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.

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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.

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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.

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