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
29/03/2011 6 Comments
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 PassageEnquiry@aol.com or visit their web site at www.cruisepeople.co.uk.