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

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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.

 

MSC Seaside Heads For Miami – Cruise Passenger Growth At Montreal – Hamburg-Süd Ships To Drop Passenger Trade

The Cruise Examiner for 11th December 2017

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Viking Cruises’ Viking Sky at Montreal’s Terminal T3, temporarily adapted for cruise ship use in 2016 and now used for overflow

As MSC Cruises’ new MSC Seaside, first of a new class of cruise ship, heads for her christening by Sophia Loren in Miami next week, we have a look at her on board offering. Montreal meanwhile reports a record cruise season, with 114,517 visitors in 2017. And Maersk Line’s December 1 acquisition of Hamburg-Süd will see the latter’s container ships leave the passenger trades.

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The Legacy Lines 50 Years Ago – Older Costa Ships Cascading – Ocean Adventurer Has A Remake

The Cruise Examiner for 14th August 2017

Franca C was converted into a diesel-powered cruise ship in 1959

The m.v. Franca C, converted in 1959 into Costa Line’s first dedicated cruise ship, cruised from Port Everglades

Continuing on the theme of fifty years ago that we started a couple of weeks ago with Cunard, this week we look at the legacy lines that survive today. The names of these lines, Cunard, Holland America, Costa and P&O, are all historic, and as it happens they are all owned by Carnival Corp & plc. The only lines outside these direct links are Celebrity Cruises, formed by Chandris Cruises, which is now owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Lauro Lines, which became the foundation of today’s MSC Cruises. Elsewhere, we look at recent fleet announcements from Costa Cruises. And another veteran expedition ship, Ocean Adventurer, gets a remake in Norway and Denmark.

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Holland America Line Adds Cuba – Other Cruise News: Black Sea Cruises To Start Up June 11 – Turkey’s Etstur Charters Aegean Queen

The Cruise Examiner for 29th May 2017

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Holland America Line’s 1,348-berth Veendam, a regular to Bermuda and Canada, will now also enter the winter trade to Cuba

Last week it was announced that Holland America Line is the latest cruise line to acquire rights to sail to Cuba, with its inaugural voyage set to be performed in December by the Veendam. Elsewhere the new Black Sea Cruises sent its recently-acquired Knyaz Vladimir on a trial voyage before placing her into service in two weeks. And Turkey’s Etstur has announced another season of Greek Isles cruises, this time using the Louis Group-owned Aegean Queen.

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Canada’s 150th Anniversary and Montreal’s 375th – Other Cruise News: – Oceania Chooses New York – Azamara Adds Alaska In 2019

The Cruise Examiner for 3rd April 2017

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Queen Mary 2 at Quebec. The numbers cruising the St Lawrence are expected to exceed 350,000 this year.

This year sees the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s founding as a nation, so on this event we also look back fifty years to the special 100th Anniverary sailings that were offered in connection with Expo ’67 in 1967 that included stays on board. Ships such as the Shalom, Maasdam, FranconiaArgentina, Brasil and South American all offered stays at Montreal, as did the s.s. France and Michelangelo at Quebec.This year will also see a boom for cruising the St Lawrence, with traffic up more than a third on last year. Elsewhere, Oceania Cruises will be basing its Insignia at New York for the late summer this year as well as the summer of 2018. Finally, in a first for the line, Azamara Club Cruises has announced a series of eleven Alaska cruises based on Vancouver for its Azamara Quest in 2019.

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Images Of Saga’s First Newbuilding – China Cruise Update – Holland America’s 70 Years Of Cruising To Alaska

The Cruise Examiner for 27th February 2017

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Saga last week released further images of its 999-berth newbuilding (above) now under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg for delivery in 2019. Meanwhile, Carnival Corp & plc has announced that it has ordered two ships in a Shanghai shipyard, with options for an additional four, for its new Carnival China-based brand, with deliveries to commence in 2023. Finally, in Seattle, Holland America Line is this year celebrating seventy years of cruising to Alaska.

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Two New Ships For Holland America Group – Virgin To Fly Adonia Passengers To Barbados – Carnival Australia Reports To Los Angeles

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd January 2017

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Holland America Line’s Koningsdam, first of the “Pinnacle” class ships

This week sees two items of news from Carnival Corp & plc’s Pacific-based operations. First it has ordered new ships for each of Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. And second, Carnival Australia will now report to Los Angeles instead of Seattle. Elsewhere under the Carnival umbrella, the Adonia returns to P&O Cruises from Fathom, and will be based in Barbados next winter, with flights from London and Manchester by Virgin Atlantic.

