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Cruise Schedule is Out

The 2016 cruise schedule is out. Looks to be another Good Year. Veendam Kicks things off April 30, and is back every 10 days or so. AidaMar wraps things up October 28.

Highlights include Eight inaugural calls.

Anthem of the Seas is notable, as she (And her classmates) are the largest Cruise Ships in Existence. Carrying 4905 passengers + crew . Norwegian Breakaway also makes several appearances – her construction was the subject of a 2 part episode of Mighty Ships

There may be 2 more however – I have no record of Carnival Sunshine (Glory and Splendor have been the past carnival Ships) Appearing in Halifax also Serina Changed hands and was refurbished, She has previously called as Ocean Princess.

Disney Magic is back in the fall, after an inaugural run in 2014, and then not appearing in 2015.

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Todays Cruise Ships

 (Above) the Pearl Mist  at pier 24. She was built at Halifax shipyards, and after much wrngling in the courts delivered to her owners and put into service. She now makes regular stops to Halifax.
(Below)The Saga Sapphire, built in 1981 is a good looking ship. shes tied up stern to stern with pearl mist at Pier 24.

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More on Container Ship Cruising.

It appears Halifax has just added another Container Cruising Route. Eimskip’s Reykjafoss (three single cabins) every 35 days to Argentia and St Anthony NF, three ports in Iceland, Immingham in the UK and Rotterdam. This Cruise is 82euro/person/day

This Follows the recent start of The new CMA CGM Columbus Loop (six ships carrying seven passengers each) via Suez to Malaysia, China, Vietnam and South Korea and then on to Vancouver and Seattle.

And the Existing Options which consisted of Melfi Line’s Vera D (one double cabin) every 55 days to Cuba, Mexico and Italy; and Zim San Francisco (three double cabins) every 77 days from Halifax to China and South Korea via the Panama Canal.

This means there will now be about 185 passenger berths on offer on board cargo ships sailing from Halifax each year, where previously it had been fewer than 40. Is Cargo Cruising Popular? With so few cabins Smaller ships tend to fill early, especially ships like Reykjafoss and Vera D, but space is usually available on ships headed to China – there are so many of them these days. It’s usually a matter of either being flexible or booking as early as you can.

CruisePeoples most popular route, Europe to/from Australia and New Zealand, is fully booked to mid-2017.

File Photo Above. the ship is now red.

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New Cruise – Halifax to Vancouver – on a Container ship

The start yesterday of  CMA CGM’s Columbus Loop service regular call to Halifax, has added a unique cruising opportunity.

the 71 day Cruise is on the eastbound route, and sails sails Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Suez Canal – Port Kelang – Vung Tau – Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai – Ningbo – Pusan – Seattle – Vancouver. This takes 71 days, the longest stretch of which is 37 days from Savannah to Port Kelang. Halifax passengers will board at the Halterm container terminal.

The shorter route is westbound: Vancouver – Nadkhodka – Shanghai – Hong Kong – Yantian – Vung Tau – Port Kelang – Suez Canal – Halifax. The time in transit is 55 days, the longest stretch of which is the last 23 days from Port Kelang to Halifax. Vancouver embarkations take place at the Deltaport container terminal, near BC Ferries’ main Vancouver-Victoria terminal at Tsawwassen.

The scheduled calls to Halifax so far, that can accommodate passengers are:
CMA CGM CendrillonAugust 16
CMA CGM Titus
– October 4
CMA CGM La Scala – November 1
CMA CGM Figaro – November 8
CMA CGM Dalila – November 22
CMA CGM Almaviva – December 13
CMA CGM Cendrillon – December 20

Fares including port charges are €100 per person per day. Vessels include a Gym, Library, Pool and Lounge.

For further details on booking a voyage on CMA CGM’s Columbus Loop please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

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