Norwegian Joy Christened For China Trade – Fram To Sail Atlantic Canada & New England Waters – Cruiseco’s Ex-UK Music Cruises

The Cruise Examiner for 3rd July 2017

Norwegian Joy with go-kart race track

The two-deck high Ferrari-branded racetrack can clearly be seen aft of the funnel on the new China-dedicated Norwegian Joy

Last week, in Shanghai, Norwegian Cruise Line christened its first purpose-designed cruise ship for the China market, the “Breakaway Plus” class Norwegian Joy, or Xǐ Yuè Hoo in Chinese. With a Ferrari-branded go-kart racetrack on board, this ship offers a number of new attractions for the Chinese market. Elsewhere, Hurtigruten has announced a half dozen Atlantic Canada and New England cruises that include Newfoundland and the Gulf of St Lawrence for Spring 2018 in its 318-berth Fram. These waters were cruised a century ago by Bowring’s Red Cross Line. And, after its successes with music cruises in Australia, Cruiseco continues to grow with a series of UK music cruises from UK ports.

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Hurtigruten’s Fram Now Offers Atlantic Canada and New England Cruises, With Calls In Newfoundland And The Gulf of St Lawrence

FramHurtigruten, which has been running the legendary Norwegian coastal voyage since 1893, will add Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland, the Gulf of St Lawrence and New England to its itineraries starting in April 2018.

Following the 2017-18 winter season in Antarctica, the 318-berth Fram will depart Miami in early April and sail up the East Coast to offer April and May sailings between New York and Halifax. Key ports include New York, Boston, Newport, St John’s NF and Halifax.

One of the more interesting itineraries will be round trip from New York on April 15, a 15-night voyage calling at Newport, Boston, three ports in Maine, Halifax, St John’s NF, St Pierre, Louisbourg, Portland and New York. This voyage can also be booked as a 7-night voyage from New York to Halifax or as an 8-night voyage from Halifax to New York on April 22.

On April 30, the Fram will depart New York on a 10-night cruise to Yarmouth, Charlottetown PEI, Bonaventure Island, Percé and Havre St Pierre in Quebec, Bonne Bay NF, the Magdalen Islands and Halifax.

The Fram, which was built in 2007 at Fincantieri, will offer six Atlantic Canada and New England cruises before returning to her usual Iceland, Greenland and Northern Europe itineraries for the summer.

She will return to Halifax in October after her usual expedition voyages to northern waters. On October 8, she will offer a 12-night cruise from Halifax to Miami with calls in five New England ports including Boston, an overnight in New York City and a call in Charleston before arriving at Miami.

Red Cross Line

A century ago the Red Cross Line offered similar cruises between New York, Halifax and St John’s NF.

For more details of Hurtigruten’s Atlantic Canada and New England cruises please apply to The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Adventure Canada Announces Its New Ship, Ocean Endeavour, For 2015 Canadian East Coast and Arctic Season

Ocean Endeavour

Toronto-based Adventure Canada announced this week that it would charter the 12,907-ton Ocean Endeavour for its 2015 Arctic expedition season. The Ice Class 1B ship will replace the 4,376-ton Sea Adventurer. Built for passenger service, outfitted with a fleet of 20 Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, several lounges and a ship-top observation room, Ocean Endeavour is a vessel perfect for intimate expeditions to remote environments throughout Newfoundland, Labrador, the Canadian Arctic, Greenland and the Northwest Passage.

“Not only will we retain the entertaining and educational expedition programming our guests value, but we’ll be able to invite even more resource staff aboard to further enhance the experience,” said Cedar Swan, Adventure Canada’s Vice President. “Ocean Endeavour allows us to provide more options for our guests.”

Ocean Endeavour’s shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, sheltered bays and secluded communities to deliver the routes Adventure Canada is known for. While venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers, such as the Northwest Passage, guests can appreciate the comforts of a boutique hotel and know their safety is first.

The Ocean Endeavour will comfortably accommodate a maximum of 198 passengers when in service with Adventure Canada. Compared to 118 on the Sea Adventurer this will allow Adventure Canada to accommodate two-thirds more expedition passengers on these popular voyages. Guests can select from a variety of cabin categories, ranging from 100 to 320 square feet. All cabins are en suite with television.

Built in Poland in 1982, the ice-strengthened Finnish-registered vessel was converted for cruising in 2010 and underwent further extensive renovations this year. Passengers will enjoy spectacular views on several decks equipped with comfortable lounge chairs and can take advantage of  amenities including sauna, Jacuzzi, gym and spa. Ocean Endeavour’s three lounges provide spacious public spaces for simultaneous workshops, events and presentations, inviting each guest to tailor their own on board experience.

For further details on Adventure Canada’s Canadian Arctic and East Coast program please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.