Cruise & Maritime Voyages: Last Minute Fares For Auckland And Sydney, m.s. Astor Departs London Tilbury October 15th, 2017

Astor SB Special 2017

This epic southbound voyage provides an opportunity to visit some of the places that you thought you might never get a chance to visit – all in one outstanding itinerary. Sailing from the UK to Australia you will visit the West Indies, navigate the Panama Canal, call on Acapulco in Mexico, discover island paradises of the South Pacific, be enthralled by New Zealand’s dramatic scenery; and complete your voyage in amazing Sydney.

London Tilbury To Auckland

Auckland

m.s. Astor, departing from: London Tilbury on Sunday 15th October 2017
Nights: 42 Nights. Cruise Code: A850

Twin Inner: £2,599 per person, Twin Ocean View: £2,999 pp
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London Tilbury To Sydney

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m.s. Astor, departing from: London Tilbury on Sunday 15th October 2017
Nights: 46 Nights.  Cruise Code: A851

Twin Inner: £2,799 per person, Twin Ocean View: £3,299 pp
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Silver Moon And Seabourn Ovation – Coral Expeditions Order From Vard – APL Back In The Cargo-Passenger Business

The Cruise Examiner for 18th September 2017

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Coral Expeditions’s new 120-berth 307-foot expedition ship will be built by Vard’s shipyard in Vietnam

Last week, after some delay, Silversea finally announced that it would build a sister ship to the Silver Muse. This followed an announcement ages ago by Seabourn that it would build two ships of similar size, Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation, for the same upmarket range. Elsewhere, after winning four expedition ship orders from Ponant, two from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and a seventh from an unidentified owner,Vard has secured its eighth order for a similar ship, this time from Coral Expeditions of Australia. And a name from the past, APL, has re-entered the passenger trades after a very long absence, by starting to accept passengers on four of its modern container ships.

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The APL Name Returns To The Cargo-Passenger Trades – Four Ships To Start With, More Likely To Follow

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The APL Gwangyang will now carry passengers on the Mediterranean Club Express service between Asia and the Med

The Cruise People booked their first APL passenger this morning, from Singapore to Fos sur Mer on the APL Gwangyang, and are working on their second, a 119-day round voyage booking on the APL Danube, serving the Columbus Jax route between Los Angeles and the US East Coast, both ways via the Suez Canal.

Ports of call on the Columbus Jax route include Los Angeles – Oakland – Hong Kong – Yantian – Vung Tau – Singapore – Port Kelang – Colombo – (Suez Canal) – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – (Suez Canal) – Port Kelang – Singapore – Jakarta – Laem Chebang – Vung Tau – Los Angeles – Oakland.

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The President Monroe ran in the round-the-world service

When it was known as American President Lines, APL ran both Transpacific and Round-the-World cargo-passenger services as well as Transpacific passenger liners. History since then has seen a couple of changes in ownership.

Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) was formed in December 1968 by the Singapore Government. In 1997, NOL acquired and merged with APL, with NOL becoming the holding company and APL the group’s world-wide container brand. In 2009, APL moved its headquarters from Oakland to Singapore, where it is based now. The APL container fleet now numbers 84 ships and APL’s Global Gateway South terminal in Los Angeles, also used by CMA CGM, moves 1.65 million TEU’s a year.

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The 4-passenger APL Phoenix and sister ship APL Columbus offer two Owners cabins each on the Columbus Jax loop (below)

In 2016, CMA CGM bought out Neptune Orient Lines and its APL operation, and they are now busy adding APL ships to their rosters. So far we  have APL Columbus and APL Phoenix, with two Owners cabins each accommodating up to four passengers, and APL Danube (ex-CMA CGM Danube), with five double cabins accommodating up to ten passengers. All three operate on the the Columbus Jax service.

https://www.cma-cgm.com/products-services/line-services/serviceflyermap?serviceCode=CJXA fourth ship to accommodate passengers is the APL Gwangyang, which is moving to the Mediterranean Club Express between Asia and Europe. No doubt more will follow.

