Great Lakes Cruises And Expeditions – MSC Seaside Class: Ships That Look Like Hotels – Seabourn Ovation Launched

The Cruise Examiner for 4th September 2017

Victory I Bar

The comfortable forward bar, looking aft, on the Great Lakes cruise ship Victory I

All of a sudden there is more activity on the Great Lakes, first with the announcement of the addition of Victory Cruise Line’ 202-berth Victory II for 2018 and then Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new 230-berth expedition ship Hanseatic Inspiration in 2020. Another expedition ship, possibly Ponant’s 184-berth Le Champlain, is also said to be on the way. And we have a quick look at two impending newbuildings, MSC Cruises’ 4,134-berth MSC Seaside and the 600-berth Seabourn Ovation, new sister to the Seabourn Encore.

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Haimark’s Saint Laurent Is The First Ship Of The Season At Montreal

St Laurent at Shed 3 MontrealThe St Lawrence cruise ship season opened on Tuesday May 12, with the arrival of Chicago-based Haimark Line’s 4,954-ton 210-berth Saint Laurent from Charleston, where she had just received a $3.5 million refit for her first season of Great Lakes and New England cruises.

The ship was built in 2001 as the now-defunct Delta Queen Coastal Voyages’ Cape May Light and although she has seen service in Haiti, Labrador and Chesapeake Bay waters, she has spent most of that time laid up at freshwater berths. Her present owners, Clipper Group of Copenhagen, also own sister ship Sea Discoverer, which is now in stationary use at Lerwick. Both ships are registered in the Bahamas.

Something over 71,000 domestic and international cruise passengers are forecast for Montreal this year, representing an increase of more than a quarter over 2014, when the port welcomed 56,466 passengers.

With calls by nineteen ships, Montreal expects a 2015 season that will also include five newcomers – Oceania’s 1,250-berth Marina and 684-berth Insignia, the 2,050-berth AidaDiva, 706-berth Saga Sapphire, and of course the Saint Laurent.

The largest carrier in the St Lawrence cruise trade at the moment is Holland America Line, whose 1,266-berth Maasdam trades from Montreal and 1,348-berth Veendam from Quebec.

The Saint Laurent is using Montreal as its home port for 2015 and became the first vessel of the year to take on passengers, departing on May 13 for a 9-night cruise to Clayton NY, Toronto, Port Weller (for Niagara Falls), Quebec and Trois-Rivieres. She will perform ten of these cruises for Paris-based operator Rivages du Monde.

https://greatlakescruising.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/haimark-deck-plan.jpg?w=630The Saint Laurent will also offer 9-night Great Lakes itineraries between Montreal and Chicago and between Chicago and Toronto that will include all five Great Lakes by adding a brief lockage through the locks at Sault Ste Marie into Lake Superior. Port calls will be made at Chicago, Mackinac Island, Georgian Bay, Detroit/Windsor, the Welland Canal (for Niagara Falls) and either Toronto or Montreal.

In addition to the Great Lakes, the Saint Laurent will offer a number of 9-night Canada/New England cruises between Montreal and Portland, Maine. The May 30 departure from Montreal to Portland will feature as guest speaker renowned US television commentator Dan Rather, and calls will be made at Quebec, Gaspé, Halifax, Yarmouth, Saint John, Bar Harbor and Portland.

All Great Lakes and New England cruises have been scheduled for 9 nights. Outside cabins begin at $4,998 per person, including port charges, while inside cabins start at $4,598.

For a copy of the Great Lakes flyer click here: Cruise the Great Lakes and for further details and bookings please call The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com. In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Three Great Opportunities To Cruise The Great Lakes This Summer On The 210-passenger Saint Laurent, 10 Days From $4,199

Saint Laurent stateroom

Typical outside accommodations on the main deck of the 210-passenger m.v. Saint Laurent

Space is limited but there is still time to secure your place on a 10-night Great Lakes cruise on board the charming 4,954-ton 210-berth Saint Laurent this summer.

