Passengers Travel By Sea; Meet Pets On The Other Side

I hope to make people realise how totally helpless animals are,how dependent on us,trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs – “James Herriot – Famous British Veterinary Surgeon and Author (1916-1995). 

How to Travel, Sail and Relocate Stress-free with Your Pets. As a nation of animal lovers,we all know that having a pet is just the same as adding a new member to our family. The strong, close bond that develops between owners and pets can be as important and valuable as any human relationship. Therefore, the sheer prospect of parting from your beloved companion during the travel or relocation process can be a stressful and daunting experience – and at The Cruise People, we fully understand and support your concerns.

Therefore, as so many of our lovely clients are pet parents and have over the years expressed an interest in travelling, cruising, sailing and relocating together with their precious pets, we have decided to share some important and helpful information and options regarding pet travel with you.

Firstly, and very unfortunately, no ships apart from the Queen Mary 2 will accept pets any longer. CMA CGM stopped carring pets to and on its French West Indies a few years ago, while Mineral Shipping out of Savannah stopped a few years before that. So If you wish to sail on the QM2, we strongly advise that you book your pet as quickly as possible, as kennels and cattery spaces sell out up to a year in advance.

Kennels and cattery on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 are usually sold out a year in advance.

Your second, and in The Cruise People‘s opinion, the best option is to use the services of a highly reputable pet travel and relocation firm. The Cruise People have done some in-depth research into this topic, as well as consulted a top London veterinary surgeon with years of experience in this field and are now pleased to recommend a well-known and well-trusted company to you.

Airpets is a family-owned business and the most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, with over fifty years in business (since 1966) and tens of thousands of professional and safe pet moves. They offer a 5-star door-to -door pet relocation service to destinations across the globe.Their highly-experienced, dedicated and compassionate staff will be at hand not only to organise your pet’s journey, but also to ensure that all animals remain safe, healthy and happy (and you’ll also receive regular updates on your pets wellbeing).All of their facilities(pet hotel and quarantine centre) can be found at a prime location-immediately opposite to Heathrow Terminal 5 -in order to make your pet’s journey as short and stress-free as possible.You can rest assured that your pet will receive the best care and attention at all times,so that you can have peace of mind and focus on your own travel arrangements.

Airpets is based near Heathrow’s Terminal 5

Airpets are members of IPATA (International Pet & Animal Transportation Association), which makes them trusted pet travel shipping experts and their glowing Trustpilot and Google reviews from happy pet parents speak for themselves. So we invite you to visit their website, read more about their services and speak to one of their friendly and helpful pet travel consultants at

And finally, once you have sorted out your pet travel arrangements, don’t stress yourself any further. Just take a deep breath, relax and visualise a happy and positive outcome as The Cruise People look after your own seagoing adventure, because you are leaving your pet in safe hands (just like so many other pet parents did before you) and very soon, you’ll be reunited for plenty of cuddles, play time and long walks at your new destination.And always remember that a happy,calm and stress-free pet parent = a happy, calm and stress-free pet.

All pet contracts will be with Airpets, while the seagoing aspect of your requirements will be looked after by The Cruise People acting as agents for shipowners. The Cruise People meanwhile wish clients and their pets safe and healthy travels and we very much look forward to assisting you with your next cruise or voyage booking.

Anna M. Iwata, The Cruise People’s Life, Happiness & Wellness Coach.

To contact The Cruise People directly with any questions or enquiries, please email us at or call on 020 7723 2450 or UK Freephone 0800 526313. From North America please call toll free on 1-800-516-6950.

Update On Cargo Ship Travel – And Rail Alternatives

Since the Spring of 2020, concurrent with the present pandemic, the more than 200 container ships represented by The Cruise People have not been carrying passengers. Some attempts have been made to re-open service, but due to prevailing border control and quarantine conditions, these have had to be delayed until later. The projected restart dates for passengers on cargo ships are now as follows;

Atlantic Container Line operates weekly between Liverpool & Continental ports and Halifax and New York.

NSB & various German owners: about October 1, 2021 (now delayed untiL January 2022).

