Crystal Accepts Fifth River Cruiser – Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel Opens In October – Princess To Carry 200,000 From Australia In 2019/20

The Cruise Examiner for 16th April 2018

QE2 Hotel Dubai

The first phase of the former Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2‘s conversion into a floating hotel opens on Wednesday in Dubai

Last week saw the delivery of Crystal River Cruises’ fifth ship and fourth newbuilding in eight months, when the 106-berth Crystal Ravel was delivered in Wismar, Germany. Elsewhere, Cunard Line’s former North Atlantic liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is finally advancing towards opening this October as a floating hotel in Dubai. And Princess Cruises, with its Majestic Princess, Golden Princess, Ruby Princess and Sun Princess, prepares for a 200,000-guest season in Australia and New Zealand in 2019-20.

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Atlantic Container Line’s North Atlantic Cargo-Passenger Service Opens This Week Between Hamburg, Antwerp and Liverpool and Halifax, New York and Baltimore With Return To Liverpool

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The Atlantic Sail is one of five 12-passenger G4 cargo ships now carrying passengers Trans-Atlantic

The Cruise People Ltd is pleased to announce the opening this week of a new cargo-passenger service between Europe and North America with five new ACL vessels called the G4’s. Delivered over the past two years to Grimaldi Lines subsidiary ACL, these ships now offer a weekly year-round 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 sailings in some months are fully booked. Bookings are being accepted for departures 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

Accommodations and Fares

ACL mess room 6

There are 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: €937.50 per passenger, double occupancy, €1,312.50 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €1,625 per passenger, double occupancy, €2,250 single occupancy

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

Outside Cabins: €1,225 per passenger, double occupancy, €1,625 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €1,875 per passenger, double occupancy, €2,625 single occupancy

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

Outside Cabins: €2,625 per passenger, double occupancy, €3,062.50 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €3,875 per passenger, double occupancy, €4,750 single occupancy

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ACL Owners Lounge

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 – see notes below *

Predecessor lines of ACL included cargo liners operated by famous passenger carriers Cunard Line, French Line, Holland America Line and Swedish American Line

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 PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

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  • An ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) 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.

 

Cunard Line: RMS Queen Mary 2 – North Atlantic Sailings 2018-19, Plus Year-Round Weekly Cargo-Passenger Sailings By ACL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASouthampton ► New York

2018 Transatlantic sailings:  May 10, June 3 and 24, July 13 and 27, August 19, September 2 and 16, October 18, November 4 and 18, December 15.

2019 Transatlantic sailings:  January 3, April 14 and 28, May 17 and 31, June 23, July 14 (14 days via Iceland), August 11. Later 2019 sailings to follow.

All crossings are 7 nights except where shown.

New York ► Southampton

2018 Transatlantic sailings:  May 17, June 10, July 6 and 20, 3 August 3 and 26, September 9, October 7 and 25, November 11, December 8.

2019 Transatlantic sailings:  January 3, April 21, May 5 and 24, June 7, July 7 and 28, August 18. Later 2019 sailings to follow.

Crossings are usually 7 nights, occasionally 6 and sometimes 8.

Liverpool ►Halifax ►New York

New York ►Halifax ►Liverpool

Atlantic Sail in NY

Atlantic Container Line also now offers year-round weekly sailings by 12-passenger container ship, between Liverpool, Hamburg and Antwerp in Europe and Halifax, New York and Baltimore in North America. Click here for further details.

For North Atlantic passenger fares and availability on either Cunard Line or ACL please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, at +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Queen Elizabeth: North To Alaska – Other Cruise News: Neo-Panamax Cruise Ships – Successful Saguenay Season

The Cruise Examiner for 30th October 2017

Queen Mary 2 at Port of Saguenay

Cunard first ran a cruise to the Saguenay in the 684-ton Unicorn in 1840. The 149,215-ton Queen Mary 2 at Saguenay in 2016

In May 2019, after crossing the Pacific from Japan, Cunard Line’s 2,101-berth Queen Elizabeth will offer a spring season of four cruises from Vancouver to Alaska. This will also be the first time a ship called Queen Elizabeth has visited British Columbia since 1942. Meanwhile, the Panama Canal Authority marked the passage of the first super-sized Neo-Panamax cruise ship to use the expanded waterway, when the 3,114-berth Caribbean Princess did so last Thursday. And back up north, the Canadian port of Saguenay closed out another successful cruise season.

Saguenay cruise ship Richelieu at Sorel, with half of her verandah cabins visible

Canada Steamship Lines’ 416-berth Richelieu, with 50 verandah cabins, began weekly Montreal to Saguenay cruises in 1938

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Queen Mary 2 Arrives A Year Early At Sept Iles – Norwegian Breakaway From New Orleans – Viking Orion To Alaska

The Cruise Examiner for 9th October 2017

Queen Mary 2 at Sept Iles October 2, 2027

Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 at Sept Iles’ Quai Monseigneur Blanche cruise terminal on October 2, 2017

Last week, on fairly short notice, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 added a new port of call to her collection when she made her first visit to Sept Iles, on the Quebec North Shore of the Gulf of St Lawrence. A former fur trading centre and now an iron ore port, Sept Iles has been going after cruise business since opening its own cruise terminal at its Quai Monseigneur Blanche berth in 2010. Elsewhere, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it will be moving its New York ship, Norwegian Breakaway, to the Baltic next summer and then to New Orleans at the end of 2018. Viking Cruises, meantime, has announced that its fifth ship, Viking Orion, will be sent to cruise in Alaska in 2019.

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Cunard Orders A Fourth Ship – Saga Orders Second Ship From Meyer Werft – Crystal: Next Northwest Passage For Crystal Endeavor

The Cruise Examiner for 25th September 2017

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Cunard Line’s new 3,000-berth cruise liner for 2022 Queen Anne or Queen Charlotte?

Today, an announcement was made by Cunard Line that it had ordered a fourth ocean liner, for delivery in 2022. The 3,000-berth vessel will be based on Holland America Line’s “Koningsdam” platform. Elsewhere, Saga Cruises announced last week that it had ordered a second 999-berth ship, to be named Spirit of Adventure, from Meyer Werft in Papenburg. And finally, Crystal Cruises is calling time after two successful Northwest Passage transits and has made it known that the next such crossing would be made by its newbuilding, the 200-berth Crystal Endeavour, in 2019 or 2020.

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A Ten-Ship Weekend At Southampton – Mascot, Pathfinder or Ambassador? – Crystal Cruises Back In Dover

The Cruise Examiner for 21st August 2017

Pacific Princess

The 688-berth Pacific Princess has served as Princess Cruises’ flagship, mascot and its 50% Anniversary ship

This weekend at Southampton was one of the busiest of the season seeing five cruise ship visits on each of Saturday and Sunday, including the -ton Queen Mary 2,for a total of ten ships over the weekend, plus the passenger-carrying container ship CMA CGM Corte Real on Sunday. Elsewhere, we look at fleets that feature one smaller ship in addition to their main fleet of larger cruise ships. Finally, Crystal Cruises has returned to Dover after a two-year absence.

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