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No-fly cruise


We have recently discovered the delights


of cruising, especially


compared to air travel, and have sailed from our local port of Southampton.


We cruise with good friends and have decided again not to fl y. However, we have booked our next cruise from


Copenhagen to the Baltic next summer. I was hoping that there may be some form of non-air package offered that would include the ferry/tunnel or train/coach, hotel en route and port parking – as is offered in the UK. Having searched


relentlessly since booking I am fi nding it hard to either fi nd a package or, perhaps even more concerning, a parking package/service. We sail with Princess Cruises in August.


Can you help? Dave Butler, Worthing


I am afraid cruise lines do not offer this kind of service apart from sailings


departing from the UK. With your Princess Cruise from


Copenhagen, this is a diffi cult departure port to get to unless you fl y. You can of course make your own


arrangements to any departure port at your own expense and time. Cruise lines would give you a cruise-only price, take off the air section then the rest would be down to you. The danger of doing this is, if for some reason you were late and missed the ship, it is your responsibility to either get to the next cruise port or abandon the whole journey. In your case you would need to catch a


ferry to Denmark using someone like DFDS ferries. Aside from the driving distances


involved, the cost of the ferries can be expensive as you will need on-board accommodation. In my view this is an extreme alternative to fl ying and a costly one. If this is something you still want to consider doing then the port of Malmo (above) in Sweden, just over the bridge from Denmark, does have parking facilities. Visit www.cmport.com for all the


information you may need. I hope that helps.


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Grand Atlantic Cruise


In 2008 I was lucky enough to travel on a Sun Princess Grand Pacifi c World Cruise for 75 days that my Australian daughter treated me to. This voyage departed from Sydney and visited New Zealand, many Pacifi c Islands, USA, Canada, Alaska, Russian Far East, Japan, many Asian ports, then Darwin and back into Sydney.


We were both wondering if there were any


plans for a Grand Atlantic World Cruise with a possible itinerary of Southampton, Portugal, Canaries, Cape Verde, West and South Africa, Falklands, Brazil, many South American and Caribbean ports, USA, Canada, Iceland, Ireland and back into Southampton? We’ve never seen one advertised. Yours sincerely,


Andrew Rodwell, London


Hi, Thank you for your question. Wow! It sounds like you had a great trip.


Unfortunately due to the small number of


ships currently based in the UK, I can't see the Grand Atlantic cruise being a viable option. Certainly not for the near future anyway, but who knows what will happen as cruise lines continue to grow their fl eets. It’s a fact that cruise lines make more money


from shorter trips and that they appeal to more of the general public. In the winter months the ships will be deployed where the demand most requires them to be. A couple of ships are serving the Canaries, a


few are embarking on round-the-world itineraries and the rest will be sent to the Caribbean and Far East. This demand currently outweighs the need for a ship to sail the Grand Atlantic. I am sorry that I don't have any good news


for you on this matter at the moment but rest assured your comments will be brought to the attention of the relevant cruise companies.


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