Travel From North America To Japan By Sea – New Cargo-Passenger Route From CMA CGM Features 355 sq ft VIP Suites On One Ship

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The CMA CGM Fidelio is equipped with two large VIP passenger suites of 355 sq ft each

With the annoucement by CMA CGM of its new Columbus PNW service, North America is regaining a regular sea travel connection to Japan. Effective this spring, three French-flag ships will be sailing from Seattle and Vancouver to Yokohama on a regular basis. As other carriers have been turning down Japan-bound travellers this will be a first of a kind for Japan for several years.

The first passenger sailing will by the the CMA CGM Rigoletto from Seattle on April 30 and Vancouver on May 2, arriving at Yokohama on May 16. The fare for the 14-day voyage from Vancouver to Yokohama is €1,540 per person double and €1,680 to €1,820 for sole use of a double cabin. Sister ship CMA CGM Medea will charge the same fares. Each is fitted with three twin cabins, one double and one single, measuring between 200 and 250 sq ft each.

The third ship, however, the CMA CGM Fidelio, is fitted with two very large VIP suites, measuring 355 sq ft each. The Fidelio sails from Seattle on May 20 and Vancouver on May 22, arriving Yokohama on June 7. The VIP suite fare from Vancouver to Yokohama is €1,820 per person double and €2,100 for sole use of a suite and she will return every 42 days thereafter.

Columbus PNW

In the reverse direction it is also possible to book from Yokohama back to Seattle but the voyage takes 31 days as the ship calls at four ports in China and Pusan in South Korea on its way back to North America,

For further details on any CMA CGM voyage please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email


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5 Responses to Travel From North America To Japan By Sea – New Cargo-Passenger Route From CMA CGM Features 355 sq ft VIP Suites On One Ship

  1. Luis Rafael Jofré says:

    A magnificent idea to live again old experiences on board cargo ships. I love Seattle, WA, US Emmerald City of The US Great Far North West.
    From Santiago de Chile, Luis Rafael Jofré, Senior Travel Writer

  2. curious says:

    Can you tell me how long the paying passengers on a cargo vessel might have in a port? I assume we would be responsible for all our shore excursions and costs and perhaps even arranging those ourselves since these vessels are not really ‘cruise’ oriented. I am interested in giving this a try! I just want to make sure I can sometimes get off the ship to see a port.

    • Generally, ships try to avoid overtime and work dawn to dusk or until cargo is complete. Any delays though and there could be night loading. Usually, however, travellers are able to get ashore and see the local sights. There are no organised tours but often the crew will have a few local tips.

    • Luis Rafael Jofré says:

      Of course, it is a trip for people which love ports with enough time. A long time ago —more than 50 years—, during vacations o long week ends I use to visit cargo vessels with my father in Port of San Antonio, Chile. I have magnificent memories of these old cargo ships, with time to enjoy the sea and even to read “La Recherche”. If you don`t have enough time —curious says—, take an airplane and thats all. Allways there will be people what enjoy “as time goes by”, allways, LRJ

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