John Lang, 75, Founder of The Cruise People Ltd, Dies In Toronto

John LangTORONTO, 27th December 2017. John Robert Lang, 75, founder of The Cruise People, Ltd in Toronto and one of the original directors of The Cruise People Ltd in London, died on Wednesday, after a short illness.

John was born in Toronto in July 1942 and after a decade of teaching, and taking groups cruising on Georgian Bay in the summer time, he founded The Cruise People, Ltd, as Canada’s first cruise-only travel agency in 1972.

He was that company’s president for forty-five years and also became a director of The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, when a former client of his opened the UK affiliate in 1992.

John Lang on Georgian Bay

John Lang on a Georgian Bay cruise on board s.s. Norgoma circa 1962

During his career, as well as booking thousands of happy people on cruises and being a reliable source for writers and authors, John supported many causes and was a rail fan too. Maritime causes he supported  included the mail ship RMS Segwun on the Muskoka Lakes and repatriating the Canadian Pacific Great Lakes steamship s.s. Keewatin from the US to Georgian Bay in 2012. It was John who supplied the Keewatin with her Canadian Pacific houseflag.

In March 2014, when other people would have been contemplating retiring, John joined Expedia Cruise Ship Centers, where he was able to continue his calling to the cruise industry by doing so from home.

John’s great sense of humour was shown in a post he made just a week before he died, “No Nativity Scene in Ottawa This Year”:-

The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene on Parliament Hill in Ottawa this Christmas season. This isn’t for any religious reason. They simply have not been able to find three wise men in the Nation’s Capital. A search for a virgin continues. There was no problem, however, finding enough asses to fill the stable.

John is survived by his wife Diana, co-founder of The Cruise People, Ltd, his daughter Fiona, who also worked with the company, and son-in-law Colin.


Ponant Orders A Polar Icebreaker – Magellan Goes To Mexico – Carnival Australia Hits 1 Million Passengers


The Cruise Examiner for 25th December 2017

Image result for ponant icEBREAKERLast week Ponant announced its latest order, in this case for a 30,000-ton 270-berth Polar Class 2 icebreaker (above) capable of taking passengers to the geographic  North Pole. Elsewhere, Cruise & Maritime Voyages is sending its 1,250-berth Magellan to Mexico for the winter of 2019 and Carnival Australia’s seven brands have carried a million passengers this year.

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Viking Ocean Confirms Two Orders, Two Options – Grand Classica From West Palm Beach – One Ocean’s Canadian Circumnavigation

The Cruise Examiner for 18th December 2017

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This weekend saw two items of news from Viking Ocean Cruises. First, the Viking Sun (above) sailed on the line’s first World Cruise, four months plus from Miami to London via the Pacific and Mediterranean. And second, Viking has firmed up orders for its seventh and eighth ships and confirmed options for two more that would bring its ocean fleet to ten ships. Elsewhere, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line reinstates its West Palm Beach to Freeport service this Saturday and has announced that its second ship, Grand Classica, will enter service in April. Finally, One Ocean Expeditions has announced a 56-night “circumnavigation” of Canada, tying its summer Canadian Arctic itineraries with the Akademik Ioffe with a Trans-Canada rail adventure from Vancouver to Halifax that uses Fairmont Hotels ashore.

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One Ocean Expeditions’ Circumnavigation of Canada. By Sea, Air and Rail, 56 Days, Summer 2018

Akademik Ioffe

The Akademik Ioffe offers accommodation for 90 passengers to cruise the Canadian Arctic

Starting and ending in Nova Scotia, One Ocean Expeditions has announced a once in a lifetime “circumnavigation of Canada” by sea, air and land, starting on the Akademik Ioffe on July 24, 2018..

The expedition will begin in Louisbourg NS and will join together all of One Ocean Expeditions’ summer 2018 itineraries, including Labrador and the Torngat Mountains, Baffin Island and Lancaster Sound, Exploration of the High Arctic, Pathways to Franklin, and the iconic Northwest Passage.

The Akademik Ioffe will then disembark her circumnavigation guests in Cambridge Bay, from where they will travel by plane to British Colombia and, after exploring the remarkable City of Vancouver, journey from West to East in style, on board Via Rail Canada’s recently introduced “Prestige” Class sleeper trains. The rail tour portion heads to Banff and Jasper National Park, before crossing the prairies and following the lakes of northern Ontario, through the bustling cebtres of Toronto and Montreal. With extended stops at world-class Fairmont hotels along the way, passengers will arrive back in the embarkation province of Nova Scotia 56 nights after beginning their journey.

The Hudson’s Bay Conpany’s Nascopie offered cruises for 22 passengers in the Canadian Arctic in the 1930s

In some ways, this voyage will resemble those that were offered in the 1930s by the Hudson Bay Company supply ship Nascopie, which set aside 22 of her 150 passenger berths for “official tourists.” They paid $650 for the full 95-day round trip, but were also able to book one-way voyages, Montreal to Churchill, about 40 days, being $300, while the longer return voyage from Churchill to Halifax was $350.

The Nascopie took the annual mail, supplies and personnel for the trading posts, police detachments, missions, hospitals and schools of the Canadian Arctic. She departed Montreal around July 1 and called at trading posts of the eastern Arctic, as well as the Manitoba port of Churchill, which was joined to the Canadian railway system in 1929. Churchill was called at first so the Hudson’s Bay Company could take advantage of the additional cargo capacity made available by the tons of fuel that was burned on the way up from Montreal, which allowed her to load more cargo for the Arctic.

Thanks to the Nascopie and the rail connection at Churchill it was possible to cruise in the footsteps of the early explorers on a trip that took guests to within 800 miles of the North Pole. But the 2018 voyage will offer all of that plus the West Coast and the Rocky Mountains, as well as Canada’s greatest cities. This new adventure, designed exclusively by One Ocean Expeditions, and informed by their extensive experience of these regions, will be a voyage like no other.

Canada Circumnavigation Voyage – July 24 to September 17, 2018


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One Ocean Expeditions’ Plan For Its Circumnavigation of Canada in 2018

For the first time, guests will have the chance to join the most comprehensive circumnavigation of Canada ever offered. This unparalleled journey visits historic sites along Canada’s East Coast, searches for thrilling polar bear and Arctic wildlife sightings, offers immersive visits to Inuit communities, takes guests through the crisp fresh air of the Rocky Mountains, and into the lively culture of Canada’s metropolises all in one voyage.

⚓ Twin-Private cabin on board the Akademik Ioffe
⚓ World-class accommodation at Fairmont Hotels whilst on land
Travelling on land on Via Rail’s newest ‘Prestige’ Class
Extended stays in Jasper National Park, Toronto & Montreal
56 nights / 57 days
Embark in Louisbourg NS, disembark Halifax NS
Price US$55,000 per person

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

CMA CGM Now Offers “Sirius” Cargo-Passenger Link Between the Mediterranean And South America


The 10-passenger CMA CGM Litani now operates between the Mediterranean, Brazilian ports and Argentina

Effective January 2018, CMA CGM will be offering a  new cargo-passenger service on the “Sirius” route between Mediterranean ports and Brazil and Argentina with its 10,600 TEU 10-passenger CMA CGM Litani, built in 2014.

The port rotation for this service is Malta, Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia, Algeciras, Salvador, Itaguai, Santos, Itapoa and Buenos Aires, with return via Rio Grande, Itajai, Itapoa, Santos, Itaguai, Tangier and Algeciras to Malta.

Sirius map

Sample fares for the full 56-day round voyage are €5,715 per person double or €6,275 for sole use of a double cabin. The Owners Cabin bears a supplement of €560 per person.  Genoa to Santos is 19 days at €2,015 per person double or €2,215 for sole use of a double, while Genoa to Buenos Aires is 23 days at €2,415 per person double or €2,645 for sole use of a double. On the opposite direction, Santos to Genoa is 22 days at €2,315 per person double or €2,535 for sole use of a double. The Owners Cabin is €10 per person per day extra.

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The 6-passenger CMA CGM Cayenne is one of three ships carrying passengers to and from north Brazil

CMA CGM also offers service to north Brazil, with regular sailings by the 2,140 TEU CMA CGM Cayenne, CMA CGM Marseille and CMA CGM Saint Laurent, each carrying 6 passengers from London, Rotterdam and Le Havre to St Martin, Port of Spain, Degrad de Cannes and the Brazilian ports of Vila do Conde, Fortaleza and Natal before returning via Algeciras to London.

For further details on any CMA CGM departure please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

MSC Seaside Heads For Miami – Cruise Passenger Growth At Montreal – Hamburg-Süd Ships To Drop Passenger Trade

The Cruise Examiner for 11th December 2017

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Viking Cruises’ Viking Sky at Montreal’s Terminal T3, temporarily adapted for cruise ship use in 2016 and now used for overflow

As MSC Cruises’ new MSC Seaside, first of a new class of cruise ship, heads for her christening by Sophia Loren in Miami next week, we have a look at her on board offering. Montreal meanwhile reports a record cruise season, with 114,517 visitors in 2017. And Maersk Line’s December 1 acquisition of Hamburg-Süd will see the latter’s container ships leave the passenger trades.

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MSC Cruises Plans Two Seaside Evo Ships From Fincantieri – New Sky Princess To Debut In 2019 – Northern Sea Wolf Passes Panama

The Cruise Examiner for 4th December 2017

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BC Ferries’ 150-passenger Northern Sea Wolf will cruise between Vancouver Island and Bella Coola in the Great Bear Rainforest

As MSC Cruises’ new MSC Seaside, first of a new class of cruise ship, is being prepared to enter service later this month, an order has been placed for two “Seaside Evo” ships that will carry an extra 420 passengers. Elsewhere, Princess Cruises has announced that its fourth ship of the “Regal Princess” class will be named Sky Princess when she enters service in 2019. And in British Columbia, the third of their northern tourist ships, the Northern Sea Wolf, has now passed through Panama and is due in Vancouver on December 14 for conversion into a day cruise ship to operate between Vancouver Island and Bella Coola in the Great Bear Rainforest..

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