Cruiseco’s Exclusive 2016 Azamara Club Cruises Charters – Lead-in Categories Are Already Sold Out So Book Now To Get Best Fares

Azamara Quest 

The great success of the “Mediterranean Montage” and “European Enchantment” charters for 2015 have paved the way for the creation of two extended charters aboard Azamara Club Cruises in 2016.

These exclusive Cruiseco charters have been designed to ensure your time ashore is maximised with a focus on overnight stays and late departures from ports that are unique and rarely seen on cruise itineraries. Regular cruisers will be surprised and enchanted by the original approach taken by these classic journeys.

Hidden Treasures of the Mediterranean ~ 20 April to 24 May 2016 – Azamara Journey
Nice to Venice – 34 nights – 30 ports – 10 countries – 5 overnights – 15 late departures
Ports Visited: Nice ~ St Tropez ~ Sanary-Sur-Mer ~ Cassis ~ Sète ~ Palamos ~ Ibiza ~ Mahon ~ Propriano ~ Olbia ~ Amalfi ~ Trapani ~ La Goulette ~ Porto Empedocle ~ Valletta ~ Mgarr ~ Chania ~ Limassol ~ Alanya ~ Kas ~ Marmaris ~ Hydra ~ Gythion ~ Itea ~ Dubrovnik ~ Korcula ~ Hvar ~ Ravenna ~ Koper ~ Venice

Fares from £6,300 per person double occupancy – Category 11 and 12 sold out

For further details online please click here

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MONTREAL TO NEW ORLEANS EDIT Discover the Atlantic Seaboard of Canada and USA ~ 24 September to 26 October 2016 Azamara Quest
Montreal to New Orleans – 32 nights – 19 ports – 9 overnights – 8 late departures
Ports Visited: Montreal ~ Québec ~ Charlottetown ~ Halifax ~ Saint John ~ Bar Harbor ~ Portland ~ Boston ~ Provincetown ~ Newport ~ New York ~ Baltimore ~ Norfolk ~ Charleston ~ Port Canaveral ~ Miami ~ Key West ~ Mobile ~ New Orleans

Fares from £6,210 per person double occupancy – Category 12 sold out

For further details online please click here

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Azamara

    Both Charters Include:
– Transfers at the beginning and end of your holiday
– All meals aboard Azamara Journey/Azamara Quest
– Gratuities to dining room and stateroom staff aboard ship
– House wine and beer served with lunch and dinner on board
– Bottled mineral water throughout your cruise
– Full on-board programme of entertainment, enhancement and port lectures

To book now please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Three New Cruise Ships For 2015 – Other Cruise News: Dynamic Dining Not Yet A Complete Success

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 20th April 2015

Viking StarToday sees the christening in Southampton of Royal Caribbean’s new 168,666-ton Anthem of the Seas, while Viking Ocean Cruises’ 47,842-ton Viking Star (above during trials) leaves Venice on her way to her own christening in Bergen next month. The 10,992-ton Le Lyrial will meanwhile make her own maiden voyage from Venice on May 9. This week we compare the three ships, each part of a quartet, while we also assay the implementation of Royal Caribbean’s new Dynamic Dining concept.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                         (See previous columns)

The Other Anthem of the Seas, Behind The Scenes – Montreal and Quebec After More Turnarounds

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 13th April 2015

Anthem of the SeasLast Friday saw the delivery of Royal Caribbean’s new 168,666-ton Anthem of the Seas (above), but rather than repeat what everyone else is saying about the new ship’s passenger features, today’s Cruise Examiner goes behind the scenes to look at her efficiencies. Meanwhile, as Australia rapidly outstrips Canada in terms of the number of cruise passengers each country produces, the St Lawrence ports of Montreal and Quebec will be seeking more embarkations with the help of $55 million from the Quebec government.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                          (See previous columns)

Canadian Pacific’s Princess Patricia To Be Commemorated on Princess Cruises’ 50th Anniversary Cruise This December

Princess Patricia painting

The 6,062-ton Canadian-flag Princess Patricia was the origin of the name of Princess Cruises.

In the winters of 1965-66 and 1966-67, Canadian Pacific’s 347-berth Princess Patricia ran a number of Mexican Riviers cruises on charter to the newly-formed Princess Cruises, sailing from Los Angeles. To celebrate the line’s 50th anniversary later this year, Princess Cruises has scheduled the 680-berth Pacific Princess for a special Mexican Riviera itinerary departing Los Angeles on December 3, 2015. The Pacific Princess will sail fifty years to the day after the Princess Patricia departed on the line’s first cruise in 1965.

