Silver Spirit Goes To Palermo For Lengthening – Vancouver Considers An Outside Cruise Berth – Delos Shipping Acquires Deutschland

The Cruise Examiner for 26th February 2018


Delos Shipping LLC of Dallas has acquired the 552-berth Deutschland from Absolute Nevada LLC

A week from today, Silversea’s nine-year old 540-berth Silver Spirit will enter dry dock in Palermo to commence her stretching to become a 608-berth Silver Muse-like vessel, with more capacity and updated facilities. With the recent increase in ship size, meanwhile, the Port of Vancouver is considering a new cruise ship docking facility outside its main port area, which the new mega ships cannot access because of the height restriction imposed by the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Elsewhere, Dallas-based Delos Shipping has acquired the Deutschland (seen above in Phoenix Reisen colours)

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                         (See previous columns)

The UK Shows: Cruise Lines at the Daily Mail Cruise Show – Cruise Lines at the Daily Telegraph Travel Show

The Cruise Examiner for 19th February 2018

Viking Sea

The Viking Sea – Viking Cruises is one of eight cruise operators exhibiting at both London cruise fairs this month

The Cruise Show season is with us in London again and here is this week’s report. The most interesting comparison is between this weekend’s Daily Mail Cruise Show and next weekend’s DailyTelegraph Travel Show, with its Cruise showcase. And the most interesting finding is the lines or operators that are exhibiting at both shows. This is limited to eight operators: APT Luxury River Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Noble Caledonia, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Saga Cruises, Star Clippers, Titan Travel and Viking Cruises. None of these lines operates a ship that can carry more than 1,000 guests. It is interesting what this says about shows being hands-on places for luxury and small ship operators while the mass market lines now rely more on screens than stands to sell their wares.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                     (See previous columns)

Cunard Line: RMS Queen Mary 2 – North Atlantic Sailings 2018-19, Plus Year-Round Weekly Cargo-Passenger Sailings By ACL


2018 Transatlantic sailings:  May 10, June 3 and 24, July 13 and 27, August 19, September 2 and 16, October 18, November 4 and 18, December 15.

2019 Transatlantic sailings:  January 3, April 14 and 28, May 17 and 31, June 23, July 14 (14 days via Iceland), August 11. Later 2019 sailings to follow.

All crossings are 7 nights except where shown.

New York ► Southampton

2018 Transatlantic sailings:  May 17, June 10, July 6 and 20, 3 August 3 and 26, September 9, October 7 and 25, November 11, December 8.

2019 Transatlantic sailings:  January 3, April 21, May 5 and 24, June 7, July 7 and 28, August 18. Later 2019 sailings to follow.

Crossings are usually 7 nights, occasionally 6 and sometimes 8.

Liverpool ►Halifax ►New York

New York ►Halifax ►Liverpool

Atlantic Sail in NY

Atlantic Container Line also now offers year-round weekly sailings by 12-passenger container ship, between Liverpool, Hamburg and Antwerp in Europe and Halifax, New York and Baltimore in North America. Click here for further details.

For North Atlantic passenger fares and availability on either Cunard Line or ACL please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, at +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email

China’s Arctic Policy And Aurora’s Greg Mortimer – St Helena’s Last Voyage – Voyage of the Week

The Cruise Examiner for 12th February 2018

Greg Mortimer

Artist’s rendering of Aurora Expeditions’ new 160-berth Greg Mortimer, now being built in China

A fortnight ago China, as a Near Arctic State, released its new Arctic Policy, which happens to coincide with the construction of up to ten polar expedition ships at the China Merchants shipyard near Shanghai. The first of those ships will be Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer, one of four such ships now being built for SunStone Ships of Miami, who have options for up to six more. In another realm, the supply ship St Helena made her last departure from the island of St Helena on Saturday, but had to make one last visit today with a medical emergency. And this week we look at an extended 27-night two-ship three-voyage cruise being offered by Imagine Cruising in the UK on board Queen Mary 2 and Anthem of the Seas.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                    (See previous columns)

New Felixstowe-New York-Charleston-Colombia-Portsmouth-Continental Ports Cargo-Passenger service


The Peter Doehle-owned Hammonia Husum carries three passengers on her rounds

Effective with the departures of February 19 and March 19, 2018, we are pleased to be able to offer a new passenger service to the US East Coast and back from Colombia. The passenger service is offered by the Peter Doehle-owned 34,250-ton Hammonia Emden and Hammonia Husum, each capable of carrying 2,556 TEU of containers and three passengers.

Each ship carries passengers in a double Owners Cabin and a Single cabin, sailing from their home port of Hamburg to Rotterdam and Felixstowe, thence New York and Charleston, and on to Turbo and Santa Marta in Colombia to load containerised bananas. The ships then return to Hamburg by way of Portsmouth and Antwerp.

Fares are calculated at €95 per person per day (€110 for sole use of the Owners cabin) plus dues and charges of €383 per passenger. Sample fares are Felixstowe to New York at €1,238 per passenger for 9 days, and Santa Marta, Colombia, to Portsmouth at €1,428 per person for 11 days. The full round voyage at 42 days costs €4,373 per person and the UK to UK voyage, sailing from Felixstowe and back to Portsmouth, costs €3,518 per person for 33 days.

For further details on booking this new voyage please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Crystal Cruises Downsizes New Ships – Scenic Eclipse II Announced At Scenic Eclipse Launch – MSC About To Join Luxury Market?

The Cruise Examiner for 5th February 2018

Crystal Endeavor

The latest artist’s rendering of Crystal Yacht Cruises’ new 25,000-ton Crystal Endeavor

Last week Crystal Cruises confirmed that its three new cruise ships would be smaller than 100,000 tons, closer to 60,000, and carry around 800 as opposed to 1,000 passengers. Meanwhile, at the launch of Scenic Eclipse in Croatia, Scenic announced a sister ship to be named Scenic Eclipse 2. And from Italy comes news that MSC may be considering entering the luxury ship market with four newbuildings.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                     (See previous columns)