  • Sail into history with the first authentic Great Lakes voyages by classic passenger ship in decades, leaving right from Navy Pier in Chicago or from the Port of Montreal in the heart of that city.
  • A 9-night Great Lakes cruise on board a ship with nostalgic interiors and rich appointments.
  • Special on board events and shore excursions included in each port of call.
  • Elegantly casual dining and entertainment on board wth unlimited beverages, including beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea and water.
  • Spectacular sightseeing through the Soo Locks, the St Lawrence Seaway, the Thousand Islands, the Welland Canal, as well as seeing Niagara Falls and Mackinac Island.
  • Departures from Chicago on July 14 and August 28 – from Montreal on July 5.
  • Fares from $4,199 per person in an inside cabin or $4,599 in an outside cabin plus $399 port charges
Haimark Great Lakes

July 14 & August 28 from Chicago, July 5 v.v. from Montreal

For a full copy of the flyer please click here: Cruise the Great Lakes

For further details and bookings please call The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com. In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

TUI Orders Two Ships As Meyer Takes 70% Of Turku Yard – Rivages du Monde Expands – Xiamen Cruise Ship Won’t Be Built

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 11th August 2014..

 

Saint Laurent for'dThe destiny of the Turku shipyard, once Wärtsilä Marine, then Masa-Yards, then Kvaerner Masa-Yards, then Aker Yards Oy, and now STX Finland Oy, is about to be determined by an offer from Meyer Werft to take a 70% shareholding, alongside the Finnish government. Coincidental with this announcement comes an order for two 2,500-berth cruise ships from TUI Cruises, with options for two more, that will allow Germany to surpass the UK as the world’s second largest cruise market. From the growing French market comes news that Rivages du Monde is expanding into ocean cruising and has also developed a new St Lawrence product (above) for 2015. Meanwhile, Xiamen Shipbuilding’s plan to build China’s first 100,000-ton cruise ship has disappeared along with that of the Titanic II.

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Inland Cruising Market Shows Huge Promise – A Third Royal Class Ship, Fourth Of The Line – Celebrity Eclipse Gets A Refit

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 4th August 2014..

Pearl Mist at Sault Ste Marie ON 02.08.14 © Angela at Sault Ste Marie Tourist Information Centre

Europe’s inland cruising market has been booming, as marked by the christening of 24 new river cruisers in March of this year alone. Now this trend is beginning to spread to North America, as American Queen Steamboat Co adds the 233-berth American Empress and Un-Cruise Adventures  the 90-berth s.s. Legacy to the Columbia River, American Cruise Lines orders three new 150-berth river ships, Pearl Seas Cruises began service this summer (their 210-berth Pearl Mist is shown above at Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, this weekend) and another new operator, Haimark Line, plans to revive a long laid-up coastal and inland vessel and bring her into service next year as the 214-berth Saint Laurent. Meanwhile Princess has ordered another ship, while the UK-based Celebrity Eclipse is due to go in for an update.

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Pearl Mist Departs Portland, Maine, Today On Her Way To Quebec And Her 2014 Great Lakes Season

https://i2.wp.com/www.pearlseascruises.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Pearl-Mist-09-RGB-cc-700x350.jpgThe 210-berth Pearl Mist, first ship in the fleet of Pearl Seas Cruises, leaves Portland today on a 10-night cruise to ports  in New England, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, the Gulf of St Lawrence and Quebec (see itinerary below). Among her calls are the Magdalen Islands, Sept Iles and Baie Comeau, all relatively new cruise ports.

Completed earlier this year at Chesapeake Shipbuilding near Baltimore, the Pearl Mist will be proceeding beyond Quebec to offer a number of Great Lakes cruises to Toronto and to Chicago in her first season this summer. Further details of her Great Lakes season are available here.

To obtain more informstion or make a booking please contact The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. Or in Toronto on 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Queen Mary 2 Celebrates 10th Birthday – Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2 Celebrates 1st Birthday – Pearl Mist To Cruise The Great Lakes

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 12th May 2014..

Three Queens © Rex Features

Queen Mary 2 en route to Southampton, flanked by Queen Elizabeth (foreground) and Queen Victoria (background)

At dawn last Friday, the Queen Mary 2, accompanied by fleetmates Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, arrived in Southampton for her tenth birthday celebrations. During her stay, she was visited by His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Also in a celebratory mood, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have announced some special fares for seven 7-night summer cruises on the world’s top-rated cruise ship, Europa 2. And elsewhere, itineraries and fares have been announced to the Pearl Mist’s first season on the Great Lakes.

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