Chinese Cruising Gets Serious – Other Cruise News: Carnival Corp & Plc Orders Nine Ships

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 30th March 2015

Duchess of Richmond

The Duchess of Richmond, one of nine ships ordered by Canadian Pacific in 1926, in the Caribbean

Last week big news broke from both Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corp & plc. Royal Caribbean for its part will be sending its newbuilding “Quantum” class ship Ovation of the Seas to cruise from China next year, bringing the Royal Caribbean International fleet based in that country to five ships sailing from four ports. Meanwhile, for its part, Carnival Corp & plc has announced orders for nine new ships, five from Fincantieri and four from Meyer Werft. As yet, their distribution has not been announced but they are to be delivered between 2019 and 2022 and will be not only for European and North American brands, but also for China. Another company that once ordered nine ships at once was Canadian Pacific, in 1926. Carnival’s first two cruise ships were former Canadian Pacific “Empresses” and every Carnival Cruise Line ship since has had an “Empress” deck, while Princess Cruises took its name from Canadian Pacific’s coastal fleet of “Princesses” that used to cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.

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Azamara Quest 19 Nights Singapore to Hong Kong, Best of Thailand and Vietnam, Ex-UK November 15, 2015, From £4,285

Azamara QuestAZAMARA QUEST – SINGAPORE TO HONG KONG – 19 NIGHTS BEST OF THAILAND & VIETNAM

Includes 2 Nights Singapore & 3 Nights Hong Kong

Departing UK November 15, 2015.  From £4,285 per person

Itinerary

Fly Overnight from the UK to Singapore (2 nights hotel stay) ~ Embark Azamara Quest ~ Day at Sea ~ Ko Samui (Thailand) ~ Klong Toey (For Bangkok – 2 nights on board) ~ Day at Sea~ Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam – overnight on board ) ~ Day at Sea ~ Hue (Danang – Vietnam) ~ Hanoi (Halong Bay – overnight on board) ~ Day at Sea ~ Hong Kong (3 nights hotel stay) ~ Fly Hong Kong to the UK

Inclusive Azamara Amenities

  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Complimentary AzAmazing Evening event
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
  • Concierge service for personal guidance and reservations

Package Includes

  • 14-night Best of Thailand & Vietnam cruise on board Azamara Quest from Singapore to Hong Kong
  • All meals and entertainment on board
  • Raft of exclusive Azamara inclusions as detailed above under “ Inclusive Azamara Amenities “
  • Economy class travel from the UK to Singapore and returning from Hong Kong, available from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh & Glasgow
  • 2-night pre-cruise stay at the 5-Star Mandarin Orchard Hotel in a standard double room with breakfast daily
  • Private car transfer Singapore Changi Airport to Hotel
  • Private car transfer Singapore hotel to Marina Bay Cruise Centre
  • 3-night post-cruise stay at the 5-Star Royal Plaza Hotel in a deluxe King double room with breakfast daily
  • Late checkout till 8pm on day of departure from Hong Kong
  • Private car transfer Hong Kong cruise centre to hotel
  • Private car transfer from hotel to Hong Kong International airport
  • Flight taxes
  • Port charges and fees

Fares from £4,285 Inside, £4,455 Outside or £5,715 Balcony, all per person in double occupancy with Business Class flights.

For further information on Azamara Club Cruises or any other Cruiseco cruise package please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Lloyd Triestino Adriatic – Far East Cargo-Passenger Route Is Revived

LT CortesiaIn 1993, Taiwan-based Evergreen Line acquired the company Italia Marittima, which up until fairly recently had been know as Lloyd Triestino, and had been famous for running an attractive fleet of ocean liners from the Adriatic to Australia and New Zealand and the Far East. Later, in 2007, the five different Evergreen ship operating companies began operating as one brand, Evergreen Line. But many of the routes still survive and one event marked this month is the revival of passenger service from Trieste to the Far East, on a 70-day round voyage.

Two 100,000-ton container ships, the LT Cortesia (above) and Ever Chivalry, each carry up to five passengers in an Owners cabin, a Double cabin and a Single cabin. Passengers dine with the officers and are allowed to visit the bridge, and can avail themselves of an indoor swimming pool and sauna as well as a lounge and deck chairs. Both ships are owned by NSB and chartered to Evergreen Line.

Lloyd TriestinoPorts of call in this service include Trieste, Piraeus, the Suez Canal, Jeddah, Colombo, Tanjung Pelepas, Shekou, Kaoshiung, Qingdao, Shanghai (Yangshan), Ningbo, Taipei, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, the Suez Canal, Ashdod, Alexandria, Piraeus, Koper and Trieste.  One-way voyages are possible and passengers bound for India can disembark in Colombo while those bound for Singapore can disembark at Tanjung Pelepas, which is called at in both directions. As well as five Chinese ports, these vessels serve the Taiwanese ports of Kaohsiung outbound and Taipei on the return.

