World’s Largest Passenger-Carrying Ship (and the World’s Largest Container Ship) CMA CGM Marco Polo Christened In Zeebrugge

The world’s largest passenger-carrying ship, the UK-registered CMA CGM Marco Polo, was christened in Zeebrugge, Belgium, today. Larger than the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, she is also the world’s largest container ship (16,020 TEU) and will carry up to ten passengers in the French Asia Line service between Southampton and the Far East, a round voyage of about 77 days.

Here is a quick comparison:

CMA CGM Marco Polo – 1,278 x 177 feet (10 lower berths)
Oasis of the Seas – 1,181 x 154 feet (5,400 lower berths)

Her 175,343 gross tons give the CMA CGM Marco Polo a passenger space ratio of a whopping 17,500 tons per passenger – except of course that that space is devoted to the carriage of cargo. CMA CGM has commissioned two more sister ships of the same tonnage to be delivered next spring.

Calls will be made at Southampton, which she visited for the first time last week to unload Christmas presents for the British public, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, Le Havre and Malta before continuing through the Suez Canal to Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Yantian, Port Kelang and back then through Suez to Tanger Med and Southampton.

Sample fare: €4,900, or about £4,150 per person double (€5,390, or about £4,565 single) Southampton to Hong Kong. Sailings leave Rotterdam six days after Southampton and Le Havre eight days after, with fares adjusted by €100 per day (€110 per day single). The full round voyage of 77 days is €7,700, or about £6,520 per person double (€8,470, or about £7,170 single). Passengers dine with the officers and complimentary wine is served with lunch and dinner.

Passenger bookings for the CMA CGM Marco Polo have now opened so for further details 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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