Explorer will call at fourteen different ports in as many different countries on her next World Cruise leaving Montreal on August 26, 2011
The 24,318-ton m.v. Explorer was built in 2002 for the now-defunct Royal Olympic Cruises and today sails for
. Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, she is managed by V.Ships of Monaco. A product of the famous Blohm & Voss shipyards in Germany, she is engined with gas turbines and capable of speeds of up to 28 knots.
As well as university students and an 80,000-book library, Explorer carries about 200 passengers on her World Cruises at very competitive rates.
Explorer departs Montreal, Quebec, on August 26 for a 111-day Round-the-World cruise that will make calls in Africa, India, Malaysia, Viet Nam, China and Japan (Taiwan to be substituted if Japan is not possible) and crosses the Pacific to Hawai’i before proceeding to Costa Rica and Havana, Cuba (application pending for travel license) before finishing in Fort Lauderdale on December 13, back in time for Christmas.
Fares in an oceanview stateroom start at US $16,500 per person (about £10,615 or €12,175 pp) in double occupany, including port charges, gratuities and lecture programs. Compare this to inside cabin rates of $20,015 for 112 days on Holland America’s Amsterdam or $23,154 for Princess Cruises’ Pacific Princess.
After leaving Montreal, sailing through the picturesque Gulf of St Lawrence and crossing the Atlantic, this year’s World Cruise will take the following route: Casablanca, Morocco – Takoradi, Ghana – Cape Town, South Africa – Port Louis, Mauritius – Chennai, India – Penang, Malaysia – Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam – Hong Kong – Kobe, Japan – Hilo, Hawai’i – Puntarenas, Costa Rica – Panama Canal – Havana – Fort Lauderdale. Partial voyages are also available at an all-inclusive per diem rate.
For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or in North America at 800-268-6523