Star Clippers Orders Its First Ship In 15 Years – Riviera Travel’s New “Author” Ships – Absolute Nevada Takes Deutschland

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 1st June 2015

Star Clippers

Star Clippers has recently announced plans for a 300-berth square-rigged ship (above) that will be designed after one of the world’s two largest square-rigger, the France II. Now under construction at Brodosplit Shipyard in Croatia, she will join the fleet in 2017. Elsewhere, UK-based Riviera Travel is in the course of doubling its fleet of owned river ships to four, with the Jane Austen and the Charles Dickens, while Germany’s 550-berth Deutschland has gone to US buyers Absolute Nevada, who will charter her to Semester at Sea as the World Odyssey.

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Quantum of the Seas Sails For New York – Oasis of the Seas Makeover – Cruise & Maritime Voyages Introduces CMV Magellan

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The Cruise Examiner for 3rd November 2014... ..

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Quantum of the Seas at SotonThe 4,180-berth Quantum of the Seas (left) visited Southampton last week, following by just sixteen days a similar visit by her larger fleet mate, the 5,488-berth  Oasis of the Seas. As Quantum departed yesterday for New York, we have a look at how she compares with the 2,620-berth Queen Mary 2 and we update readers on the changes effected to Oasis during her drydocking in Rotterdam. With today’s news that the 1,450-berth Magellan is about to join Cruise & Maritime Voyages on charter from Costa Cruises Group, we also have a look at some of the operators and the health of the European market for smaller more traditional ships.

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ms Hamburg To Offer Two Canadian Transatlantic Sailings In 2015

Plantours of Bremen have announced that the ms Hamburg will be making two Transatlantic crossings between Europe and Montreal in the summer and autumn of 2015. An August westbound passage will sail from Hamburg to Montreal via Greenland while a return crossing in September will leave Montreal for Lisb0n via the Azores.

m s HamburgThe 18-night westbound crossing leaves Hamburg on August 19, bound for Torshavn, Reykjavik and stops in Greenland at Prins Christian Sund, Julianehab, Frederikshab, Sukkertoppen and Nuuk, thence to L’Anse aux Meadows in Newoundland, the port of Saguenay and Quebec, before arriving at Montreal.

After a 16-night Great Lakes Cruise, ms Hamburg wil sail from Montreal on September 23 on a 14-night return crossing to Lisbon via Quebec, Gaspé, Halifax and Ponta Delgada in the Azores. The last regular crossings between Europe and Canada were offered by Polish Ocean Lines’ 15,015-ton Stefan Batory, which left service in 1987.

The 14,903-ton ms Hamburg was built in Germany in 1997 as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Columbus and carries 400 passengers. For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

Plantours Cruises To Offer Two 16-night Great Lakes Cruises From Montreal and a Round Trip Montreal-New York Cruise in Autumn 2014

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Plantours Cruises of Bremen have announced a revised season of cruises to be operated from Montreal in the autumn of 2014 that will include two 16-night cruises into the Great Lakes, a 16-night round trip cruise from Montreal to New York and back and a positioning cruise from Montreal to Nassau.

Plantours’ 400-guest ms Hamburg is no stranger to the region, having operated Great Lakes cruises between 1997 and 2011 as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Columbus.

The first two cruises, scheduled for September 24 and October 11, will tour the Great Lakes as far as Chicago, and the third, scheduled for October 27, will cruise Canada and New England as far as New York. These cruises will be followed by a 14-night voyage from Montreal to Nassau via St Lawrence and East Coast ports, departing Montreal November 12. Ports of call are laid out below for each cruise:

September 24-October 11, 2014: 16-night Great Lakes cruise from Montreal to Toronto, the Welland Canal/Niagara, Windsor, Tobermory, Little Current, Chicago, Milwaukee, Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Kingston and return to Montreal.
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October 11-27, 2014: 16-night Great Lakes cruise from Montreal to Toronto, the Welland Canal/Niagara, Windsor, Tobermory, Little Current, Chicago, Milwaukee, Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Kingston and return to Montreal.
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October 27-November 12, 2014: 16-night Canada/New England cruise from Montreal to Gaspé, Sydney, Boston, Cape Cod Canal, New York, Martha’s Vineyard, Halifax, Cape Eternity, Quebec and back to Montreal.
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November 12-26, 2014: 14-night cruise from Montreal to Nassau via Quebec, Halifax, Boston, New York, Charleston and Savannah.
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For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk..
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