One Must Book Early for the Rare Opportunity to Sail in a Cargo Ship from Europe to the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand

Three ships run in an 84-day round voyage from Tilbury to the US East Coast, the Pacific islands of Tahiti, Fiji 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 Tilbury, Rotterdam, 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 2013 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 £8,495, per person. Non-US and Canadian citizens will need full US visas as cargo ships are not included in the various visa waiver programs (also known as ESTA).

Each 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 Tilbury – Rotterdam – Dunkirk – Le Havre – New York – Savannah – Kingston (Jamaica) – Manzanillo  (Panama) – Panama Canal – Papeete (Tahiti) – Lautoka (Fiji) – Noumea (New Caledonia) – Sydney – Melbourne – Napier – Tauranga – Manzanillo – Kingston – Savannah – Philadelphia – Tilbury.

Please click here to see update and more plentiful availability of northbound cabins.

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

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22 Responses to One Must Book Early for the Rare Opportunity to Sail in a Cargo Ship from Europe to the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand

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  2. Mr. Mrs. Robin Grant says:

    We are interested in sailing from London to Sydney – poss New Zealand departing Autumn 2013. Is this a possibility?

    • Hi Pauline, Thank you for your enquiry. Yes we can just about book you on this route and the ships are booked up until about that point. The usual route is via the US and if you are not US or Canadian citizens you will need a full US visa (not just an ESTA) to enter US ports, as cargo vessels are not included in the visa waiver program. We also have one ship sailing thorugh Suez.

  3. Mr. Kim Hansen says:

    Hi, We are interested in sailing from London to Sydney – departing January 2015. Is this a possibility? It is only one way cruise. Regards from Denmark

  4. Glynis Wolar says:

    Hi please could you advise availability for New Zealand trip end 2015 beg 2016 2 passengers. Many thanks. Glynis

  5. Paddy Turner says:

    Hi, looking to travel from Melbourne to Uk in early 2017, 2 people could you advise cost and availability.

  6. tim gerritsen says:

    hi there wondering if there is a place still to go from london to new zealand in october this year and how soon must we book it

    • Hi Tim, we can get you there on a cargo ship but with a change in the US or Asia as the direct ships are sold out. We do have a direct sailing however on the 600-passenger Astor in October. Watch your e-mail.

  7. Gemma Puig says:

    Hi, I’m looking to travel from Barcelona (or another european city) to Sydney in may of 2015, 2 people and 1 dog (medium size, 11kg) could you advise cost and availability, please? It’s possible to take the dog with us in the cabin ?

  8. I,m interested booking from the UK to OZ

  9. Adam King says:

    Hi I am interested in journeying from Tilbury to Sydney one way in 2016. Is this possible? Also, do you pay per person or per cabin? I would be traveling alone.

    Thank you

  10. Adam says:

    Hi I would like to travel Tilbury – Sydney in 2016 one way. Is that possible? I would be traveling alone.


  11. Jeevan Pinto says:

    Hi, do you provide internet on board
    cma cgm matisse?

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