Seabourn Encore Delivered – Three Ships For Thomson Cruises’ Caribbean – Croisières de France to Disappear

The Cruise Examiner for 12th December 2016

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Recenly delivered in Italy, Seabourn’s new 600-berth Seabourn Encore (above), the line’s biggest ship since the 793-berth Seabourn Sun (1998-2002), has now joined the Seabourn fleet and is on her way to Singapore for her christening by Sarah Brightman. Meanwhile, the Royal Caribbean and TUI-affiliated UK arm of TUI Cruises will have three ships in the Caribbean this winter, with flights by Thomson Airways from a network of ten UK airports. And a week after the announcement of the disappearance of Fathom as a ship operator comes news that a longer-established brand, Croisières de France, is also being assigned to the dustbin of history.

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The Ocean Liner Society 2017 Annual Cruise On Celestyal Nefeli, 7 Nights From Athens (Lavrion) on September 29

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The 2017 Ocean Liner Society cruise is planned for the 19,093-ton Celestyal Nefeli (above), the former Gemini, operated by Celestyal Cruises of Piraeus. This 7-night cruise will depart Athens (Lavrion) on September 29, making calls at Santorini, Izmir, Nafplion, Crete, Rhodes, Cesme and Mykonos.

The last time the Ocean Liner Society travelled in Louis (now Celestyal) ships was in 2009, when it cruised back-to-back in the 23,149-ton Aquamarine and the 16,710-ton Aegean Pearl.

Group fares, all inclusive of drinks, shore excursions and gratuities, are as follows:

Category of Stateroom      Regular fare           Earlybird fare
Junior Suite (SJ)                       €1,725, book now for €1,625 per person
Outside Double (XD)                €1,455, book now for €1,375 per person
Inside Double (!D)                    €1,225, book now for €1,165 per person

Single Fares
Outside Single (XD)                  €1,915, book now for €1,795
Inside Single (!D)                      €1,575, book now for €1,485

The Ocean Liner Society is a non-profit organisation whose members celebrate the passenger ship in its many forms. Members of the general public can qualify to travel on this cruise by joining the Ocean Liner Society. Membership is £20 in the UK, £23 in Europe and £25 in the rest of the world. As well as the opportunity of joining Society group cruises, this includes a subscription to its 48-page quarterly journal, Sea Lines. Further details can be found at Ocean Liner Society

For further details or to book the 2017 cruise  please call agents The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com 

The Ocean Liner Society Chooses Pullmantur Cruises’ Sovereign For Its 2016 Annual Cruise, From Barcelona On September 24

SovereignThe UK-based Ocean Liner Society  has this year arranged ti take its annual cruise on Pullmantur Cruises’ 73,192-ton Sovereign, sailing from Barcelona on 24th September. As Sovereign of the Seas, she was the world’s largest cruise ship when she entered service in 1988, exceeding both the 70,202-ton Norway and the 66,451-ton (at the time) Queen Elizabeth 2.

Several Ocean Liner Society group cruises have taken place on Pullmantur ships in the past. It is now over a decade since the Society first cruised in Pullmantur’s 39,241-ton Oceanic, once Home Lines’ flagship, and the 46,087-ton Sky Wonder, which had been built as the Sitmar Line flagship Fairsky. In more recent years, the Society has chosen Pullmantur associate Croisières de France, cruising in its 37,301-ton Bleu de France (now Saga Sapphire) in 2010, and the 46,811-ton Horizon in 2012.

For 2016, it is back to Pullmantur’s Spanish-based fleet, with a 7-night cruise from Barcelona on the Sovereign. Sailing on Saturday, September 24, 2016, this year’s cruise will call at Olbia, Civitavecchia, Livorno and Toulon before returning to Barcelona on October 1.