ACL & Grimaldi Lines: about October 1, 2021 (now delayed until April 2022)

CMA CGM French Line: about January 1, 2022

Polish Steamship Company: to be advised


While conatiner ships are not carrying passengers we offer International rail tickets on some routes.

In order to offer international transport alternatives to intending travellers while cargo ships are not carrying passengers, we are now working with Trainseurope Ltd, who will reserve and provide tickets for trains within Europe, and also rail passes for countries such as Japan, the United States and Canada. Our booking fee for international rail services is £70 per person, the same as it is for container ships.

Sea Travel Gift Vouchers

We have issued travel vouchers at various times in the past but are now making them available to the general public as gift vouchers. Ask The Cruise People for further details.

For further details please call us on London 020 7723 2450 (or toll free in North America 1-800-516-6950)

The Cruise People Will Offer Australian Liner Voyages Until Container Ships Return

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CMA CGM’s cargo fleet will not be carrying passengers again until 2022

Unlike North Americans and Europeans who have still been able to fly Transatlantic, dozens of Australians have been calling and emailing The Cruise People since they found themselves stranded in Europe after their flights back to Australia were cancelled. And cargo ships had stopped carrying passengers becuse of Covid-19. So here is what we have been able to offer for the next few months.

Normally, one can sail to Australia, either by cruise ship or by passenger-carrying container ship via Mauritius and Reunion. But Princess Cruises’ usual July cruise from Dover to Sydney has been cancelled this year and Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV’s) traditional pre-Christmas cruise from Tilbury to Sydney was cancelled after CMV could not afford to repatriate its crews after Covid-19 brought all cruising to a halt.

After ceasing the carriage of passengers in March 2020, CMA CGM, which operates the container ships, decided not to carry any passengers at all in 2021. The result of this will be no cargo-passenger service on the Europe-Australia route for 21 months!
Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth makes a special voyage from Barcelona to Melbourne in October

However, this year The Cruise People is offering a special 36-day voyage by Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth from Barcelona to Melbourne, leaving Barcelona on October 18.

QUEEN ELIZABETH: Barcelona, Spain (18 Oct); La Valletta, Malta (20 Oct); Chania, Crete (22 Oct); Suez Canal (24 Oct); Aqaba, Jordan (25 Oct); Salalah, Oman (30 Oct); Colombo, Sri Lanka (04 Nov); Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia (08 Nov); Singapore (09 Nov (+1); Bali, Indonesia (13 Nov); Fremantle, Australia (17 Nov); Adelaide, Australia (21 Nov); Melbourne, Australia (23 Nov)

Double occupancy fares for 36 days, £3,049 per person for an inside cabin, £3,099 for an oceanview and £3,449 per person for a balcony. Britannia Club is £5,299 pp, Princess Grill £7,199 and Queen’s Grill £10,499 per person. Sole occupancy fares are £5,336 for an inside cabin, £5,423 for an oceanview cabin and £6,036 for sole use of a balcony.

0therwise, space available to Australia this year was limited to four world voyages performed by the following ships. and since cancelled:


1) MON 3 JAN 2022 – 21 FEB 2022, 49 nights, ship AURORA

2) THU 6 JAN 2022 – 24 FEB 2022, 49 nights, ship BOREALIS

3) MON 10 JAN 2022- 6 MAR 2022, 55 nights,ship QUEEN MARY 2

4) MON 10 JAN 2022 – 1 MAR 2022, 49 nights, ship QUEEN VICTORIA


1) MON 21 FEB 2022 -13 APR 2022, 51 nights,ship AURORA

2) THU 24 FEB 2022-17 APR 2022, 52 nights,ship: BOREALIS

3) TUE 1 MAR 2022- 29 APR 2022, 59 nights,ship QUEEN VICTORIA

4)- SUN 6 MAR 2022 -24 APR 2022, 49 nights,ship QUEEN MARY 2

However, if one can route over Singapore there is a lot more choice:

