CMA CGM’s Far East Round-the-World Cargo-Passenger Service Now Starts At Houston and Sails Via Panama – New Round-the-World Service Available From Ensenada and Caucedo

CMA CGM Swordfish and sisters carry up to six passengers and sail via Panama both ways. © Joe Becker

Update, June 20, 2016: For those wanting a full eastabout round-the-world voyage service this is now available from Ensenada and Caucedo.  Please click here for further details 

Update, March 3, 2012: The route of the Pacific Express 3 service is changing this summer, with ships starting to sail both to and from China via Panama, thus bringing and end to the former eastabout Round the World service.

Passengers are still accommodated but the route has changed to commence in Houston, with ships heading for the Panama Canal by way of Mobile, Miami and Jacksonville before proceeding to China . After a stop at Panama City, the ships now sail directly to Vostochny Port in Russia, terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, and from there proceed to Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan and Shanghai, then returning to Houston by way of Pusan, Panama City and Punta Manzanillo.

The service still operates as a 76-day round trip and the longest transit is 33 days from Jacksonville to Vostochny Port with a stop in Panama City.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

The ships engaged on this run, the CMA CGM Blue Whale, Florida, Swordfish and Tarpon, are 5,100 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent) container ships, completed in  2007-08 and registered in London.  Each ship offers three double cabins,  complete with private lounge, refrigerator, desk and chair, and en  suite facilities. Passengers are able to avail themselves of a swimming  pool, deck chairs, shipboard library, table tennis and television and  DVD player, as well as a daily newspaper.Non-citizens  of the US and Canada, however, do require a full US visa for US port  calls on these ships, as they are not party to the various visa waiver  schemes.”

Fares for the full 76 days start at €7,600 (about £6.900 or $11,180) per person double, €9,120 (about £8,290 or $13,415) for  single passengers, including full board, dues and taxes. Complimentary  French table wine is included with lunch and dinner. Part passages are  also available, with fares based on the number of days spent on board at  €100 per person per day double and Euros 120 per day for singles  (higher fares apply to voyages of 10 days or less).

For further information and availability on CMA CGM cargo-passenger services please contact The Cruise People’s  Miri Lopusna at 020 7723 2450, Freephone 0800 526 313 or or visit their web site at


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6 Responses to CMA CGM’s Far East Round-the-World Cargo-Passenger Service Now Starts At Houston and Sails Via Panama – New Round-the-World Service Available From Ensenada and Caucedo

  1. I am planning to return to Miami, Florida, USA around June/July 2012, after teaching in China for the past 6 years. I now live about 3 hours from Shanghai. It would be a wonderful experience to travel from Shanghai to Miami by Cargo Ship. Is this possible, and if yes, how do I begin to make the arrangements ??? Thank you for your thoughts and efforts,
    Hans J. Schneider

    • Indeed, Hans, this is well possible. We can book you directly on one of these French ships as it says: Shanghai – Pusan – Balboa – Panama – Houston – Mobile – Miami. Two alternative routes serve Savannah, by way of either Panama or Suez:- Shanghai – Xiamen – Shenzen – Hong Kong – Yantian – Panama – Kingston – Savannah, or Shanghai – Ningbo – Hong Kong – Yantian – Tanjung Pelepas – Suez – New York – Norfolk – Savannah. We will send you a separate e-mail with further details on how we can book this for you. Kevin Griffin, The Cruise People Ltd, London

  2. Lizzie Lines says:

    Can you get me from Hong Kong to Western Europe, preferably London, starting about mid-July?

  3. Reid says:

    Can you arrange for transportation for two adults and three children ages six, seven and nine, passage from Panama to Houston/Houston to Mobile? Departing in Mobile, Alabama

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