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 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

A Revival In The Australian Cargo-Passenger Trade With Four Newly-Assigned Ships From CMA CGM And Two More From NSB

CMA CGM Bellini at sea

The CMA CGM Bellini is one of four CMA CGM container ships now offering 150 berths per year between Europe and Australia

As recently as January we wrote that the direct Europe-Australia cargo-passenger trade had closed. Now, only three months later, with the vagaries of the world container ship market, we can report that four 10-passenger container ships are joining the route for CMA CGM, with a one-way passenger capacity of about 150 berths a year.

In January,  CMA CGM had just withdrawn the 6-passenger CMA CGM Matisse and CMA CGM Utrillo, its last two remaining passenger-carrying ships on the direct Europe-Australia-New Zealand service via Panama.

At the same time, the 7-passenger MSC Monterey and sister ships were being moved from the Suez route to other services, with the MSC Monterey now serving the Europe to California trade.

Ten years earlier there had been fifteen passenger-carrying container ships running between Europe and Australasia. But now, two basic alternatives remained for cargo ship passengers travelling from Europe, and both involved a change of ship, either in the USA or in Asia. And in recent months, the only direct cargo-passenger service between Europe and Australia has been a single-ship service by the 10-passenger CMA CGM Bellini.

However, there is now very good news for travellers to and from Australia in that the Bellini‘s sister ships CMA CGM Mozart, Puccini and Rossini are now joining the North Europe Med Oceania (NEMO) Line via Suez, resulting in sailings about every 23 days.

Port rotation is London Tilbury, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Le Havre, then Fos sur Mer, Genoa and Damietta, Egypt, in the Mediterranean, through Suez to Réunion and thence Fremantle,

Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. The return voyage brings the ships to Singapore and Port Kelang then back to Europe via Chennai, Colombo and Cochin to Damietta, Malta, Salerno and London Tilbury. 

As well as embarking in London, passengers may now join in the Mediterranean. Genoa to Sydney for example is 33 days compared to 44 days from London. The fastest trip from Europe to Australia is 25 days Genoa to Fremantle. Fares are set at €110 per passenger per day in double or twin cabins, or €120/130 per day single.

On the return voyage, passengers from Australia are able if they wish to transfer at Port Kelang to the French Asia Line 1, which offers a 22-day transit to Southampton, compared with 31 days to Tilbury on the NEMO Line.

The CMA CGM Rossini left London on April 7 and sails from Genoa tomorrow, CMA CGM Bellini leaves London May 5 and Genoa May 17, CMA CGM Puccini leaves London May 12 and Genoa May 24 and CMA CGM Mozart leaves London May 19 and Genoa May 31. Subsequent sailings for each ship are then every 13 weeks thereafter.

MSC Alessia

The German-owned sister ships MSC Alessia and MSC Ilona carry up to five passengers each

Service is also once more available on the MSC  route on the MSC Alessia and MSC Ilona. But these 5-passenger ships, which are managed by Bremen-based NSB on behalf of German owners, are still subject to last-minute transfers to other MSC routes. Nevertheless, the Australia to UK return can be booked as a through voyage.

The MSC Australia Express starts at the new London Gateway terminal on the Thames, proceeding via Antwerp and Le Havre to Fos sur Mer, La Spezia, Naples and Gioia Tauro in the Med, and via Suez to Mauritius and Réunion before proceeding to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.

While northbound passages from Australia to Europe can be booked on the NSB ships via Singapore, Colombo, King Abdullah and through Suez to Valencia and London Gateway, the full 91day trip can also be booked as a full round voyage.

For further information on booking your sea passage between Europe and Australia please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

One-Time Only Singapore-to-Sydney Sailing, 22nd November 2015 By SuperStar Virgo, Starting at £1,325 Inside, £1,853 Outside Cruise Only

SUPER STAR VIRGOOverland travellers to Australia now have a hard tme finding a link by sea from Singapore. But this year Star Cruises is scheduling a once-only voyage from Singapore to Sydney in November by the SuperStar Virgo, with arrival at Sydney on Wednesday, December 9, well in time for Christmas. The full itinerary for this cruise follows:

Date           Port           Time
22-Nov-15 Singapore Sail at 2000
24-Nov-15 Jakarta 0800-2000
25-Nov-15 Cruising Krakatoa 0400-0600
28-Nov-15 Geraldton, WA 1100-1900
29-Nov-15 Fremantle, WA 0800-1800
30-Nov-15 Albany, WA 1300-2100
03-Dec-15 Adelaide 0800-2200
05-Dec-15 Melbourne arrives 0800
06-Dec-15 Melbourne sails 0500
07-Dec-15 Tasmania 0900-2300
09-Dec-15 Arrives Sydney 0700

Fares (including port charges)

17 Nights Singapore to Sydney
Inside £1,325 per person double, £1,853 single
Outside £1,640 per person double, £2,325 single
Balcony £1,890 per person double, £2,700 single

Option 1: It is also possible to join in Hong Kong on 15th November 2015, sailing by way of Sanya (Hainan) in China and Da Nang and Ho Ch Minh City in Vietnam, with through fares as follows:

24 Nights Hong Kong to Sydney
Inside £1,836 per person double, £2,581 single
Outside £2,276 per person double, £3,241 single
Balcony £2,631 per person double, £3,774 single

CMA CGM Magellan 2Option 2: An unusal sea travel connection is available from Europe, on board the 150,269-ton British-flag container ship CMA CGM Magellan departing Le Havre Thursday 15th October and arriving Port Kelang, Malaysia, 16th November 2015. Dine with the officers, wine included with lunch and dinner, swimming pool and gym, you may also visit the bridge. One stop at Jeddah en route but no shore leave. Time spent ashore betwen Port Kelang and Singapore is at traveller’s expense. The fares for this voyage, including port charges are:

31 Nights Le Havre to Port Kelang
Outside £2,345 per person double, £2,580 single

Note: The Singapore to Sydney voyage will be offered exclusively by Cruiseco in 2016 using Royal Caribbean’s brand-new 168,666-ton Ovation of the Seas, departing Singapore 30th November and arriving Sydney 15th December 2016. This will be part of the vessel’s maiden voyage to Australia. Please ask for further details.

