easyCruise Finally Targets Launch

March 17, 2005
easyCruise, the no-frills, almost "all a la carte, all the time," renegade cruise line, has finally announced that May 6 will be the launch date for its first voyage. The 4,077-ton, 170-passenger ship, easyCruiseOne (though there is no Two at this point), will homeport in Nice through October 15, sailing weekly itineraries that call at Cannes, St. Tropez, Monaco, Genoa, Portofino and Imperia.

Of course, being the renegade, easyCruise lets passengers book variable itineraries that range from two nights to two weeks. Fares start at 29.50 pounds (about $57) per person, based on double occupancy. Food, beverages and daily housekeeping services are not included in the fare but are available on an a la carte basis.

easyCruiseOne is the former Renaissance 2; the ship has been in Singapore for the past six months, undergoing a major transformation in which its original luxury suites were converted into no-frills cabins starting at 108 square feet. The fledgling U.K.-based cruise line is part of the easyGroup empire, some 15 companies launched by serial entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou. These ultra-budget companies include easyJet, easyCar and easyInternetCafe.