The Ocean Liner Society Chooses Pullmantur Cruises’ Sovereign For Its 2016 Annual Cruise, From Barcelona On September 24

SovereignThe UK-based Ocean Liner Society  has this year arranged ti take its annual cruise on Pullmantur Cruises’ 73,192-ton Sovereign, sailing from Barcelona on 24th September. As Sovereign of the Seas, she was the world’s largest cruise ship when she entered service in 1988, exceeding both the 70,202-ton Norway and the 66,451-ton (at the time) Queen Elizabeth 2.

Several Ocean Liner Society group cruises have taken place on Pullmantur ships in the past. It is now over a decade since the Society first cruised in Pullmantur’s 39,241-ton Oceanic, once Home Lines’ flagship, and the 46,087-ton Sky Wonder, which had been built as the Sitmar Line flagship Fairsky. In more recent years, the Society has chosen Pullmantur associate Croisières de France, cruising in its 37,301-ton Bleu de France (now Saga Sapphire) in 2010, and the 46,811-ton Horizon in 2012.

For 2016, it is back to Pullmantur’s Spanish-based fleet, with a 7-night cruise from Barcelona on the Sovereign. Sailing on Saturday, September 24, 2016, this year’s cruise will call at Olbia, Civitavecchia, Livorno and Toulon before returning to Barcelona on October 1.

Sailing Itinerary
Date                                     Ports of Call    
Sat 24 Sep2016                   Barcelona
Sun 25 Sep2016                  At Sea
Mon 26 Sep2016                 Olbia, Sardinia
Tue 27 Sep2016                   Naples
Wed 28 Sep2016                  Rome (Civitavecchia)
Thu 29 Sep2016                   Florence/Pisa (Livorno)
Fri 30 Sep2016                     Provence (Toulon)
Sat 01 Oct2016                      Barcelona

Special Ocean Liner Society Fares

Luxury Outside A cabins (Doubles)         £880 per person
Outside cabins (Doubles)                           £695 per person
Inside Superior (Doubles)                          £635 per person
Outside cabins (Singles)                             £895 for sole use
Inside Superior (Singles)                            £795 for sole use

Above fares include port charges, standard Drinks package and gratuities.

Those interested in participating in this year’s cruise should register as soon as possible as the allocation is limited. A deposit of £150 per person will confirm a place and the final balance will be due 70 days before sailing (15.07.16)

The Ocean Liner Society is a non-profit organisation whose members celebrate the passenger ship in its many forms. Members of the general public can qualify to travel on this cruise by joining the Ocean Liner Society. Membership is £20 in the UK, £23 in Europe and £25 in the rest of the world. As well as the opportunity of joining Society g oup cruises, this includes a subscription to its 48-page quarterly journal, Sea Lines. Further details can be found at Ocean Liner Society

Fior further details or to book this cruise  please contact agents The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 and ask for Mona Hedlund or e-mail

First Class & Cabin Class On The Rivers – How Small Is Small? The 500/700-Passenger Ship – Cruise Line Stocks

The Cruise Examiner for 15th February 2016

Seabourn Encore at seaRecently, Scenic and its sister line Emerald Waterways have been in the news, especially with Scenic’s planned expansion into ocean cruising in 2018. This week we have a closer look at their river operations in Europe. Elsewhere, with Seabourn president Rick Meadows in Europe, we look at their new 604-berth Seabourn Encore (above), due out in January, and how she compares with other ships such as Regent’s 750-berth Seven Seas Explorer, which enters service this summer. Finally, we have a quick look at what’s happening with cruise line stocks.

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Good News For Sea Travellers Between Europe And Australia – Last Minute Voyage Possibilities On Board CMA CGM Bellini And MSC Ilona

CMA CGM Bellini at seaWhile a regular direct service between Australia and Europe has not been available recently through either Panama or Suez, we now have good news for cargo ship passengers wanting to travel through Suez.

First, CMA CGM’s North Europe Med Oceania (NEMO) Line will soon be offering a one-ship service with the 10-passenger container ship CMA CGM Bellini (above). This ship is now en route from London and is due to sail from Sydney on or about March 20, 2016, returning from London on or about May 5, 2016. So apply now if you want space.

The CMA CGM Bellini’s route is London Tilbury – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Le Havre Fos sur Mer – Genoa – Damietta – Suez Canal – Pointe des Galets (Réunion) –  Fremantle – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Singapore – Port Kelang – Chennai – Colombo – Cochin – Suez Canal – Damietta – Malta – Salerno – London Tilbury (91 day round trip). 

Then we have two special voyages by NSB’s 5-passenger MSC Ilona over the same period. MSC Ilona leaves London on or about February 21 for Australia. The first return voyage from Sydney is scheduled for April 4, 2016. But again, book now to obtain space.

The MSC Australia Express route is London Gateway – Antwerp – Le Havre Fos sur Mer – La Spezia – Naples – Gioia Tauro – Suez Canal – Port Louis (Mauritius) – Pointe des Galets (Réunion) – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Fremantle – Singapore – Colombo – King Abdullah – Suez Canal – Valencia – London Gateway (91 day round trip).

For further details on any of our Australian cargo ship voyages please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Crystal Examines s.s. United States – Other Cruise News: – Cruise Ship Creep – Ocean Liner Society Chooses Sovereign

The Cruise Examiner for 8th February 2016

s.s. United StatesLast week saw the news that Crystal Cruises was about to undertake a feasibility study into whether the 1952-built s.s. United States could be revived and put back into service as a fast 21st Century cruise ship (see artist’s concept, above). The results of this determination should be known by the end of the year. Elsewhere, we look at “cruise ship creep” as different classes of ship keep getting progressively longer, with more berths in each case. And the Ocean Liner Society has chosen to take this year’s annual group cruise on Pullmantur’s Sovereign, a vessel that when built in 1988 was the world’s largest cruise ship.

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Grimaldi Lines Announces Latest Rome To Baltimore and Jacksonville Passenger Dates (15.05.17)

Grimaldi Marocco © John Skelson

Grimaldi Lines’ Grande Marocco class ships carry 12 passengers each betwen Rome and Jacksonville via Baltimore

Grimaldi Lines last year announced a new cargo-passenger service between Civitavecchia (for Rome) and Baltimore, which has now been extended to Jacksonville, Florida..

Grimaldi is offering service between Civitavecchia and Jacksonville on ships carrying cargo including new automobiles for Fiat-Chrysler, including the Jeep Renegade. It may be possible later to book accompanied privately-owned vehicles as well. These ships carry up to twelve passengers each, the maximum allowed on a cargo ship.

One-way North Atlantic fares for 2016-17 are as follows:

Owners Category EM2: €1,700 (about US $1,905) per person for two
Outside Category DE2: €1,300 (about US $1,455) per person for two
Inside Categories DI2/BI2: €950 (about US $1,065) per person for two

Owners Category EM1: €2,300 (about US $2,575) for sole occupancy
Outside Category DE1: €1,700 (about US $1,905) for sole occupancy
Inside Categories DI1/BI1: €1,200 (about US $1,345) for sole occupancy

The duration of each voyage is about 11 days to Baltimore (14 days to Jacksonville) and there is a sailing about every 11 days. A new schedule has now been released, with departures from Civitavecchia as follows): May 25, June 8 & 30, July 5 & 19, August 2, 16 & 30, Sept 13, Oct 1, 15 & 28

These ships feature an Owners cabin and five Inside cabins.

For further details on booking a voyage on Grimaldi Lines or any other cargo-passenger service please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Norwegian To Add Hamburg And Southampton In 2017 – Other Cruise News: River Lifts And Elevators

The Cruise Examiner for 1st February 2016

Norwegian JadeLast week Norwegian Cruise Line was full of announcements for next year. First, it will base its Norwegian Jade (above) in Hamburg starting in 2017, second it will return to Southampton next year in an effort to double its UK trade and third it will base its mammoth Norwegian Getaway in Copenhagen, offering an increase of 36,000 berths there on a seasonal basis. Meanwhile, we look at the recent addition of lifts and elevators to river cruisers in Europe.ensure the long-term health of the world’s oceans.

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