MS Bremen in Antarctica – Save £2,310 per couple, Complimentary Upgrades and No Single Supplement – 30 November to 15 December 2012

Take advantage of this Limited Offer on a 15-night cruise in  MS Bremen in Antarctica, Ushuaia to Ushuaia (BRE1224) visitingSouth Georgia, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula – 30 November – 15 December 2012. Offer strictly subject to availability.

Special: Fares start from £5,380 (normal fare £6,535) per person in Category 1 in double occupancy, cruise only but including return charter flight Buenos Aires-Ushuaia-Buenos Aires and a complimentary upgrade to Category 3.

Also: No single supplement in Categories  2 to 5.

Early Booking Reduction: Book by May 2, 2012, and receive a full 5 % reduction.

Highlights Include:
§ Zodiac cruises and landings to experience the untouched
wilderness of Antarctica
§ South Georgia: Land of Penguins and Whaling Station in
Stromness Bay
§ South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula: Elephant Seals and
Fur Seals of Elephant Island

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Antarctica and other itineraries please visit www.hl-cruises.com. For bookings, enquiries or brochures please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Small Ship Cruising in Alaska on Hapag-Lloyd’s Hanseatic – Seward to Vancouver July 15-29, 2012

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is pleased to announce the availability of yet another Alaska cruise for International clients, where all services will be provided in both English and German, including all menus, daily programs, lectures etc. Take advantage of this cruise at the height of the Alaskan summer to marvel at the mountains, glaciers, forests, fjords and wildlife – indeed, the sheer rugged wilderness of Alaska!

MS Hanseatic  (Cruise HAN1213)
July 15 – 29, 2012 – 14 days from Seward, Alaska, to Vancouver, BC.

July 15 – Individual arrival at Seward, Alaska
July 16 – Cruising by the Chenega Glacier
July 17 – Cruising in the Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay
July 18-25 – Alaska’s Inside Passage: Pelican (at anchor), cruising off Point Adolphus, calling Juneau, Skagway (at anchor), cruising Tracy Arm, Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait, calling Petersburg, Ketchikan (at anchor), cruising in Misty Fjord) – what a lot we do and see this week!
July 26-27 – Relax now sailing through British Columbia’s fabulous Inside Passage
July 28 – Victoria (BC’s capital city on Vancouver Island)
July 29 – Hanseatic arrives Vancouver

All outside cabins, fares include gratuities, minibar and port charges.

Special: Fares start at £4,700 per person cruise only (Guaranteed cabin Category 1 double occupancy)
Early Booking Reduction: Book by December 17, 2011, and receive a full 5% fare reduction.

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting Alaska and other itineraries please visit www.hl-cruises.com. For bookings, enquiries or brochures please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Gets Top Ratings Yet Again in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising 2012: MS Europa Retains Her Lead

The ratings for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have been improved upon in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising 2012:  and MS Europa has retained her lead position

•     MS Europa remains the only ship with 5-star-plus award
•     MS Bremen has received 4-stars-plus for the first time

MS Europa, the flagship of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, is the only cruise ship in the world to be awarded the highest rating 5-stars plus rating in the new 2012 edition of the renowned Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. The expedition ship Bremen received an even better rating than in previous years and was awarded 4-stars-plus for the first time.

With 1852 out of a maximum of 2000 points, the Europa received the highest rating of all 285 ships tested. The Hanseatic scored 1746 points, making her the only expedition ship to be awarded five stars. The second Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expedition ship, the MS Bremen, was upgraded and received the award 4-stars-plus for the first time with 1553 points.

Author Douglas Ward and his team tested a total of 285 cruise ships from all over the world, assessing criteria such as ship furnishings, quality and diversity in the restaurants, service and crew, entertainment and cruise experience. In this year’s edition of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, they are once again awarding the rating 5- stars-plus to only one ship: MS Europa. Douglas Ward states the outstanding culinary creations of starred chef Dieter Mueller as being the reason for this decision and adds: “Europa has stood the test of time, and looks almost new. “

Sebastian Ahrens, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, comments, “The very good ratings of our ships confirm that the consistent investments in and further developments of our range of products and services are worthwhile. Certainly, it is primarily the recent and comprehensive shipyard works on the Bremen that have contributed to our expedition ship being awarded an additional ’plus’.“

Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships by Douglas Ward, 720 pages, paperback, is also available as an application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries visit the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises web site. For bookings, inquiries, or to request a brochure, please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

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