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.

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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.

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P&O Orders New LNG Ship For 2022 – Cartoon Network Brings Back Kiddie Cruising – CroisiEurope To Market Jacques Cartier In Europe

The Cruise Examiner for 29th January 2018


The Jacques Cartier, built in 1924, has carried the same name throughout her career, and will now operate as a 68-berth cruise ship

There was more news last week from P&O Cruises ordered a second 5,200-berth LNG-fuelled mega cruise ship for the UK market. Meanwhile, Oceanic Group of Singapore has announced that it will intoduce a dedicated Cartoon Network cruise ship from Singapore. And in Europe, CroisiEurope has announced that it will be packaging the 68-berth Jacques Cartier, a small cruise ship that will sail between Quebec City and Toronto.

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Twenty-Seven Expedition, Adventure and Small Ships On Order, Mainly From Smaller European Shipyards


The Cruise Examiner for 22nd January 2018

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises 230-berth Hanseatic Inspiration and Hanseatic Nature will have stern marinas

Today, instead of the usual column, we have decided to update earlier news on new orders for expedition, adventure and small ships. This number has now reached twenty-seven vessels, twenty-three from European shipyards and four from China. Thirteen of these ships, will be completed in Norway, seven of which are due from Fincantieri affiliate Vard and the others from Kleven and Ulstein.

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ACL Announces New Weekly Trans-Atlantic Passenger Service, Starting in April: Hamburg-Antwerp-Liverpool-Halifax-New York-Baltimore And Return

Atlantic Star at Liverpool

The 100,430-ton 12-passenger Atlantic Star departing Liverpool for Halifax, New York and Baltimore

The Cruise People Ltd is happy to announce a new cargo-passenger service between Europe and North America with five new ACL vessels called the G4’s. All delivered over the past two years to Grimaldi Lines subsidiary ACL, these ships will now offer a weekly 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 all sailings from Europe in April and May and from North America in September and October are now fully booked. Bookings are now open for departures from 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

ACL mess room 6

Passenger meals are taken with officers in a large airy mess

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

CU1: departures from Hamburg/Antwerp/Liverpool to Halifax and v.v.

Outside Cabins: €750 per passenger, double occupancy, €1,050 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €1,300 per passenger, double occupancy, €1,800 single occupancy

CU2: departures from Hamburg/Antwerp/Liverpool to New York and Baltimore only and v.v.

Outside Cabins: €980 per passenger, double occupancy, €1,300 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €1,500 per passenger, double occupancy, €2,100 single occupancy

CUR: round voyages, Hamburg/Hamburg, Antwerp/Antwerp, Liverpool/Liverpool only

Outside Cabins: €2,100 per passenger, double occupancy, €2,450 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €3,100 per passenger, double occupancy, €3,800 single occupancy

ACL cabin 3

A standard twin cabin on ACL can be booked from €750 per person for two.

ACL Owners Lounge

ACL Owners Cabin lounge. Separate bedroom with double bed. Fares from €1,050 per person for two.

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 (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) – see notes below *

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


  • An ESTA 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.


Roald Amundsen To Transit Northwest Passage – Azamara Pursuit Maiden Voyage From Southampton – Uljanik Shipyard In Difficulties

The Cruise Examiner for 15th January 2018

The 684-berth Azamara Pursuit joins sister ships Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest in August

Announced before Christmas, Norway’s Hurtigruten is to join the cast of lines transitting Canada’s Northwest Passage, following in the steps of the Crystal Serenity, The World of Residensea and a number of smaller ships doing the full passage in recent years. The 530-berth Roald Amundsen will be the third largest passenger ship to do so when she sails through in August 2019. Meanwhile, Azamara Club Cruises’ new 684-berth Azamara Pursuit is being refitted at the historic Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast before departing on her maiden voyage from Southampton on August 1. And finally, Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard in Pula is looking to restructure. Uljanik is building the 228-berth Polar 6 expedition ship Scenic Eclipse.

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