Hong Kong-China-Taiwan–New Zealand Cargo-Passenger Sailings Doubled Up With 6-Passenger Hansa Liberty And Hansa Victory

Hansa Victory © Matthias Boerschke

The German-flag Hansa Victory and Hansa Liberty carry up to six passengers each in a double Owners Cabin and two twin cabins between ports in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and New Zealand.

The Cruise People are pleased to announce that two ships now offer passages between Asia and New Zealand, with the six-passenger Hansa Victory (left) and Hansa Liberty sailing between Hong Kong, Chinese ports, Taiwan, South Korea, Fiji and five ports in New Zealand. The return voyage is made via New Caledonia, Disembarkation only is allowed at Pusan (no embarkations). Chinese visa and Yellow Fever innoculation required. Fares begin at €90 per person per day (€105 single) plus €95 port taxes and €149 deviation insurance.

Meanwhile, the two-passenger Ariana also sails between Port Kelang, Singapore, Brisbane and five ports in New Zealand but book early because she offers only one passenger cabin! Detailed port rotations are set out for each route below:

Hansa Liberty and Hansa Victory (one double Owners cabin, two twin cabins, 6 passengers): Hong Kong, Chiwan (day 1), Keelung (day 2), Ningbo (day 4), Shanghai (day 6), Pusan (day 8), Suva, Auckland (day 25), Port Chalmers, Lyttelton (day 30), Napier (day 32), Tauranga (day 33), Noumea (day 36) and Hong Kong (day 49), with a sailing on average every 25 days).

Ariana (twin suite, 2 passengers): Singapore, Brisbane (day 14), Auckland (day 19), Lyttelton (day 21), Wellington (day 23), Napier (day 25), Tauranga (day 27), Port Kelang (day 41) and Singapore (day 42). Australian visa also required for this voyage.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Photo © Matthias Boerschke.

CMA CGM Now Accepting Passenger Bookings Between Europe And Australia/New Zealand For 2017 – Book Early To Be Sure Of Space

Three ships run in an 84-day round voyage from Tilbury to the US East Coast, the Pacific islands of Tahiti and New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand. A twin Owners cabin and two double cabins are offered on each of the CMA CGM Manet, CMA CGM Matisse and  CMA CGM Utrillo from Rotterdam, Tilbury, Dunkirk and Le Havre to Australasia and back. The round trip can also be booked as one-way voyages between Europe and Australia/New Zealand. Each ship carries six passengers but they are heavily booked through to 2016 so bookings have to be made a year or more in advance to be guaranteed of space. The fare is €110 per person per day including full board, port charges and complimentary French wine with lunch and dinner, so the full round voyage is €9,240, or about £7,620, per person. Non-US and Canadian citizens need full US B1/B2 visas as cargo ships are not included in the visa waiver program (an ESTA is therefore not sufficient). PAD ServiceEach double cabin is about 235 sq ft, fitted with a double bed, sofa, desk, chair, wardrobe, a bathroom (wc/shower) and a fridge. The Owners Cabin has twin beds and its own door into the Passenger Lounge. Common areas include a Gymnasium and Library on Deck B, Passenger Lounge on Deck E with: TV, video, DVD and an indoor Swimming Pool. The port rotation for each voyage is  Rotterdam – Tilbury – Dunkirk – Le Havre – New York – Savannah – Kingston (Jamaica) – Cartagena (Colombia) – Panama Canal – Papeete (Tahiti) – Noumea (New Caledonia) – Sydney – Melbourne – Tauranga – Napier – Lyttelton – Punta Manzanillo – Savannah – Philadelphia – Rotterdam – Tilbury. Fort travellers who cannot obtain space and wish to travel earlier there is good availability between Europe and the Southeast Asia ports of Port Kelang, Singpaore and Tanjung Pelepas. Please click here to see an account of such a voyage between Southampton and Port Kelang (for Kuala Lumpur).

For further details of voyages between Europe and Australia/New Zealand and to make bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Revival Of Connections Between Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand (Also Singapore & Brisbane), With Calls At Suva And Noumea

Hansa Liberty © Jerzy Nowak

The 6-passenger Hansa Liberty (one double, two twins) sails between Hong Kong and New Zealand

We are happy to be able to announce that we can once more offer voyages between Asia and New Zealand, with the six-passenger Hansa Liberty (right), sailing between Hong Kong, Chinese ports, Taiwan, South Korea, Fiji and five ports in New Zealand, and returning via New Caledonia, and the two-passenger Ariana, sailing between Port Kelang, Singapore, Brisbane and five ports in New Zealand. Fares begin at €90 per person per day (€103/105 single) plus port taxes and deviation insurance, which are extra. Detailed port rotations are set out for each ship below:

Hansa Liberty (one double cabin, two twins, 6 passengers): Hong Kong, Chiwan, Keelung, Ningbo, Shanghai, Pusan, Suva, Port Chalmers, Lyttelton, Napier, Tauranga, Noumea and Hong Kong (49 days round trip).

Ariana (twin suite, 2 passengers): Port Kelang, Singapore, Brisbane, Auckland, Lyttelton, Wellington, Napier and Tauranga (42 days round trip).

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

The Cruise People Welcomes Strand Voyages Customers On Board


Strand Voyages’ Richard Gavulic, The Cruise People’s Kevin Griffin, Strand Voyages’ Andy Whitehouse and The Cruise People’s Miri Lopusna recently met up in London to discuss the intricacies of booking passengers on cargo ships.

