Norwegian Star Special Voyages, Hong Kong to Sydney (28 nights) January 2017 And Singapore to Dubai (23 nights) March 2017

Norwegian StarNorwegian Star – 16 January 2017 Hong Kong to Sydney – offers Outside Category OG/OB at a 23% lower fare.

28 nights Hong Kong to Sydney – m.v. NORWEGIAN STAR – Departing UK January 13, 2017

Fresh from refurbishment, the Norwegian Star offers new dining choices, revamped menus and new watering holes. For a total of seventeen dining choices and authentic cuisine from around the world, along with eleven distinctive bars and lounges. From morning until night, many are the entertainments that this ship offers: Mandara Spa and Fitness Centre for the day, lavish shows in the Stardust Theatre and casino action and dancing in the oceanview Spinnaker Lounge, for the nights.

Itinerary

Date             Destination
13 Jan 17     Overnight flight to Hong Kong
14 Jan 17     On arrival in Hong Kong you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Hong Kong
15 Jan 17     Today enjoy a full day deluxe tour of Hong Kong. Overnight: Hong Kong
16 Jan 17     After breakfast transfer to the port of Hong Kong and embark Norwegian Star
17 Jan 17     Day at Sea
18 Jan 17     Nha Trang, Vietnam
19 Jan 17     Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
20 Jan 17     Day at Sea
21 Jan 17     Laem Chabang (for Bangkok), Thailand
22 Jan 17     At Sea
23 Jan 17     Singapore
24 Jan 17     At Sea
25 Jan 17     At Sea
26 Jan 17     Benoa (Bali), Indonesia
27 Jan 17     Komodo, Indonesia
28 Jan 17     Day at Sea
29 Jan 17     Darwin, Northern Territory (Australia)
30 Jan 17     At Sea
31 Jan 17     At Sea
01 Feb 17     Cairns (Queensland), Australia
02 Feb 17     Airlie Beach (Barrier Reef), Queensland
03 Feb 17     At Sea
04 Feb 17     Brisbane, Queensland
05 Feb 17     At Sea
06 Feb 17     Sydney – After breakfast disembark the Norwegian Star and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Sydney
07 Feb 17     This morning enjoy a half day Panoramic Tour of Sydney. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Sydney
08 Feb 17     Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour Bondi Beach and Sydney highlights. Overnight: Sydney
09 Feb 17     Enjoy a full day tour to Blue Mountains and Australian wildlife with lunch. Overnight: Sydney
10 Feb 17     Today enjoy a half day tour to Manly and beyond. Overnight: Sydney
11 Feb 17     Early afternoon transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK
12 Feb 17     UK arrival today

Your Package Includes

  • 21 Night cruise aboard Norwegian Star from Hong Kong to Sydney
  • All meals and entertainment whilst on board
  • Economy class air travel to Hong Kong and returning from Sydney
  • 2 night pre-cruise stay at the 4-Star Eaton hotel in a Cub double room with breakfast
  • Private car transfer Hong Kong airport to hotel
  • Full day deluxe tour of Hong Kong Island
  • Private car transfer Hong Kong hotel to the port of Hong Kong
  • 5-night post cruise stay at the 4-Star Castlereagh hotel Sydney in a standard double room with continental breakfast daily and complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Private car transfer Port of Sydney to hotel
  • Half Day Panoramic Sydney sights tour
  • Half day Bondi Beach tour and Sydney sights
  • Full day tour to the Blue Mountains with Australian wildlife ( lunch provided)
  • Half day tour to Manly Beach and beyond
  • Private car transfer Sydney hotel to Sydney airport
  • Port charges and fees
  • Air taxes
  • Crew gratuities onboard the Norwegian Star

Fares per person in double occupancy

Cat

Stateroom Type

London

Manchester

Newcastle

OG

Oceanview

£3935

£3945

£4010

OB

Oceanview

£3945

£3955

£4020

BD

Balcony

£4095

£4115

£4175

Norwegian Star penthouseNorwegian Star – March 6, 2017, Singapore to Dubai – offers some few left available BD Grade cabins at 16% less than the next category up.

