SunStone Firms Second Ship Contract – Antarctica 21 Rebrands – EYOS Luxury Yacht Departure For Antarctica

The Cruise Examiner for 30th April 2018

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Last week SunStone Ships firmed up the second of a planned ten expedition ship orders from the China Merchants shipyard near Shanghai. In Chile, Antarctica 21 revealed its new branding and released a new image of the newbuilding Magellan Explorer (above). And EYOS Expeditions is planning an Antarctica explorer yacht voyage with the 30-berth Legend for January 2019.

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Norwegian’s “Leonardo” Class Ships – Emerald Expands Into Coastal Cruising – APL Expands Transpacific Passenger Business

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd April 2018

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Emerald Waterways will introduce the 36-berth Adriatic Princess II in 2019

Last week Norwegian Cruise Line chief Andy Stuart spoke to Cruise Critic about the new Italian-built “Leonardo” class project of four 3,300-berth ships on which the line also has further options. On coastal and inland waterways, meanwhile, Emerald Waterways is adding a 36-berth yacht, the Adriatic Princess II, on the Dalmatian coast in 2019. And APL has now built up its passenger-carrying container ship fleet to fourteen ships.

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On The Weekly Independent Container Line Route: Cabins Available From Liverpool To Philadelphia In May

Independent VoyagerThree Hamburg shipowners operate four ships in the Independent Container Line’s weekly service from Liverpool to Philadelphia (Chester PA). The Independent Venture and Independent Voyager (left) each carry five passengers and the Independent Pursuit and Independent Spirit two each. There are still some cabins available from Liverpool in May, including Owners cabins, on the following sailings. The voyage time from Liverpool to Philadelphia is 10 days and passenger fares are  €1,408 per person in double occupancy and €1,608 for sole use of a double cabin. Note that if you are not a US or Canadian citizen you will need a full US B1/B2 visa to enter the United States on this service.

Bookings are also possible from Antwerp before Liverpool and Wilmington NC after Philadelphia.  Eastbound, ships leave Chester on Wednesdays and Wilmington on Fridays, arriving at Antwerp on Tuesdays. UK-bound passengers must leave the ship here but but can be back in the UK the same day on a through Eurostar ticket from Antwerp to London St Pancras Station. Space is still available on the following sailings:

Independent Voyager – May 5, 2018
Independent Spirit – May 12, 2018
Independent Venture – May 19, 2018
Independent Pursuit – May 26, 2018

To book a Transatlantic cargo ship voyage on one of the Independent ships or for further details please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

New Southampton To Vancouver Cargo-Passenger Service Via Savannah, Colombia, Panama and The US West Coast

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The m.v. Barbara carries eight passengers in four double-bedded en suite cabins with views

Peter Doehle’s 65,740-ton deadweight container ship Barbara has been assigned to a new cargo-passenger route between Southampton, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp and Le Havre, by way of Savannah, Cartagena and the Panama Canal, to Puerto Quetzal, Long Beach, Oakland, Tacoma and Vancouver BC. She then returns from Vancouver via Oakland, Long Beach and Balboa, through the Panama Canal again to Cartagena, Caucedo and Savannah before returning to Southampton.

The round voyage takes 70 days while the voyage times from Southampton to Vancouver and Vancouver back to Southampton are 35 days in either direction. Calls in Vancouver are made at Fraser-Surrey Docks. The cargo side of the service is operated by five container lines comprising The Alliance. Cabins are now available for scheduled sailings from Southampton on/about May 31, August 9 and October 10.

Built in 2010, the Barbara has four double-bedded cabins. The fare is €6,709 per person for the full round voyage (€7,619 for a single passenger), or €3,559 for the one-way trip from Southampton to Vancouver (€4,014 for a single), and the same Vancouver back to Southampton. Air-conditioned with indoor swimming pool, all cabins have views and age limits are 6 to 80 maximum. This voyage can also be turned into part of a round-the-world routing bu lonking up at Oakland with CMA CGM’s Columbus JAX service to the Far East and New York via Suez. Full US B1/B2 visa required for any US port calls.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com. Ask about round-the-world cruises as well.

Crystal Accepts Fifth River Cruiser – Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel Opens In October – Princess To Carry 200,000 From Australia In 2019/20

The Cruise Examiner for 16th April 2018

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The first phase of the former Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2‘s conversion into a floating hotel opens on Wednesday in Dubai

Last week saw the delivery of Crystal River Cruises’ fifth ship and fourth newbuilding in eight months, when the 106-berth Crystal Ravel was delivered in Wismar, Germany. Elsewhere, Cunard Line’s former North Atlantic liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is finally advancing towards opening this October as a floating hotel in Dubai. And Princess Cruises, with its Majestic Princess, Golden Princess, Ruby Princess and Sun Princess, prepares for a 200,000-guest season in Australia and New Zealand in 2019-20.

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ACL’s New Trans-Atlantic Passenger Service – Viking To Enter The Expedition Market? – Voyage of the Week: Bravo Music Cruise In May

The Cruise Examiner for 9th April 2018

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ACL’s Atlantic Star and four sister ships carry twelve passengere each in a new weekly Trans-Atlantic passenger service

Last week saw the return of regular cargo-passenger service between Europe and New York, as well as Canada, with Atlantic Container Line inaugurating weekly passenger service on its new G4 roro container ships, which can carry up to twelve passengers each. From Norway, meanwhile, comes news that Viking Cruises is planning to order two “special” cruise ships from shipbuilders Vard. Finally, for this week’s voyage we look at Cruiseco’s Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts on board Celebrity Silhouette in May.

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Atlantic Container Line’s North Atlantic Cargo-Passenger Service Opens This Week Between Hamburg, Antwerp and Liverpool and Halifax, New York and Baltimore With Return To Liverpool

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The Atlantic Sail is one of five 12-passenger G4 cargo ships now carrying passengers Trans-Atlantic

The Cruise People Ltd is pleased to announce the opening this week of a new cargo-passenger service between Europe and North America with five new ACL vessels called the G4’s. Delivered over the past two years to Grimaldi Lines subsidiary ACL, these ships now offer a weekly year-round fixed day of the week passenger service between Hamburg, Antwerp and Liverpool in Europe and Halifax, New York and Baltimore in North America.

Sample transit times are 9 nights Liverpool to Halifax and 11 nights Liverpool to New York, while in the reverse New York to Liverpool is 14 nights and Halifax to Liverpool 7 nights.

To book, you will need to act quickly as sailings in some months are fully booked. Bookings are being accepted for departures from April on the following rotation:-

PORT OF CALL                    DAY
HAMBURG                               0
ANTWERP                               3
LIVERPOOL                             6
HALIFAX                                 15
NEWARK                                17
BALTIMORE                            19
PORTSMOUTH                       21
HALIFAX                                  24
LIVERPOOL                             31

Accommodations and Fares

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There will be three fare codes for booking this service: CU1, CU2, CUR, and a €70 per person booking fee.

CU1: departures Hamburg/Antwerp/Liverpool to Halifax and v.v.
Outside Cabins: €750 per person, double occupancy, €1,050 single
Owners: €1,300 per person, double occupancy, €1,800 single

CU2: departures Hamburg/Antwerp/Liverpool to New York and Baltimore only and v.v.
Outside Cabins: €980 per person, double occupancy, €1,300 single
Owners: €1,500 per person, double occupancy, €2,100 single

CUR: round voyages, Hamburg/Hamburg, Antwerp/Antwerp, Liverpool/Liverpool only
Outside Cabins: €2,100 per person, double occupancy, €2,450 single
Owners: €3,100 per person, double occupancy, €3,800 single

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ACL Owners Lounge

The five newly-built vessels operating on this Line are the Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Sun. All are registered in Liverpool.

Facilities on each vessel include a gym, TV, movies (DVD), laundry, books, karaoke machine, PlayStation. There is also a sauna on each vessel but not a swimming pool.

ACL is a signatory to the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) so passengers will be eligible to enter the USA on an ESTA – see notes below *

Predecessor lines of ACL included cargo liners operated by famous passenger carriers Cunard Line, French Line, Holland America Line and Swedish American Line

For further details on booking a voyage with ACL please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

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  • An ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) will allow a passenger to stay in the US for 90 days. Fingerprinting is required at the first US port of call. A full visa will allow a passenger to remain in the US until the date designated on the Visa. Again, fingerprinting is required at the first US port of call. Any individuals that are citizens of a VWP country who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country) are no longer eligible to travel to the US under VWP and other restrictions apply based on the current government. Authorization by ESTA does not determine whether a traveler is admissible to the United States. US Customs & Border Protection officers determine admissibility upon travellers’ arrival.