The Princess Patricia normally operated her in Canadian Pacific’s Alaska cruise trade by summer and was laid her up in Victoria each winter. But the original use of the name Princess Cruises actually dated back to its colloquial use in Canadian Pacific Alasks brochures as early as the 1930s.

The Pacific Princess, now the smallest ship in the Princess fleet, will operate a 14-night cruise of the same duration as that first cruise on Princess Patricia. It will include a blend of ports from the maiden itinerary, including Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Manzanillo, and add some newer destinations such as La Paz and Loreto.

Princess Patricia‘s success in this trade allowed Princess Cruises to move on to larger ships and to expand into the Alaska trade as well. The fledgling cruise line was then acquired by Britain’s P&O in 1974.

Pacific Princess at Skagway

The Pacific Princess at Skagway in 2014

The 50th anniversary cruise has been on sale with fares starting at $1,699 per person, double occupancy. By way of comparison, fares on the 1965 Princess Patricia cruises began at $430. While that fare may seem high for 1965, they were less per day than her 8-night Alaska summer cruises, which started at $275. And taking into account inflation, $430 would be worth $3,204 today, meaning that in real terms the cost of a 14-night Mexican Riviera cruise has dropped by almost half in fifty years.

Now one of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises’ first season offered ten cruises to Mexico between December 3 and April 8 accommodating about 3,200 cruisers. Nearly fifty years later, Princess is the third largest cruise line in the world, with seventeen ships carrying 1.7 million cruisers to destinations worldwide.

For bookings and details of these and any other special cruises please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com. In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2 – A 9-Night Sampler Cruise From The UK – Portsmouth To Lisbon On June 2, 2015, From £2,990

europa-2-french-restaurantSPECIAL EUROPA 2 UK 9-NIGHT SAMPLER CRUISE (NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR ALTERNATIVE RESTAURANTS)

June 2, 2015, 9 nights from £2,990 per person on the world’s most luxurious ship. From Portsmouth to Lisbon via St Peter Port (Guernsey), St Malo, Belle-Ile, Bordeaux and La Coruna, finishing in Lisbon with an overnight stay on board. 119Two of the themes on board Europa 2 are “Relaxed Luxury” and “Hideaway at Sea.” This is quite different from the rest of today’s cruise market, even the ultra-luxury operators. Europa 2 is aimed squarely at a different audience – an affluent and professional market, still in work, younger in age and with growing children. The new ship’s dress code is thus smart casual, not formal. To reach this audience, the Europa 2  operates quite differently from other ships. Her summer cruises in the Mediterranean are 7-day itineraries that can be extended to 14 or 21 days, with no itinerary repeated before three cruises have elapsed. There are eight different restaurants to choose from and wines and spirits are sold at prices that are cheaper than onshore, unlike other cruise lines that charge full shoreside hotel prices. Beer is about €1.40, a cocktail around €4.20 and bottles of wine run from about €14. The usual practice on cruise ships has long ago moved away from charging real duty free prices. Hapag-Lloyd’s goal is not to maximise on board revenue but to offer value and a great experience. Also, in the alternative restaurants, it will not be possible to book more than forty-eight hours in advance, but on the other hand there is no etra charge in any of them. For further details on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and booking the Europa 2 please contact Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526 313 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Celebrity Eclipse 5-Night Exclusive Cruiseco Charter May 25, 2015, From Southampton – Guarantee Cabin Fares For A Limited Time Only

Celebrity Eclipse

The following advertisement ran in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph for Cruiseco’s exclusive 5-night Celebrity Eclipse cruise from Southampton to Cherbourg, Le Havre and Zeebrugge. Fares from £380 per person Inside, £450 pp Outside and £480 pp in a Veranda Cabin.. There is still space left but the ship will soon be full on numbers so act now:

Cruiseco’s Exclusive Celebrity Eclipse Charter in the “Daily Telegraph” April 4 & 5, 2015   

The following guarantee fares are still available for Cruiseco’s exclusive 5-night Celebrity Eclipse charter cruise from Southampton on May 25:

£380 per person twin share – INSIDE CABIN GUARANTEE (family value £1,100 for the cabin)

£450 per person twin share – OUTSIDE CABIN GUARANTEE (family value £1,190 for the cabin)

£480 per person twin share – VERANDA CABIN GUARANTEE (family value £1,290 for the cabin)

Cruiseco Celebrity CharterFor Further Details Please Click Here – Where You Can Book with The Cruise People Ltd

Conditions Apply: Cabin numbers will not be confirmed/advised until a few days prior to departure. If passengers want a confirmed cabin number they must book at brochure fare. 3rd & 4th passengers can be added at £190 per person, £90 per child under 12. (Please note four-berth cabins are limited – so please book quickly).

