Crown Odyssey’s final visit to South Africa

Mar 22, 2003
Author: P&S

The popular Crown Odyssey will be visiting South Africa under its current name for the last time in early April (2003). The Crown Odyssey recently departed from Mumbai (Bombay), sailing via Goa, and the Indian Ocean islands of the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion, before calling at Richards Bay, Durban and Cape Town.

Originally Crown Odyssey was scheduled to return to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal until the schedule was changed as a result of the war in Iraq.

According to Orient Lines representative in South Africa, Mr Stewart Venn, a limited number of cabins are available on the Crown Odyssey’s 18-day cruise from Cape Town to Lisbon, which departs from the Mother City on 12 April 2003.

The cruise includes a two-night stay in Lisbon after which passengers will fly on to London and return at leisure. Alternatively passengers may choose to stay on board for an extra five nights to continue onto Rome for a two night post cruise stay in the Eternal City, visiting Cadiz, Barcelona and Cannes along the way.

The 18-day cruise is available from Cape Town to Lisbon from R21, 950, and onto Rome (23 days cruise in total), from R28, 100. Prices quoted are fly-cruise packages that include flights (subject to availability of seats at the time of booking), port taxes and gratuities, but exclude airport taxes.

On 15 September 2003 the 34 242-gt, 1026-passenger Crown Odyssey will transfer from Orient Lines to its sister company, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) to operate cruises off New England, Panama and South America. NCL has announced that it has been decided to change the name of the Crown Odyssey to Norwegian Crown for her new role.

Of added interest when the ship arrives in Richards Bay and Durban shortly is that the ship’s hull has already been painted white (from the Orient Lines dark blue) and a number of significant enhancements and renovations have already been done. Although still operated by Orient Lines under Orient Lines colours and management, the ship already features the name Norwegian Crown on the hull.

The enhancements comprise of:

The Le Club Bar, which will be converted into the Pasta Café, a new restaurant serving delicious, authentic Italian cuisine;

· Le Bistro, a French alternative restaurant, will be added on Deck 8 where the existing Palm Court is located, bringing the number of onboard restaurants to six;
· A new game/card room will be constructed on Deck 8 next to the Library;
· The Lido Bar overlooking Deck 8 will be expanded into a larger lounge with clear glass walls and plush new furnishings;
· The Top of the Crown Lounge will receive a new, enlarged bar and sleek new furnishings;
· The Coronet Theatre will be removed and is already closed, but arrangements have been made for additional movies to the range normally available via the in-room television system, during the Cape Town/Lisbon/Rome cruise.

Additional improvements for later in the year include:

A luxurious new Beauty Salon, Spa and Fitness Centre which will be created on the Penthouse Deck which will be ready in mid-May;

· Four new suites will be created on Deck 10;
· The upper level of the Coronet Theatre on Deck 9 will have ten new inside staterooms ready for occupancy in June. The Theatre on Deck 8 will be converted into a Children’s and Teen Centre, scheduled for completion in May.

According to Stewart Venn passengers may rest assured that the high-quality dining, entertainment levels, superior levels of service and other unparalleled amenities, which they have come to expect from Orient Lines, will remain unchanged.

“The additional dining choices take the total number of restaurants to six aboard Norwegian Crown, substantially increasing our passengers’ options.”

The Cape Town to Lisbon and Cape Town/Lisbon/Rome cruises will be ideally suited to passengers who are planning a trip to Europe this autumn, and who will enjoy the opportunity of a relaxed and stylish cruise. The cruise to Lisbon includes four calls, including an overnight in Tenerife on the way, while the extended cruise to Civitavecchia for Rome includes calls at Cadiz, Barcelona and Cannes.

Orient Lines, as a destination cruise specialist, is acknowledged as one of the world leading cruise companies for their innovative itineraries and classic style. It offers much longer cruises than some of the other cruise companies and with leisurely stops in many ports of call.

With the transfer of Crown Odyssey to Norwegian Cruise Lines, Orient Lines reverts to its original status as an exclusive one-ship line, with its award winning Marco Polo. The ship’s 2004/05 schedule will include a first time British Isle cruise from Britain, a continuation of her popular Scandinavia cruises, an expanded Mediterranean season, and a return to Antarctica in 2004/05.

Contact your travel agent or American Express Travel Services (Cruises) in Cape Town on Tel 021 408-9700 for further details.

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