Bleu de France
June 20th 2010 - Ocean Liner Society Cruise
The proposed 2010 Ocean Liner Society cruise is on the Bleu de France, leaving Marseille on 20th June 2010 for Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Tunisia and Ibiza.
Bleu de France was built in 1981 as the Europa of Hapag-Lloyd, and later served as SuperStar Europe, SuperStar Aries and Holiday Dream. She now operates for Croisieres de France, managed by Pullmantur who are part of the Royal Caribbean International group.
Please read the Frequently asked Questions below
DI - Discovery Inside - Euros 585 (regular 849)
HI - Harmony Inside - Euros 805 (regular 1199)
DE - Discovery Outside - Euros 850 (regular 1299)
HE - Harmony Outside - - Euros 990 (regular 1499)
P - Prestige Class - Euros 1090 (regular 1649)
S - Suite Accommodation - Euros 1405 (regular 2149)
Service charges of Euros 65 per person are additional
Single supplement is Euros 230 (Suites: Euros 385)
Fares indicated are in Euros, per person in double occupancy, and include port charges and drinks in the dining room and bars, but service charge as indicated above is extra. Single supplements are now indicated above. OLS members can pay in Sterling at the rate of exchange in effect on the date of payment, or they can transfer funds to our Euro account at the Bank of Scotland.
A deposit of 25% will confirm a reservation and cancellation penalties for cancellation by the passenger are:
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
Bookings can be made through the agent below (mention the OLS):
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7723 2450
Telefax: +44 (0)20 7723 2486
UK Freephone 0800 526 313
OLS Group Cruises - FAQ
OLS Group cruises - what to expect
A group cruise with the Ocean Liner Society is a fantastic way to try a different ship, meet some fellow ship lovers and generally make sure that the society part of our named is fully lived up to. The Ocean Liner Society likes to organise at least one group cruise per year to make this happen. When we do so we want to make sure that everyone has a good time but in doing so, it is important that everyone knows what to expect. Here are some pointers
How do we choose the cruise?
The OLS committee meets several times per year and each meeting discusses options. We are looking for something which is a bit different than the usual trip. You won’t find us booking a P&O trip from Southampton for instance. As you would expect of shiplovers, the choice is primarily done starting with the ship. Then we look at the itineraries and try to find the most interesting. We are generally looking at something around 7 days duration, with a preference for a European departure point. Obviously we are looking for something which looks sensibly priced, you won’t find us proposing a luxury world cruise for instance. We have recently cruised with Pullmantur (Oceanic and Sky Wonder) and Phoenix Reisen's Maxim Gorky in 2008.
Who do we book with?
Given our choice of ships, these are often not ships which can be booked in an average high street travel agents. Therefore we choose specialist agencies who are able to get our groups on the ships we want. Its important to note that the Ocean Liner Society itself is not a travel agent. We won’t directly take your bookings or your money. We will provide you with the details of the cruise and the agent appointed, together with a price list which is as upto date as can be. Your booking would be direct with the agent. It would be subject to normal rules of that agent and cruise line. This includes things like prices, any supplements and changes in itinerary and cancellation costs.
Are there any special activities as part of the cruise?
Any special activities are usually spontaneous. On previous trips there have been special talks, behind the scenes tours etc. All of these are subject to the willingness of the operators, and participants. We can guarantee that we would ask for bridge visits, engine room visits etc. But we cannot guarantee they would be granted.
What about port calls and excursions?
One great thing about going with a group of ship lovers, is that there is usually someone who knows something about the ports and their attractions. We have not in the past organised any special excursions, however in most ports groups head off to do things together.
Why do I need to register with the Society for a group cruise?
If you let us know you are coming, we can make sure with the agent that our bookings are handled together. This means any special perks, events or information get to everyone. We will also have an email list of people going so that we can share thoughts and ideas on getting there and back, ports of call and whether anyone wants to bring along some material for a talk or similar. This is spontaneous, comes from the community going and is of course not guaranteed.
How will I get to the cruise?
Simple – you choose. We don’t want to dictate anyone’s arrangements. Some will take their car, or the train, or the plane direct to the port, others may travel by a more circuitous route. Its up to you as individuals. The society will share ideas and provide pointers, but your arrangements outside the cruise are yours to make.
How will I find out about cruises?
Several places – the OLS website, the email newsletter, ask at the monthly meeting, visit the OLS stand at the ship show, and most importantly in the ‘Engine Room’ section of Sea Lines. We won’t be writing to you as individuals (that costs money from your subscriptions that we would rather spend on producing a great magazine and having monthly talks). We won’t bombard you with junk mail, or harangue you into going. But we do hope you’ll join us.
Some of our cruises are on ships where the language isn’t English onboard. We will make sure you know this when you book.
Travel insurance, vaccinations, visas etc. Like any group trip, these are the responsibility ultimately of each individual traveller. We can provide links to guidance, but we’ll leave the rest up to you.
That’s it really. OLS group cruises, are for a group of ship lovers and their family who fancy trying something different together. They’re not high pressure sold, over organised or bossy. You can do your own thing if you want to, whenever you want to. But past trips have been great fun so do think about it.