The Cruise Examiner for 13th February 2012: Spirit of Chartwell to Become The Royal Barge For a Day– Other Cruise News: Quark Expeditions Makes Plans For Its Latest Ships – New Cargo-Passenger Voyages to Australia and Canada

The three vessels of the UK’s Magna Carta Steamship Company form a rather unusual cruising fleet, with the Spirit of Chartwell and Passepartout cruising the upper and lower reaches of the Thames and the Lord of the Glens the Caledonian Canal in Scotland. The 36-berth Spirit of Chartwell and 54-berth Lord of the Glens accept overnight passengers, with the latter having more recently been in the news as she has been chosen to act as the Royal Barge for this year’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in early June. As part of a flotilla of close to 1,000 vessels, she will celebrate sixty years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II by carrying the monarch herself. Elsewhere, TUI-owned Quark Expeditions has added two new ships to its expedition cruise fleet with the 114-berth Sea Spirit, ex-Spirit of Oceanus, and the 189-berth Ocean Diamond, ex-Le Diamant. And finally, for those wishing to travel by cargo ship, Germany’s NSB has opened up two new cargo-passenger routes, between Asia and Australia with the NYK Galaxy and between Europe and Canada with the Hanjin Palermo.

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Hanjin Palermo’s Regular Montreal-Mediterranean Cargo-Passenger Service To End November 2012

Editor’s Note: This Montreal-Med service  ended in late 2012 when the ship was moved to another trade. This means no service from Canada other than Trans-Pacific ships serving Vancouver. If service re-appears we will post it here.

For the past couple of years travellers have been unable to book passage between Europe and Canada and have had to travel via US ports. But between April and November 2012 space was available for eight passengers on the NSB vessel Hanjin Palermo.

The 45,625 deadweight ton Hanjin Palermo accommodated up to eight passengers in an Owners cabin and two double cabins plus two single cabins for sole travellers.  The vessel is equipped with an indoor pool and fitness room as well as lounge and video/tv room. Meals are taken with the officers.

For further details on freighter travel in general please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail