Disney Orders Seventh Ship – Thomson Spirit To Return In 2018 – All Change In The Europe-Australia Cargo-Passenger Trades

The Cruise Examiner for 17th July 2017

Thomson Spirit

Thomson Spirit, built in 1984 as Nieuw Amsterdam, has proven very popular in her sixteen seasons with Thomson Cruises

This weekend saw the announcement of a seventh ship for Disney Cruise Line, which will serve to expand their potential areas of operation in the world market quite significantly. One of a trio of new 2,500-berth ships to be built by Meyer Werft at Papenburg, all three will be LNG-powered. Elsewhere, Thomson Cruises has announced that it will retain an old favourite, the Thomson Spirit, for one more season in 2018, despite that fact that it is introducing the 1,870-berth TUI Explorer in the same year. And in the Australian cargo-passenger trades, four of the five existing CMA CGM Europe-Australia ships are being transferred to ANL’s Singapore-Australia service. Two German-owned ships will replace the four leaving the Europe-Australia service, meaning a 60% drop in passenger capacity.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                        (See previous columns)

All Change On CMA CGM Europe-Australia Cargo-Passenger Routes

CMA CGM Chopin trades to Australia

The 10-passenger CMA CGM Chopin is the only one of five sister ships not to transfer to ANL’s AAX service.

In April 2016, we announced six new ships, five from CMA CGM, the 10-passenger CMA CGM Bellini and her sister ships CMA CGM Chopin, Mozart, Puccini and Rossini and one from NSB, the 7-passenger MSC Monterey, for the Europe-Australia route from London Gateway via Suez to Australian ports. The CMA CGM ships were assigned to the North Europe Mediterranean Oceania Express (Nemo) service and the NSB ship to MSC’s Australia Express.

Nemo rotation

Now, fifteen months later, everything is changing again, with four of the five CMA CGM ships switching to Australian National Line’s Asia Australia Express (AAX) between Singapore, Port Kelang and Australian ports. The CMA CGM Chopin will remain in the Nemo service while two 5-passenger NSB ships replace the four that are moving to AAX. The NSB ships to join the Nemo service at London Gateway are the Conti Lyon, due this Wednesday, July 19, and the Buxcliff on or about August 16. Each offers an Owners cabin, a double cabin and a single cabin.

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NSB’s 5-passenger Buxcliff joins the Nemo service at London Gateway on August 16.

Sailing dates from London Gateway are as follows:  Conti Lyon July 19 & October 18, 2017, and January 17, 2018; Buxcliff August 16 & November 15, 2017, and February 16, 2018; CMA CGM Chopin September 6 & December 6, 2017, and March 7, 2018.

London to Sydney on the Nemo service is 44 days. This copares with Le Havre to Port Kelang in 26 days on French Asia Line 1 and Port Kelang to Sydney in 15 days on the AAX service, or 41 days on board plus shore stay at Port Kelang. Port Kelang to Fremantle is six days less than Sydney, so about 35 days on board plus shore stay.

For further details on how to book passange to or from Australia (or New Zealand) please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450, UK Freephone 0800 526 313 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Container Ship m.v. Widukind’s Charter Extended On The Europe To Australia & New Zealand Cargo-Passenger Route via Panama

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The 4-passenger container ship Widukind, from a view by Lotse1967 at Fleetmon

The Cruise People is pleased to announce a six-month charter extension on the m.v. Widukind, running from Tilbury 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. Two single cabins remain available for the full round voyage on the August 12 sailing from Tilbury. The next Tilbury departure will then be November 19.

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 (£4,710) per person including full board, port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee. The full round voyage of 98 days comes to  €10,219 (£9,405). And of course there is no single 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 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

New CMA CGM And NSB Services Make Singapore Into A Hub For Australia, Europe and Indian Ocean Cargo-Passenger Services

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The 10-passenger CMA CGM Marco Polo is one of a dozen ships sailing from Singapore to Southampton in 21 days flat on French Asia Line 1, cutting transit time from Australia by 11 days

With CMA CGM’s addition of four passenger-carrying container ships to the AAX Singapore-Port Kelang-Fremantle-Sydney-Melbourne-Adelaide-Fremantle-Singapore service and the addition of the Buxhansa to Singapore-Reunion-Tanzania-Maurtius-Singapore service by NSB, more connections are available over the major Southeast Asian port.

This recent move back to Singapore began when Indian immigration prevented CMA CGM from carrying passengers on its northbound Australia-Europe ships that call at Chennai and Cochin, thus chasing five ships from the northbound Australia passenger trade. This is not entirely bad news however as the Nemo Line ships took 32 days from Singapore to London, the substitute French Asia Line 1 runs Singapore to Southampton in 21 days, knocking 11 days and €1,210 per person off the elapsed northbound voyage time. Singapore hotels and meals are extra of course but this can usually be kept to between three and five days.