Projected sailing dates from Trieste are as follows:

On/about July 12, 2015
On/about August 2, 2015
On/about September 20, 2015
On/about October 11, 2015

Fares begin at €95 per person per day (€90 per day single) while port charges and deviation insurance are extra.

For further information on cargo ship voyages please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Silversea’s Silver Spirit, Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, Business Class Flights, February 13, 2016, 20 nights in a Veranda Suite from £9,645

Silver Spirit20-NIGHT ULTRA-LUXURY SOUTH AMERICA CRUISE PACKAGE

Buenos Aires to Valparaiso On Board Silversea Cruises’ m.v. Silver Spirit

WITH BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHTS ex-UK February 13, 2016

Itinerary

Business Class travel from the UK to Buenos Aires (1 Night hotel stay) ~ Embark Silver Spirit (Overnight on board) ~ 2 Days at Sea ~ Puerto Madryn (Argentina) ~ Day at Sea ~ Stanley (Falkland Islands) ~ Day at Sea ~ Ushuaia (Argentina – Overnight onboard) ~ Punta Arenas (Chile) ~ 2 Days cruising the Chilean Fjords ~ Laguna San Raphael (Chile) ~ Puerto Chacabucco (Chile) ~ Puerto Montt (Chile) ~ Day at Sea ~ Valparaiso (Chile) ~ Transfer to Santiago (2 Night hotel stay) ~ Fly Business Class Santiago to the UK

Silversea Features

* Intimate ship for just 296 guests

* Spacious ultra-luxury suites – over 85% with private verandas

* Butler service in all suites

* Complimentary drinks in-suite and throughout the ship

* Gratuities always included

* Open sitting dining

* In-suite dining and 24-hour room service

* Transport into town if pier is outside of walking distance

* WiFi for the duration of the cruise

* Select Shore Excursions

Package Includes

  • 17 Nights Ultra-Luxury South America cruise Buenos Aires to Valparaiso aboard Silver Spirit
  • All meals and entertainment whilst on board
  • Raft of Silversea inclusions as detailed above under Silversea included features
  • Business Class travel from the UK to Buenos Aires returning from Santiago, available for departures from London, Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham
  • One-night pre-cruise stay at the 725 Continental Hotel in a double executive room with breakfast
  • Private car transfer Buenos Aires Airport to hotel
  • Private car transfer Buenos Aires hotel to port
  • 2 Night post-cruise stay at the Hotel Gen in Santiago in a classic Double room with breakfast
  • Private car transfer port of Valparaiso to Santiago Hotel (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Private car transfer Santiago hotel to Santiago airport
  • Port charges and fees
  • Flight taxes

Fares from £9,155 in a Vista Suite, £9,645 in a Verandah Suite or £13,920 in a Silver Suite, all per person in double occupancy with Business Class flights.

For further information on Silversea Cruises or any other Cruiseco cruise package please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

MSC Cruises To Introduce Its New Seaside Class In North America – Overnight Sidewheelers Return – New Lindblad Ships To Be US-Flag

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd March 2015

MSC Seaside

Artist’s impression of MSC Seaside, which will resemble Miami Beach in more ways than one.

MSC Cruises has been trying to bust the US market for more than a decade now but has not yet been able to do it in a meaningful way. But two-and-a-half years from now, it will introduce its best ship, the 4,140-berth MSC Seaside, first of a brand-new design, into service from a modernized dedicated pier in Miami. Elsewhere, sidewheel paddle steamers now cruise only two of the world’s rivers, the Nile and the Murray, but that number is about to double when the 96-berth Loire Princesse is added to the Loire next month and the Elbe Princesse to the Elbe next spring.

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Special Cruiseco Value Package, Barcelona to Dubai, 16 Nights From £1,595 Inside, £1,815 Outside and £2,145 Balcony, October 8, 2015

Explorer of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s m.v. Explorer of the Seas will position from the Mediterranean to Dubai this October

Itinerary

Fly UK to Barcelona (1-night hotel stay) ~ Embark Explorer of the Seas ~ 2 Days cruising the Mediterranean ~ Chania (Crete) ~ Day at Sea ~ Ashdod (Israel) ~ Suez Canal Passage ~ Aqaba (Jordan) ~ 6 Days Cruising the Red Sea and Arabian Sea ~ Dubai (UAE– One night hotel stay) ~ Fly Dubai to the UK

Package Includes

  • 14-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Dubai
  • All meals and entertainment whilst on board
  • Economy class travel to Barcelona and returning from Dubai, available for departures from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • One-night pre cruise stay at the Hilton Barcelona hotel in a standard double room with breakfast
  • Private car transfer Barcelona Airport to hotel and hotel to port
  • One-night post cruise stay at the Cassels Al Bashra hotel in Dubai in a standard room with breakfast
  • Private car transfer Port Rashid Port to hotel and hotel to Airport
  • Port charges and fees
  • Air taxes
  • Bonus : Prepaid crew gratuities – Value £103 per person

Fares from £1,595 inside, £1,815 outside or £2,145 balcony, all per person in double occupancy.

