ACL Delays Re-Opening North Atlantic Passenger Service Until Late 2020; Remaining Capacity Is Limited So Act Now To Sail This Year!

Atlantic Star © elbwasser

The 12-berth Atlantic Star and  sister ships are now wait-listing passengers for 2021 crossings

On Friday 22nd May ACL parent Grimaldi Lines announced at its Naples passenger office that “it has been decided to suspend passenger service on ACL, G4  vessels until the end of 2020.”

After several weeks of valiantly trying to maintain its weekly passenger service between Hamburg, Antwerp and Liverpool and Halifax, New York and Baltimore, the complications caused by Covid-19 have finally made it impossible to continue. Many affected passengers have rebooked for 2021 while those that are still booked to travel this year are being contacted now about alternative sailings.

The five ACL ships carry 12 passengers each and offer a capacity each year of 600 passengers in each direction. Earlier this year, the line often had its ships fully booked four months in advance.

Because CMA CGM has closed passenger bookings on its own North Atlantic ships, this leaves only the four ships that serve the independent Container Line route and two chartered NSB ships operating on CMA CGM’s Victory Bridge Service  to carry passengers between north Europe and the US East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

Independent Pursuit

The Independent Pursuit and fleetmates carry a few passengers on each of their 28-day round voyages.

The Hamburg-owned Independent Horizon, Independent Pursuit, Independent Spirit and Independent Vision operate an alternate weekly service. between Antwerp, Southampron, Chester PA and Wilmington NC. Each ship has a different layout and fares vary from €99 to €119 per person per day plus €335 each in dues and taxes. Non-US and Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 visa to enter the US on this route.

Buxcliff

The Buxcliff carries five passengers in two double cabins and one single.

Meanwhile, NSB’s Brussels and Buxcliff operate a 49-day round voyage from Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven to Charleston and Miami, and the Mexican ports of Veracruz and Altamira, returning to Europe via Houston and New Orleans. Each ship has three double cabins and fares vary from €98 to €117 per person per day plus €318 each in dues and taxes. As NSB is a signatory to the US Visa Waiver Scheme, it is possible to enter the USA with an ESTA on this route.

For further details or to book please call +44 (207) 723-2450 or in the US dial 1-800-516-6950, or email Miri Lopusna at PassageEnquiry@aol.com

NSB’s Conti Annapurna Allows Easy ESTA Entry To The USA From Far East Ports In China, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong

Conti Annapurna © Vesseltracker

The Conti Annapurna was built in 2004 and can accommodate 10 passengers

The entry of the 101,662-ton deadweight container shp Conti Annapurna to Ocean Network Express’s EC-1 TranspacifIc East Coast service alllows holders of ESTA’s (as opposed to full B1/B2 visas) to enter the US at Savannah, Jacksonville, Charleston or Norfok on her round voyages to and from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong and Hong Kong.

ONE EC-1 ServiceThe full rotation is Savannah (day 0), Jacksonville (day 2), Charleston (day 3), Norfolk (day 5), Punta Manzanillio (day 12), Balboa (day13), Tokyo (day 35), Kobe (day 36), Pusan (day39), Kaohsiung (day 42), Xiamen (day 43), Hong Kong (day 44), Yantian (day 45), Shanghai (day 48), Pusan (day 50), Tokyo (day 53) Punta Manzanillo (day 72), Savannah (day 77).

The sailing dates from Asia on the present voyage are: Hong Kong May 21, Shanghai May 25, Tokyo May 30. And from North America: Savannah June 23, Jacksonville June 25, Charleston June 27, Norfolk June 30. Thence every 77 days thereafter.

While port to port bookings are available, the fare for the full 77-day round voyages varies between €7,580 and €9,120 per person depending on the cabin booked.

For further details or to book please call +44 (207) 723-2450 or in the US dial 1-800-516-6950, or email Miri Lopusna at PassageEnquiry@aol.com