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.
CMA CGM Loire © Steven Collingwood.jpg
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 PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

New Southeast Asia /Australia Cargo-Passenger Service Opened With Four Former Round The World Container Ships

CMA CGM White Shark

CMA CGM subsidiary Australian National Line has opened a new Southeast Asia / Australia passenger service using four 5,100 TEU container ships transferred in from the Pacific Express 3 round-the-world service to join the AAX service.

The CMA CGM White Shark (above) opened the new service, with a first sailing from Singapore on April 14, followed by the CMA CGM Alcazar on April 21 and CMA CGM Blue Whale on April 29. The CMA CGM Tarpon follow,ed with her first sailing from Singapore on May 12.

AAXThe AAX service offers weekly sailings from Singapore and Port Kelang, and in the opposite direction from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle, with most being able to accept passengers for the full 35-day round voyage. One-way passages can also be booked and fast connections made at Singapore for the UK and Europe.

The Panamanian-flag CMA CGM Alcazar carries three passengers in an Owners and a Single cabin, while the British-flag trio each carry six passengers in three Double cabins. The British-flag trio have swimming pools, while the CMA CGM Alcazar offers a sauna instead.

Typical fares are Singapore-Fremantle or vice versa in 9 days for €990 (about £870) per person double or €1,080 (£950) single, Singapore to Sydney in 15 days for €1,650 pp (£1,450) double or €1,800 (£1,580) single and Sydney to Singapore in 20 days for €2,200 pp (£1,930) double or €2,400 (£2,105) single. Please call or email for fares between other piorts.

For further details on this new Australian connection by CMA CGM please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Last-Minute Cargo-Passenger Ship Opportunity Taken Up: Owners Cabin From London Tilbury to Sydney in May 2012 Now Booked

NOW BOOKED

Three ships run in cargo-passenger service from Tilbury to the US East Coast, the Pacific islands of Tahiti, Fiji and New Caledonia and on to Australia. A twin Owners cabin and two double cabins are offered on each of the CMA CGM Manet, CMA CGM Matisse and CMA CGM Utrillo from Tilbury, Rotterdam, Dunkirk and Le Havre to Australia. Each carries six passengers but they are all fully booked through to 2013 so bookings have to be made a year or more in advance.

However, due to a cancellation, the Owners Cabin is once again available on board the CMA CGM Matisse from Tilbury, with departure on or about May 18, 2012. But book it now if you want it as it won’t be available for long.

The fare is €4,730 (£4,095) per person including full board, port charges and complimentary French wine with lunch and dinner. Sole occupancy of the same cabin is €5,160 (£4,465). Non-US and Canadian citizens will need full US visas as cargo ships are not included in the various visa waiver programs (also known as ESTA).

The Owners Cabin has twin beds and its own door into the Passenger Lounge. Common areas include a Gymnasium and Library on Deck B, Passenger Lounge on Deck E with TV, video, DVD and indoor Swimming Pool.

Port rotation for this voyage is Tilbury – Rotterdam – Dunkirk – Le Havre – New York – Savannah – Kingston (Jamaica) – Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Papeete (Tahiti) – Lautoka (Fiji) – Noumea (New Caledonia) – Sydney.

Please click here to see update and more plentiful availability of northbound cabins.

To book this cabin please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 as soon as possible or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.