CMA CGM: Seven Ships – Round The World In 83 Days Via Panama And Singapore – Between US Or Caribbean Ports And Asia

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The 8-berth 110,200-ton CMA CGM Jacques Joseph at Kingston, Jamaica. She entered service in 2018

CMA CGM has just extended the duration of its PEX 2 and PEX 3 Round-the-World services from 77 days to 83 days. The PEX 2 service features two 8-berth ships, the CMA CGM Jacques Joseph and CMA CGM Lisa Marie via Mexico and the Caribbean and PEX 3, five ships via the US Gulf and Florida, of which the CMA CGM Cendrillon and CMA CGM La Scala are 7-berth ships, the CMA CGM Lamartine and CMA CGM Maupassant are 6-berth ships and the APL Scotland carries one passenger only. Since the Rickmers Round-the-World passenger service ended in 2011, this has been the only service available for a full circumnavigation by cargo ship.

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The 6-berth 85,445-ton CMA CGM Lamartine offers Round-the-World service from US Gulf & East Coast ports

The five-ship PEX 3 service embarks US passengers at Houston, Mobile, New Orleans, Miami and Jacksonville before sailing for Singapore and Hong Kong, then three Chinese calls at Shekou, Ningbo and Shanghai and returning to the US via Pusan.

The two PEX 2 ships pick up passengers in Ensenada and Manzanillo, Mexico, Balboa and Punta Manzanillo, Panama, and Cartagena, Kingston and Caucedo in the Caribbean before sailing to Singapore, Shekou, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Shangai, Qingdao and Pusan and crossing the Pacific back to Mexico.  The Mexican Port of Ensenada is close enough to San Diego that it is useful for US passengers.

Visit Singapore on either of CMA CGM’s Round–the-World routes

Fares on both Round-the-World services are €130 per person per day double or €150 per day for a single traveller, with port costs and deviation insurance included. In addition, there is a booking fee of €70 and a management fee of €45 per person. Note: Special reduced fares for the full round voyage are €7,700 per person in double occupancy and €9,000 for a single passenger, about a 28% reduction.

For further details on booking a full Round-the-World passage or a simple port-to-port voyage please call 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 96-day Container Ship Voyage: Seattle and Vancouver To China, Korea, Singapore And Dubai

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The 13,800 TEU CMA CGM Aquila and CMA CGM Lyra carry up to 10 passengers each to and from Seattle

CMA CGM and subsidiary APL have combined the Columbus PNW route and Cimex 1 into a single operation, Cimex 1 Columbus PNW Line. APL has placed six 2012-built 10,600 TEU container ships into the new through service from the Pacifiic Northwest to Dubai, with passenger capacity also offered by three CMA CGM ships.

The Singapore-flag APL Barcelona, APL Dublin, APL Paris, APL Qingdao, APL Southampton and APL Yangshan sail between Seattle and Vancouver in North America and the Chinese ports of Tianjin Xingang, Qingdao and Shanghai plus Pusan, before proceeding to Singapore and Jebel Ali and returning via Yantian, Xiamen, Ningbo, Shanghai and Pusan again before crossing to Seattle and Vancouver. Three more 13,800 TEU ships, the 10-passenger British-flag CMA CGM Aquila, CMA CGM Lyra and the chartered 7-berth CMA CGM Vela, bring the passenger fleet to nine ships.

Map of the CIMEX 1 Columbus PNW Service

Sample fares are: full round voyage, 96 days, €13,555 per person double occupancy or €15,475 for sole use of a cabin. Seattle to Tianjin is 25 days at €3,615 per person double or €4,115 single, and Seattle to Singapore is 40 days at €5,715 per person double or €6,515 single. The voyage from Seattle to Dubai is 52 days at €7,395 per person double or €8,435 single, while the quick trip back from Yantian, near Hong Kong, to Seattle is 20 days and €2,915 per person double or €3,315 single.

