Five US-Flag River Ships For American Cruise Lines – Cunard Line Cruises Down Under – Hainan’s South China Sea Cruises

The Cruise Examiner for 6th March 2017

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Connecticut-based American Cruise Lines last week announced that over the next few years it would build five newly designed 200-berth US-flag riverboats for cruising American waters. At the same time, Cunard Line announced its first dedicated cruise season from Australia, using the 2,101-berth Queen Elizabeth. Meanwhile, China’s Hainan Strait Shipping sent its 499-berth Chang Le Princess on her first cruise to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

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The Ocean Liner Society 2017 Annual Cruise On Celestyal Nefeli, 7 Nights From Athens (Lavrion) on September 29

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The 2017 Ocean Liner Society cruise is planned for the 19,093-ton Celestyal Nefeli (above), the former Gemini, operated by Celestyal Cruises of Piraeus. This 7-night cruise will depart Athens (Lavrion) on September 29, making calls at Santorini, Izmir, Nafplion, Crete, Rhodes, Cesme and Mykonos.

The last time the Ocean Liner Society travelled in Louis (now Celestyal) ships was in 2009, when it cruised back-to-back in the 23,149-ton Aquamarine and the 16,710-ton Aegean Pearl.

Group fares, all inclusive of drinks, shore excursions and gratuities, are as follows:

Category of Stateroom          Regular fare           Earlybird fare
Junior Suite (SJ)                       €1,725, book now for €1,625 per person
Outside Double (XD)                €1,455, book now for €1,375 per person
Inside Double (!D)                    €1,225, book now for €1,165 per person

Single Fares
Outside Single (XD)                  €1,915, book now for €1,795
Inside Single (!D)                      €1,575, book now for €1,485

The Ocean Liner Society is a non-profit organisation whose members celebrate the passenger ship in its many forms. Members of the general public can qualify to travel on this cruise by joining the Ocean Liner Society. Membership is £20 in the UK, £23 in Europe and £25 in the rest of the world. As well as the opportunity of joining Society group cruises, this includes a subscription to its 48-page quarterly journal, Sea Lines. Further details can be found at Ocean Liner Society

For further details or to book the 2017 cruise  please call agents The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com 

Images Of Saga’s First Newbuilding – China Cruise Update – Holland America’s 70 Years Of Cruising To Alaska

The Cruise Examiner for 27th February 2017

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Saga last week released further images of its 999-berth newbuilding (above) now under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg for delivery in 2019. Meanwhile, Carnival Corp & plc has announced that it has ordered two ships in a Shanghai shipyard, with options for an additional four, for its new Carnival China-based brand, with deliveries to commence in 2023. Finally, in Seattle, Holland America Line is this year celebrating seventy years of cruising to Alaska.

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Special Cargo-Passenger Sailing By m.v. Widukind From Europe To Australia And New Zealand Via US East Coast And Panama Canal

widukindThe Cruise People is pleased to announce a last-minute sailing by the m.v. Widukind, from Tilbury on May 7, 2017, via Rotterdam, Dunkirk and Le Havre to the US East Coast, the Pacific islands of Tahiti and New Caledonia and on to Australia and New Zealand.

The Widukind offers four single cabins for the 98-day round voyage and also offers one-way voyages between Europe and Australasia.

Tilbury to Sydney is 47 days and the fare is €5,119 (£4,550) per person including full board, port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee. The full round voyage of 98 days comes to  €10,219 (£9,085). And of course there is nosingle supplement!

Non-US and Canadian citizens will need full US visas for any US calls as cargo ships are not included in the various visa waiver programs (also known as ESTA).

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Port rotation for this voyage is Tilbury – Rotterdam – Dunkirk – Le Havre – New York – Savannah – Kingston (Jamaica) – Cartagena (Colombia) – Punta Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Papeete (Tahiti) – Noumea (New Caledonia) – Brisbane – Sydney – Melbourne – Wellington – Tauranga – Napiet – Lyttelton – Punta Manzanillo – Savannah – Philadelphia – Tilbury.

To book a cabin (or two) please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 as soon as possible or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Norwegian’s New Class Of Ships – Other Cruise News: More Cuba Cruises – The Quintessential One

The Cruise Examiner for 20th February 2017

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The 722-foot Quintessential One has been designed for a dozen residences and 508 passengers in a hotel section

First mooted in the Italian press last October as an order for six 130,000-ton €700 million ships for Norwegian Cruise Line, announcement was made last week for four, with an option for two more, 140,000-ton ships of a slightly larger size and cost. Elsewhere, there has been more news of approved US sailings by mainstream cruise lines to Cuba. viceroy-of-indiaAnd from London comes news of a new 722-foot super yacht to be called Quintessential One. Her traditional lines make her look like a 21st Century version of P&O’s Viceroy of India (left) but with engines aft. This is fitting in a way as the latter ship was largely designed by P&O chairman Lord Inchcape on his private yacht in Monaco

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Earlybird Offer On Cruiseco’s Authentic Asia River Cruises In Vietnam & Cambodia And In Myanmar, September 2017-March 2018

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For further information please contact The Cruise People Ltd,
88 York Street, London W1H 1QT +44 (0)20 7723 2450 UK Freephone 0800 526 313 or Email PassageEnquiry@aol.com

Sail From Martinique to Lisbon Via St Georges & Hamilton, Bermuda, On Ponant’s Le Boréal This April – From €2,385 For 12 Nights

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Ocean Voyage: Fort de France to Lisbon via Bermuda

from April 19 to May 1, 2017

  • Fort de France-Hamilton-Lisbon
  • Le Boréal (264 passengers)
  • 12 nights from €2,385

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Whether sailing between two seas, two continents or two islands, Ponant invites you on board one of its sea voyages, scheduled several times a year.

Call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com for further details.