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The Ocean Liner Society's 2012 Cruise with Croisières de France

The London-based Ocean Liner Society will cruise on Croisières de France's Horizon, built for Celebrity Cruise in 1990, in May 2012.

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In 2010, the Ocean Liner Society chose Croisières de France and its 37,301-ton Bleu de France (delivered in 1982 as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ last Europa) for its annual group cruise. The “all inclusive” cruise proved such a success that in 2012 the Society is returning to Croisières de France to sample its latest ship, the 46,811-ton Horizon, the first new ship to be built for Celebrity Cruises in 1990.

The 2012 cruise will take the “Tutti Frutti” itinerary, departing Marseilles on Sunday, 27th May for Portofino, Rome, Salerno, Trapani and Valetta, with a full day spent at sea before returning to Marseilles.

Celebrity Cruises was formed as an upmarket division of Chandris Cruises in April 1988 in order to fulfil a new cruise contract it had negotiated with the Government of Bermuda to replace Home Lines. As well as acquiring the Italian liner Galilio Galileo, which it rebuilt in 1988/89 and renamed Meridian, Celebrity built two sister ships specifically for the Bermuda run. These were the Horizon of 1990 and the Zenith of 1992. The Horizon‘s initial run was the weekly service between New York and Bermuda, serving both St George’s, on the islands’ east end, and Hamilton. Regular service between New York and Hamilton had been started as far back as 1864 by the Quebec Steamship Co Ltd, which was taken over in 1919 by the Furness Bermuda Line, which in turn lasted until 1966.

In 1997, Celebrity Cruises was bought by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and the newer and larger ships of the Century and Millenium classes were introduced, eventually making the Horizon the smallest ship in the fleet. In 2005, the Horizon was allocated to a new joint venture with TUI Group called Island Cruises, taking on the new name of Island Star. When Royal Caribbean withdrew from Island Cruises, she rejoined her sister ship Zenith at Royal Caribbean-controlled Pullmantur Cruises in Spain and was again renamed, this time as Pacific Dream. Now having reverted to her original name, Horizon will join Pullmantur’s French-based cruise operation Croisières de France in the spring of 2012 to replace the Bleu de France, which has been sold to Saga Cruises to become the Saga Sapphire.

OLS group fares are valid for a minimum number of double cabins, and there is a limited number of category DE and DI cabins available for singles with no single supplement provided enough doubles are booked. Bookings can be made through the OLS group agent The Cruise People Ltd in London.

2012 Horizon fares compare very well with Bleu de France fares in 2010 as lead-in prices are lower – Euros 510 per person for an inside cabin compared to Euros 585 in 2010 and Euros 630 per person for an outside cabin compared to Euros 850 in 2010. While fares are all-inclusive of passage, full board, port charges and drinks, spirits, wine and beer in the dining rooms and bars on board, a service charge of Euros 65 per person for gratuities will be added to your on board account.

Daily Itinerary

Depart MARSEILLES 17:00 hrs Sunday 27th May 2012

PORTOFINO (Santa Margherita) from 09:00 to 18:00 Monday

ROME (Civitavecchia) from 08:00 to 19:00 Tuesday

SALERNO from 08:00 to 19:00 Wednesday

TRAPANI from 08:00 to 19:00 Thursday

MALTA (Valletta) from 09:00 to 17:00 Friday


Arrive MARSEILLES 08:00 hrs Sunday 3rd June 2012 

Ocean Liner Society Group Fares – Horizon 27th May 2012

(Fares are cruise-only and include port charges of Euros 175)

Tutti Frutti 27 May 2012

Brochure Fare (1)

Early Booking (2)

OLS Group (3)





DI Discovery Inside  




HI Horizon Inside  




DE Discovery Outside  




HE Horizon Outside  




C Comfort Outside  




P Prestige Outside  




PB Prestige with Balcony





JS Junior Suite




JB Junior Balcony Suite




S Royal Suite




S Royal Balcony Suite




(1) Fares are cruise only per person in double occupancy and do not include service charge of Euros 65, which is added to your on board account [Croisières de France published brochure fares are Euros 65 higher than fares shown here].  (2) For bookings made prior to 120 days before departure.  (3) OLS Group fares include no single supplement on a limited number of cabins in Categories DI and DE, provided the minimum number of double cabins is booked.

A deposit of 25% will confirm a reservation and penalties for cancellation by the passenger are as follows:

More than 90 days before departure: Euros 90

61-90 days before departure: 25% of the fare amount

30-60 days before departure: 50% of the fare amount

Fewer than 30 days before departure: 100% of the fare amount

Members of the general public can qualify to travel on this cruise by joining the Ocean Liner Society. Membership is £20 in the UK, £23 in Europe and £25 in the rest of the world. As well as the opportunity of joining OLS group cruises, this includes a subscription to their 48-page quarterly journal, Sea Lines. Further details can be found at

For further information and availability for this cruise please contact The Cruise People Ltd at 020 7723 2450, Freephone 0800 526 313 or e-mail

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Notes to editors:

1)For enquiries and reservations, please contact The Cruise People on 020 7723 2450 or at

2)The Cruise People specialise in niche cruise markets including ultra-luxury, small ship cruising, expedition voyages and freighter travel. For more information on their range of itineraries and vessels please contact Kevin Griffin at The Cruise People.

3)The Ocean Liner Society is a non-profit organisation whose members celebrate the passenger ship in its many forms. Members include employees of major shipping companies, authors, ship enthusiasts, inveterate travellers and armchair sailors. Their web site is .

4)For press enquiries and images please contact Kevin Griffin at 020 7723 2450 or

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Prepared / 17 June 2011

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Posted 17th June 2011