Bermuda and Canada’s Two Italian-Flag Cruise Ships – Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ New Line-Up – The Two Queens Elizabeth

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 7th July 2014..


AidaLuna at Bermuda's Naval Dockyard 2 ©

Next year will mark the fifth season that an Italian-flag cruise ship has made three cruises from New York to Bermuda (above) in the autumn, while further north the same fleet will have been sailing between New York and Montreal for eight years. The fleet? Germany’s Aida Cruises, once owned by NCL, then by P&O and now part of the Costa Cruises Group. We also have a look this week at Cruise & Maritime Voyages, whose line-up has been undergoing some changes, particularly with the addition of the Azores. And we examine the Queen Elizabeth’s most recent refit at Blohm & Voss.

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The Cruise Examiner for 5th December 2011: Cruise & Maritime Voyages Sells Out Its Winter Program – Other Cruise News: Portsmouth International Port – London’s Cruise Port of Tilbury – Saga and Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation

by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 5th December 2011

Cruise & Maritime Voyages' 800-passenger Ocean Countess and Marco Polo operate no fly voyages from half a dozen UK ports.

This week, we look at a small two-ship cruise line that has managed to sell out its 2012 winter program, half of which are cruises going north of the Arctic Circle in February and March! Cruise & Maritime Voyages has been making good progress since it was formed in 2009 as the cruise-operating arm of Cruise & Maritime Services. The line carried 36,000 cruise passengers in its 800-passenger Marco Polo and Ocean Countess in 2010 and  another 44,000 this year.

We also examine Portsmouth and Tilbury, two of the UK’s second tier cruise ports. Portsmouth, where the Leading Cruise Agents of the UK held their November meeting, opened a new dedicated passenger terminal in May whereas Tilbury’s London Cruise Terminal, the base for Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo, was first opened in 1930 and converted to a cruise ship terminal in 1995.

.And we remind Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation that Saga’s minimum age is 50, not 60, while Quest for Adventure will accept any passenger older than 20.

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