Millennials And Cruising – Russians Acquire Cruise Ship For Crimea – Stern’s Guide to European Riverboats

The Cruise Examiner for 30th January 2017


Beginning life as P&O’s Eagle in 1971, the former Royal Iris is now to go under Russian flag to serve Crimea

Recently there has been more attention paid to the younger passengers, the so-called millennials, and their role and interest in cruising. So this week we take a quick look at what is happening in the cruise market for 18-34-year olds. The Russians, meanwhile, are busy getting back into the cruise business with a newly-acquired cruise ship to serve Crimea. And the latest edition of Stern’s Guide to European Riverboats and Hotel Barges is now available.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                    (See previous columns)


Spirit of Lisbon Added To The Liberty Bridge Transatlantic Service: Passengers Carried Only Between Bremerhaven And New York

spirit-of-lisbonRickmers’ 50,249 dwt tonne Spirit of Lisbon (above) has recently been added to the CMA CGM Liberty Bridge Transatlantic service and is offering the Owners Cabin (260 sq ft) and one Single cabin (170 sq ft) for passages.

The overall route is Bremerhaven – Le Havre – Southampton – New York – Norfolk – Charleston – Savannah – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Bremerhaven. Non-US and Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Tourist Visa to trvel on this route.

Passengers are being booked only for one-way voyages between Bremerhaven and New York and the round voyage starting from Bremerhaven. Fares are in Euros and include full board, deviation insurance, port charges and booking fee and work out as follows (US Dollar sums given as examples only):

Bremerhaven to New York (13 days): €1,255 ($1,375) per person double occupancy for the Owners; €1,645 ($1,805) for sole use of the Owners and €1,320 ($1,445) for the Single cabin.

New York to Bremerhaven (21 days): €1,895 ($2,075) per person double occupancy for the Owners; €2,525 ($2,770) for sole use of the Owners and €2,000 ($2,195) for the Single cabin.

Bremerhaven to Bremerhaven round voyage (34 days): €2,935 ($3,215) per person double occupancy for the Owners; €3,955 ($4,335) for sole use of the Owners and €3,105 ($3,405) for the Single cabin.

For reservations please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London at +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email

Just Released: Bravo UK 2018! A 7-Night Cruise Of The Performing Arts On Board Celebrity Silhouette, Sails Southampton May 19, 2018
For further information please contact The Cruise People Ltd at 88 York Street London W1H 1QT +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or UK Freephone: 0800 526 313 or EMail

Short Cargo Ship Voyages: 14-day Voyage From Liverpool to Portugal Replaced By 21-day Round Voyage From Felixstowe to Turkey

Earlier this year, The Cruise People Ltd announced a new fortnightly cargo-passenger service from Liverpool to Dublin and Bristol, Leixoes, Algeciras and Setubal with a return call at Leixoes on the northbound voyage.

elbstrand-helga-knitterThe 11,367 dwt tonne Elbstrand, built in 2002, featured two Single suites, one starboard and one port side, on C Deck, each with an open view to the side. The fare for the  14-night round voyage was £1,210, including full board, dues and taxes.

Update: The above voyage has now been withdrawn but instead we can offer the following 21-day voyage from Felixstowe to Antwerp and the Turkish ports of Gebze, Istanbul and Gemlik. This voyage is on the larger MSC Cordoba, with one Owners cabin and two Double cabins, for a total of six passengers.

MSC CordobaThe 63,352 dwt tonne MSC Cordoba, built in 2008, features one Owners and two Double cabins, and offers a 21-day round trip from Felixstowe to Turkey. Fares for the full round voyage, including full board, dues and taxes, are £2,050 or £2,140 per person, depending which cabin is occupaied, or for singles £2,635 or £2,740.

For further details on these cargo ship voyages please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email

Bravo! A Cruise Of The Performing Arts 2018 – 7 Nights On Board Celebrity Silhouette Plus The Guggenheim – A Cruiseco Special

celebriy-silhouetteShip: Celebrity Silhouette
Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises
Departure: May 19, 2018
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Southampton, Bilbao, Vigo, Cherbourg, Southampton

Cruising aboard modern luxury in the Celebrity Silhouette, Bravo! A Cruise of the Performing Arts will be departing Southampton for seven glorious nights, May 19-26, 2018.

The Performers: 

Wynne Evans Ruthie Henshall
Mirusia The Celtic Tenors
Julian Lloyd Webber The Jonathon Welch Choir
The National Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Guy Noble and Anthony Inglis)

Plus more than fifteen other stars who will perform around the ship morning, afternoon and evening.

In Bilbao, passengers will have an exclusive visit to the stunning Guggenheim Museum and each guest on board will receive a private tour of the Galleries followed by a Reception in the stunning atrium designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry included in their fare. In the days leading up to the visit, on board lectures will enhance passengers’ enjoyment and appreciation of the visit.

For further details on this most entertaining of cruise opportunities please click here

For further details please contact The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email

Two New Ships For Holland America Group – Virgin To Fly Adonia Passengers To Barbados – Carnival Australia Reports To Los Angeles

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd January 2017


Holland America Line’s Koningsdam, first of the “Pinnacle” class ships

This week sees two items of news from Carnival Corp & plc’s Pacific-based operations. First it has ordered new ships for each of Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. And second, Carnival Australia will now report to Los Angeles instead of Seattle. Elsewhere under the Carnival umbrella, the Adonia returns to P&O Cruises from Fathom, and will be based in Barbados next winter, with flights from London and Manchester by Virgin Atlantic.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                           (See previous columns)

Cruiseco Exclusive – Myanmar in Complete Luxury – 11 days (£3,000 pp) or 17 days (£3,633 pp), flights from London

For further information on any of these specials please contact The Cruise People Ltd:
88 York Street London W1H 1QT+44 (0)20 7723 2450, UK Freephone: 0800 526 313