Sydney to Singapore is 15 nights on the Nemo Line or 20 nights via Fremantle on the AAX Line, while the voyage time between Singapore and Fremantle is 9 days in either direction on the AAX Line. This means that one can sail from Fremantle to Southampton with a total of only 30 days at sea and a few days break at Singapore en route.

The addition of an Indian Ocean departure from Singapore by the Buxhansa every eight weeks means that Réunion, Madagascar, Mozambique and Mauritius have been added to the list of destinations that can be reached from either Europe or Australia with a change of ship at Singapore.

For further details on any of these sailings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Sail To Australia This Summer: The Sea Princess Leaves Dover For Sydney On July 10 – 53 Days Via Panama

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Sailing Dover July 10, 2017, Arrive Sydney September 2, 2017
53-Night World Cruise Sector – Dover to Sydney
Ship Sea Princess

More details for 53 Night World Cruise Liner - Dover to Sydney at Princess Cruises

Cruise-Only Fares   Interior  £7,628 per person Oceanview  £9,678 per person.

Cruise map for Princess Cruises 53 Night World Cruise Liner - Dover to Sydney (39563)
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Cruise Schedule
: Dover (10 July depart 2000 hrs); Gravdal, Norway (13 July 0900-1800); Tromso (14 July 0900-1800); Honningsvag (15 July 0800-2200); Akureyri, Iceland (18 July 0700-1700); Reykjavik (19 July 1200-2300); Halifax (25 July 0800-2100); New York (27 July 0600 (+1) 1700); Charleston (30 July 0800-2300); Key West (01 August 0800-1800); Cartagena (04 August 0700-1400); Transit Panama Canal (05 August 0600-1630); Manta, Ecuador (07 August 0500-1800); Callao, Peru (09 August 1200(+1)1800); Pisco, Peru (11 August 0700-1400); Easter Island (16 August 0800-1900); Papeete, Tahiti (22 August 0700-2200); Bora Bora (23 August 0800-1700); Auckland (29 August 1000-2300); Sydney (2 September 0700-2300).
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For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com

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 no single 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 Star Special Voyages, Hong Kong to Sydney (28 nights) January 2017 And Singapore to Dubai (23 nights) March 2017

Norwegian StarNorwegian Star – 16 January 2017 Hong Kong to Sydney – offers Outside Category OG/OB at a 23% lower fare.

28 nights Hong Kong to Sydney – m.v. NORWEGIAN STAR – Departing UK January 13, 2017

Fresh from refurbishment, the Norwegian Star offers new dining choices, revamped menus and new watering holes. For a total of seventeen dining choices and authentic cuisine from around the world, along with eleven distinctive bars and lounges. From morning until night, many are the entertainments that this ship offers: Mandara Spa and Fitness Centre for the day, lavish shows in the Stardust Theatre and casino action and dancing in the oceanview Spinnaker Lounge, for the nights.

Itinerary

Date             Destination
13 Jan 17     Overnight flight to Hong Kong
14 Jan 17     On arrival in Hong Kong you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Hong Kong
15 Jan 17     Today enjoy a full day deluxe tour of Hong Kong. Overnight: Hong Kong
16 Jan 17     After breakfast transfer to the port of Hong Kong and embark Norwegian Star
17 Jan 17     Day at Sea
18 Jan 17     Nha Trang, Vietnam
19 Jan 17     Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
20 Jan 17     Day at Sea
21 Jan 17     Laem Chabang (for Bangkok), Thailand
22 Jan 17     At Sea
23 Jan 17     Singapore
24 Jan 17     At Sea
25 Jan 17     At Sea
26 Jan 17     Benoa (Bali), Indonesia
27 Jan 17     Komodo, Indonesia
28 Jan 17     Day at Sea
29 Jan 17     Darwin, Northern Territory (Australia)
30 Jan 17     At Sea
31 Jan 17     At Sea
01 Feb 17     Cairns (Queensland), Australia
02 Feb 17     Airlie Beach (Barrier Reef), Queensland
03 Feb 17     At Sea
04 Feb 17     Brisbane, Queensland
05 Feb 17     At Sea
06 Feb 17     Sydney – After breakfast disembark the Norwegian Star and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Sydney
07 Feb 17     This morning enjoy a half day Panoramic Tour of Sydney. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Sydney
08 Feb 17     Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour Bondi Beach and Sydney highlights. Overnight: Sydney
09 Feb 17     Enjoy a full day tour to Blue Mountains and Australian wildlife with lunch. Overnight: Sydney
10 Feb 17     Today enjoy a half day tour to Manly and beyond. Overnight: Sydney
11 Feb 17     Early afternoon transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK
12 Feb 17     UK arrival today