Not all ships on this route carry passengers but there is a passenger sailing on average every 11 days, with ships leaving Seattle on Sundays and Vancouver on Tuesdays.

For further details on booking passage on this route or any other cargo ship voyage please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com

Keel Laid For Crystal Endeavor – Other Cruise News: The Crystal Diamond Class – AIDANova Floated Out At Papenburg

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 27th August 2018

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The 200-berth 600-foot Crystal Endeavor will join ships making the Northwest Passage

Last week saw three pieces of news from Germany, first with the keel-laying ceremony for the 200-berth Crystal Endeavor at Stralsund, and second with a reveal of the rendering of the new downsized 65,000-ton (as opposed to 100,000-ton) Crystal Diamond class ships. Elsewhere in Germany, the LNG-powered AIDANova was floated out at Meyer Werft in Papenburg.

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Arctic Cruise Line – Other Cruise News: Churchill Cruises – Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 20th August 2018

A design for a 200-berth 348-foot Ice Class cruiser is in the purview of Greenland’s Arctic Cruise Line 

This week features a trio of “newbies” to expedition and adventure cruising. First up, with plans (but not yet orders) for newbuildings, is Arctic Cruise Line of Greenland, with a pair of 200-berth vessels that seem similar in appearance to some of those being built now by Vard in Norway. Second is Churchill Cruises of Winnipeg, who have an agreement with Albatros Travel of Denmark that will see them offer a cruise in each direction between Greenland and Churchill in September 2019. And third is the start-up of Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises out of Honiara.

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Seabourn Sojourn To Begin Crusing To Cuba – Celebrity’s New Celebrity Edge – Silversea To Revamp Its Fleet

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 13th August 2018

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The 458-berth Seabourn Sojourn will begin her cruise program to Cuba in November 2019

Last week saw more news from Cuba, with Seabourn becoming the third member of the Carnival Corp & plc group to serve Cuban ports, when it joins Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line next November. The Sojourn will sail from Miami and also offer cruises from San Juan. Meanwhile,  the first ship of the new Celebrity Edge class will be in service by the end of this year, and will be based in Europe next summer. Elsewhere, subsequent to joining the Royal Caribbean Cruises group, Silversea has announced a fleet-wide revamp of its ships, based on the line’s flagship, the 596-berth Silver Muse.

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With Two Ships, Victory Is Now The Largest Great Lakes Operator

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 6th August 2018

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The Victory II, seen last week near Montreal, has had her open air dining area in the stern glassed in

Miami-based Victory Cruise Lines, the most recent specialist in luxury cruises on the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River, today welcomed the inaugural voyage of its new vessel, the 202-berth Victory II, to Detroit. Not quite completed in 2001, when parent company American Classic Voyages went out of business, she was ordered as the Cape Cod Light, the second ship for Delta Queen Coastal Voyages.

Although the vessel was finally completed in 2004, she was not placed into passenger service, meaning that this cruise was in fact the ship’s first revenue passenger voyage.

In fourteen years since completion she has spent much of her time either laid up in fresh water or employed as an accommodation ship in UK and European waters. She was finally completed as a fully-fledged cruise ship this spring in Sweden. The most noticeable change to the ship is the glass enclosure that now surrounds the former Hot Rock Grill on her stern.

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Viking Cruises Orders Two Ships From Vard – Fincantieri To Build Two Princess LNG Ships – Celestyal Majesty To Go To Mano Cruises

THE CRUISE EXAMINER AT CYBERCRUISES.COM BY KEVIN GRIFFIN

The Cruise Examiner for 30th July 2018

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The no-balcony Celestyal Majesty will now sail the Eastern Mediterranean as Mano Maritime’s Princess Iris

Last week saw more news on several fronts. Viking Cruises has confirmed its order for two ships of a new design with Vard, while Fincantieri will build two LNG-powered vessels for Princess Cruises. In the realm of older non-balcony ships, Louis Group of Cyprus has sold its Celesytal Majesty to new owners Mano Maritime, for whom she will operate as the Princess Iris.

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