23 nights Singapore to Dubai – m.v. NORWEGIAN STAR – Departing UK March 6, 2017

Itinerary

Date    Destination
06 Mar 17     Overnight flight to Singapore
07 Mar 17     Arrive in Singapore where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight:     Singapore
08 Mar 17     This morning enjoy a half day tour of Singapore. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight:     Singapore
09 Mar 17     Breakfast at hotel. Late morning transfer to the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, Embark Norwegian Star
10 Mar 17     Port Klang (For Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
11 Mar 17      Penang, Malaysia
12 Mar 17     Phuket, Thailand
13 Mar 17     At Sea
14 Mar 17     At Sea
15 Mar 17     Colombo, Sri Lanka
16 Mar 17     At Sea
17 Mar 17     Cochin , India
18 Mar 17     Mangalore, India
19 Mar 17     Mormugao, Goa – India
20 Mar 17     Mumbai, India
21 Mar 17     At Sea
22 Mar 17     At Sea
23 Mar 17     Muscat, Oman
24 Mar 17     Fujairah (UAE)
25 Mar 17     Khasab, Oman
26 Mar 17     Abu Dhabi (UAE)
27 Mar 17     Dubai – After breakfast transfer to your apartment hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Dubai
28 Mar 17     This morning enjoy a Modern City tour of Dubai. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight: Dubai
29 Mar 17     Full day at leisure in Dubai. Overnight: Dubai
30 Mar 17     Transfer to Dubai airport for your return flight to the UK

Your Package Includes

  • 18 Night Spice Route cruise aboard Norwegian Star from Singapore to Dubai
  • All meals and entertainment whilst on board
  • One Economy class air travel to Singapore
  • One way economy class air travel Dubai to the UK
  • 2 Night pre-cruise stay at the 4-Star Orchard Parade Hotel in Singapore in a superior double room with full English breakfast daily
  • Private car transfer Singapore airport to hotel
  • Half day tour of Singapore
  • Private car transfer Singapore hotel to Port
  • 3 Night post cruise stay at the 4 Star Superior Gulf Oasis Hotel Apartment in a one bedroom apartment with full breakfast daily
  • Deluxe private car transfer Port of Dubai to Hotel
  • Half day Modern City tour of Dubai
  • Private car transfer Dubai hotel to airport
  • Port charges and fees
  • Air taxes
  • Prepaid crew gratuities

Fares per person in double occupancy

Stateroom

Cat.

London

Manche-ster

Newcastle

Birmingham

Glasgow

Outside

OG

£3,630

£3,665

£3,665

£3,630

£3,665

Outside

OB

£3,650

£3,685

£3,685

£3,650

£3,685

Balcony

BD

£3,745

£3,780

£3,780

£3,745

£3,780

For further details please call Giulia Marri at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail CruisePeopleGM@aol.com

CMA CGM’s Four 12-Passenger French West Indies Line Ships Have Now Transferred To The New Europe-Caribbean Service

cma-cgm-fort-st-louis

CMA CGM Fort St Louis is one of the quartet that have transferred to the Europe Caribbean Service

The  four container ships that were built in 2003 for the French West Indies Line have now been transferred to the line’s Europe Caribbean Service. They sail from a wider range of ports in Europe than just France, calling at Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp before leaving Le Havre for a tour round the Caribbean via Kingston, Cartagena, Santo Tomas, Puerto Cortes and Moin before returning to Rotterdam. a full round voyage of 42 days.

The four ships that have made the move, CMA CGM Fort St Georges, Fort St Louis, Fort St Pierre and Fort Ste Marie, are of 28,000 tons deadweight carrying capacity and each can carry up to twelve passengers, the maximum that can be accepted on a cargo ship without a doctor. Passengers are accommodated in an owners cabin and four twin cabins, each of about 195 sq ft, and two single cabins of about 155 sq ft. Each ship is also equipped with a passenger lounge, a gymnasium and an outdoor swimming pool.

