The APL Name Returns To The Cargo-Passenger Trades – Four Ships To Start With, More Likely To Follow

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The APL Gwangyang will now carry passengers on the Mediterranean Club Express service between Asia and the Med

The Cruise People booked their first APL passenger this morning, from Singapore to Fos sur Mer on the APL Gwangyang, and are working on their second, a 119-day round voyage booking on the APL Danube, serving the Columbus Jax route between Los Angeles and the US East Coast, both ways via the Suez Canal.

Ports of call on the Columbus Jax route include Los Angeles – Oakland – Hong Kong – Yantian – Vung Tau – Singapore – Port Kelang – Colombo – (Suez Canal) – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – (Suez Canal) – Port Kelang – Singapore – Jakarta – Laem Chebang – Vung Tau – Los Angeles – Oakland.

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The President Monroe ran in the round-the-world service

When it was known as American President Lines, APL ran both Transpacific and Round-the-World cargo-passenger services as well as Transpacific passenger liners. History since then has seen a couple of changes in ownership.

Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) was formed in December 1968 by the Singapore Government. In 1997, NOL acquired and merged with APL, with NOL becoming the holding company and APL the group’s world-wide container brand. In 2009, APL moved its headquarters from Oakland to Singapore, where it is based now. The APL container fleet now numbers 84 ships and APL’s Global Gateway South terminal in Los Angeles, also used by CMA CGM, moves 1.65 million TEU’s a year.

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The 4-passenger APL Phoenix and sister ship APL Columbus offer two Owners cabins each on the Columbus Jax loop (below)

In 2016, CMA CGM bought out Neptune Orient Lines and its APL operation, and they are now busy adding APL ships to their rosters. So far we  have APL Columbus and APL Phoenix, with two Owners cabins each accommodating up to four passengers, and APL Danube (ex-CMA CGM Danube), with five double cabins accommodating up to ten passengers. All three operate on the the Columbus Jax service.

https://www.cma-cgm.com/products-services/line-services/serviceflyermap?serviceCode=CJXA fourth ship to accommodate passengers is the APL Gwangyang, which is moving to the Mediterranean Club Express between Asia and Europe. No doubt more will follow.

APL is part of CMA CGM Group. For details of booking a cargo ship voyage on an APL or CMA CGM ship or any other line please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

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New Fast CMA CGM Cargo-Passenger Service From Southampton to Singapore and Thailand, With Connections to Australia

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The CMA CGM White Shark is one of half a dozen passenger-carrying container ships now running to Singapore and Thailand

Good news has come our way today from CMA CGM, which is instituting a new Southeast Asia service from Southampton and Rotterdam. With a 56-day round voyage, typical transit times are 25 days from Southampton to Singapore and 28 days to Laem Chebang, the port for Bangkok. Calls are made at Singapore in each direction, giving a transit time back from Singapore to Southampton of 23 days.

Of the six 5,100 TEU passenger-carrying ships, four, the CMA CGM’s Blue Whale, New Jersey, Tarpon and CMA CGM White Shark, offer two double-bedded cabins and a twin to accommodate up to six passengers, while the CMA CGM’s Alcazar and Chateau d’If feature an Owners and a Single cabin for up to three passengers. The four 6-passenger ships each have a swimming pool while the others have a sauna.

Fares are €110 per person per day double and €120 or €130 a day, depending on the cabin, plus €45 per person for helicopter evacuation insurance and a €70 per person booking fee. Connections can also be made at Singapore with ANL’s Asia Australia Express sailing to Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

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For details of booking a voyage with CMA CGM or any other cargo-passenger service please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Liverpool-Philadelphia Cargo-Passenger Service Back To Weekly

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The 6-berth Independent Venture joins three other passenger-carrying container ships on a 28-day round voyage

With her first passenger sailing in October , the Independent Venture will rejoin the Independent Container Line route between Antwerp and Liverpool in Europe and Chester PA and Wilmington NC in America. The Independent Venture can accommodate up to six passengers in an Owners and two Double cabins, and joins the passenger service on October 4 at Antwerp and October 7 at Liverpool. The other ships on this route are the Independent Pursuit, Independent Spirit and Independent Voyager.