For further information on this or any other Cruiseco cruise package please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Special Cruiseco Package 17 Nights From £2,495 on Oceania Cruises’ m.v. Riviera, Eastern Mediterranean, Rome-to-Rome, May 30, 2015

Riviera Oceania CruisesItinerary

Fly UK to Rome (2-night hotel stay) ~ Transfer to Civitavecchia and embark Riviera ~ Milazzo (Italy) ~ Argostoli (Cephalonia – Greece) ~ Gythion (Greece) ~ Cruising the Mediterranean Sea ~ Haifa (for Jerusalem – overnight on board) ~ Port Said (for Cairo) ~ Alexandria ~ Cruising the Mediterranean ~ Chania (Crete) ~ Cruising the Mediterranean ~ Valetta (Malta) ~ Cagliari (Sardinia) ~ Rome ~ Disembark and transfer to airport for return flight to the UK .

Oceania Cruises Experience

* Mid–size elegant ship catering to no more than 1,250 guests
* Free unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
* Multiple open sitting gourmet dining venues at no additional charge
* Port-intensive itineraries featuring must-see destinations and boutique destinations
* Overnight stays and evening departures for extended exploration
* Luxurious yet relaxed country club ambiance
* Spacious sumptuously-appointed suites and staterooms, 85% with private verandas
* 24-hour Butler Service in all suites
* Canyon Ranch spa treatments and cuisine
* Dedicated concierges for personalized service
* Staff selected from internationally-acclaimed 5-star hotels and restaurants
* The comfort of smoke free environments throughout the ship
* Never a crowd and no waiting in queues
* With open-sitting in all our restaurants, dine where, when and with whom you please
* Cuisine never prepared en masse, every dish created à la minute just for you

Package Includes

  • 15-night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on board Riviera round trip from Rome
  • All meals and entertainment whilst on board
  • Raft of Oceania exclusive inclusions as detailed above under Oceania Cruises Experience
  • Round-trip economy class flights to Rome, available for departures from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • 2-night pre-cruise stay at the Anglo Americano hotel in Rome in a standard double room with breakfast
  • Private car transfer Rome Fumicino airport to Hotel
  • Private car transfer Rome hotel to the port at Civitavecchia
  • Private car transfer Civitavecchia to Rome airport
  • Port charges and fees
  • Air taxes
  • Bonus : Free Crew Gratuities

Fares per person

Fares from £2,495 inside, £2,720 outside, £3,040 veranda or £3,260 level veranda, all per person in double occupancy.

For further information on this or any other Cruiseco cruise package please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

New Polsteam Tramp-Style Cargo-Passenger Service – Occasional Sailings From Newport, Wales, To Great Lakes Ports

Juno at Ivy Lea Bridge © Lorraine MorrilThe Polish Steamship Company (Polsteam) is about to introduce a new tramp-style cargo-passenger service with occasional sailings from the UK port ot Newport, Wales, to ports in the Great Lakes. The first sailing will take place in early April and passenger bookings are being taken on a standby basis.

Fares will be US $1,640 per passenger in single or double cabins from Newport to ports between Montreal and Detroit, and $1,880 to ports above Detroit. Port charges are $132 per person extra. The first sailing will likely be by the Juno, pictured above by Lorraine Morril passing beneath the Ivy Lea Bridge in the Thousand Islands.

Intending passengers who are not US or Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Visa to enter the United States by cargo ship.  If there are direct sailings to Canadian ports, US visas may not be required. Space may also be available from the Great Lakes once destinations are known.

For further information, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Germany Surpasses UK In Cruise Passenger Numbers – Other Cruise News: Lindblad Expeditions To Float

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 16th March 2015

Aida Prima

Aida Cruises’ new 3,250-berth Aida Prima will become Germany’s largest cruise ship when she enters service in September

Just as P&O Cruises and Royal Caribbean International introduce two new ships to the UK market comes news from Germany that it has finally surpassed the UK in terms of the number of ocean cruisers it produced in 2014. With Germany’s 1.77 million ocean cruisers in 2014 to the UK’s 1.64 million (a drop), the market is now the largest in the world outside the United States and 8% larger than the UK. With Aida and TUI both in the course of introducing new tonnage, Germany will have introduced five large new ships (with 14,000 berths) by the end of next year compared to the two (with 7,827 berths) that are now being introduced in the UK. Meanwhile, a new merged Lindblad Expeditions will float in the US later this year, with the news breaking at the same time of plans to order at least two new expedition ships for delivery in 2017 and 2018.

