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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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Cruise ship Saint Laurent taking on water

Reports are that the small cruise ship Saint Laurent is taking on water in a lock on the seaway. She was bound for Toronto.

Saint Laurent visited Halifax last week. The ship appears to be in the lock which suggests she bumped the side entering the lock.
More details to follow.
UPDATES:
Several injuries are reported. Photos on Twitter show the bow impaled by part of the lock. The lock has re portly been drained so the ship is sitting on the dry bottom of the lock.

UPDATE 06/19 0900:
Michael Folsom @theshipwatcher has a Source on scene providing Photos. I have posted a few bellow for the benefit of non Twitter users. It appears that the Ship went to far forward in the lock, and struck the ledge that the upper lock gate sits on.

Update 06/20:
Group Ocean tugs are on route and last noted near Montreal. Presumably they will pull the boat out of the lock. Seaway rraffic is backing up in both directions due to the closure.
Reports are that a Canadian river pilot was aboard, and that the Saint Laurent suddenly accelerated when the auto pilot was disengaged.
The size of the impact dent suggests she had some speed when she hit the lock, which would be abnormal for entering a lock.
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Cruise News.

Disney Magic Made a stop in Halifax Today. Disney added Halifax to their itinerary in 2013, but removed it for 2014. This is the only stop this year, and the vessel had originally intended to bypass us for St John’s Newfoundland.

Disney Magic is on a repositioning cruise from Florida to the Baltic. The Cruise left Port Canaveral, Florida on the 15th headed for New York; St Johns, Newfoundland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Oslo, Norway; and ending in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 29th.

In other news, Norwgian Gem ran aground on a reef off Bermuda yesterday. She was freed at high tied, and moved to Kings wharf in Bermuda. She is due in Halifax in September.

file Photos.

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Cruise Season Has Begun

Its snowing today, but in another sure sign of spring, the First Cruise ship of the season arrived at pier 22 today. Amadea Tied up at 7:30am. Built in 1991, She is owned by V-ships Leisure, Cruises for Phoenex Reisen.  

She is on a 138 Day round the world itinerary, having depared Nice France December 20, 2014. She proceeded through the medertainian to the Suez Canal, Through Indonesia, Down to Malaysia,  New Zealand, South America, Through the Panama Canal, and now working her way up the coast.

She arrived from Boston, and will stop in Sydney tomorrow, Sailing for St John’s NL, then over to Europe, ending in Hamburg May 7.

Regal Princess was to be the first cruise ship of the year on the 19th, However her itinerary was changed due to Enroute weather. This appears to have been a repositioning cruise, from  Fort Lauderdale to Europe, where she will sail an 11 Day Scandinavia & Russia route.

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2015 Cruise Schedule Announced

The 2015 cruise season at the Port of Halifax will begin on April 19, 2015 with the arrival of the Regal Princess.This will be the first call for the Regal Princess at the Port of Halifax and will be the first of eight inaugural calls during the 2015 season.

This year, the Port of Halifax is planning to welcome 146 cruise vessels carrying approximately 240-thousand passengers plus crew. This year also marks the 175th anniversary of Cunard’s first regularly scheduled transatlantic voyage.

On July 4, 1840, the RMS Britannia left port in Liverpool and made Halifax 12 days later. To celebrate the anniversary, flagship Queen Mary 2 will recreate that historic first crossing including a stop in Halifax, the hometown of Sir Samuel Cunard. “It is very important for us to include Halifax as part of the celebration of the original transatlantic crossing,” said Richard Meadows, President, Cunard, North America. “I think our visionary founder would be proud to see the ties between the line he created and his hometown are still holding strong after all these years.”

Other highlights in 2015 include:
• Eight inaugural calls
• Over 25 calls where properly equipped vessels will be able to access shore power
• Five visits from the Queen Mary 2 during the 2015 season. Her first call will be on July 10, 2015.
• October 1, 2015 will be the only five ship day
• October 16, 2015 will be the busiest passenger day with just over 10-thousand passengers expected plus crew.

View the schedule at http://cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/cruise-schedule/

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Hey, This isnt Bermuda.

Todays arrival of Explorer of the seas was the result of a weather related change in schedule. I had assumed this was the case when i discovered her arrival listed, but not appearing on the schedule. This led me to believe a trip to Newfoundland was adjusted due to weather.

Nope, todays arrival from New York brings passengers who were expecting to disembark in Bermuda. Bermudian Authorities requested the ship not dock there due to the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzolo, so the trip was re-routed to Halifax and Saint John.

Suffice it to say, the voyage is getting a chilly reception.