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.

 

Phil Reimer Writes About Freighter Cruising – His Cruising Column Appears In Ten Canadian Newspapers In The Postmedia Network

Freighter cruises long…and unique

Hanjin Amsterdam, which operates the Seattle \'freighter cruise\' route

Hanjin Amsterdam, which operates the Seattle “freighter cruise” route

 

Published: August 9, 2014, 3:00 am
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It’s not the Queen Mary 2 but they sail the same route across the Atlantic. You won’t have a crowded pool, major production shows or a casino. You will have the run of the ship in good weather, swim in an uncrowded pool and have lots to eat, but little choice beyond what’s being served. Your cabins are big and, yes, some are for singles. Don’t wait for an invite to the bridge because you are free to visit whenever you like, within reason. You can even drop down and see the men in the engine room.
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This the world of “freighter cruising.”

When you’re travelling on a freighter, you don’t have to worry about being one of 3,000. The passenger levels are kept at somewhere between six and 12. According to Kevin Griffin, Managing Director of The Cruise People, freighter cruising is growing at the same percentage as river cruising, with a much smaller number of people.

The Cruise People is an agency based in London, but half its business comes from North America and Australia. This company doesn’t actively sell the mainstream large cruise lines because its market is freighters, small ships, expedition ships and luxury brands.

The freighter trips are long and while retirees have the time, Kevin points out you will also find on board young people who, after finishing college, are looking for a getaway before settling down to work life.

According to Kevin, the food is good and hearty but the choice is what the captain and the officers are eating that day.

What about speed?

“A good formula,” he says, “is that it take a day to steam as far as a jet will fly in an hour. You can do an around-the-world trip if you fly on the portion from New York to Vancouver [or in reverse]”

Sample of interior room on a freighter ship

On the cruise I am about to highlight there are three different cabin (including the single cabins) configurations. Some are large “as much as 30 square metres.”

Kevin adds that, in a much bigger way, you are part of the overall scene on freighters. They travel all over the world, including the Great Lakes to Europe. One good example is a 42-day return trip from the West Coast, starting in Seattle with stops in Portland and Vancouver before crossing the Pacific. Asian ports are Pusan, Kwangyang, Ningbo and Shanghai, followed by the return  trip back across the ocean to Prince Rupert before returning to Seattle.

Depending on loads, Kevin says the ports can change from time to time so you have to be flexible.

He also adds if you board at Vancouver and depart in Prince Rupert you reduce the cruise by a week and save some money. The fare becomes $4,650 per person including fees and taxes for 35 days or $4,410 single for the same thing.

Here is a summary of what’s on board and what’s for dinner (also breakfast and lunch)…

• Indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness room, washer/dryer, lounge area, TV/VCR (TV near ports only), steward, cabin cleaning weekly

• Three cabins (owners, double, single)

• Meals with the captain and the officers

• Typical menus: breakfast — sausage goulash, eggs one day, French toast the next; lunch — chicken curry with rice, then breaded fish and ratatouille; dinner — spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread, then sweet and sour pork with rice.

That’s a small sample of what goes on when travelling by freighter. For all the details, go to cruisepeople.co.uk. For email, use passageenquiry@aol.com.

“Mostly,” adds Kevin, “our passengers want the cruise experience without the 3,000-plus passengers that come with the mainline cruises.”

Would I try it? I’m not sure.

However, judging by the number of questions I receive about freighter cruising, there is a lot of interest.

Following is the complete menu and a list of one ship’s details, followed by pricing information (as a sample) from another ship:

Freighter menu

Hanjin Geneva details

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Last Minute Cargo-Passenger Space Amsterdam to the Great Lakes

Iryda © Vedran MlacicDue to an extra sailing this month we have had some passenger space develop from Europe to the Great Lakes, with three sailings now scheduled for August as follows:

  • m.v. Iryda, due to sail Amsterdam/IJmuiden about August 16
  • m.v. Mamry, due to sail Amsterdam/IJmuiden about August 20
  • m.v. Wicko, due to sail Amsterdam/IJmuiden about August 30

The extra sailing means that we have additional passenger space for both double and single bookings for August, as well as September. Fares are $1,640 per person to Cleveland and $1,880 to Burns Harbor IN, plus $132 per person in port taxes. Full US B1/B2 visa is required for non-US and Canadian citizens.