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Oceania Cruises’ Nautica – Singapore to Hong Kong via Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, 19 Nights Departing UK January 5, 2016

Nautica19 NIGHTS THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM, SINGAPORE TO HONG KONG ON m.v. NAUTICA

Departing UK January 5, 2016

Itinerary

Fly UK to Singapore (2 Night hotel stay) ~ Embark Nautica (One night onboard in Singapore) ~ Cruising the Gulf of Thailand ~ Ko Samui (Thailand – Disembarkation by tender) ~ Bangkok (Thailand – Overnight onboard) ~ Sihanoukville (Cambodia) ~ Cruising the South China Sea ~ Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam- Overnight onboard) ~Cruising the South China Sea ~ Hue / Da Nang (Chan May – Vietnam) ~ Hanoi (Halong Bay – Vietnam) ~ Cruising the Hainan Strait ~ Hong Kong (Overnight onboard plus one night hotel stay) ~ Fly Hong Kong to the UK

Oceania Cruises Experience

* Mid–size elegant ship catering to just 684 guests
* Free unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
* Multiple open-sitting gourmet dining venues at no additional charge
* Port-intensive itineraries featuring must-see destinations and boutique ports
* Overnight stays and evening departures for extended exploration
* Luxurious yet relaxed country club atmosphere
* Spacious sumptuously appointed suites and staterooms , 85% with private verandas
* 24-hour Butler Service in all suites
* Canyon Ranch spa treatments and cuisine
* Dedicated concierges for personalised service
* Staff selected from internationally acclaimed 5-star hotels and restaurants
* The comfort of smoke free environments throughout the ship
* Never a crowd and no waiting in queues
* With open-sitting in all restaurants, dine where, when and with whom you please
* Cuisine never prepared en masse; every dish created à la minute just for you

Package Includes

* 16 Nights Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam aboard Nautica from Singapore to Hong Kong
* All meals and entertainment whilst on board
* Raft of Oceania Cruises inclusions as detailed above under Oceania Cruises Experience
* Economy class travel to Singapore and returning from Hong Kong, available from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow
* 2-night pre-cruise stay at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel in a deluxe room with breakfast daily
* Private car transfer from Singapore Changi airport to hotel
* Private car transfer from Singapore Hotel to the Marina Bay Cruise centre
* One night post cruise stay at the Royal Plaza hotel in a deluxe king room with breakfast
* Late checkout till 8PM on day of departure from Hong Kong
* Private premium car transfer from port of Hong Kong to hotel
* Private premium car transfer from Hong Kong hotel to airport
* Port charges and fees
* Air taxes

Fares from London (ask for Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow)

Penthouse Suites from £9,095, Concierge Suites £7,645, Veranda Staterooms from £7,180, Oceanview Stateroom from £5,770 and Inside cabins from £5,415, all per person in double occupancy.

For further information on this or any other Oceania cruise please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Star Cruises Owner To Acquire Crystal Cruises – Other Cruise News: TUI Cruises To Acquire Splendour of the Seas

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 9th March 2015

Crystal Serenity and Symphony

Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are being sold by NYK to Star Cruises parent Genting Hong Kong

Surprise news arrived last week when NYK announced it was selling Crystal Cruises to Star Cruises owners Genting Hong Kong, and that a third ultra-luxury ship would be built. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean Cruises announced that it was transferring its Splendour of the Seas to affiliate TUI Cruises for operation by TUI Group’s UK affiliate Thomson Cruises, something that will introduce hundreds of balconies to the UK operator’s fleet for the first time.

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The Queen To Christen P&O’s Britannia – Other Cruise News: Six New Vikings For The Mississippi

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 2nd March 2015

Britannia P&O

The newly-delivered Britannia in P&O Cruises’ new red, white and blue colours

When Queen Elizabeth II christens P&O Cruises’ Italian-built Britannia next week, she will become the second P&O ship to be named by Her Majesty, joining the German-built Oriana, which she named in 1995. Between 1947 and 2010, the Queen has also named four ships of the sister Cunard Line. Over in New Orleans, meanwhile, US cruise circles are abuzz with Viking River Cruises’ plans to introduce half a dozen new 300-passenger vessels, or 1,800 more berths, to the Mississippi River between 2017 and 2019.

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