Oceania Cruises’ Nautica – Singapore to Hong Kong via Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, 19 Nights Departing UK January 5, 2016

Nautica19 NIGHTS THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM, SINGAPORE TO HONG KONG ON m.v. NAUTICA

Departing UK January 5, 2016

Itinerary

Fly UK to Singapore (2 Night hotel stay) ~ Embark Nautica (One night onboard in Singapore) ~ Cruising the Gulf of Thailand ~ Ko Samui (Thailand – Disembarkation by tender) ~ Bangkok (Thailand – Overnight onboard) ~ Sihanoukville (Cambodia) ~ Cruising the South China Sea ~ Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam- Overnight onboard) ~Cruising the South China Sea ~ Hue / Da Nang (Chan May – Vietnam) ~ Hanoi (Halong Bay – Vietnam) ~ Cruising the Hainan Strait ~ Hong Kong (Overnight onboard plus one night hotel stay) ~ Fly Hong Kong to the UK

Oceania Cruises Experience

* Mid–size elegant ship catering to just 684 guests
* Free unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
* Multiple open-sitting gourmet dining venues at no additional charge
* Port-intensive itineraries featuring must-see destinations and boutique ports
* Overnight stays and evening departures for extended exploration
* Luxurious yet relaxed country club atmosphere
* Spacious sumptuously appointed suites and staterooms , 85% with private verandas
* 24-hour Butler Service in all suites
* Canyon Ranch spa treatments and cuisine
* Dedicated concierges for personalised service
* Staff selected from internationally acclaimed 5-star hotels and restaurants
* The comfort of smoke free environments throughout the ship
* Never a crowd and no waiting in queues
* With open-sitting in all restaurants, dine where, when and with whom you please
* Cuisine never prepared en masse; every dish created à la minute just for you

Package Includes

* 16 Nights Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam aboard Nautica from Singapore to Hong Kong
* All meals and entertainment whilst on board
* Raft of Oceania Cruises inclusions as detailed above under Oceania Cruises Experience
* Economy class travel to Singapore and returning from Hong Kong, available from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow
* 2-night pre-cruise stay at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel in a deluxe room with breakfast daily
* Private car transfer from Singapore Changi airport to hotel
* Private car transfer from Singapore Hotel to the Marina Bay Cruise centre
* One night post cruise stay at the Royal Plaza hotel in a deluxe king room with breakfast
* Late checkout till 8PM on day of departure from Hong Kong
* Private premium car transfer from port of Hong Kong to hotel
* Private premium car transfer from Hong Kong hotel to airport
* Port charges and fees
* Air taxes

Fares from London (ask for Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow)

Penthouse Suites from £9,095, Concierge Suites £7,645, Veranda Staterooms from £7,180, Oceanview Stateroom from £5,770 and Inside cabins from £5,415, all per person in double occupancy.

For further information on this or any other Oceania cruise please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

A Prestige Ship For Bermuda At Some Time In The Future?

Norwegian Cruise Line ceo Kevin Sheehan was quoted in Bermuda recently as having said that with its acquisition of Prestige Cruises the “new” Norwegian group might take a bigger interest in the now underused Bermuda ports of Hamilton and St George’s. The maximum length of ship allowed in Hamilton is about 720 feet, on 26 feet of draft, and similar limitations apply at St George’s. The great advantage to Hamilton of course is that ships dock right on the city’s main thoroughfare of Front Street.

Seven Seas Mariner and Voyager in Hamilton April 2008

Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager together in Hamilton, Bermuda, in April 2008

Both Regent and Oceania have been to Bermuda in the past and indeed in 2003 Regent (then Radisson) ran the 560-foot 490- berth Seven Seas Navigator on eleven weekly cruises from New York and Norfolk to Hamilton and St George’s. Oceania, on the other hand, has put ships into Bermuda, on positioning voyages or seasonal cruises.

At 594 feet, Oceania’s 684-berth “R” class ships Insignia, Nautica and Regatta can get into Hamilton and St George’s, but because of their length, the 776-feet 1,250-berth Marina and Riviera are restricted to Bermuda’s outlying Naval Dockyard. The “R” ships are only slightly longer than the Furness Bermuda Line’s 580-foot Queen of Bermuda and Monarch of Bermuda, which at one time were the mainstay of the New York-Hamilton trade.

Of the three Regent ships, not only the Seven Seas Navigator but also the 709-foot Seven Seas Mariner and 677-foot Seven Seas Voyager, both with 708 berths, have docked on Front Street in the past. Indeed the Mariner and the Voyager became two of the largest ships to do so when they docked together in Hamilton in April 2008. At 732 feet, the 738-berth newbuilding Seven Seas Explorer, due in 2016, will be subject to approval by the local authorities as to whether she will be able to berth in Hamilton. That means that five or six out of the eight existing Prestige ships could be candidates for Bermuda.

But whether a regular upmarket service to Bermuda can survive since the relaxation of the shipboard casino opening laws has yet to be proven. Sheehan told the Royal Gazette, “We would be open to bringing more of the smaller ships into Bermuda – it seems like the perfect market.”

Hamilton will see only seven calls this year, with nothing between late April and mid-October, and St George’s only two cruise ship calls in the whole year.

Azamara Club Cruises tried one season with its 684-berth “R” ship Azamara Journey on the New York-St George’s-Hamilton run in 2007 and then left.

Between 2010 and 2012, in which year she made 19 voyages, Holland America Line ran its 719-foot 1,348-berth Veendam between New York and Hamilton, but she did not call at St George’s. After not being able to make enough money sailing to Bermuda, Holland America switched the Veendam to the Boston to St Lawrence trade at the end of 2012.

However, with ships’ casinos now allowed to open in port, Veendam will test the waters again in 2015, making six sailings between Boston and Hamilton between May and July, alternating with her Boston sailings to the St Lawrence.

Norwegian of course holds Bermuda contracts for the New York-Bermuda and Boston-Bermuda trades and has the largest ship in the Bermuda trade with the 4,000-berth Norwegian Breakaway serving New York, and the 2,476-berth Norwegian Dawn on the Boston route. Their ships will make 48 calls at Dockyard in 2015.

For further details of cruising with Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Norwegian’s “All-Inclusive” Packages – A Prestige Ship For Bermuda? – Chinese Taishan Enters Service

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 15th September 2014...

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        NCL All-Inclusive

Last month, Norwegian Cruise Line announced its new 2015 all-inclusive program for North America, and this month it announced a similar program for the UK. There are some interesting comparisons between the two programs in that fare reductions that are a part of the package differ, as do rates of exchange used for different cruise lengths. Elsewhere in Norwegian’s “new” realm since they agreed to acquire Prestige Cruises, Norwegian ceo Kevin Sheehan remarked that Bermuda might see more Prestige ships in future years, as being a good destination fit for the Regent and Oceania cruise brands. And in China, Bohai Cruise has inaugurated its new cruise service using the 800-berth Chinese Taishan, formerly Costa Voyager.

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