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Montreal’s New Cruise Terminal – Other Cruise News: New Investors In Hurtigruten? – “Shipless” In Seattle

The Cruise Examiner for 1st August 2016

The North Shore sailed weekly from Montreal’s Piers 34-35: Piers 34-35 & 36-37 today

Montreal’s main Iberville cruise terminal at Alexandra Pier is closed this summer while it is being rebuilt, and two temporary terminals have been installed downstream from the iconic Jacques Cartier Bridge at Pier 34-35 and Pier 36-37. About five miles from town, passengers are given free shuttles into town but it will be a welcome day next year when the new terminal opens, as it is within walking distance of downtown Montreal.  For a time in the late 1950s and early 1960s Piers 34 and 35 were the base for weekly sailings by the Clarke Steamship Company’s 76-berth North Shore (above), to the Quebec North Shore, and also her 46-berth fleetmate North Gaspé, to Gaspé and les Iles de la Madelaine. Elsewhere, we examine a rumour that new owners may be in the mix for Hurtigruten in the near future and look briefly at small ship marketing in Seattle.

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Harmony of the Seas Enters Service – Koningsdam Christened In Rotterdam – Carnival Vista’s New Attractions

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd May 2016

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Royal Caribbean’s 226,963-ton Harmony of the Seas arrives at Southampton last week

This week we have a look at three brand-new ships, the largest yet built for each of Royal Caribbean International, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line. Harmony of the Seas arrived for the first time in Southampton last week, and we compare her not only with her earlier sister ships, but also with the US Navy’s “Nimitz” class aircraft carriers and with the 18,000 TEU container ship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, which also carries a few passengers. We also have a look at Holland America Line’s Koningsdam, which was christened by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands last week. Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Carnival Vista, also entered service earlier this month.

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Twenty-Five Years Of Cruise Line Branding – Genting’s World – Royal Caribbean Sells 51% Of Pullmantur – Two Orders For Vard

The Cruise Examiner for 16th May 2016

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Holland America cleaned up its logo, changed its fonts and updated its tagline

This week we have a look at cruise line brands. Brands are supposed to differentiate products but with so many multiple and sub-brands these days, we wonder if they also serve to confuse. The branding of cruise lines did not really start in earnest until Carnival and Royal Caribbean started acquiring other cruise lines but has nevertheless been rampant now for a quarter century. Meanwhile, Genting Hong Kong last week confirmed an order for two 5,000-berth “Global” class ships (below) for Star Cruises in addition to its orders for Crystal Cruises and Dream Cruises, with the latter set to accept its first ship later this year. In a counter-move to the many acquisitions of recent years, Royal Caribbean last week announced that it was divesting itself of 51% of Pullmantur Cruises in Spain, but remaining as owner of its ships. And Fincantieri’s Italian subsidiary Vard announced orders for two more expedition ships from unidentified owners.

Star Cruises newbuildings

Star Cruises’ 5,000-berth “Global” class ships will echo NCL’s original side-by-side funnel arrangements

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Boutique River Cruises For America – Other Cruise News: New Ships For March – Another Order For Princess

The Cruise Examiner for 4th April 2016

 

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Four sumptuous Panorama Staterooms overlook the wake of the twin-screw river cruiser Louisiane

This week, we look at a new product that is being introduced to America’s great Mississippi River system. The New Orleans-based Great Northern & Southern Navigation Company LLC, or French America Line as it will be called, will introduce the new 150-berth river cruiser Louisiane. The new vessel has been designed to supply a level of service not seen before on American rivers. We also have a look at last month’s two new ocean ships, Holland America Line’s Koningsdam and Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sea. And finally, comes news of another new ship for Princess Cruises, in addition to the recently-announced Majestic Princess.

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P&O Cruises Australia Up To Five Ships – More Sydney Harbour Celebrations From Royal Caribbean – One Out One In For China

The Cruise Examiner for 30th November 2015

Pacific Aria

Statendam and Ryndam have kept their basic Holland America Line livery as P&O Australia’s Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria.

Last week was a great week for Sydney-siders, as two separate cruise events were held in their scenic harbour. Not to be content with the Wednesday arrival of all five of the P&O Cruises Australia fleet for the christening of its two newest units, Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria, Saturday saw the arrival of the two largest cruise ships serving Australia in Royal Caribbean International’s Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas. Elsewhere, one Chinese ship has been withdrawn while other Chinese owners have acquired a third ship.

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