1) 15 OCT 2021 – 04 NOV 2021, 20 nights , ship: ROYAL PRINCESS 
2) 13 NOV 2021 – 03 DEC 2021, 20 nights ,ship: REGATTA
3) 28 NOV 2021 – 21 DEC 2021, 23 nights ,ship: SEABOURN OVATION
4) 29 NOV 2021 – 17 DEC 2021, 18 nights ,ship: SILVER MUSE
5) 02 DEC 2021 – 20 DEC 2021, 18 nights ,ship: SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER
6) 06 DEC 2021 – 23 DEC 2021, 17 nights ,ship: NORWEGIAN SPIRIT
7) 11 FEB 2022 – 06 MAR 2022, 23 nights ,ship: QUEEN MARY 2
8) 30 OCT 2022 – 15 NOV 2022,16 nights ,ship: QUEEN ELIZABETH
9) 21 NOV 2022 -12 DEC 2022, 21 nights, ship: REGATTA
10) 02 DEC 2022 – 20 DEC 2022, 18 nights, ship: SILVER MUSE
11) 12 DEC 2022 – 29 DEC 2022, 17 nights, ship: SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER
12) 16 FEB 2023 – 12 MAR 2023, 24 nights, ship: QUEEN MARY 2

1) 19 FEB 2022 -09 MAR 2022, 18 nights, ship SILVER MUSE
2) 20 FEB 2022 – 02 MAY 2022, 72 nights, ship SEABOURN SOJOURN
3) 21 FEB 2022 – 16 MAR 2022, 23 nights, ship: AURORA
4) 22 FEB 2022 – 11 MAR 2022, 17 nights, ship: AZAMARA JOURNEY
5) 22 FEB 2022 – 15 MAR 2022, 21 nights, ship; SEVEN SEAS MARINER
6) 23 FEB 2022 – 21 MAR 2022, 26 nights, ship: SEABOURN OVATION
7) 27FEB 2022 – 12 MAR 2022, 13 nights, ship: SERENADE OF THE SEAS
8) 01 MAR 2022 – 26 MAR 2022, 25 nights, ship: QUEEN VICTORIA
9) 06 MAR 2022 -22 MAR 2022, 16 nights, ship: QUEEN MARY 2
10) 09 MAR 2022 -24 MAR 2022,15 nights ,ship: QUEEN ELIZABETH
11) 18 MAR 2022 – 08 APR 2022, 21 nights, ship: MSC POESIA
12) 24 FEB 2023 – 14 MAR 2023,18 nights, ship: SILVER WHISPER
13) 01 MAR 2023 – 23 MAR  2023, 22 nights ,ship: QUEEN VICTORIA

For further details on sailings between Europe and Australia please call The Cruise People Ltd on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or Freephone 0800 526313, or email

The Joy of Solo Travel – Expedition Voyages With No Single Supplement And Solo Transatlantic For Less !

Going solo: Inspirational trip ideas for solo travellers – On the Luce  travel blog

When the 17th Century English poet and scholar John Donne famously wrote that “no man is an island,” little did he realise that 400 years later, his words would ring so true with our modern, 24/7 digital and stressed society.While the world’s focus remains on tackling the deadly, global Covid-19 pandemic, we can’t ignore another serious threat to our society – loneliness, which is sadly progressing at an alarming rate across all age groups. Although loneliness is not a new occurance, it has been fuelled even further by the recent lockdowns, social isolation, distancing, as well as the ongoing uncertainity of the future. With over 9 million lonely people in just the UK, this is no longer a private matter for the individuals concerned,but a universal problem for governments. However, just like our cavemen ancestors, we instinctively know that feeling lonely and isolated is not good for us and that in order to thrive and survive in life,we need companionship and comfort from others,as no one in this world is truly self-sufficient.

The 198-berth Ocean Atlantic sails in Greeenland waters this summer

Our modern home comforts and advanced technology,are just simply not enough to satisfy our natural desire to be part of a like-minded group.We social creatures do badly when isolated from others,but as most of us will at some stage in our lives have to address the unpleasant feeling of loneliness – be it due to various life circumstances or simply by personal choice, it is worth remembering and clarifying that loneliness is not always the same as being alone.You may choose to be and live alone and still have a fantastic life with a packed social diary,while others find living on their own a very lonely experience. Equally,you may be in a relationship, have a family and friends and yet still feel lonely, unhappy and isolated. Luckily, loneliness doesn’t last forever and can be successfully rectified and managed. By making a plan and taking action to improve the situation, even small steps are all it takes to make a start. Meeting new, like-minded people, having a positive mindset and not letting loneliness get in the way of living your best life, can also make a huge difference to how you view your life and personal circumstances.

