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Harvey

Scheduled World Cruise Every Two Months!!!

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How about this! A scheduled world cruise every two months.

 

A schedule voyage from one continent to another - just like Cunard's QM2 to Southampton to New York - Southampton to Sydney.

 

A liking of seas days would be an essential requirement ;).

 

cheers

Harvey

 

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Source:- The Telegraph on-line. (See full article here -  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/cruise-news/10315098/Sailings-from-Britain-to-Australia-a-step-closer.html )

 

Sailings from Britain to Australia a step closer

Plans to revive a regular passenger service between Southampton and Sydney have moved a step closer.

 

Investors hope to reignite demand for a less harried means of travel to Australia. The initial design concept is seen as a significant milestone for Project Orient, the company behind the proposed Southampton to Sydney service. The liners are expected to weigh 70,000 grt and carry 1,600 passengers and 800 crew.

 

Travelling via two or three primary routes – east via South Africa or the Suez Canal or west via The Panama Canal, depending on the time of year, the journey to Australia's west coast is expected to take 25 days, plus an additional three to Sydney.

 

Operating a monthly service on the first week of each month and stopping only to pick up and drop off passengers, allowing for a day in port, the new voyage does not set out to emulate the cruising experience. "It’s a journey, not a cruise. It will offer an alternative for those who want to visit Australia but who for whatever reason can't or prefer not to fly there.”

Passengers will also be able to book sectors of the voyage, an important part of the plan, particularly in key cities like Cape Town or Singapore, combinable with air travel.

 

Many of the on-board trappings will be familiar to regular cruisers however, with much emphasis placed on enrichment, the on-board learning and activities programmes that keep cruise-goers busy on sea days. Along with a gym and spa and extensive library and e-library, accessible via the ship’s Wi-Fi there will be multiple restaurants and extensive shopping.

 

The project is the brainchild of former P&O employee Larry Sylvestre and is being spearheaded by CEO and entrepreneur Asif Mashhadi along with several former British cruise-industry heavyweights at the helm. With no launch date in sight Lingard remains optimistic: “If we could finalise finance this winter STX could be cutting steel during 2014 for an early 2016 start-up.”

 

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At first sight it looks a bit crackers, but the fact is with everyone living much longer these days, the pool of people capable of travelling but unable or unwilling to fly is increasing all the time. Add to that the list of people just fed up with air travel and perhaps they're on to something.

 

They'll need to have sharp pencils in calculating fares, since if prices are high why wouldn't you just book a cruise?

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I loved the sea voyage to UK by ship back in the 60s. From Sydney via Suez and home 18 months later via Panama. Was the only way to travel back in those days. Air fares were prohibitive for the average person and took a couple of days I think

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This is perfect for my parents, my mum cannot fly and my dad wants to go to australia but doesnt want to do it on a typical world cruise, could possibly be a good market here for those with the time and who dont do flying

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