Effective October 1, 2014, The Cruise People in London is taking over the cargo ship passenger bookings of Strand Voyages, who have been a name in the business since 1987.

The Cruise People would like to extend a warm welcome to all Strand passengers as it takes over their files for departures from October 1 onwards. The Cruise People now handles passenger bookings on more than 300 cargo ships worldwide and continues to seek out new routes.

Strand Voyages continues to represent the Trinity House ship Patricia, (left), which carries coastal passengers in great comfort on her duties around the coasts of England and Wales. For further details please click here.

The Cruise People represents cargo ship owners in Germany, France and Italy as well as acting as general passenger agents for the Polish Steamship Co’s Transatlantic service between Europe and the Great Lakes. Anyone having queries on booking passenger voyages on cargo ships can obtain further information from Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People in London on 020 7723 2450 or by e-mailing cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Main photo by Mona Hedlund for The Cruise People.

Three Ships Placed In NSB’s Mediterranean-Australia Cargo-Passenger Service With MSC : Last-Minute Bookings Now Being Taken

Three ships, the MSC Monterey, MSC Geneva and most recently MSC Carouge, have now been placed into MSC’s Italy-Australia service via Suez. Each ship can carry six passengers in one Owners Cabin and two Doubles. These ships are 4,870 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container) capacity vessels and single passengers are carried at a very modest single supplement of €15 per day on top of the normal fare.

MSC Monterey © Lotse 1967 @ FleetmonThe overall route is : Valencia – Fos sur Mer – La Spezia – Naples – Gioia Tauro – Suez – Pointe des Galets(La Reunion) – Port Louis(Mauritius) – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Fremantle – Singapore – Jebel Ali – Ad Dammam – Jubail – Jebel Ali – Salalah – King Abdullah – Suez – Piraeus – Valencia – Fos sur Mer – La Spezia.

One-way and partial bookings are possible but passenger bookings are not accepted to or from Middle Eastern ports. The MSC Monterey (pictured) is on charter until 2019, but, subject to renewal, MSC Geneva and MSC Carouge have charters that last only until January / February 2015.

Last-minute passenger space is now available on the following departures:

MSC Carouge from La Spezia about October 5, 2014. For this departure only we also can accept bookings to La Reunion and Mauritius.

MSC Geneva from La Spezia about October 19, 2014 to Sydney etc or the full round voyage.

For further details and bookings to and from Australia please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

CMA CGM Signs Three Major Agreements That Could Affect Cargo-Passenger Operations On Its 85 Passenger-Carrying Container Ships

cma cgm jules-verneThe CMA CGM Group, the world’s third largest container shipping company, yesterday announced the signature of three major agreements with China Shipping Container Line (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).

Under the name OCEAN THREE, the agreements involve the following maritime trades: Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean, Transpacific and Asia-United States East Coast.

The agreements (a combination of Vessel Sharing Agreements, Slot Exchange Agreements and Slot Charter Agreements) will complete the CMA CGM offering on the largest global maritime markets:

  • On the Europe-Asia trade: 4 weekly services, which complete the 2 existing services, thereby offering 6 departures per week
  • On the Mediterranean-Asia trade: 4 weekly services, 2 to the Mediterranean, 1 to the Adriatic and 1 to the Black Sea the only one on this market
  • On the Transpacific trade: 4 weekly services to California and 1 service to the Pacific Northwest (United States and Canada)
  • On the Asia-US East Coast trade: 1 service via the Suez Canal and 1 service dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The agreements on the Transatlantic trade are being finalized and will be announced soon.

These new offerings will combine speed and reliability. Rotations will be optimized with calls in all the biggest Asian, European and North American ports and common feeder ports.

The number of weekly calls proposed and the transit times will be among the best on the market, thereby responding to the expectations of CMA CGM’s clients. Once passenger details are known they will be announced.

For further details of cargo-passenger services offered by CMA CGM, which operates about 85 of its own passenger-carrying container ships, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Stand By Or Waitlist Passenger Bookings Possible On The MSC Geneva and MSC Monterey On The Italy-Australia Service

MSC GenevaWe can now offer on short notice voyages in the MSC Geneva and MSC Monterey, two NSB vessels that operate on charter to MSC. Both ships depart La Spezia for Australia via Mauritius. Ports of call include La Spezia, Naples, Gioia Tauro via Pointe des Galets and Port Louis to Sydney (34 days from La Spezia), Melbourne (36 days), Adelaide (40 days) and Fremantle (45 days). The ships then return by way of Singapore and ports in the Middle East (no Middle East embarkation, disembarkation or shore leave is possible). New Zealand is not served on this route. One-way voyages are possible.

The next scheduled departures from La Spezia are September 7 for MSC Monterey and October 19 for MSC Geneva, on which ship we await an extenion of charter. MSC Monterey,but which is on charter to MSC until 2019, is then due back in La Spezia again on November 26. Both ships have only this year been added to this route but there is always the chance that they can be moved once again to another route. However, passenger bookings can be taken on waitlist or short notice if space is available.

Both ships are equipped with an Owners Cabin of 340 sq ft and two Double cabins, one of 340 and one of 270 sq ft in area, all with en suite facilities. Each contains a separate dayroom and bedroom, with fares of €90 to €95 per person per day double or €105 to €110 per day single. Port charges and deviation insurance are extra and a valid yellow fever vaccination is required.

For further details or to book please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.



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