Personally, I’m a great believer that solo travel is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to tackle loneliness,so whether you are a first-time or regular solo traveller, making new friends and creating truly magical travel memories together can be a very empowering and transformational experience. The cruise and travel industry is finally catching on and finding a no-single supplement voyage is much easier now. The Cruise People team and I have always warmly welcomed solo travellers, so come and talk to us and let us assist you in planning your next unforgetable voyage.

With so many happy solo clients to date,we are here for you and if you are new to solo travel or feel nervous about venturing out on your own,why not drop me an email or call to discuss your options and concerns? Take the plunge and see for yourself the great benefits and advantages that solo travel brings. As Mark Twain – himself often a solo traveller – said : “Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Anna M.Iwata – The Cruise People’s Life, Happiness and Wellness Coach.

Here are some examples of no extra cost solo travel that you can book with The Cruise People:

Ocean Victory | Albatros Expeditions
The new Ocean Victory and Ocean Albatros will include single cabins as well as a share programme

Two new ships operated by Albatros Expeditons, the 170-berth Ocean Victory and Ocean Albatros, will have dedicated single cabins, as well as offering single travellers the option of booking with a fellow passenger in either a male share or female share cabin. Antarctica, South America, the Arctic.

The 198-berth Ocean Atlantic, meanwhile operates a short 6-day Greenland and Disko Bay cruise from Kangerlussuaq and back on August 14, 2021. Flights are also available from Copenhagen. Enquire at The Cruise People Ltd in London for further details.

Meanwhile, Queen Mary 2’s year-long absence from her usual Southampton to New York trade has been no help to the various container ships that also carry a few passengers across the Atlantic. But two of these lines offer great price advantages to single travellers, as much as 40% less than Queen Mary 2.

The Independent Voyager is one of four ICL ships sailing from Southampton

The Independent Container Line service operates four ships in a weekly service from Southampton to Chester PA (Philadelphia) and return from Wilmington NC to Antwerp.The fare from Southampton to Chester is €1,558 per person in a double cabin or €1,510 for a sole use single cabin (3.1% less for a single).

A much longer 49-day round voyage from Bremerhaven to Charleston, Miami, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston and New Orleans then back to Lehavre, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven runs to €5,287.50 per person in a double cabin and €5,052.50 in a single cabin.(4.6% less for a single).

To get in touch call The Cruise People Ltd on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or reach Anna and chat about your next solo voyage, email her at or call her on: +44 (0)753 155 1323.

Enlist For Adventure: Take A Working Ship Voyage In 2021

Canada & USA

Liverpool to Halifax & New York

Atlantic Container Line offers weekly year-round passenger service between Europe and North America: Liverpool – Halifax – New York – Baltimore – New York – Halifax – Hamburg – Antwerp – Liverpool. Liverpool to Halifax is 9 days), Halifax to Liverpool 7 days. The Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Sun accommodate 12 passengers each in ten twin cabins and one Owner’s Cabin with separate lounge and bedroom. Fares: Europe to Canada or Canada to Europe: £950 per person, £1,395 single occupancy; Europe to USA or USA to Europe: £1,225 per person, £1,595 single occupancy.


London To Australia Via Suez And Mauritius


Dover to The Norwegian Fjords, North Cape, & British Isles

The Cruise People Ltd,

88 York Street, London W1H 1QT
Telephone: 020 7723 2450
Freephone 0800 526 313

Toll Free From North America 1-800-516-6950

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

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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.


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

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

Freighter Voyages Still On Offer Despite Present Virus Outbreak


The 10-passenger CMA CGM Rhone serves the UK-Australia run via Suez


Yes, we are still in business, booking cargo ship voyages as well as ultra-luxury cruises and small ship and expedition cruises. In order to keep business going, the UK Government is helping out not only giant firms, but also small and medium size companies such as ours.