Your Package Includes

  • 21 Night cruise aboard Norwegian Star from Hong Kong to Sydney
  • All meals and entertainment whilst on board
  • Economy class air travel to Hong Kong and returning from Sydney
  • 2 night pre-cruise stay at the 4-Star Eaton hotel in a Cub double room with breakfast
  • Private car transfer Hong Kong airport to hotel
  • Full day deluxe tour of Hong Kong Island
  • Private car transfer Hong Kong hotel to the port of Hong Kong
  • 5-night post cruise stay at the 4-Star Castlereagh hotel Sydney in a standard double room with continental breakfast daily and complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Private car transfer Port of Sydney to hotel
  • Half Day Panoramic Sydney sights tour
  • Half day Bondi Beach tour and Sydney sights
  • Full day tour to the Blue Mountains with Australian wildlife ( lunch provided)
  • Half day tour to Manly Beach and beyond
  • Private car transfer Sydney hotel to Sydney airport
  • Port charges and fees
  • Air taxes
  • Crew gratuities onboard the Norwegian Star

Fares per person in double occupancy

Cat

Stateroom Type

London

Manchester

Newcastle

OG

Oceanview

£3935

£3945

£4010

OB

Oceanview

£3945

£3955

£4020

BD

Balcony

£4095

£4115

£4175

Norwegian Star penthouseNorwegian Star – March 6, 2017, Singapore to Dubai – offers some few left available BD Grade cabins at 16% less than the next category up.

23 nights Singapore to Dubai – m.v. NORWEGIAN STAR – Departing UK March 6, 2017

Itinerary

Date    Destination
06 Mar 17     Overnight flight to Singapore
07 Mar 17     Arrive in Singapore where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight:     Singapore
08 Mar 17     This morning enjoy a half day tour of Singapore. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight:     Singapore
09 Mar 17     Breakfast at hotel. Late morning transfer to the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, Embark Norwegian Star
10 Mar 17     Port Klang (For Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
11 Mar 17      Penang, Malaysia
12 Mar 17     Phuket, Thailand
13 Mar 17     At Sea
14 Mar 17     At Sea
15 Mar 17     Colombo, Sri Lanka
16 Mar 17     At Sea
17 Mar 17     Cochin , India
18 Mar 17     Mangalore, India
19 Mar 17     Mormugao, Goa – India
20 Mar 17     Mumbai, India
21 Mar 17     At Sea
22 Mar 17     At Sea
23 Mar 17     Muscat, Oman
24 Mar 17     Fujairah (UAE)
25 Mar 17     Khasab, Oman
26 Mar 17     Abu Dhabi (UAE)
27 Mar 17     Dubai – After breakfast transfer to your apartment hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Dubai
28 Mar 17     This morning enjoy a Modern City tour of Dubai. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight: Dubai
29 Mar 17     Full day at leisure in Dubai. Overnight: Dubai
30 Mar 17     Transfer to Dubai airport for your return flight to the UK

Your Package Includes

  • 18 Night Spice Route cruise aboard Norwegian Star from Singapore to Dubai
  • All meals and entertainment whilst on board
  • One Economy class air travel to Singapore
  • One way economy class air travel Dubai to the UK
  • 2 Night pre-cruise stay at the 4-Star Orchard Parade Hotel in Singapore in a superior double room with full English breakfast daily
  • Private car transfer Singapore airport to hotel
  • Half day tour of Singapore
  • Private car transfer Singapore hotel to Port
  • 3 Night post cruise stay at the 4 Star Superior Gulf Oasis Hotel Apartment in a one bedroom apartment with full breakfast daily
  • Deluxe private car transfer Port of Dubai to Hotel
  • Half day Modern City tour of Dubai
  • Private car transfer Dubai hotel to airport
  • Port charges and fees
  • Air taxes
  • Prepaid crew gratuities

Fares per person in double occupancy

Stateroom

Cat.

London

Manche-ster

Newcastle

Birmingham

Glasgow

Outside

OG

£3,630

£3,665

£3,665

£3,630

£3,665

Outside

OB

£3,650

£3,685

£3,685

£3,650

£3,685

Balcony

BD

£3,745

£3,780

£3,780

£3,745

£3,780

For further details please call Giulia Marri at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail CruisePeopleGM@aol.com