Repositioning voyages a big hit with travelers

In June, cruise travelers will have the chance to sail across the Atlantic, from Europe to America, on the maiden voyage of the world’s second largest ship, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic. Artist rendering courtesy NCL

By Michael Coleman

Transocean and transatlantic voyages are in vogue among today’s cruise ship travelers.

In Part 2 of our look at such voyages, we profile the mass-and-premium market cruise lines.

Some companies, like Princess, Royal Caribbean and Holland America Line have numerous ships crossing the Atlantic or the Pacific this spring, from ports in North and South America.

AZAMARA CLUB CRUISESAzamara Journey — From Miami to Barcelona, departing April 11; from Rome to Miami, departing November 15.

CELEBRITY CRUISESCelebrity Century — 14 nights from Miami to Barcelona departing May 20; 14 nights from Barcelona to Miami departing October 25; Celebrity Equinox — 14 nights from Fort Lauderdale to Rome departing April 19; from Rome to Fort Lauderdale sailing October 31; Celebrity Constellation — 14 nights from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale departing November 6; Celebrity Eclipse — 13 nights from Southampton to Miami departing October 31.

COSTA CRUISESCosta Atlantica — 17 nights from New York City to Copenhagen departing May 5.

DISNEY CRUISE LINEDisney Magic — 14 nights from Port Canaveral to Barcelona departing April 10; 14 nights from Barcelona to Port Canaveral, sailing September 18.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINEEurodam — 16 days from Fort Lauderdale to Rome departing April 3; Noordam — 13 days from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona departing May 14.

MSC CRUISESMSC Poesia — 18 nights from Fort Lauderdale to Hamburg departing April 27; 18 nights from Kiel to New York departing September 4.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINENorwegian Epic — Seven day transatlantic crossing, a maiden voyage, from Southampton to New York departing June 24.

OCEANIA CRUISESInsignia — 15 nights from Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona departing April 3; 15 nights from Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro departing December 6; Nautica — 24 nights from Bangkok to Beijing departing March 1; 35 nights from Cape Town to Singapore departing December 11; Regatta — 14 nights from Miami to Barcelona departing March 21; 14 nights from Barcelona to Miami departing November 13.

PRINCESS CRUISESCrown Princess — 14 days from Fort Lauderdale to Rome departing May; 14 days from London on to New York departing September 3; Grand Princess — 15 days from Fort Lauderdale to London departing April 9; 16 days from London to Ft. Lauderdale departing September 25; Ruby Princess — 16 days from Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona departing April 19; 16 days from Venice to Fort Lauderdale departing October 8; Star Princess — 18 days from Ft. Lauderdale to Copenhagen departing April 24.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONALNavigator of the Seas — 14 nights from Miami to Rome departing April 10; 14 nights from Rome to Fort Lauderdale departing October 23; Independence of the Seas — 14 nights from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton departing April 11; Voyager of the Seas — 14 nights from Galveston to Barcelona departing April 18; 14 nights from Barcelona to Galveston departing November 7; Adventure of the Seas — 13 nights from San Juan to Barcelona departing May 2; 14 nights from Barcelona to San Juan departing November 28; Jewel of the Seas — 13 nights from Miami to Harwich departing May 6; 14 nights from Harwich to Boston departing September 4.

Days-at-sea voyages in vogue

Cunard Line is the only company that offers regularly scheduled transatlantic crossings, most often aboard the Queen Mary 2. Transocean voyages are in vogue among today’s cruise travelers. Image courtesy Cunard

By Michael Coleman

Transocean cruise travel opportunities are gaining in popularity as luxury, premium and mass market operators offer longer haul, sea-going choices than ever before.

As cruise ships large and small are seasonally repositioned from one cruising destination to another, travelers have dozens of opportunities to enjoy one of life’s most memorable and unique experiences — a voyage by ship from one continent to another.

The Cunard Line, for decades, was literally built via the transatlantic voyages offered aboard her ships and today is the only company that offers regularly scheduled transatlantic crossings on the Queen Mary 2 from April to November.

But, in this highly-competitive global industry that is cruise travel, more and more lines are offering a host of transocean opportunities as well.

In this the first of a two-part series, we’ll look at the transocean voyages being offered by the world’s best luxury cruise lines, each a member of the Cruise Lines International Association.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look at the transocean voyages being offered by the world’s top mass market and premium cruise lines.