Atlantic Sail in NY

The 12-passenger Atlantic Sail connects the US & Canada with the EU and the UK

On the customers’ side, requests this week for voyages to Australia and New Zealand will mean travellers having to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival at destination. London to Sydney takes 45 days and costs €5,977.

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The APL Phoenix offers two Owners Cabins on the UK-Australia run via Suez

The Cruise People has about 300 passenger-carrying cargo ships on its books. But since the full implications of the present worldwide virus outbreak became clear earlier this month, passenger service has been suspended on most of these ships for March, April and May, with June departures being uncertain.
The ships continue to sail however, and we are accepting bookings for sailing dates well into 2021. Present bookings are subject to confirmation closer to sailing date, but once the travel bans and closed frontiers have been dismantled we will be back in business full time.
APL Officers Mess
Here are some links for you (we will update the website over the duration of this crisis).
For further details of booking a voyage by cargo ship please call The Cruise People on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 and ask for Miri Lopusna or e-mail



Polsteam Now Has Seventeen Passenger-Carrying Lakers Trading Between Europe And The Great Lakes


Polsteam’s 2011-built Lubie passing Detroit on her way inbound to Burns Harbor, Indiana

Passages aboard the modern bulk carriers of Polsteam (PZM) of Szczecin, Poland, are available from April through November on the scenic route between Amsterdam (Port of IJmuiden) and the Great Lakes. The round trip lasts 45-70 days and ships call at Cleveland, Ohio, and Burns Harbor, Indiana, and sometimes Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before proceeding to Lake Superior to load a cargo of grain for Europe. Grain loading ports are usually Thunder Bay, Ontario, or Duluth, Minnesota, but sometimes ships load at Chicago or Toledo, Ohio.

The the 35,000-ton bulk carriers Irma, Iryda, Isa, Isadora and Isolda were built in 1999-2000 and carry six 6 passengers each in an Owners, a double and two single cabins while the 30,000-ton Drawsko, Juno, Lubie, Mamry, Miedwie, Resko, Solina and Wicko and the somewhat smaller 17,080-ton San, were built in 2010-12 and carry three passengers each in a double and a single cabin, with an additional two upper berths in the double. The newest ships are the very similar Gardno, Jamno and Narie.

The ships’ Polish officers and crew are experienced in navigating the Great Lakes and St Lawrence Seaway and passengers can choose among three basic services:

1. Round Trip Tramp Voyage boarding in either Europe or North America.
2. Europe to Great Lakes Trans-Atlantic Voyage from IJmuiden (contract service)
3. Great Lakes to Europe Trans-Atlantic Voyage (tramp, usually grain).

There are now also sailings from Alexandria, Egypt, and Casablanca, Morocco, to the Canadian ports of Hamilton and Oshawa on Lake Ontario.


The 2018-built Gardno in the Welland Canal

Three more ships, the 36,000-ton Gardno, Jamno and Narie, were added to the fleet in 2018 to bring it to seventeen St Lawrence Seaway-size ships.

Further information and fares are given here. For passenger bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0) 20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Changes For The Ten Ships On CMA CGM’s “Down Under” Cargo-Passenger Trades Between Australia And Asia