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450, click here or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

S.S. Maria Theresa Introduced By Uniworld – The Return Of The Kapitan Khlebnikov & A Complete Arctic Circumnavigation In 2016

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 6th April 2015

S.S. Maria TheresaLast week saw the opulent new 443-foot 150-berth river cruiser S.S. Maria Theresa (see portrait of her namesake in the main stairwell above), sailing on her maiden voyage through the waterways and canals of the Benelux to Antwerp before entering service between Amsterdam and Budapest for the summer. We have a look at some aspects of this vessel and her owners, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, in another part of the world, Quark Expeditions has announced that the 102-berth expedition icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov will be returning to revenue passenger service in 2016, with a 75-day complete circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean that can also be booked as four separate itineraries.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                            (See previous columns)

Three Great Opportunities To Cruise The Great Lakes This Summer On The 210-passenger Saint Laurent, 10 Days From $4,199

Saint Laurent stateroom

Typical outside accommodations on the main deck of the 210-passenger m.v. Saint Laurent

Space is limited but there is still time to secure your place on a 10-night Great Lakes cruise on board the charming 4,954-ton 210-berth Saint Laurent this summer.

  • Sail into history with the first authentic Great Lakes voyages by classic passenger ship in decades, leaving right from Navy Pier in Chicago or from the Port of Montreal in the heart of that city.
  • A 9-night Great Lakes cruise on board a ship with nostalgic interiors and rich appointments.
  • Special on board events and shore excursions included in each port of call.
  • Elegantly casual dining and entertainment on board wth unlimited beverages, including beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea and water.
  • Spectacular sightseeing through the Soo Locks, the St Lawrence Seaway, the Thousand Islands, the Welland Canal, as well as seeing Niagara Falls and Mackinac Island.
  • Departures from Chicago on July 14 and August 28 – from Montreal on July 5.
  • Fares from $4,199 per person in an inside cabin or $4,599 in an outside cabin plus $399 port charges
Haimark Great Lakes

July 14 & August 28 from Chicago, July 5 v.v. from Montreal

For a full copy of the flyer please click here: Cruise the Great Lakes

For further details and bookings please call The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com. In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

One Ocean Offer 20% Off July 7-16 Atlantic & Gulf of St Lawrence Cruise, 9 Nights Round Trip From Louisburg NS Now From $4,955

One Ocean GulfEnjoy the prolific wildlife around the remote and otherwise inaccessible islands of Nova Scotia (including Sable Island), Quebec, Newfoundland and the French territory of St Pierre et Miquelon on this quintessentialy Canadian voyage.

The islands of Atlantic Canada offer an abundance of birdlife and marine mammals, in addition to unique fishing and celtic cultures. Beaches and lagoons provide ample viewing opportunities for numerous shorebirds and as we cruise towards the mouth of the St Lawrence we hope to see whales such as the humpback, minke and blue whale as well as grey and harp seals. We will also look for eagles along the beach and gannets fishing the waters. Our onboard naturalists will be spotting and identifying the various creatures that surround us.

Starting and ending in historical Louisbourg on beautiful Cape Breton Island, this voyage offers a rare opportunity to explore this historic and beautiful region and take every opportunity to discover the Maritimes in all their glory. As we sail the Gulf of St Lawrence, we will be accompanied by a Cape Breton fiddler and an East Coast musician with a focus on the music of the small fishing villages.

DAILY ITINERARY 

 Day 1 – Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Our adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where we board our expedition vessel, the 96-passenger Akademik Ioffe. First visited by the English in 1597, the town was fortified by the French in 1713 in recognition of its strategic location.  In the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. We will board in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of fresh, local lobster as we sail out past the lighthouse and onto the Grand Banks.

