Cunard Line: RMS Queen Mary 2 – North Atlantic Sailings 2018-19, Plus Year-Round Weekly Cargo-Passenger Sailings By ACL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASouthampton ► New York

2018 Transatlantic sailings:  May 10, June 3 and 24, July 13 and 27, August 19, September 2 and 16, October 18, November 4 and 18, December 15.

2019 Transatlantic sailings:  January 3, April 14 and 28, May 17 and 31, June 23, July 14 (14 days via Iceland), August 11. Later 2019 sailings to follow.

All crossings are 7 nights except where shown.

New York ► Southampton

2018 Transatlantic sailings:  May 17, June 10, July 6 and 20, 3 August 3 and 26, September 9, October 7 and 25, November 11, December 8.

2019 Transatlantic sailings:  January 3, April 21, May 5 and 24, June 7, July 7 and 28, August 18. Later 2019 sailings to follow.

Crossings are usually 7 nights, occasionally 6 and sometimes 8.

Liverpool ►Halifax ►New York

New York ►Halifax ►Liverpool

Atlantic Sail in NY

Atlantic Container Line also now offers year-round weekly sailings by 12-passenger container ship, between Liverpool, Hamburg and Antwerp in Europe and Halifax, New York and Baltimore in North America. Click here for further details.

For North Atlantic passenger fares and availability on either Cunard Line or ACL please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, at +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

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Queen Elizabeth: North To Alaska – Other Cruise News: Neo-Panamax Cruise Ships – Successful Saguenay Season

The Cruise Examiner for 30th October 2017

Queen Mary 2 at Port of Saguenay

Cunard first ran a cruise to the Saguenay in the 684-ton Unicorn in 1840. The 149,215-ton Queen Mary 2 at Saguenay in 2016

In May 2019, after crossing the Pacific from Japan, Cunard Line’s 2,101-berth Queen Elizabeth will offer a spring season of four cruises from Vancouver to Alaska. This will also be the first time a ship called Queen Elizabeth has visited British Columbia since 1942. Meanwhile, the Panama Canal Authority marked the passage of the first super-sized Neo-Panamax cruise ship to use the expanded waterway, when the 3,114-berth Caribbean Princess did so last Thursday. And back up north, the Canadian port of Saguenay closed out another successful cruise season.

Saguenay cruise ship Richelieu at Sorel, with half of her verandah cabins visible

Canada Steamship Lines’ 416-berth Richelieu, with 50 verandah cabins, began weekly Montreal to Saguenay cruises in 1938

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Queen Mary 2 Arrives A Year Early At Sept Iles – Norwegian Breakaway From New Orleans – Viking Orion To Alaska

The Cruise Examiner for 9th October 2017

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Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 at Sept Iles’ Quai Monseigneur Blanche cruise terminal on October 2, 2017

Last week, on fairly short notice, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 added a new port of call to her collection when she made her first visit to Sept Iles, on the Quebec North Shore of the Gulf of St Lawrence. A former fur trading centre and now an iron ore port, Sept Iles has been going after cruise business since opening its own cruise terminal at its Quai Monseigneur Blanche berth in 2010. Elsewhere, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it will be moving its New York ship, Norwegian Breakaway, to the Baltic next summer and then to New Orleans at the end of 2018. Viking Cruises, meantime, has announced that its fifth ship, Viking Orion, will be sent to cruise in Alaska in 2019.

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A Ten-Ship Weekend At Southampton – Mascot, Pathfinder or Ambassador? – Crystal Cruises Back In Dover

The Cruise Examiner for 21st August 2017

Pacific Princess

The 688-berth Pacific Princess has served as Princess Cruises’ flagship, mascot and its 50% Anniversary ship

This weekend at Southampton was one of the busiest of the season seeing five cruise ship visits on each of Saturday and Sunday, including the -ton Queen Mary 2,for a total of ten ships over the weekend, plus the passenger-carrying container ship CMA CGM Corte Real on Sunday. Elsewhere, we look at fleets that feature one smaller ship in addition to their main fleet of larger cruise ships. Finally, Crystal Cruises has returned to Dover after a two-year absence.

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Fincantieri Takes 66.66% Of STX France – Carnival Maritime Opens Third Centre – European Cruise Market To Grow 60% In A Decade

The Cruise Examiner for 22nd May 2017

STX France

Fincantieri has acquired a two-thirds shareholding in the famous STX France shipyard at St Nazaire

Last Friday it was announced that Fincantieri was acquiring a 66.66% shareholding in STX France, a company that will no doubt soon be renamed. The balance of the shares are held by the French State. At the same time, following the opening of Fleet Operations Centres in Hamburg and Seattle, Carnival Maritime has started hiring for a third such centre in Miami to manage the twenty-five ships of original group member Carnival Cruise Line. Meanwhile, Cruise Industry News Annual predicts 60% growth in the European cruise market over the next decade.

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Queen Mary 2 Refit A Success – Louisiane Headed For New Orleans – Adventure of the Seas Acquires 100 More Cabins – New TUI Names

The Cruise Examiner for 4th July 2016

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The Queen Mary 2 undergoes her 25-day drydocking at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, a painting by Robert Lloyd

Now that Queen Mary 2 has completed her first Transatlantic voyage since her 25-day drydocking in Hamburg, we bring you the latest report from on board. Elsewhere, French America Line’s Louisiane has begun her 5,000-nautical mile journey from Portland, Oregon, to New Orleans in preparation for her entry into service on the Mississippi this autumn.  And on the other end of the scale, Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas is to gain another 100 cabins in a refit later this year at Freeport, Bahamas. Finally, a quick footnote on upcoming changes at TUI Cruises and Thomson Cruises.

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Port Out Southampton Home, An Exhibition – Queen Mary 2 Refit Completes In Hamburg – A Note On Airline Seat Pitches

The Cruise Examiner for 20th June 2016

Queen Mary 2 refit

A painter puts the final touches to the hull of Queen Mary 2 at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg

This week we have a look at a 15-month exhibition being mounted by Southampton’s SeaCity Museum on the subject of ocean liners. This Thursday, meanwhile, sees the largest ocean liner ever built go back into service when Queen Mary 2 leaves Southampton for New York after a 25-day refit at Hamburg’s Blohm & Voss shipyard that is estimated to have cost about $55 million. She will have room for 75 more passengers and at least a dozen more pets. Finally, we look at the subject of seat pitch on cruise line flights.

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