In addition to the 1998 acquisition of ANL (once the Australian National Line) by CMA CGM, the parent company recently reinstated passenger service on its London to Sydney cargo route vua Suez.  And other changes have come about more recently. For example, the ten passenger-carrying ships engqged on CMA CGM’s Australia-Asia trades have in recent months undergone a number of service and schedule changes, which we will outline here.
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The original AAX service previously offered weekly passenger service between Singapore and Port Kelang and the Australian ports of Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, on a 35-night round trip. Recently, this has been switched to a 46-night voyage that also includes Bangkok (Laem Chebang), with one ship accepting passengers every 46 days. The Australian port rotation is now Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and the new AAX service is offered by the 10-passenger CMA CGM Loire (above).
Meanwhile, a new 42-day round trip called AAX2 has also been started, with half its ships, the 10-passenger CMA CGM Bellini, Puccini and Rossini, accommodating passengers.
San Francisco II
A third 42-night service, called A3N, has been opened to connect Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with Yokohama, Osaka, Pusan (disembarkation only), the Chinese ports of Qingdao and Shanghai, and Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Three ships, the 10-berth CMA CGM Chopin and CMA CGM Mozart and the 4-berth APL Scotland, have been joined by NSB’s 6-berth San Francisco II (above) in this trade.
A fourth 48-day service, called Anzex, runs from Brisbane via the New Zealand ports of Auckland, Port Chalmers, Lyttelton, Napier and Tauranga to Hong Kong, Keelung, three ports in China and Kaohsiung. Two ships, the 5-berth CMA CGM Amber and CMA CGM Coral carry on this trade. Another ship, the 6-berth Ontario II, operates betwen the same five ports in New Zealand and Port Kelang and Singapore for Southeast Asia.
For further details of how to get around Down Under by sea call please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London at +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email

Two More Great Lakes Sailings From Amsterdam/IJmuiden For 2019, Plus An Eastbound Sailing From Montreal to Ghent.

Polish Steamship Company have announced that there will be two more sailings this year from IJmuiden. Destination ports will be Cleveland, Ohio, and Burns Harbor, Indiana and full service details and passage fares are available here. Both vessels feature an Owners Cabin on the Bridge Deck plus double and single cabins.

isaDue to arrive IJmuiden between 21-29.10 is the mv ISA (above) – to load a cargo of steel, likely departure early November.

Due to arrive IJmuiden between 04-12/11 is the mv ISADORA – to load a cargo of steel and depart  in second half November.

SOLINAMeanwhile, sailing in the other direction from Montreal on 29.10.19 is the mv SOLINA (above), with a full cargo of wheat bound from Duluth to the Belgian port of Ghent.

For pasenger bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London, on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email


1.L/can 21-29/10 – mv ISA – tbc

2.L/can   4-12/11 – mv ISADORA – tbc

Direct Europe-Australia Cargo-Passenger Service Is Back With Four Ships From CMA CGM : UK / Europe / Med / Mauritius / Australia

CMA CGM Rhone ©

The 10-passenger CMA CGM Rhone is one of four ships that now carry travellers to and from Australia in the Nemo Line service

We are pleased to announce the return of CMA CGM to the Europe-Australia route along with the 10-passenger APL Danube and CMA CGM Rhone and two 4-passenger ships (with two Owners Cabins each), the APL Detroit and APL Phoenix. The APL Danube and CMA CGM Rhone offer five Double cabins and a swimming pool, and carry a maximum of 10 passengers. All four ships have now entered Europe-Australia route from London Gateway via Suez to Australian ports, in what is called the North Europe Mediterranean Oceania Express (Nemo) Line.

Nemo map

The full round voyage is 97 days and initial sailing dates are as follows:

From Sydney:  APL Danube November 19; CMA CGM Rhone December 1; APL Phoenix December 15; APL Detroit December 29. 2019.

From London: APL Phoenix October 30; APL Detroit November 13; APL Danube December 25, 2019; CMA CGM Rhone January 15, 2020; APL Phoenix February 5; APL Detroit February 19, 2020.

Note: As this is such a popular route, options will only be granted for 7 days, with no extensions.

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The officers and passengers mess on board the APL Detroit and APL Phoenix

London to Sydney on the Nemo service is 45 days. Sydney back to London is 52 days. Ports served are London – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Antwerp – Le Havre – Fos sur Mer – La Spezia – Genoa – Gioia Tauro – Mauritius – Reunion – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Fremantle – Singapore – Colombo – Gioia Tauro – Valencia – London. Fares for voyages of 20 days and more are €150 per person per day in double occupancy or €170 per day or sole use of a cabin.

APL Phoenix © Jan Svendsen

The APL Phoenix and two sister ships offer two Owners Cabins each with a common lounge

For further details on how to book passange to or from Australia please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450, UK Freephone 0800 526 313 or email