12 until Monday, August 14.

An ominous-sounding radio news bulletin arrived from London on August 27 and was quoted in the “New York Times” the next day. Under the heading “Admiralty Takes Control,” the “Times” reported,

The Admiralty has taken over control of all British shipping, it was announced tonight. The control came into operation as from midnight last night. It means that all British ships must obey all Admiralty instructions, including changing course and destination while at sea.

On arriving at Vera Cruz on Sunday, August 27, the Duchess of Richmond was instructed to black out and when she arrived that way in New York, she incurred a delay at the pilots’ station because she could not be seen.

Duchess of Richmond on an earlier cruise at Miami

The Duchess of Richmond was the largest cruise ship to call at Miami in the years between 1935 and 1939

On September 1, whilst the Duchess of Richmond was steaming towards New York, Germany invaded Poland and Britain and France each laid down an ultimatum to Germany. The Duchess’s arrival back at New York was scheduled for 8 am on September 3, the day on which both Britain and France declared war on Germany. That very same day, the U-30 torpedoed the Donaldson Line’s 13,465-ton Athenia, while on her way from Liverpool to Montreal, with the loss of 118 lives.

Already in New York when she arrived was the French Line’s flagship, the 83,423-ton Normandie, which had been laid up on her last arrival on August 28 in order to avoid her becoming involved in any possible war in Europe. But the Duchess of Richmond returned to the North Atlantic until November 1940. After the war, she became Canadian Pacific’s second Empress of Canada.

Regatta Vancouver

Oceania’s Regatta, seen here at Vancouver’s Canada Place, underwent an update at Vancouver earlier this year

Cruises like this one rarely come around these days but P&O’s Oriana did a long one from Southampton a couple of years back, and occasionally it is possible to book a Trans-Panama cruise all the way from Montreal to Vancouver or vice versa. This year, for example, Oceania Cruises’ Regatta leaves Vancouver on August 19 for a 40-day cruise that takes her to Ketchikan,  Juneau, Sitka, Victoria, Astoria, San Francisco, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Huatulco, Chiapas, Puntarenas, Cartagena, Norfok, New York, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John,  Halifax, Sydney, Corner Brook, Quebec and Monrtreal, where she arrives on September 28.

Seven Seas Navigator

Like Regatta, Regent’s Seven Seas Navigator will cruise from Vancouver to Montreal via Alaska and Mexico later this summer

Regent’s Seven Seas Navigator also leaves Vancouver, on August 20 in her case, for a 41-night cruise that takes her to Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, Sitka, Victoria, Astoria, San Francisco, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, Chiapas, Puntarenas, Cartagena, Grand Cayman, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Norfolk and New York, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, Halifax, Sydney, Saguenay, Quebec and Montreal, where she arrives on October 2.

Both the Regatta and the Seven Seas Navigator will be offering similar cruises in 2015, leaving Vancouver on August 23 and 26, respectively, so you can plan well in advance.

For further details of such opportunities please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk or in North America on 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Rising And Falling Cruise Markets – “The Cruise Ship” On ITV – Duchess of Richmond’s 1939 Pacific Cruise

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 14th July 2014..

Duchess of Richmond on an earlier cruise at Miami

Canadian Pacific’s Duchess of Richmond was the largest cruise ship to call at Miami between 1935 and 1939

 

Markets can go up as well as down is the frequent warning about the stock market and it appears that after years of non-stop growth the same is now true of the cruise market. While China and Australia boom and Germany and France grow, the UK is flat and markets in Brazil, Spain and even Italy are shrinking. As well as markets we have a look this week at the first episode of a new four-part ITV documentary based on life on board the new Royal Princess. And finally, seventy-five years later, we look at the Duchess of Richmond’s summer cruise from Montreal and New York to California, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia and Mexico just before war breaks out in Europe.

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Passage Durations For Rickmers Pearl String Round-the-World Service

Rickmers HamburgAs some cargo ship passengers have noticed, the durations of Rickmers Pearl String round-the-world voyage sectors are actually longer than stated in their descriptions.
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Here are some approximate durations for different world sectors:
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European Coastal Legs
Antwerp – Genoa               12-15 days
Hamburg – Genoa                     9 days

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Part World Sectors from Singapore

Singapore – Houston               73 – 80 days
Singapore – Antwerp                120-130 days
Singapore – Hamburg             125-135 days
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Transatlantic Voyages
Philadelphia – Antwerp                 12-15 days        /        Houston – Antwerp                30-32 days

Philadelphia – Hamburg               18-22 days        /        Houston – Hamburg             34-38 days.

For further details or to request a voyage on any of these scctors please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Pearl Mist Departs Portland, Maine, Today On Her Way To Quebec And Her 2014 Great Lakes Season

https://i2.wp.com/www.pearlseascruises.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Pearl-Mist-09-RGB-cc-700x350.jpgThe 210-berth Pearl Mist, first ship in the fleet of Pearl Seas Cruises, leaves Portland today on a 10-night cruise to ports  in New England, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, the Gulf of St Lawrence and Quebec (see itinerary below). Among her calls are the Magdalen Islands, Sept Iles and Baie Comeau, all relatively new cruise ports.

Completed earlier this year at Chesapeake Shipbuilding near Baltimore, the Pearl Mist will be proceeding beyond Quebec to offer a number of Great Lakes cruises to Toronto and to Chicago in her first season this summer. Further details of her Great Lakes season are available here.

To obtain more informstion or make a booking please contact The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. Or in Toronto on 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Cargo Ship Travel Piece Coming Up On BBC World’s The Travel Show

Ind Accord Promenade DeckBBC2 and BBC World’s The Travel Show will be carrying an item on cargo ship travel either this week (ending July 12) or next. It will most likely be next week (ending July 19) as they have just interviewed us today and are doing interviews with one or two of our clients today and tomorrow (photo by client Scott Muc).

BBC   Transmission times for BBC’s The Travel Show

The following times are local to the United Kingdom (BST). Broadcasts are sometimes replaced by other programming at short notice due to the nature of these channels’ reactions to news and current events. Some weeks the 30 minute programme may not be shown due to coverage of live events. In this case, website viewing on the BBC iPlayer is the only way to see it.

UK

Friday: 10:35 BBC Two
Saturday: 05:30 BBC News; Sunday: 01:30, 14:30, 20:30 BBC News

BBC World News

All GMT Saturday: 03:30, 13:30, 18:30 Sunday: 06:30
Monday (N America) 23:30; Wednesday (N America) 01:30; Thursday (N America) 02:30

For further information on cargo ship travel please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk