100 Years Ago: The End of the Plant Line – Other Cruise News: Hanseatic Cruise Services

The Cruise Examiner for 28th March 2016


For Easter, we have done something different. As Hapag-Lloyd celebrates 125 years since it introduced its first dedicated cruise ship, the 7,241-ton Augusta Victoria, we take a look at another operator that started cruising around the same time and did so up until the First World War put an end to it. The Plant Line began with experimental cruises from Tampa to Jamaica in a ship called the Halifax (above) in the early 1890s, followed by cruise offerings from Boston to the Gulf of St Lawrence in 1899 with the newly-built La Grande Duchesse, and a series of dedicated cruises in another newbuilding, the Evangeline, from Key West to the West Indies and Panama in 1913 and from Jacksonville to the same ports in 1914. We also have a look at the opening of a new Singapore-based ship management company called Hanseatic Cruise Services.

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The Crystal Endeavour – Ponant Orders New Quartet – CLIA Statistics Confirm UK Still Second To Germany

The Cruise Examiner for 21st March 2016

Crystal Endeavour

Like the 16,000-ton Scenic Eclipse, the 25,000-ton Crystal Endeavour (above) will be completed to Polar Class 6

Last week was Seatrade, which was held in Fort Lauderdale this year. First broke the news of a new 25,000-ton 200-berth Polar Class megayacht for the Crystal Yacht Cruises brand and then came the news of a virtual doubling of the Ponant fleet, with an order for four 184-berth expedition ships of a slightly smaller size than the existing fleet. We also have a look this week at the annual cruise statistics announced by CLIA for the UK.

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Star Cruises Launches Weekly Cruise Service From China To Japan – While CMA CGM Offers Regular Passenger Service By Container Ship


Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo is to sail weekly from the old port of Canton to Japan

Hong Kong-based Star Cruises will launch a direct cruise service to Japan next month to cater to the growing Chinese cruise market. The service will be in operation for a period of five months.

Starting on April 17, the line’s 1,870-berth SuperStar Virgo will enter service from the Pearl River port of Nansha, in the Chinese city of Guangzhou (formerly Canton), to make calls at Okinawa and Miyakojima in Japan. With a population of 13 million, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, after Beijing and Shanghai. The 5-night service will depart every Sunday and return to Nansha on Fridays.

After a long cruise to Australia and back at the end of last year, SuperStar Virgo was put into service from Hong Kong and Guangzhou to Vietnam in January, and more than 17,000 people have travelled in her to Halong Bay and Da Nang in the past two months.

China’s cruise travel market is forecast to become the largest outside of North America by 2020, with an estimated 4.5 million passengers a year. At the moment, about 1 million Chinese travel overseas on cruise ships every year.

CMA CGM Bougauinville

CMA CGM’s new mega container ships carry up to 10 passengers each to visit ports throughout China

Meanwhile, for those wanting to travel to China by container ship, The Cruise People Ltd offers regular passenger service in ships carrying up to ten (10) passengers each. One line alone, French-based CMA CGM, now offers year-round service to eleven ports in China from ports such as Southampton, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Fos-sur-Mer, Brisbane, Vancouver, Oakland, Long Beach, Buenos Aires and New York.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or by e-mail at cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

German Cruise Market Set To Hit 2 Million This Year – Winter Finishes Without A Single Florida-Cuba Cruise – China’s Norwegian Joy

The Cruise Examiner for 14th March 2016


The AIDAprima was completed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and left Nagasaki for Hamburg today

At the ITB travel show in Berlin last week it was confrmed that Germany is now Europe’s largest cruise market and second in the world after the United States. Not only that, but with the addition of the new AIDAprima and Mein Schiff 5 this year, the number of German cruisers is expected to reach 2 million. Meanwhile, across the seas in Florida, winter will end next week without a single cruise having departed that state for Cuban waters. Eighteen cruises had been planned for the 2016 winter season but not one has yet departed. Finally, we have a brief look at Norwegian Cruise Line’s new China ship, the Norwegian Joy.

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New American River Cruises by French America Line’s Louisiane

Authentic AmericaINTIMATE, EXCLUSIVE AND ELEGANT:  Introducing boutique river cruiser Louisiane’s exciting inaugural program, from August to December 2016.

We are proud to be able to introduce the new 150-berth river cruiser Louisiane, newest addition to Cruiseco’s highly successful and exclusive ‘Authentic’ product range. Operated by French America Line, this exciting inaugural program features 24 departures between August and December 2016, offering exclusive voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Red Rivers.

The Louisiane represents the best of all possible worlds and we invite you to experience river cruising in America as it’s never been done before!

What sets the Louisiane apart?Louisiane

– America’s only premium river cruise experience
– Complimentary one-night pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay in your embarkation city with transfers to the Louisiane on sailing day
– Complimentary custom-created shore excursions in every port of call
– Complimentary house wines, select beers, house-brand spirits, artisanal coffees, teas, soft drinks and purified water throughout your voyage
– Complimentary 24-hour room service (limited menu)
– Complimentary Wi-Fi (where available)
– The finest cuisine on America’s rivers featuring Southern and Continental menus created by award-winning Chef de Cuisine Regina Charboneau
– Savour a relaxed atmosphere in The Veranda, Louisiane’s complimentary alternative casual dining venue
– Casual but sophisticated onboard ambiance with a distinctive French flair
– Boutique cruise experience with only 75 staterooms and suites
– L’Occitane en Provence bath amenities
– Plush spa-quality bathrobes, slippers and pillow menu in every stateroom and suite
– Sail unique waterways not accessible by large vessels
– Inspiring on-board enrichment programs and talks by noted historians
– Unparalleled on-board entertainment celebrating the best of America
– Port charges and gratuities to the crew, local guides and drivers are included

Journeys for every desire are available on LouisianeSampler Cruise Tours (5 days or Less), Classic Cruise Tours (6 to 8 days), Grand Cruise Tours (9 days or more), and Collector’s Cruise Tours  (Varying Lengths)

There are 15 different itineraries on offer with 24 departure dates in total – here is just a snapshot of the available itineraries:

Sampler Cruise Tour:  Frontier Fete ~ 9 November 2016 ~ 4 nights from Nashville Return. Fares from £1,337 pp twin share

Classic Cruise Tour:  American Adventure ~ 27 August and 4 September 2016 ~ 7 nights from Pittsburgh to Louisville. Fares from £2,814 pp twin share

Grand Cruise Tour:  Southern Spirit ~ 12 August and 30 December 2016 ~ 9 nights from New Orleans to Memphis. Fares from £3,599 pp twin share

Collector’s Cruise Tour:  Red River Holiday ~ 8 nights from New Orleans Return.
Fares from £3,138 pp twin share

For all itineraries and departure dates please click here  

Let the river be your muse and carry you to the wonders of America and the vast blend of people, places and cuisine that define this great country.

For all itineraries, port details and further information on Louisiane please
click here for the electronic version of the new brochure

A copy of the Louisiane Fact Sheet click here

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email CruisePeopleLtd@aol.com.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages To Acquire Pacific Pearl From P&O Australia – Disney Orders Two More Ships – Anthem of the Seas Amends How It Handles Winter Weather

The Cruise Examiner for 7th March 2016

CMV Columbus

Artist’s illustration of CMV’s new flagship Columbus, which will join the fleet in June 2017

Today, Cruise & Maritime Voyages announced the acquisition of a new flagship, in P&O Australia’s Pacific Pearl, which had catered to many UK passengers in the past and will be based in Tilbury from next summer. The latest acquisition will be named Columbus, which also happens to be the name of one of the bars on the line’s veteran Marco Polo. Last week, Disney Cruise Line announced that it would be building two more cruise ships at Meyer Werft in Papenburg. And Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas, the largest cruise ship operating in winter weather from New York, made another itinerary change last week.

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