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

 

 

Paula Travels UK To New Zealand Via Panama While Sister Caroline Joins Her From New York To Colombia In The CMA CGM Utrillo

A letter received from client Paula P after her voyage from Tilbury to Tauranga in the CMA CGM Utrillo:
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CC Utrillo in Panama Canal
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You recently arranged the last-minute journey for me on CMA CGM Utrillo from Tilbury to Tauranga (departing 14th May 2014). Caroline, my sister, joined me from New York to Cartagena. I wanted to give you some feedback now that I have arrived safely in New Zealand and am starting to recover from my epic voyage.
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Firstly, I had no idea what to expect and had little time to research what life would be like on a freighter. I was filled with trepidation as I said goodbye to family and set off for a 7 week odyssey.
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Every aspect of my journey was outstanding. The captain ensured that any requests for special meals etc. were met and the food was excellent. We had BBQ and spit-roast nights too which meant we could chat with the crew and enjoy the karaoke and dancing. The cabin and communal areas were nice and clean and well air-conditioned and the pool was filled and re-filled daily while we were in the Pacific.
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I was given access to all the usual areas: bridge, engine room, deck and mess rooms. The crew were always delighted to show me around and answer questions. They were polite and respectful and put safety first with any requests to visit their areas. In fact, the only time that they were not smiling was during fire and evacuation drills which were taken very seriously.
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I enjoyed watching the pilots in port and Panama and the experience of loading and unloading never became boring. Together, with the other two passengers, we watched many sunsets and early departures and arrivals. The weather was great and the oceans calm and there was only one really rough day when most of the crew felt seasick too.
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I have the most wonderful memories and spectacular photos. I have had forced relaxation with little communication with the outside world and I feel like a new person. Thank you for all your help in arranging this experience. I really look forward to my next trip and hope to be in contact again soon.
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Australia and New Zealand constitute our most popular route but for further details on passenger voyages on any of 300 cargo ships please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.
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Photos courtesy Paul P.
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Passage Durations For Rickmers Pearl String Round-the-World Service

Rickmers HamburgAs some cargo ship passengers have noticed, the durations of Rickmers Pearl String round-the-world voyage sectors are actually longer than stated in their descriptions.
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Here are some approximate durations for different world sectors:
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European Coastal Legs
Antwerp – Genoa               12-15 days
Hamburg – Genoa                     9 days

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Part World Sectors from Singapore

Singapore – Houston               73 – 80 days
Singapore – Antwerp                120-130 days
Singapore – Hamburg             125-135 days
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Transatlantic Voyages
Philadelphia – Antwerp                 12-15 days        /        Houston – Antwerp                30-32 days
Philadelphia – Hamburg               18-22 days        /        Houston – Hamburg             34-38 days.

For further details or to request a voyage on any of these scctors please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

 

Cargo Ship Travel Piece Coming Up On BBC World’s The Travel Show

Ind Accord Promenade DeckBBC2 and BBC World’s The Travel Show will be carrying an item on cargo ship travel either this week (ending July 12) or next. It will most likely be next week (ending July 19) as they have just interviewed us today and are doing interviews with one or two of our clients today and tomorrow (photo by client Scott Muc).

BBC   Transmission times for BBC’s The Travel Show

The following times are local to the United Kingdom (BST). Broadcasts are sometimes replaced by other programming at short notice due to the nature of these channels’ reactions to news and current events. Some weeks the 30 minute programme may not be shown due to coverage of live events. In this case, website viewing on the BBC iPlayer is the only way to see it.

UK

Friday: 10:35 BBC Two
Saturday: 05:30 BBC News; Sunday: 01:30, 14:30, 20:30 BBC News

BBC World News

All GMT Saturday: 03:30, 13:30, 18:30 Sunday: 06:30
Monday (N America) 23:30; Wednesday (N America) 01:30; Thursday (N America) 02:30

For further information on cargo ship travel please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

Last Minute Cargo Ship Voyage From La Spezia To Australia (A 10% reduction is offered on this voyage only)

MSC GenevaWe can now offer on short notice a voyage in the MSC Geneva, departing La Spezia on or about July 20 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). Part voyages are also possible.

The MSC Geneva is 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. A special last-minute reduction of 10% is available on this sailing only. Port charges and deviation insurance are extra and a valid yellow fever vaccination is required for this voyage.

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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