This service has proven to be one of our most reliable over the years and is now back to a weekly fixed day of the week frequency. Westbound, sailings leave Antwetp on Wednesdays and Liverpool on Fridays, arriving at Chester on Tuesdays and Wilmington on Fridays. Eastbound, ships leave Chester on Wednesdays and Wimington on Fridays, arriving at Antwerp on Tuesdays. UK-bound passengers must leave the ship here but but can be back in the UK the same day on a through Eurostar ticket from Antwerp to London St Pancras Station.

Fares can be found here but due to a lower exchange rate, the dollar fares are now lower  (use $1.24 to the Euro instead of $1.35). Service outline with fares. Note that if you are not a US or Canadian citizen you will need a full US visa to enter any United States port on this service.

To book a Transatlantic cargo ship voyage on the ICL route or for further details please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Why We Can No Longer Offer A Passage To India: Cargo Ship Passengers Are Banned By The Indian Authorities

Gateway of India by Ashwin Kumar of Bangalore

Terrorists seized a small fishing boat in 2008 to be able to land at Mumbai’s Gateway of India

Intending passengers often ask if they can book passage to India. And we have plenty of container ships with passenger accomodation sailing there, from American, European and Australian ports. But unfortunately we can no longer accept passengers in any of them.  The traditional “Passage to India” is no longer possible.

The closest we can offer is sailings to and from Sri Lanka on CMA CGM’s Columbus Jax route that runs: Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – (Suez Canal) – Port Kelang – Singapore – Jakarta – Laem Chebang – Vung Tau – Los Angeles – Oakland – Hong Kong – Yantian – Vung Tau – Singapore – Port Kelang to Colombo. The return voyage is then directly via Suez to Halifax and US ports. The quickest transits from and to North America are 26 days Oakland – Hong Kong – Yantian – Vung Tau – Singapore – Port Kelang – Colombo and 20 days Colombo to Halifax. But one must fly the section between Sri Lanka and India as there has been no ferry service between Colombo and Tuticorin since the Scotia Prince was withdrawn in 2011..
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As to why sea passages are no longer possible, in an overabundance of caution, Indian authorities reacted to the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai by banning all commercial cargo ship passengers. This was because some of the Mumbai attackers seized a small fishing boat, the m.v. Kuber (right), to make a landing at the Gateway of India. But compare the Kuber to the typical Indian trade container ship below and the difference will be obvious.
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CMA CGM Bellini at sea
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Ask yourself how a 5,700 TEU container ship could possibly get anywhere near the Gateway of India, which was built to commemorate the 1911 arrival of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, as it was then known, on board the P&O passenger liner Medina. Opened in 1924, the structure later provided ceremonial welcomes to Viceroys of India and Governors of Mumbai.
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Since this spring, Australian trade ships returning to Europe can only carry passengers as far as Singapore, where passengers must change ships because the ships then call at two ports in  India, Chennai and Cochin, on the way back to Europe. Passengers can no longer sail straight back. In this case, it actually works out as the Asia trade ships are much faster getting to Europe than the Australia trade ships. Passengers just have to be content with a few days in Singapore or Port Kelang between ships.
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Passages to and from India are still possible when booked on seasonal cruise ships, however, although frequency of service is a problem and one must sail when they sail. Ask for details.
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For details of booking a cargo ship voyage with CMA CGM or any other cargo-passenger service please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail
PassageEnquiry@aol.com.
 

CMA CGM Tosca Offers Short Western Med Cargo Ship Cruises From Malta (17 nights) And Genoa (11 nights)

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Spend 11 or 17 nights afloat in the Western Med on board the 8,500 TEU 7-passenger CMA CGM Tosca

New Western Med cruising possibilites are offered by CMA CGM’s Medex service, which serves the Middle East and Sub-Continent. As passengers are not allowed beyond Suez on this route, the CMA CGM Tosca is able to offer a choice of two shorter round voyage itineraries from Malta and Genoa.