HOW TO BOOK

The Cruise People Ltd in London

+44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

cruisepeopleltd@outlook.com

One-Time Only Singapore-to-Sydney Sailing November 22, 2015, On Board SuperStar Virgo, Starting at £1,325 per person Cruise Only

SuperStar Virgo sternSeveral container ships that used to carry passengers between Singapore and Australia, as well as New Zealand ports, including the Hebe and the Praha, have recently been transferred elsewhere. The result is that overland travellers must now head for Hong Kong, China or Tawain to catch the CMA CGM Hugo in order to sail to Australia.

Relief is in sight in the fourth quarter of this year, however, as Star Cruises is scheduling a once-only voyage from Singapore to Sydney this November by the SuperStar Virgo (shown above), with arrival at Sydney set for Wednesday, December 9, well in time for Christnas. The full itinerary for this cruise follows (no part voyages are available):

Date             Port              Times
22-Nov-15 Sail from Singapore 2000
24-Nov-15 Jakarta (Tanjung Priok) 0800-2000
25-Nov-15 Cruising Krakatoa 0400-0600
28-Nov-15 Geraldton, WA 1100-1900
29-Nov-30 Fremantle, WA 0800-1800
30-Nov-15 Albany, WA 1300-2100
03-Dec-15 Adelaide 0800-2200
05-Dec-15 Melbourne arrives 0800
06-Dec-15 Melbourne sails 0500
07-Dec-15 Tasmania 0900-2300
09-Dec-15 Arrives Sydney 0700

SuperStar Virgo PromenadeFares (including port charges) 

17 Nights Singapore to Sydney 
Inside         £1,325 per person double, £1,853 single
Outside      £1,640 per person double, £2,325 single
Balcony      £1,890 per person double, £2,700 single

HOW TO BOOK

If you’re travelling overland and want to cross the seas to Australia, please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail  cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Summer Down Under By SuperStar Virgo – This November, Hong Kong to Sydney From £2,965 or Singapore to Sydney From £2,785

SuperStar VirgoStar Cruises has announced that its flagship, the SuperStar Virgo (pictured above), will depart from Hong Kong on November 15 and Singapore on November 22 on an epic 48-day voyage through ports in Southeast Asia and Australia to Sydney.

At 75,338 tons and with 1,870 berths, the SuperStar Virgo is similar in size to the former Queen Elizabeth 2, and with sister ship SuperStar Leo (now Norwegian Spirit) was one of the world’s first Freestyle ships with mutliple bars and restaurants.

PACKAGES

As part of this voyage and in conjunction with cruise supplier Cruiseco, we are offering two line voyages,one from Hong Kong to Sydney on November 15, and one from Singapore to Sydney on November 22, on the UK market.

Hong Kong to Sydney
November 15, 2015, with flights ex-UK the 13th
Including return flights to the UK and post-cruise accommodation in Sydney
Fares from £2,965 per person twin share

Singapore to Sydney
November 22, 2015, with flights ex-UK the 20th
Including return flights to the UK and pre- & post-cruise accommodation
Fares from £2,785 per person twin share

ONBOARD PROMOTION

Bonus Dining packages, beverage packages and on-board credits are available dependant on cruise length. For these two packages guests can choose either dining OR beverage package for all cabin categories. 

SuperStar packages

HOW TO BOOK

Please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail  cruisepeopleltd@aol.com. If you’re travelling overland and need to span the sea please also call for our passage-only fares.

Sail From London To Australia – But Book Now As Space Is Short (Only Six Single Cabins Left) – Or Take The Sea/Air Route Via Singapore

Astor South PacificOur many customers who travel to Australia by sea have filled every cargo ship voyage up until July 2015, so we must seek alternate routes if people want to travel in 2014. We can still get space on the “Spirit” container ships from Philadelphia and Charleston to Australia and from various ports in Europe to Singapore, where one can get a flight for the last leg to Australia (see suite arrangement below). But if you want to sail all the way, the only chance remaining this year is the 600-passenger ms Astor, departing London’s Tilbury Cruise Terminal on November 5 for Fremantle, a voyage of 38 nights that arrives in time for Christmas.

Hanjin Amsterdam © Helge at Fleetmon

Hanjin Amsterdam, F DeckThe alternative sea/air route: Two suites on NSB’s Hanjin Amsterdam and sister ships (there is also a single cabin), with regular year-round sailings from La Spezia to Singapore at 20 days for €1,990 (about £1,730) per passenger. From Singapore travellers can easily fly on to destinations in Australia or New Zealand.

If you can go in November, there is limited availability in the ms Astor at reduced fares, but single travellers should particularly take note. Only half a dozen single cabins remain, two single inside cabins at £4,379 (reduced from £5,829) and four single outside cabins at £7,439 (reduced from £9,909). Double cabins are still available, ranging from £2,889 (reduced from £3,849) for an inside guaranteed cabin to £8,129 (reduiced from £10,839) for a deluxe suite (the Astor and Senator suites are sold out).

For further details call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise people Ltd in London on 020 7723 23450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.