ECS Service

Fares for the full 42-day round voyage start at €4,620 (about £3,7350) per person double or €6,240 (about £5,045) single, and one-way passages can also be booked from €110 (about £89) per person per day.  Complimentary French table wine is included with lunch and dinner, which passengers take with the officers.

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

The New Look In Cruise Ships – New Thomson Ships To Take TUI Names – Rolls-Royce And Passenger Ships

The Cruise Examiner for 25th April 2016

Hurtigruten 4

Hurtigruten has ordered two 600-berth bluff-bowed coastal ships from Norway’s Kleven Verft and placed options for two more

The arrival of AIDA Cruises’ new AIDAprima in Hamburg last week has served to introduce a new concept to the world of cruising – the return of the straight bow that was so popular on the ocean liners of a century ago. With sister ship AIDAperla and four similar-looking but larger 5,000-berth ships now on order for AIDA and sister company Costa Cruises, plus four more ships for Hurtigruten and the recently-ordered Crystal Endeavour, AIDAprima is the first of almost a dozen ships now being built to this new design. Meanwhile, TUI subsidiary Thomson Cruises has announced that its newest ships will carry TUI names in future. And we have a brief look at Rolls-Royce’s marine involvements.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                                  (See previous columns)

The Kamchatka Coast: Siberia’s Forgotten Shore – On Heritage Expeditions’ 50-passenger Small Ship Spirit of Enderby

Spirit of EnderbyThe Spirit of Enderby will  take you to discover Siberia’s eastern coastline, one of the most remote and least visited regions of the globe, and the indigenous people that live there, as well as a most diverse array of wildlife and habitats of anywhere on a similar latitude. You will also join a group of naturalists and guides that have devoted their lives to field research on the areas visited by your ship.

KamchatkaDeparting on June 24, 2016, you will be immersed in a 14-day experience on a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research. Newly refurbished, she can carry up to 50 passengers accommodated in six different cabin grades, triple and double, 29 cabins in total.

From Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski to the Port of Anadyr, you will discover many Russian Far East places, encountering several interesting animal species, stopping in local villages, and walking through deep forested fjords.

2016: Available fares from US $8,000 or $9,200 per person, including pre- and post-cruise transfers, all on board ship accommodations, meals and expedition shore excursions. Flights are extra by private  charter. Only main deck triple and main deck accommodation is left.
 
2017: This same voyage operates from 27 June to 10 July 2017, all cabin categories available. Fares from US $8,000 to $11,900 per person for the Heritage suite.

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For further details please contact Giulia Marri at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@outlook.com

A Revival In The Australian Cargo-Passenger Trade – Princess Cruises Announces 39 Japan Sailings In 2017 – Costa Asia Up To Five Ships

The Cruise Examiner for 18th April 2016

Diamond Princess

The Japanese-built London-registered Diamond Princess will offer 39 cruises from Tokyo and Kobe in 2017

As recently as January, we wrote that the direct Europe-Australia cargo-passenger trade was drawing to a close. Now, only three months later, the vagaries of the world container ship market mean we can report that four 10-passenger container ships are rejoining the route for CMA CGM, offering a one-way passenger capacity of about 150 berths per year. Elsewhere, we cover two Carnival Asia stories. Princess Cruises will next year offer thirty-nine cruises from Japan on its 2,674-berth Japanese-built Diamond Princess. Meanwhile, Costa is sending its 1,578-berth Costa NeoRomantica to China, in a move that will soon see Costa Asia operating five ships in the fast-growing China market.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                         (See previous columns)

A Revival In The Australian Cargo-Passenger Trade With Four Newly-Assigned Ships From CMA CGM And Two More From NSB

CMA CGM Bellini at sea

The CMA CGM Bellini is one of four CMA CGM container ships now offering 150 berths per year between Europe and Australia

As recently as January we wrote that the direct Europe-Australia cargo-passenger trade had closed. Now, only three months later, with the vagaries of the world container ship market, we can report that four 10-passenger container ships are joining the route for CMA CGM, with a one-way passenger capacity of about 150 berths a year.

