Silver Moon And Seabourn Ovation – Coral Expeditions Order From Vard – APL Back In The Cargo-Passenger Business

The Cruise Examiner for 18th September 2017

Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions’s new 120-berth 307-foot expedition ship will be built by Vard’s shipyard in Vietnam

Last week, after some delay, Silversea finally announced that it would build a sister ship to the Silver Muse. This followed an announcement ages ago by Seabourn that it would build two ships of similar size, Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation, for the same upmarket range. Elsewhere, after winning four expedition ship orders from Ponant, two from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and a seventh from an unidentified owner,Vard has secured its eighth order for a similar ship, this time from Coral Expeditions of Australia. And a name from the past, APL, has re-entered the passenger trades after a very long absence, by starting to accept passengers on four of its modern container ships.

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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.