Sailing Itinerary
Date                                     Ports of Call    
Sat 24 Sep2016                   Barcelona
Sun 25 Sep2016                  At Sea
Mon 26 Sep2016                 Olbia, Sardinia
Tue 27 Sep2016                   Naples
Wed 28 Sep2016                  Rome (Civitavecchia)
Thu 29 Sep2016                   Florence/Pisa (Livorno)
Fri 30 Sep2016                     Provence (Toulon)
Sat 01 Oct2016                      Barcelona

Special Ocean Liner Society Fares

Luxury Outside A cabins (Doubles)         £880 per person
Outside cabins (Doubles)                           £695 per person
Inside Superior (Doubles)                          £635 per person
Outside cabins (Singles)                             £895 for sole use
Inside Superior (Singles)                            £795 for sole use

Above fares include port charges, standard Drinks package and gratuities.

Those interested in participating in this year’s cruise should register as soon as possible as the allocation is limited. A deposit of £150 per person will confirm a place and the final balance will be due 70 days before sailing (15.07.16)

The Ocean Liner Society is a non-profit organisation whose members celebrate the passenger ship in its many forms. Members of the general public can qualify to travel on this cruise by joining the Ocean Liner Society. Membership is £20 in the UK, £23 in Europe and £25 in the rest of the world. As well as the opportunity of joining Society g oup cruises, this includes a subscription to its 48-page quarterly journal, Sea Lines. Further details can be found at Ocean Liner Society

Fior further details or to book this cruise  please contact agents The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 and ask for Mona Hedlund or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Crystal Examines s.s. United States – Other Cruise News: – Cruise Ship Creep – Ocean Liner Society Chooses Sovereign

The Cruise Examiner for 8th February 2016

s.s. United StatesLast week saw the news that Crystal Cruises was about to undertake a feasibility study into whether the 1952-built s.s. United States could be revived and put back into service as a fast 21st Century cruise ship (see artist’s concept, above). The results of this determination should be known by the end of the year. Elsewhere, we look at “cruise ship creep” as different classes of ship keep getting progressively longer, with more berths in each case. And the Ocean Liner Society has chosen to take this year’s annual group cruise on Pullmantur’s Sovereign, a vessel that when built in 1988 was the world’s largest cruise ship.

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Azamara Club Cruises’ Cruiseco Charters – Pullmantur Changes UK Agent (Again) – Funchal Cancels 2015 Season

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 16th February 2015

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Azamara Quest leaves Nice for Southampton via the Baltic on May 28 and has some balcony staterooms remaining from £5,129 pp for 37 days. Apply through Cruiseco agents.

This week we have a look at the relationship between Azamara Club Cruises and the rapidly growing Cruiseco cruise agents consortium in Australia, an entity that is now expanding into the UK. Meanwhile, Pullmantur Cruises is on its fourth UK agent in the past several years, having now appointed a division of Fred. Olsen Travel to look after its business in the UK. And Portuscale’s Funchal, having had her 2015 cruise season cancelled, is now available for long-term charter.

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Carnival Plan Evokes Return To The 1930s In Hispaniola – Major Changes At Pullmantur – Book Review: Great French Passenger Ships

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

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This week we look at how Carnival Corp & plc’s investigation into developing a new two-berth cruise port at Haiti’s Tortuga Island, together with its Amber Cove development in the Dominican Republic, take us back to the 1930s. Both are on the island of Hispaniola and relatively close to Miami, especially in these days of high fuel costs. We also look at how Pullmantur is extending its reach far beyond Spain, while at the same time watering down its much-vaunted “All-Inclusive” plan. Finally, for a change, we review Bill Miller’s most recent book, Great French Passenger Ships, just published by The History Press.

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Norwegian Breakaway Due New York – Monarch Enters Service For Pullmantur – Cruise Passengers Make Cheap Tourists

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by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 6th May 2013

Last Tuesday Norwegian Cruise Line’s new 144,017-ton Norwegian Breakaway departed Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York, where she is due on Tuesday. She will be named by the Rockettes this Wednesday. Meanwhile, another once-large ship, Royal Caribbean’s 73,937-ton Monarch of the Seas, has joined Spanish-based affiliate as the Monarch. And a survey from Norway tells us that cruise passengers are not necessarily those that spend the most money, at least ashore.

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