TUI’s Expedition Side – Other Cruise News: Emerald’s Three New Ships – The Windsors’ Cruise To Bermuda and Nassau

The Cruise Examiner for 31st August 2015

Kapitan Khlebnikov

After leaving passenger service for icebreaking in 2012 the Kapitan Khlebnikov is back working for Quark Expeditions again

Two weeks ago, we covered the TUI cruise fleet operated by the TUI Cruises joint venture with Royal Caribbean and the wholly-owned Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Thomson Cruises. Today, we have a look at TUI’s expedition arm, with ships operated by Toronto-based Quark Expeditions and Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions. Emerald Waterways, meanwhile, is about to order three more 172-berth vessels for rivers they do not presently cruise on. And we have a quick look at the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s cruise from Europe to Bermuda and Nassau seventy-five years ago this month.

85 Years Ago: The Flight To White – New Ships And New Port For CMA CGM – The World’s Longest Cruises

The Cruise Examiner for 24th August 2015

Empress of Britain © C E A van Boeckel

Canadian Pacific’s Empress of Britain of 1931 was the largest white-hulled passenger ship until the Canberra of 1961

Eighty-five years ago, Canadian Pacific’s newly built Empress of Japan appeared with a white hull, something her running mate the Empress of Canada had adopted the previous year. Within a year, the 42,348-ton Empress of Britain had joined them, and would remain the largest white-hulled passenger ship for thirty years, until P&O’s 45,270-ton Canberra of 1961. Soon, lines such as P&O, Pacific Steam, Blue Star, Lamport & Holt and Royal Mail joined them. Meanwhile, CMA CGM is introducing three new passenger-carrying cargo ships to its Caribbean and South American route, while the three they replace will open up a new passenger service between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. And finally, we have a look at some of the world’s longest cruises, as brought to us by Prestige Cruise Holdings.

One-Time Only Singapore-to-Sydney Sailing, 22nd November 2015 By SuperStar Virgo, Starting at £1,325 Inside, £1,853 Outside Cruise Only

SUPER STAR VIRGOOverland travellers to Australia now have a hard tme finding a link by sea from Singapore. But this year Star Cruises is scheduling a once-only voyage from Singapore to Sydney in November by the SuperStar Virgo, with arrival at Sydney on Wednesday, December 9, well in time for Christmas. The full itinerary for this cruise follows:

Date           Port           Time
22-Nov-15 Singapore Sail at 2000
24-Nov-15 Jakarta 0800-2000
25-Nov-15 Cruising Krakatoa 0400-0600
28-Nov-15 Geraldton, WA 1100-1900
29-Nov-15 Fremantle, WA 0800-1800
30-Nov-15 Albany, WA 1300-2100
03-Dec-15 Adelaide 0800-2200
05-Dec-15 Melbourne arrives 0800
06-Dec-15 Melbourne sails 0500
07-Dec-15 Tasmania 0900-2300
09-Dec-15 Arrives Sydney 0700

Fares (including port charges)

17 Nights Singapore to Sydney
Inside £1,325 per person double, £1,853 single
Outside £1,640 per person double, £2,325 single
Balcony £1,890 per person double, £2,700 single

Option 1: It is also possible to join in Hong Kong on 15th November 2015, sailing by way of Sanya (Hainan) in China and Da Nang and Ho Ch Minh City in Vietnam, with through fares as follows:

24 Nights Hong Kong to Sydney
Inside £1,836 per person double, £2,581 single
Outside £2,276 per person double, £3,241 single
Balcony £2,631 per person double, £3,774 single

CMA CGM Magellan 2Option 2: An unusal sea travel connection is available from Europe, on board the 150,269-ton British-flag container ship CMA CGM Magellan departing Le Havre Thursday 15th October and arriving Port Kelang, Malaysia, 16th November 2015. Dine with the officers, wine included with lunch and dinner, swimming pool and gym, you may also visit the bridge. One stop at Jeddah en route but no shore leave. Time spent ashore betwen Port Kelang and Singapore is at traveller’s expense. The fares for this voyage, including port charges are:

31 Nights Le Havre to Port Kelang
Outside £2,345 per person double, £2,580 single

Note: The Singapore to Sydney voyage will be offered exclusively by Cruiseco in 2016 using Royal Caribbean’s brand-new 168,666-ton Ovation of the Seas, departing Singapore 30th November and arriving Sydney 15th December 2016. This will be part of the vessel’s maiden voyage to Australia. Please ask for further details.


The Cruise People Ltd in London

+44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Three New CMA CGM Ships Enter Europe-Caribbean-Guyana-Brazil Cargo-Passenger Service As New Med-Caribbean Service Opens

CMA CGM Marseille

The newly-built CMA CGM Marseille replaces CMA CGM Herodote in the Europe-North Brazil service at Trinidad in September

The CMA CGM Marseille, second vessel of CMA CGM’s three-ship Guyanamax series, has recently been delivered in South Korea. This 2100 TEU capacity vessel (which includes 530 refrigerated containers) was built by the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and will fly the UK flag.

The three ships will operate in the North Europe French Guyana North Brazil line. This 42-day rotation calls at Tilbury, Rouen, Le Havre, Philipsburg, Port of Spain, Degrad des Cannes, Belem, Fortaleza and Natal and returns via Algeciras and Rotterdam to Tilbury.

The Guyanamax series is composed of the CMA CGM Cayenne, which enters the service at Trinidad next week, the CMA CGM Marseille, which follows in September, and the CMA CGM Saint Laurent, which will join the service in November.

The CMA CGM Cayenne and Marseille are equipped with cranes while the CMA CGM Saint Laurent is not, leading to speculation that the third ship could eventually be placed in service to Montreal, as her name would seem to indicate. The present CMA CGM-chartered ship on the “St Laurent” service is the much larger 3091 TEU Em Kea, which runs together with three 2900 TEU ships provided by Maersk Line. The new trio will carry passengers and the accommodation will amount to three double cabins and one single, accommodating up to seven passengers.

They replace the six-passenger CMA CGM Aristote, Herodote and Platon, which have now been moved to a new cargo-passenger service between the Mediterranean and the Baltic.

For further details on how to book either of these Transatlantic services please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Winter & Spring Liner Voyages In French Ships: To St Maarten By CMA CGM Container Ship And Back By Croisières de France’s Horizon

CMA CGM Homere © C Costa

CMA CGM Homère and three sister ships carry six passengers on their run from London to the Caribbean and South America

This winter, sail to St Maarten by cargo ship, with regular 12-night sailings from London Tilbury to Philipsburg, and calls at Rouen and Le Havre before leaving Europe. The present ships in this service, CMA CGM Aristote, CMA CGM Herodote, CMA CGM Homère and CMA CGM Platon, are fitted with an Owners and two double cabins, passenger lounge, gym and swimming pool. Passengers dine with the officers and are allowed to visit the bridge.

When the exisiting ships are replaced by three new ships, CMA CGM Cayenne, CMA CGM Marseille and CMA CGM Saint Laurent, this autumn, the present trio will be transferred to a new Med-Caribbean service serving Panama, Colombia and the French West Indies.

Whichever ship you book on, regular sailings give you the opportunity to tailor the length of your stay in St Maarten, with the fare from London Tilbury being €1,200 (about £885) per person double, or €1,320 (about £975) pp in the Owners Cabin, and €1,320 single (about £975), or €1,560 (about £1,155) in the Owners Cabin. Fares for the 10-night crossing from Le Havre start at €1,000 (about £739) or €1,100 (about £815) single. Fares include port charges and complimentary French table wine with lunch and dinner. While French-owned, all four ships are registered in London.

Horizon at St Maarten © Franck Senant

Crosières de France’s Horizon is seen here in an evening view before departing Philipsburg, St Maarten

Then, on March 28, 2016, sail from St Maarten to Barcelona on a 12-night voyage on board Croisières de France’s 1,442-berth Horizon, the first ship ever built for Celebrity Cruises and still trading within the Royal Caribbean group. After an 8-night Atlantic crossing, calls are made at Madeira (April 5) and Gibraltar (April 7) before arriving at Barcelona on April 9. The cruise-only fare for an outside cabin with port charges, drinks package and gratuities included begins at £503 per person and there is also an all-inclusive single fare of £569.

Included in your Horizon fare are all meals in non-speciality restaurants, on board bars and lounges, entertainment, live music, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including some premium brands, port charges and gratuities. The Horizon is operated for Croisières de France by Pullmantur Cruises of Madrid and is registered in Malta.

Return voyages from St Maarten are also avaialble by cargo ship but as the voyage calls at Trinidad, Guyane and three ports in northern Brazil before returning to Europe, the return to London takes 30 days. Please ask for fares.

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

TUI Group’s Expanding Cruise Fleet – Metropolitan Touring’s New Santa Cruz II – MSC Cruises, Number 1 In Europe

The Cruise Examiner for 17th August 2015

Santa Cruz II

Metropolitan Touring’s Santa Cruz II will carry 100 passengers around the Galapagos Islands in all-outside accommodations

This week we look at TUI AG and its various cruising arms – the TUI Cruises joint venture with Royal Caribbean Cruises and its wholly owned Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Thomson Cruises brands. Elsewhere, Quito-based Metropolitan Touring will soon take delivery of the stabilized Santa Cruz II, its most luxurious ship yet. And MSC Cruises has now claimed the number one spot in terms of capacity offered in Europe.

Have A Good Look At A Really Beautiful Ship:- Ponant’s New Le Lyrial

Le LyrialHave a look at a really beautifal ship, Ponant’s new Le Lyrial – click on the link below for more:

Le Lyrial, a new and exceptional yacht

The fourth ship of the recent quartet built for Ponant Yacht Cruises at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard, Le Lyrial differs slightly from her sisters in that she has only 122 suites and staterooms while the earlier ships have 132. Ten suites on the new ship have been doubled in size, bringing the total number of passengers down slightly.