CUNARD LINE Queen Mary 2 — Twenty-one transatlantic crossings, April-November, including classic six-day voyages between New York and Southampton, plus a seven-day option as well as eight- and nine-day crossings to Cherbourg and Hamburg,

CRYSTAL CRUISESCrystal Symphony — From Dubai to Athens, departing May 12; from London to New York, departing September 5; from New York to Los Angeles, departing November 2; Crystal Serenity — From Dubai to Athens (part of the 2010 World Cruise), departing March 15; from Rome to Barcelona, departing October 19.

REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISESSeven Seas Mariner — 16 nights from Fort Lauderdale to Monte Carlo departing March 22; Seven Seas Navigator — 20 nights from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco departing May 6; 18 nights from Seward to Tianjin (Beijing) departing September 15; Seven Seas Voyager — 14 nights from Fort Lauderdale to Reykjavik departing May 12; 15 nights from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale departing November 8.

SEABOURN CRUISE LINESeabourn Spirit — 13 days from Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon departing March 19; Seabourn Legend — 13 days from Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon departing April 8; Seabourn Legend — 13 days from Malaga to Fort Lauderdale departing November 20; Seabourn Odyssey — 13 days from Nice to Fort Lauderdale departing December 6.

SEADREAM YACHT CLUBSeaDream I — 13 days from San Juan to Malaga departing April 30; 12 days from Malaga to San Juan departing October 14; SeaDream II — 12 days from Barbados to Malaga departing April 25; 2 days from Barbados to Malaga departing November 8.

SILVERSEA CRUISESSilver Spirit — 14 days from New York to Southampton departing April 23; Silver Cloud — 15 Days from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barcelona, Spain, departing April 14; Silver Whisper — 12 Days from Southampton, U.K. to New York City, New York, departing September 2; Silver Shadow — 16 Days from Vancouver, British Columbia to Tokyo, Japan, departing Sept. 12.

Preview Barbara Streisand’s auction items aboard Queen Mary 2

Cunard Line and Julien’s Auctions are partnering once again — to present an exclusive preview from The Collection of Barbra Streisand onboard flagship Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Crossing to England departing New York on Aug. 23. Continue reading “Preview Barbara Streisand’s auction items aboard Queen Mary 2”

Video of James Taylor aboard Queen Mary 2 for an exclusive concert

En route to commence his summer tour, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor sailed with his band and crew as well as with his wife, children and mother during Queen Mary 2’s June 19 eastbound Transatlantic Crossing. He met with fans, answered their questions and put on an exclusive concert.
Here are two videos from the voyage. Continue reading “Video of James Taylor aboard Queen Mary 2 for an exclusive concert”

Singer James Taylor to headline Queen Mary 2 crossing

James Taylor
James Taylor
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor and his band will perform during Queen Mary 2’s June 19 eastbound Transatlantic Crossing. Sailing from New York to Southampton, England, Taylor will headline two Cunard Command Performances in the ship’s Royal Court Theatre during the six-day journey.

“I’ve always wanted to take an ocean liner back to Europe. It’s such a civilized way to go, and the Queen Mary 2 is the last word in first class travel. It was a dream to use the passage to transport and rehearse our summer tour: band, crew and family; kit and caboodle. I’m looking forward to the pair of concerts at the end of the trip and, hallelujah, no jet lag,” Taylor said. Continue reading “Singer James Taylor to headline Queen Mary 2 crossing”

Cruise Guide: Azamara unveils 2010 European itineraries

The two-ship, Azamara Cruises fleet will be offering a host of European port calls in 2010. <em/>Azamara Quest is seen here at anchor in Sinop, Turkey. Image courtesy Michael Coleman” title=”azamara-quest-docked-in-turkey” width=”500″ height=”310″ class=”size-full wp-image-1787″ /><figcaption id=The two-ship, Azamara Cruises fleet will be offering a host of European port calls in 2010. Azamara Quest is seen here at anchor in Sinop, Turkey. Image courtesy Michael Coleman

By Michael Coleman

cruiseguideheadersmallAzamara Cruises, the deluxe smaller-ship, exotic-destination cruise line, will send its fleet to Europe for the third consecutive summer when the 694-guest Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest sail in the region in 2010. Continue reading “Cruise Guide: Azamara unveils 2010 European itineraries”