In January,  CMA CGM had just withdrawn the 6-passenger CMA CGM Matisse and CMA CGM Utrillo, its last two remaining passenger-carrying ships on the direct Europe-Australia-New Zealand service via Panama.

At the same time, the 7-passenger MSC Monterey and sister ships were being moved from the Suez route to other services, with the MSC Monterey now serving the Europe to California trade.

Ten years earlier there had been fifteen passenger-carrying container ships running between Europe and Australasia. But now, two basic alternatives remained for cargo ship passengers travelling from Europe, and both involved a change of ship, either in the USA or in Asia. And in recent months, the only direct cargo-passenger service between Europe and Australia has been a single-ship service by the 10-passenger CMA CGM Bellini.

However, there is now very good news for travellers to and from Australia in that the Bellini‘s sister ships CMA CGM Mozart, Puccini and Rossini are now joining the North Europe Med Oceania (NEMO) Line via Suez, resulting in sailings about every 23 days.

Port rotation is London Tilbury, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Le Havre, then Fos sur Mer, Genoa and Damietta, Egypt, in the Mediterranean, through Suez to Réunion and thence Fremantle,

Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. The return voyage brings the ships to Singapore and Port Kelang then back to Europe via Chennai, Colombo and Cochin to Damietta, Malta, Salerno and London Tilbury. 

As well as embarking in London, passengers may now join in the Mediterranean. Genoa to Sydney for example is 33 days compared to 44 days from London. The fastest trip from Europe to Australia is 25 days Genoa to Fremantle. Fares are set at €110 per passenger per day in double or twin cabins, or €120/130 per day single.

On the return voyage, passengers from Australia are able if they wish to transfer at Port Kelang to the French Asia Line 1, which offers a 22-day transit to Southampton, compared with 31 days to Tilbury on the NEMO Line.

The CMA CGM Rossini left London on April 7 and sails from Genoa tomorrow, CMA CGM Bellini leaves London May 5 and Genoa May 17, CMA CGM Puccini leaves London May 12 and Genoa May 24 and CMA CGM Mozart leaves London May 19 and Genoa May 31. Subsequent sailings for each ship are then every 13 weeks thereafter.

MSC Alessia

The German-owned sister ships MSC Alessia and MSC Ilona carry up to five passengers each

Service is also once more available on the MSC  route on the MSC Alessia and MSC Ilona. But these 5-passenger ships, which are managed by Bremen-based NSB on behalf of German owners, are still subject to last-minute transfers to other MSC routes. Nevertheless, the Australia to UK return can be booked as a through voyage.

The MSC Australia Express starts at the new London Gateway terminal on the Thames, proceeding via Antwerp and Le Havre to Fos sur Mer, La Spezia, Naples and Gioia Tauro in the Med, and via Suez to Mauritius and Réunion before proceeding to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.

While northbound passages from Australia to Europe can be booked on the NSB ships via Singapore, Colombo, King Abdullah and through Suez to Valencia and London Gateway, the full 91day trip can also be booked as a full round voyage.

For further information on booking your sea passage between Europe and Australia please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Liverpool-Philadelphia Cargo-Passenger Service Now Offered Three Weeks Out Of Four With the Arrival of Spring

Independent VoyagerThis winter, the North Atlantic passenger service offered by Peter Zylmann Freighter Cruises has been operating with just one ship, the Independent Voyager (left), one of four that operate under charter to the Independent Container Line, with a sailing every 28 days.

Effective this spring, however, the Independent Pursuit and Independent Spirit have once again resumed carrying passengers, so that there is now service from Antwerp and Liverpool three weeks out of four.

The ships generally leave Antwerp on Wednesdays and Liverpool on Saturdays, and ports served in the USA are Chester PA (for Philadelphia) and Wilmington NC. Sailings from Chester take place on Wednesdays and from Wilmington on Fridays.

As only a few cabins are offered one should reserve early for this service. Typical fares for the Liverpool to Chester 10-day voyage are €1398 per person double and €1598 single.

For further details and reservations please call Miri Lopusna at the Cruise People Ltd on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.