Day 2 – Sable Island

Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, Sable Island has a storied history as a graveyard of ships, with more than 350 wrecks. Sporadically inhabited by sealers, shipwreck survivors and salvagers, the island is now home to half a dozen year-round inhabitants and a herd of Sable Island ponies, and is now one of Canada’s national parks.

Day 3 – Bird Island

Off the north central coast of Cape Breton, the Bird Islands are home to a number of important species including the Great Cormorant, Atlantic Puffin, Atlantic Razorbill, black-legged kittiwake and an important feeding station for Cape Breton’s bald eagles.

Day 4- The Magdalen Islands (Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine)

These remote islands of the Gulf of St Lawrence, part of the province of Quebec,  are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sculpted sandstone shorelines. In addition to the traditional fishing and sealing culture, we will see a wide diversity of bird life.

Day 5 – Bonaventure Island and the Gaspé Peninsula

At Bonaventure Island we drop anchor near the town of Percé and visit the island by zodiac. One of the largest northern gannet colonies in the world, Bonaventure Island is protected as a provincial park of Quebec. We visit the colony, indulging in close up views of these majestic seabirds.

Day 6 – Anticosti Island

At the mouth of the St Lawrence where the river water mixes with Arctic water from the Strait of Belle Isle and the more temperate Atlantic waters, Anticosti Island is rich in marine wildlife. We plan to wander the beaches near the eastern end of the island followed by a zodiac cruise along the cliffs at East Point.  We will be keeping eyes open for shorebirds and seabirds as well as whales and seals as we enjoy Anticosti.

Bonne Bay

Bonne Bay in Gros Morne National Park

Day 7 – Gros Morne National Park

Sailing into majestic Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, the cliffs soar up out of the water and are covered in a green blanket of tuckamore – windswept spruce sculpted by the ocean breeze. At Woody Point we are welcomed ashore by a delegation from the community before visiting the loval interpretation centre. From there, guided walks take us into the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and to the lookout for a view over much of the park – a spectacular experience!

Day 8 – Francois

Francois (pronounced Frans-way) is a small, isolated community steeped in the traditions of the sea, perched on the edge of a beautiful fjord on the south coast of Newfoundland. We are welcomed ashore by members of the community and, if we hit it off, we may be invited to a dance at the community hall.

Day 9 – St Pierre et Miquelon

The island of St Pierre, is a European enclave still under French control. Walking down the streets feels like taking a stroll through a provincial French town. There’s an excellent puffin colony here and if weather permits we cruise in the zodiacs to see these colourful birds. Tonight we enjoy a special dinner, attended by the Captain, to mark the end of our Maritime adventure.

Day 10 – Louisbourg

We sail back to Cape Breton across the mouth of the Gulf of St Lawrence, heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg.  We will disembark in the morning and while some of us hustle to the airport, many will add a few extra days in Cape Breton to enjoy one of the gems of Canada’s East Coast.

Fares were from US $6,195 per person in a triple cabin or $7,195 in a double cabin with sem-private facilities or $8,295 per person en suite.

Prices for the 10-day East Coast Wildlife Safari now start at US $4,955 per person including the 20% price reduction and all activities and excursions. Also included is a transfer from the meeting point in Louisbourg to the ship, and transfer from the ship to the departure point in Louisbourg.

Family packages are also available for this voyage: children 16 and under can join an adult for just US $1,500, while young people aged 17-20 can take advantage of a 25% discount.

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, on 020 7273 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com. In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.ca.

New Polsteam Cargo-Passenger Service – Now With Occasional Sailings From Teesport, England, To Ports In The Great Lakes

Wicko by Vedran MilacicThe Polish Steamship Company (Polsteam) is about to introduce a new occasional cargo-passenger service with sailings from the UK port of Teesport, to ports in the Great Lakes. The first sailing will take place in mid April with passenger bookings being taken on a standby basis.

Fares are US $1,640 per passenger in single or double cabins from Teesport to ports between Montreal and Detroit, and $1,880 to ports above Detroit. Port charges are $132 per person extra. The first sailing will be by the Wicko, pictured above by Vedran Mlacic in the Welland Canal bound for Cleveland. On the first sailing in this service, th Wicko will be sailing to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, a new port for Polsteam passengers.

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.

Regular sailings are also still being offered twice a month from the port of IJmuiden, on the North Sea Canal near Amsterdam, to both Cleveland and Burns Harbor. For details on the regular service from IJmuiden please click here.

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