The Cruise People Will Offer Australian Liner Voyages Until Container Ships Return

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CMA CGM’s cargo fleet will not be carrying passengers again until 2022

Unlike North Americans and Europeans who have still been able to fly Transatlantic, dozens of Australians have been calling and emailing The Cruise People since they found themselves stranded in Europe after their flights back to Australia were cancelled. And cargo ships had stopped carrying passengers becuse of Covid-19. So here is what we have been able to offer for the next few months.

Normally, one can sail to Australia, either by cruise ship or by passenger-carrying container ship via Mauritius and Reunion. But Princess Cruises’ usual July cruise from Dover to Sydney has been cancelled this year and Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV’s) traditional pre-Christmas cruise from Tilbury to Sydney was cancelled after CMV could not afford to repatriate its crews after Covid-19 brought all cruising to a halt.

After ceasing the carriage of passengers in March 2020, CMA CGM, which operates the container ships, decided not to carry any passengers at all in 2021. The result of this will be no cargo-passenger service on the Europe-Australia route for 21 months!
Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth makes a special voyage from Barcelona to Melbourne in October

However, this year The Cruise People is offering a special 36-day voyage by Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth from Barcelona to Melbourne, leaving Barcelona on October 18.

QUEEN ELIZABETH: Barcelona, Spain (18 Oct); La Valletta, Malta (20 Oct); Chania, Crete (22 Oct); Suez Canal (24 Oct); Aqaba, Jordan (25 Oct); Salalah, Oman (30 Oct); Colombo, Sri Lanka (04 Nov); Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia (08 Nov); Singapore (09 Nov (+1); Bali, Indonesia (13 Nov); Fremantle, Australia (17 Nov); Adelaide, Australia (21 Nov); Melbourne, Australia (23 Nov)

Double occupancy fares for 36 days, £3,049 per person for an inside cabin, £3,099 for an oceanview and £3,449 per person for a balcony. Britannia Club is £5,299 pp, Princess Grill £7,199 and Queen’s Grill £10,499 per person. Sole occupancy fares are £5,336 for an inside cabin, £5,423 for an oceanview cabin and £6,036 for sole use of a balcony.

0therwise, space available to Australia this year is limited to the four world voyages performed by the following ships.


1) MON 3 JAN 2022 – 21 FEB 2022, 49 nights, ship AURORA

2) THU 6 JAN 2022 – 24 FEB 2022, 49 nights, ship BOREALIS

3) MON 10 JAN 2022- 6 MAR 2022, 55 nights,ship QUEEN MARY 2

4) MON 10 JAN 2022 – 1 MAR 2022, 49 nights, ship QUEEN VICTORIA


1) MON 21 FEB 2022 -13 APR 2022, 51 nights,ship AURORA

2) THU 24 FEB 2022-17 APR 2022, 52 nights,ship: BOREALIS

3) TUE 1 MAR 2022- 29 APR 2022, 59 nights,ship QUEEN VICTORIA

4)- SUN 6 MAR 2022 -24 APR 2022, 49 nights,ship QUEEN MARY 2

However, if one can route over Singapore there is a lot more choice:

1) 15 OCT 2021 – 04 NOV 2021, 20 nights , ship: ROYAL PRINCESS 
2) 13 NOV 2021 – 03 DEC 2021, 20 nights ,ship: REGATTA
3) 28 NOV 2021 – 21 DEC 2021, 23 nights ,ship: SEABOURN OVATION
4) 29 NOV 2021 – 17 DEC 2021, 18 nights ,ship: SILVER MUSE
5) 02 DEC 2021 – 20 DEC 2021, 18 nights ,ship: SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER
6) 06 DEC 2021 – 23 DEC 2021, 17 nights ,ship: NORWEGIAN SPIRIT
7) 11 FEB 2022 – 06 MAR 2022, 23 nights ,ship: QUEEN MARY 2
8) 30 OCT 2022 – 15 NOV 2022,16 nights ,ship: QUEEN ELIZABETH
9) 21 NOV 2022 -12 DEC 2022, 21 nights, ship: REGATTA
10) 02 DEC 2022 – 20 DEC 2022, 18 nights, ship: SILVER MUSE
11) 12 DEC 2022 – 29 DEC 2022, 17 nights, ship: SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER
12) 16 FEB 2023 – 12 MAR 2023, 24 nights, ship: QUEEN MARY 2

1) 19 FEB 2022 -09 MAR 2022, 18 nights, ship SILVER MUSE
2) 20 FEB 2022 – 02 MAY 2022, 72 nights, ship SEABOURN SOJOURN
3) 21 FEB 2022 – 16 MAR 2022, 23 nights, ship: AURORA
4) 22 FEB 2022 – 11 MAR 2022, 17 nights, ship: AZAMARA JOURNEY
5) 22 FEB 2022 – 15 MAR 2022, 21 nights, ship; SEVEN SEAS MARINER
6) 23 FEB 2022 – 21 MAR 2022, 26 nights, ship: SEABOURN OVATION
7) 27FEB 2022 – 12 MAR 2022, 13 nights, ship: SERENADE OF THE SEAS
8) 01 MAR 2022 – 26 MAR 2022, 25 nights, ship: QUEEN VICTORIA
9) 06 MAR 2022 -22 MAR 2022, 16 nights, ship: QUEEN MARY 2
10) 09 MAR 2022 -24 MAR 2022,15 nights ,ship: QUEEN ELIZABETH
11) 18 MAR 2022 – 08 APR 2022, 21 nights, ship: MSC POESIA
12) 24 FEB 2023 – 14 MAR 2023,18 nights, ship: SILVER WHISPER
13) 01 MAR 2023 – 23 MAR  2023, 22 nights ,ship: QUEEN VICTORIA

For further details on sailings between Europe and Australia please call The Cruise People Ltd on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526313, or email

Princess Cruises Announces UK Coastal Cruises For This Summer

Princess Cruises’ new short breaks and week-long cruises, around the UK coast aboard Regal Princess and Sky Princess, are on sale now.

These ships will offer scenic cruises and voyages from Southampton, with stops in UK ports-of-call including Liverpool, Belfast and Greenock, and itineraries ranging from three to seven nights. Many are “cruises to nowhere” but five cruises include ports of call. Fares given below are per person for two in a double ocupancy balcony cabin from Southampton

September 1 (4 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £599. Sail Wednesday, spend Friday in Belfast, return Sunday morning

September 9 (7 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Thursday, spend Sunday in Belfast, Monday in LIverpool, return Thursday morning

September 16 (7 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Thursday, spend Monday in Belfast, return Thursday morning

September 22 (6 nights), Sky Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Wednesday, spend Friday in Glasgow, Saturday in Belfast, return Tuesday morning

September 23 (7 nights), Regal Princess, balconies from £999. Sail Wednesday, spend Friday in Belfast, return Sunday morning
The Regal Princess and Sky Princess sail from Southampton to the Irish Sea this summer

New “Summer Seacation” Cruises from Southampton. All-inclusive balcony cruises from £599 per person – plus £50 pp low deposit. Also Ask About: “Cruises to Nowhere” from £539 pp.

On offer now: All-inclusive cruises start from just £599 per person, with included Premier Drinks Package, unlimited Wi-Fi and on board gratuities!

Cruises are on sale now, so book today with a £50 pp low deposit – offer ends May 3, 2021.

These Summer Seacations will feature many of the signature onboard experiences enjoyed on a Princess holiday. All world-class dining venues will be open including the speciality restaurants, where guests can dine at Princess favourites Crown Grill Steakhouse and Sabatini’sItalian Trattoria, and Sky Princess’ Bistro Sur La Mer, created with Michelin three-star chef, Emmanuel Renaut.

Entertainment will include award-winning production shows in the Princess Theatre, Movies Under the Stars, guest speakers and live musical performances, such as the resident trio in signature live jazz venue Take Five. Fitness classes, swimming pools and spa treatments will also be available.

For further details call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526313 or email

UK-Based Cruising Poised To Make A Post-Covid Come-Back

The Cruise People Ltd 

This ietter is being sent this week to our UK clients:

I am writing to you today to share with you some great news regarding future travel and cruising. Although the global Covid-19 Pandemic is not yet over, the UK’s successful vaccination programme will now make it possible to start planning our lives and holidays once more.

As you have booked with us before, I am particularly pleased to bring you news that, starting from Monday 17th May 2021 (the same day that British hotels are due to re-open) cruising from UK ports will be backed by the UK Government‘s Ministry of Transport.Taking cruises outside the UK will still be frowned upon, however. Companies like Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Hurtigruten and Cunard Line are now designing and will soon be offering UK to UK sailings for UK residents, complete with all necessary protocols for passenger health.

In the course of this, we will also be pleased to bring you some brand-new cruise and voyage offers to consider at your leisure. We have also added some fantastic and exciting new polar and expedition voyages to our already extensive travel menu for 2021, and many of our voyages also come with no single supplement.

We very much look forward to being able to serve you again, so please call to enquire about the latest availabilities and to discuss your next unforgettable and well-deserved holiday voyage. From ultra-luxury cruising, polar and expedition voyages, Transatlantic sailings to freighter travel we’ve got you covered and can’t wait to welcome you on board one of our great ships soon.

Itineraries and fares for the summer cruises will be advisedin late March. Please let us know on 020 7723 2450 or at if you would like to be advised when the information is available with the reference UKSC.

With very best wishes

Kevin Griffin, Owner and Managing Director, The Cruise People Ltd, London
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UK Frephone: 0800 526 313 ; US Toll Free: 1-800 516 6950

Here are some examples of the voyages you can book with us already- from May 2021 and beyond 2022, 2023. New for 2021 –introducing Albatros Expeditions, the leader in polar and expedition voyages.


May 21, 2012 OCEAN ATLANTIC (7 nights from $2,680 pp) Dublin to Aberdeen

July 13, 2012 OCEAN ATLANTIC (7 nights from $4,699 pp) Longyearben Round Svalbard

The brand-new OCEAN VICTORY and OCEAN ALBATROS are “solo travel” friendly, with some designated no-single-supplement solo cabins. However, they also continue with the single share option; sharing a cabin with another solo traveller of the same sex, without single supplement. These single-share options are available for categories F (triple) and C (balcony-twin).


Introducing new British Isles sailings

May 17, 2021 BRAEMAR (9 nights from £1,399 pp). Edinburgh to Belfast, Dublin, Cobh, Bantry Bay, Killarney Harbour, Galway and Killybegs.

July 29, 2021 BOREALIS (8 nights from £1,399 pp0. Liverpool to Tarbert, Fort William, Lerwick, Kirkwall, Invergordon and Fingal’s Cave.

August 5, 2021 BALMORAL (5 nights from £749 pp). edinburgh to Lerwick, Torshavn and Cruising.

August 24, 2021 BOREALIS  (5 nights from £799 pp). Liverpool to Cobh and Galway, Clare Island, Aranmore and Belfast.

September 11, 2021 BRAEMAR (12 nights from £1,899 pp). Southampotn to Falmouth, St Mary’s, Dublin, Lerwick, Kirkwall, Invergordon and Edinburgh.


Princess Cruises has cancelled European sailings from the UK until September but it will offer a range of short breaks and 7-night sailings from Southampton. Call or email for further details and itineraries. These sailings will be available to UK guests only and similar cruises will be offered by sister line P&O Cruises.

October 15, 2021 SKY PRINCESS (7 nights from £794 pp). Southampton to Larochelle, Bilbao, Coruna and Guernsey.

October 23, 2021 REGAL PRINCESS (4 nights from £469 pp). Southampton to Rotterdam and Guernsey.

October 30, 2021 REGAL PRINCESS (4 nights from £469 pp). Southampton to Rotterdam and Guernsey.

April 23, 2022 SKY PRINCESS (7 nights from £894 pp). Southampton to Bergen, Skolden, Olden and Stavanger.

August 13, 2022 SKY PRINCESS (7 nights from £894 pp). Southampton to Bergen, Skolden, Olden and Stavanger.


May 7, 2022 FRIDTJHOF NANSEN (3 nights from £350 pp). Portsmouth to Fowey and Waterford

May 10, 2022 FRIDTJHOF NANSEN (15 nights from £4,921 pp). Liverpool to Stornoway, Haimeay, Reykjavik, Akureyri and Kirkwall.

The Cruise People Ltd, London
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UK Freephone: 0800 526 313,  US Toll free: 1-800 516 6950

Specialising in sea travel since 1972

The Joy of Solo Travel – Expedition Voyages With No Single Supplement And Solo Transatlantic For Less !

Going solo: Inspirational trip ideas for solo travellers – On the Luce  travel blog

When the 17th Century English poet and scholar John Donne famously wrote that “no man is an island,” little did he realise that 400 years later, his words would ring so true with our modern, 24/7 digital and stressed society.While the world’s focus remains on tackling the deadly, global Covid-19 pandemic, we can’t ignore another serious threat to our society – loneliness, which is sadly progressing at an alarming rate across all age groups. Although loneliness is not a new occurance, it has been fuelled even further by the recent lockdowns, social isolation, distancing, as well as the ongoing uncertainity of the future. With over 9 million lonely people in just the UK, this is no longer a private matter for the individuals concerned,but a universal problem for governments. However, just like our cavemen ancestors, we instinctively know that feeling lonely and isolated is not good for us and that in order to thrive and survive in life,we need companionship and comfort from others,as no one in this world is truly self-sufficient.

The 198-berth Ocean Atlantic sails in Greeenland waters this summer

Our modern home comforts and advanced technology,are just simply not enough to satisfy our natural desire to be part of a like-minded group.We social creatures do badly when isolated from others,but as most of us will at some stage in our lives have to address the unpleasant feeling of loneliness – be it due to various life circumstances or simply by personal choice, it is worth remembering and clarifying that loneliness is not always the same as being alone.You may choose to be and live alone and still have a fantastic life with a packed social diary,while others find living on their own a very lonely experience. Equally,you may be in a relationship, have a family and friends and yet still feel lonely, unhappy and isolated. Luckily, loneliness doesn’t last forever and can be successfully rectified and managed. By making a plan and taking action to improve the situation, even small steps are all it takes to make a start. Meeting new, like-minded people, having a positive mindset and not letting loneliness get in the way of living your best life, can also make a huge difference to how you view your life and personal circumstances.

Personally, I’m a great believer that solo travel is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to tackle loneliness,so whether you are a first-time or regular solo traveller, making new friends and creating truly magical travel memories together can be a very empowering and transformational experience. The cruise and travel industry is finally catching on and finding a no-single supplement voyage is much easier now. The Cruise People team and I have always warmly welcomed solo travellers, so come and talk to us and let us assist you in planning your next unforgetable voyage.

With so many happy solo clients to date,we are here for you and if you are new to solo travel or feel nervous about venturing out on your own,why not drop me an email or call to discuss your options and concerns? Take the plunge and see for yourself the great benefits and advantages that solo travel brings. As Mark Twain – himself often a solo traveller – said : “Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Anna M.Iwata – The Cruise People’s Life, Happiness and Wellness Coach.

Here are some examples of no extra cost solo travel that you can book with The Cruise People:

Ocean Victory | Albatros Expeditions
The new Ocean Victory and Ocean Albatros will include single cabins as well as a share programme

Two new ships operated by Albatros Expeditons, the 170-berth Ocean Victory and Ocean Albatros, will have dedicated single cabins, as well as offering single travellers the option of booking with a fellow passenger in either a male share or female share cabin. Antarctica, South America, the Arctic.

The 198-berth Ocean Atlantic, meanwhile operates a short 6-day Greenland and Disko Bay cruise from Kangerlussuaq and back on August 14, 2021. Flights are also available from Copenhagen. Enquire at The Cruise People Ltd in London for further details.

Meanwhile, Queen Mary 2’s year-long absence from her usual Southampton to New York trade has been no help to the various container ships that also carry a few passengers across the Atlantic. But two of these lines offer great price advantages to single travellers, as much as 40% less than Queen Mary 2.

The Independent Voyager is one of four ICL ships sailing from Southampton

The Independent Container Line service operates four ships in a weekly service from Southampton to Chester PA (Philadelphia) and return from Wilmington NC to Antwerp.The fare from Southampton to Chester is €1,558 per person in a double cabin or €1,510 for a sole use single cabin (3.1% less for a single).

A much longer 49-day round voyage from Bremerhaven to Charleston, Miami, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston and New Orleans then back to Lehavre, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven runs to €5,287.50 per person in a double cabin and €5,052.50 in a single cabin.(4.6% less for a single).

To get in touch call The Cruise People Ltd on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or reach Anna and chat about your next solo voyage, email her at or call her on: +44 (0)753 155 1323.