APL is part of CMA CGM Group. For details of booking a cargo ship voyage on an APL or CMA CGM ship or any other line please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

The Tampa to Havana Route – AidaNova’s Virtual Keel Laying In Hamburg – Irma Plays Havoc With Cruise Ship Schedules

The Cruise Examiner for 11th September 2017

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Empress of the Seas arrives in Havana in 2017 on a route that was first opened in 1885 from Tampa and Key West to Havana

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Governor Cobb with Havana Special at Key West in the 1920s

This year saw two ships come back after sixty years to revive a long-standing route that had first been opened 132 years earlier – that between Tampa, Key West and Havana. The 1,600-berth Empress of the Seas and 2,052-berth Carnival Paradise succeed to a route that had been started by Henry Plant with his Mascotte of 1885 and Olivette of 1887. The latter was the ship that took Churchill to Cuba in 1895 and the route was operated uniquely by one predecessor for more than seventy years befre being abandoned for sixty more. Meanwhile, last week in Hamburg saw the virtual keel-laying for AIDA Cruises’ 183,000-ton 5,200-berth AidaNova. On the other side of the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma has led to the cancellation of seventeen cruises counting for 40,000 lower berths from Florida ports.

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New Fast CMA CGM Cargo-Passenger Service From Southampton to Singapore and Thailand, With Connections to Australia

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The CMA CGM White Shark is one of half a dozen passenger-carrying container ships now running to Singapore and Thailand

Good news has come our way today from CMA CGM, which is instituting a new Southeast Asia service from Southampton and Rotterdam. With a 56-day round voyage, typical transit times are 25 days from Southampton to Singapore and 28 days to Laem Chebang, the port for Bangkok. Calls are made at Singapore in each direction, giving a transit time back from Singapore to Southampton of 23 days.

Of the six 5,100 TEU passenger-carrying ships, four, the CMA CGM’s Blue Whale, New Jersey, Tarpon and CMA CGM White Shark, offer two double-bedded cabins and a twin to accommodate up to six passengers, while the CMA CGM’s Alcazar and Chateau d’If feature an Owners and a Single cabin for up to three passengers. The four 6-passenger ships each have a swimming pool while the others have a sauna.

Fares are €110 per person per day double and €120 or €130 a day, depending on the cabin, plus €45 per person for helicopter evacuation insurance and a €70 per person booking fee. Connections can also be made at Singapore with ANL’s Asia Australia Express sailing to Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

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For details of booking a voyage with CMA CGM or any other cargo-passenger service please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Great Lakes Cruises And Expeditions – MSC Seaside Class: Ships That Look Like Hotels – Seabourn Ovation Launched

The Cruise Examiner for 4th September 2017

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The comfortable forward bar, looking aft, on the Great Lakes cruise ship Victory I

All of a sudden there is more activity on the Great Lakes, first with the announcement of the addition of Victory Cruise Line’ 202-berth Victory II for 2018 and then Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new 230-berth expedition ship Hanseatic Inspiration in 2020. Another expedition ship, possibly Ponant’s 184-berth Le Champlain, is also said to be on the way. And we have a quick look at two impending newbuildings, MSC Cruises’ 4,134-berth MSC Seaside and the 600-berth Seabourn Ovation, new sister to the Seabourn Encore.

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Liverpool-Philadelphia Cargo-Passenger Service Back To Weekly

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The 6-berth Independent Venture joins three other passenger-carrying container ships on a 28-day round voyage

With her first passenger sailing in October , the Independent Venture will rejoin the Independent Container Line route between Antwerp and Liverpool in Europe and Chester PA and Wilmington NC in America. The Independent Venture can accommodate up to six passengers in an Owners and two Double cabins, and joins the passenger service on October 4 at Antwerp and October 7 at Liverpool. The other ships on this route are the Independent Pursuit, Independent Spirit and Independent Voyager.

This service has proven to be one of our most reliable over the years and is now back to a weekly fixed day of the week frequency. Westbound, sailings leave Antwetp on Wednesdays and Liverpool on Fridays, arriving at Chester on Tuesdays and Wilmington on Fridays. Eastbound, ships leave Chester on Wednesdays and Wimington 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.

Fares can be found here but due to a lower exchange rate, the dollar fares are now lower  (use $1.24 to the Euro instead of $1.35). Service outline with fares. Note that if you are not a US or Canadian citizen you will need a full US visa to enter any United States port on this service.

To book a Transatlantic cargo ship voyage on the ICL route 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.