Boarding at Malta, a 17-night itinerary is offered to seven ports, La Spezia, Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia, Tangiers, Fos sur Mer, and Genoa, then back to Malta. From Genoa the 11-night itinerary runs to four ports: Barcelona, Valencia, Tangiers and Fos sur Mer before retirning to Genoa.

The CMA CGM Tosca has two Twin cabins and three Single cabins and can carry a total of seven passengers. Passenger amenities include a gym, swimming pool and recreation room.

Fares for the 17-night voyage from Malta are €1,700 per person double and €1,870 single and for the 11-night voyage from Genoa €1,100 per person double and €1,210 single. Additional charges are €45 per person for helicopter evacuation insurance and a €70 booking fee.

For details of booking a voyage with CMA CGM or any other cargo-passenger service please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Two Asia – South America Cargo-Passenger Routes Reinstated After Recent Ship Changes At CMA CGM

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The newly-delivered 6-passenger CMA CGM Carl Antoine trades between Asia and East Coast South America

With all the ship and route changes occurring at CMA CGM this year two South America-Asia routes that had not recently been available have now been revived.

One route (ACSA2) connects Chinese ports, Hong Kong and Taiwan with Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Peru and Chile while the other route (SEAS) connects Singapore, Hong Kong and Chinese ports with Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

The ACSA2 service is now being offered by two ships, the CMA CGM Hydra and CMA CGM Thalassa, while the recently-delivered (2017) CMA CGM Carl Antoine has been placed onto the SEAS service. Each ship can carry up to six passengers in three double cabins.

Each route offers a full round voyage of 84 days, but by crossing the Andes between Argentina and Chile, one can also construct a full round-the-world itinerary via Asia and South America. The actual port rotations follow:

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ACSA2: Hong Kong – Kaohsiung – Pusan – Manzanillo – Lazaro Cardenas – Balboa – Buenaventura – Callao – San Antonio – Coronel – Lirquen – Puerto Angamos – Callao – Lazaro Cardenas – Manzanillo – Pusan – Shanghai – Xiamen – Shekou – Hong Kong.

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SEAS: Hong Kong – Singapore – Itaguai – Santos – Paranagua – Navegantes – Montevideo – Buenos Aires – Rio Grande – Navegantes – Paranagua – Santos – Singapore – Hong Kong – Shanghai – Ningbo – Yantian – Hong Kong.

Typical transit times on ACSA2 are Hong Kong – Manzanillo in 21 days, Hong Kong – Callao 35 days, Callao – Shanghai 26 days, and Manzanillo – Shanghai 18 days, and on SEAS Singapore – Itaguai in 23 days and Santos – Singapore in 25 days.

For details of booking a voyage with CMA CGM or any other cargo-passenger service please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

“Great Time Aboard CMA CGM Andromeda” – A Cruise People Client Enjoys A 24-day Voyage Between Malta and Malaysia

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The 10-passenger CMA CGM Andromeda sails between Med ports and Asia in the Mediterranean Club Express service

Passenger DBC has just written to Miri in our office about his 24-day voyage from Malta to Port Kelang, Malaysia. Under the heading “Great time on board CMA CGM Andromeda,” he wrote us as follows:

I want to thank you and your agency for all that you did to arrange my travels aboard the CMA CGM Andromeda.  It was an amazing and unforgettable 24 day experience.  The captain, officers, crew, and other passengers were warm and welcoming.  I couldn’t have asked for a better group. 

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DBC’s passage took him from Malta to Beirut and then through Suez to Jebel Ali, Dubai, and Port Kelang.

The CMA CGM Andromeda and sisters are fitted with two Twin and three Double cabins rated at €110 to €130 per person per day double or €120 to €150 per day for sole occupancy. While Malta to Port Kelang is 24 days, the weekly ANL Asia Australia Express sailings take just 8 days from Port Kelang to Fremantle, allowing a good connection and a frequent service from Europe.

For further details on booking a voyage with CMA CGM or any other cargo-passenger service please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.