Le Lyrial promenadeHave a good look at this quality product. There are lots of things to watch and lots of things to listen to, as well as 360° visits to different areas of the ship. Click through the link above, scroll down and enjoy yourself with this special website just for Le Lyrial.

Then, for further details on yacht and expedition cruising with Ponant, please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Norwegian Week – Other Cruise News: Genting Looking At Lloyd-Werft – Astor Returns To Australia In 2016-17

The Cruise Examiner for 10th August 2015

Pride of America

Tying in two of this week’s stories, Norwegian Cruise Line’s US-flag Pride of America was completed by Lloyd Werft in 2004.

Last week saw much news emanating from Norwegian Cruise Line. As well as producing a tidy profit, it announced returns to markets such as Asia and Australia, where it is opening new offices in Sydney and Hong Kong, as well as to South America. Meanwhile, minority Norwegian owner Genting Hong Kong, now owner of the Crystal and Star brands, is having a look at buying part of the Lloyd Werft shipbuilding business in Bremerhaven. Elsewhere, Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced that Astor will return to Australia in 2016-17, this time sailing in both directions via Panama.

Dual-Fuel LNG Ships For Costa Group – Other Recent LNG Installations – Converting Cruise Ships to LNG

The Cruise Examiner for 3rd August 2015

Costa LNG

In many ways, Costa’s new pair of 180,000-tonners will resemble AidaPrima, now being completed in Japan

Last week’s big news was that Meyer Werft is to build two new next-generation cruise ships for Costa Cruises, which will be the world’s first, and most certainly the largest, to run on LNG. While these will be built at its Turku shipyard, two similar ships will be built at Papenburg for sister company Aida Cruises. By burning LNG, large passenger ships are able to reduce their CO2 emissions by 25%, Nitrogen Oxides by 85 to 90% and Sulphur Oxides to practically nothing. LNG is a clean fuel, producing very low particle emissions, no visible smoke and no sludge. And as a bonus it is cheaper than marine diesel oil. There are problems however. LNG’s volume is 1.8 times that of diesel fuel, and with the necessity of using highly-insulated cylindrical tanks, the space required for bunker storage is almost four times what is required for conventional square tanks.

Six-Ship CMA CGM Cargo-Passenger Service Via Suez Of Interest To Canadians: Vancouver to Halifax 55 Days, Halifax to Vancouver In 71

CMA CGM La Scala © Knut Helge Schistad

CMA CGM La Scala is one of six ships offering a new cargo-passenger service between Vancouver and Halifax via Suez

The addition this month of Halifax to CMA CGM’s Columbus Loop service to and from Asia via Suez and across the Pacific to Vancouver presents a new cargo-passenger service that will be of interest particularly to Canadians.

The shorter route is westbound: Vancouver – Nadkhodka – Shanghai – Hong Kong – Yantian – Vung Tau – Port Kelang – Suez Canal – Halifax. The time in transit is 55 days, the longest stretch of which is the last 23 days from Port Kelang to Halifax. Vancouver embarkations take place at the Deltaport container terminal, near BC Ferries’ main Vancouver-Victoria terminal at Tsawwassen.

The longer eastbound route sails Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Suez Canal – Port Kelang – Vung Tau – Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai – Ningbo – Pusan – Seattle – Vancouver. This takes 71 days, the longest stretch of which is 37 days from Savannah to Port Kelang. Halifax passengers will board at the Halterm container terminal.

This route also lends itself to a Round-the-World service if VIA Rail and/or Rocky Mountaineer is used between Halifax and Vancouver or vice versa. In recent years, the number of passenger-carrying ships engaged on the Columbus Loop service has been doubled and six of the seventeen ships in this servidce now carry passengers. On average, this means there is now a passenger sailing every 21 days or so, but with gaps.

The six French-owned vessels providing the passenger service are the CMA CGM Almaviva, Cendrillon, Dalila, Figaro, La Scala and CMA CGM Titus, each carrying seven (7) passengers in en suite accommodation with private lounge and separate bedroom. While Vancouver has been a call for this service for several years, the first passenger calls at Halifax are scheduled as follows:

CMA CGM Cendrillon © A Spoerri

CMA CGM Cendrillon makes her first Halifax call on August 16

CMA CGM CendrillonAugust 16
– October 4
CMA CGM La Scala – November 1
CMA CGM Figaro – November 8
CMA CGM Dalila – November 22
CMA CGM Almaviva – December 13
CMA CGM Cendrillon – December 20

Fares including port charges (and complimentary table wine with lunch and dinner) are €100 per person per day and passengers may also use the service to travel between the Far East and either coast of North America. While the ships travel through the Mediterreanen in both directions they do not make any calls in Europe, meaning long transits for those who like to be at sea.

For further details on booking a voyage on CMA CGM’s Columbus Loop please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail