Three More APL Ships To Carry Passengers, Each Equipped With Two Double-Bedded Owners Cabins

APL New YorkAfter the news last week that four APL ships were now accepting passengers The Cruise People Ltd are pleased to announce three more, bringing the number of APL passenger-carrying container ships to seven. One of the three newly-added ships sails Transpacific while the other two carry passengers only locally within Europe.

Probably most interesting is the APL New York (above), which has opened up for passengers travelling between Los Angeles, Oakland, Tokyo and three Chinese ports, Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo, on a full round voyage of 42 days. A typical round voyage on this route costs €4,315 per person in double occupancy or €4,735 for sole occupancy, while the one-way trip from Oakland to Tokyo is 16 days, or €1,715 per person double and €1,875 for sole occupancy.

President Wilson was one of four Transpacific ocean liners operated by APLThis route harks back to the days of American President Lines, when the round trip was the same 42 days. Liners like the President Wilson (left) sailed from San Francisco to Honolulu, Yokohama, Hong Kong and Manila, with the return voyage calling at the same ports plus Kobe.

Oakland Hotel: For passengers boarding the APL New York in Oakland or indeed the APL Columbus, APL Danube or APL Phoenix bound to Asia and the US East Coast or the Hamburg-Süd ships bound for Europe or Australasia, we have a local hotel recommendation from Christopher Kyte, chairman of the Oakland-based  tour operating company Uncommon Journeys:

Waterfront Hotel a Joie De Vivre HotelThere is a wonderful hotel in Oakland, right on San Francisco Bay, called the Waterfront Hotel. not only is it nice, but there is a regular 25-minute ferry service to and from downtown San Francisco and the hotel has a free shuttle that will take folks to the nearby port of Oakland and their ship. And it is only three blocks from the Oakland Amtrak station. For any cargo ship passengers coming to Oakland, this would be the perfect choice.

Meanwhile, two more APL ships, the APL Charleston and APL Miami, offer a 15-night one-way voyage from Gioia Tauro in southern Italy to Tangier, Southampton, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe, Dunkirk and Le Havre. Fares for this 15-night trip are €1,615 per person double and €1,765 single. These ships trade out to India and Pakistan but only accept passengers within Europe. Please apply to this office for fares and availability. Like the APL New York, these ships offer two Owners Cabins for passengers.

Route of the APL New York

The APL New York offers a 42-night round voyage from Los Angeles or Oakland for €4,315 pp double or €4,735 single

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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Los Angeles And Oakland Gain CMA CGM Columbus Loop Cargo-Passenger Route While Seattle And Vancouver Get A Branch Line

A CMA CGM container ship approaches the Golden Gate Bridge at dawn, en route to sea.

 

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The previous Columbus Loop service. Seattle and Vancouver have now been replaced by Los Angeles and Oakland

Until recently, the well-known Columbus Loop service ran from the North American East Coast to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope and on to Seattle and Vancouver, with return to New York via Asia and Suez. But all is about to change as the main Columbus Loop service, now called Columbus Jax, relocates its West Coast port turnarounds to Los Angeles and Oakland, California.

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The new route between Halifax and New York and Los Angeles (using the newly-acquired APL terminal) and Oakland

Through the Columbus Loop it was possible to build a round-the-world  trip between Halifax, New York and other US East Coast ports and the West Coast ports of Seattle and Vancouver via Asia and return to the other coast by train. This will still be possible but Seattle and Vancouver will now be replaced by Los Angeles, where CMA CGM has recently acquired the dedicated APL container terminal at Terminal Island, and Oakland.

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Seattle and Vancouver will now have a Transpacific branch line with sailings to China

In lieu of through service to East Coast ports via Suez, Seattle and Vancouver will now get a separate 42-day service called Columbus PNW, that will connect with Yantian, Xiamen, Ningbo, Shanghai and Pusan before returning to Seattle. Two French-flag ships now serve this route, with the 7-passenger CMA CGM Norma and CMA CGM Rigoletto carrying passengers with sailings once or twice a month.

APL Phoenix © Jan Svendsen

The APL Phoenix and APL Columbus now carry four passengers each in two Owners Cabins on the Columbus Jax route.

The Columbus Jax route will feature eleven passenger-carrying vesels, an increase from eight on Columbus Loop. These ships, which will sail about every 11 days, include the 10-passenger CMA CGM Nabucco* and APL Danube, CMA CGM Elbe, CMA CGM Loire, CMA CGM Rhone, CMA CGM Tage and CMA CGM Thames and 8-berth CMA CMA CGM Figaro* and CMA CGM La Scala and 4-berth APL Columbus and APL Phoenix. *French-flag ships.

Hong Kong and Singapore feature prominently on this route, with Oakland to Hong Kong taking 16 days, Hong Kong to Halifax 30 days, Singapore to Halifax 25 days and Singapore to New York 28 days via Suez, as examples.

Among them these 11 ships have berths for 94 passengers. Fares vary between €100 and €110 per person per day double and €110 to €130 per day for singles. Full US visa (not just an ESTA) is required for non-US and Canadian citizens calling at US ports.

Passengers dine with the officers and wine is provided with lunch and dinner. Three ships are equipped with a swimming pool (CMA CGM Figaro, Nabucco and La Scala) while others have a sauna instead andf all are equipped with a gym

Oakland Hotel: For passengers boarding the Columbus Jax ships bound to Asia and the East Coast or indeed other ships bound for Europe or Australasia, we have a local hotel recommendation from Christopher Kyte, chairman of the Oakland-based  tour operator Uncommon Journeys:

Waterfront Hotel a Joie De Vivre HotelThere is a wonderful hotel in Oakland, right on San Francisco Bay, called the Waterfront Hotel. not only is it nice, but there is a regular 25-minute ferry service to and from downtown San Francisco and the hotel has a free shuttle that will take folks to the nearby port of Oakland and their ship. And it is only three blocks from the Oakland Amtrak station. For any cargo ship passengers coming to Oakland, this would be the perfect choice.

For details on any CMA CGM passenger booking please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Round the World: Crossing The Pacific On A Cargo Ship

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Another container ship, another fantastic sea voyage. There is really no greater way to travel! My first cargo ship trip was three months earlier, from Germany to US, and it made me fall in love with the sea and this slow way to travel. This latest voyage, from US to Australia was equally wonderful, and happily a week longer. Three full weeks of great company, gorgeous views and excellent food – what more could anyone want?

Boarding the ship was quite relaxed. It took me and the friendly taxi driver three tries to find the correct spot where I would get a shuttle to take me to the ship, but after that it was smooth sailing. I got to the ship and hallooed the deck hand in charge of boarding, who helpfully came down and carried my luggage up the gangway to the ship. The third officer came shortly and took me to the ship’s office where we went over paperwork and the like. Then he took me to my cabin, and I was free to settle in. My cabin was all in one room, so it was smaller than the luxurious owner’s cabin on the Jamaica. But I had my own bathroom and a window, and I was at the end of the corridor in a nice quiet corner.

The Cap Capricorn was structured very much like the Jamaica, with several decks for social spaces, crew and passenger cabins and the bridge in one super structure toward the rear of the ship. My cabin was on deck F, which was two decks below the bridge and one above the deck with the laundry. Perfect. My cabin faced aft, which I wasn’t too happy about, but I saw some fabulous sunsets and sunrises (yes, both) from my window, so came to appreciate the view.

We were only three passengers on this trip, and the other two were a couple in their 70s. Like the passengers on the Jamaica, my fellow travelers were also very fond of travel and had in fact spent most of their lives living in fascinating places and traveling all over the world. Great company! The crew was quite mixed this time, mostly Indian, with Polish, Filipino, Romanian and Chinese mixed in. The crew overall didn’t socialize with each other much, so there was no partying like on the Jamaica. But I had great time with the other passengers, we spent much time walking around the deck, having a pre-dinner drink or watching movies after dinner. Oh and the food was fantastic! Due to the many Indians onboard, there was usually a vegetarian Indian option available at meal times, which kept me very happy. Our Romanian cook was also kind enough to cook something special for me when there otherwise wouldn’t have been anything suitable. So I ate really well, which gave me extra zest for burning up the calories up on the deck!

Crossing both the equator and the international date line brought some excitement to our journey. Of course the sea looks much the same on both sides of these imaginary lines, but few people ever cross either at sea. We also successfully outraced a typhoon less than a week into our journey, and actually enjoyed mostly calm seas and sunny skies during the three weeks. Unlike on the Atlantic crossing, I actually saw about a hundred dolphins overall! And lots of flying fish, scattering away from our path. On one of the last days I also had an unconfirmed whale sighting. It was all so quick that I didn’t get a photo, but it was definitely larger than a dolphin, traveling alone rather than in a pod and moved far too slow for a dolphin.

And best of all, in Auckland we loaded a half long container with five horses onboard. The crossing from New Zealand to Australia and back usually includes horses onboard, and the horse wrangler was thus a regular visitor. For us passengers this was new and exciting and much time was spent checking out the horses and asking the handler questions. No, the horses don’t mind the ocean swells. Yes, they sleep standing up. The pee and the poo goes overboard when away from ports. No, the horses do not need to get out of their stalls in the five day trip. Nor do they need constant supervision or company. The horses were really chill about the whole thing and absolutely no trouble at all.

This was the first time I had a port of call, and was happily able to meet some old dear friends for lunch in Auckland. After lunch we had a nice little walk around town, as between docking, formalities and the lunch, there was really only two hours until boarding time. I had spent four weeks touring New Zealand some years earlier, so on this trip I settled for only a short visit in favor of maximizing my time in Australia. I will miss all my new friends from the Cap Capricorn, but I look forward to all new adventures in Down Under!

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For further details of booking a 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.

New Connection To Australia: By CMA CGM Container Ship Europe To Singapore & P&O Cruise Ship Between Singapore And Australia

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CMA CGM Fidelio is one of eight 10-passenger container ships now running to Singapore.

Notice: Hanjin is no longer in business, but CMA CGM now offers regular passenger service from Barcelona, Valencia and Malta to Singapore.

When direct cargo-passenger space between Europe and Australia becomes scarce, since Singapore has become a base port for P&O Cruises Australia, we can now offer can P&O Australia for connecting services between Singapore and Australian ports. Several sailings scheduled over the next couple of years will be available for connecting cargo ship travellers, as well as overlanders seeking to reach Australia.

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P&O Australia’s Pacific Eden will perform most of the Singapore-Australia connecting voyages

Express cargo ship voyages are available from Barcelona to Singapore in about 34 days to connect with P&O Australia sailings. 

P&O Cruises Australia Voyages from Singapore to Australia

m.v. PACIFIC EDEN – Singapore (August 15, 2017) to Cairns (September 1, 2017)

Singapore – Fremantle – Bali – Makassar – Komodo – Makassar – Dili – Darwin – Cooktown – Cairns (14 nights).

m.v. PACIFIC PEARL – Singapore (August 16, 2017) to Sydney (September 2, 2017)

Singapore – Fremantle – Bali – Komodo – Dili – Darwin – Cooktown – Cairns – Whitsunday – Brisbane – Sydney (16 nights).

P&O Cruises Australia Voyages from Australia to Singapore

m.v. PACIFIC EDEN – Fremantle (July 18, 2016) to Singapore (July 30, 2016)

Fremantle – Komodo – Makassar – Lombok – Bali – Probilinggo – Jakarta – Singapore (12 nights).

m.v. PACIFIC DAWN – Brisbane (February 4, 2017) to Singapore (February 18, 2017)

Brisbane – Port Douglas – Darwin – Dili – Komodo – Bali – Singapore (12 nights).

m.v. PACIFIC EDEN – Fremantle (June12, 2017) to Singapore (June 24, 2017)

Fremantle – Komodo – Makassar – Lombok – Bali – Probilinggo – Jakarta – Singapore (12 nights).

For further details of of how to book any of the above voyages please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on+44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email us at PassageEnquiry@outlook.com.

Lloyd Triestino Adriatic – Far East Cargo-Passenger Route Is Revived

LT CortesiaIn 1993, Taiwan-based Evergreen Line acquired the company Italia Marittima, which up until fairly recently had been know as Lloyd Triestino, and had been famous for running an attractive fleet of ocean liners from the Adriatic to Australia and New Zealand and the Far East. Later, in 2007, the five different Evergreen ship operating companies began operating as one brand, Evergreen Line. But many of the routes still survive and one event marked this month is the revival of passenger service from Trieste to the Far East, on a 70-day round voyage.

Two 100,000-ton container ships, the LT Cortesia (above) and Ever Chivalry, each carry up to five passengers in an Owners cabin, a Double cabin and a Single cabin. Passengers dine with the officers and are allowed to visit the bridge, and can avail themselves of an indoor swimming pool and sauna as well as a lounge and deck chairs. Both ships are owned by NSB and chartered to Evergreen Line.

Lloyd TriestinoPorts of call in this service include Trieste, Piraeus, the Suez Canal, Jeddah, Colombo, Tanjung Pelepas, Shekou, Kaoshiung, Qingdao, Shanghai (Yangshan), Ningbo, Taipei, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, the Suez Canal, Ashdod, Alexandria, Piraeus, Koper and Trieste.  One-way voyages are possible and passengers bound for India can disembark in Colombo while those bound for Singapore can disembark at Tanjung Pelepas, which is called at in both directions. As well as five Chinese ports, these vessels serve the Taiwanese ports of Kaohsiung outbound and Taipei on the return.

Projected sailing dates from Trieste are as follows:

On/about July 12, 2015
On/about August 2, 2015
On/about September 20, 2015
On/about October 11, 2015

Fares begin at €95 per person per day (€90 per day single) while port charges and deviation insurance are extra.

For further information on cargo ship voyages please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Cargo Ship Travel Piece Coming Up On BBC World’s The Travel Show

Ind Accord Promenade DeckBBC2 and BBC World’s The Travel Show will be carrying an item on cargo ship travel either this week (ending July 12) or next. It will most likely be next week (ending July 19) as they have just interviewed us today and are doing interviews with one or two of our clients today and tomorrow (photo by client Scott Muc).

BBC   Transmission times for BBC’s The Travel Show

The following times are local to the United Kingdom (BST). Broadcasts are sometimes replaced by other programming at short notice due to the nature of these channels’ reactions to news and current events. Some weeks the 30 minute programme may not be shown due to coverage of live events. In this case, website viewing on the BBC iPlayer is the only way to see it.

UK

Friday: 10:35 BBC Two
Saturday: 05:30 BBC News; Sunday: 01:30, 14:30, 20:30 BBC News

BBC World News

All GMT Saturday: 03:30, 13:30, 18:30 Sunday: 06:30
Monday (N America) 23:30; Wednesday (N America) 01:30; Thursday (N America) 02:30

For further information on cargo ship travel please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

First CMA CGM Passenger Service From London Gateway Is To Colombia, Chile and Peru – More South America To Follow

CMA CGM Sambhar © Björn-Marco HalmschlagCMA CGM has just announced its first passenger service from the new London Gateway container terminal in the Thames will be the Eurosal 1 service to Cartagena (Colombia), Punta Manzanillo (Panama), Callao (Peru) and Valparaiso (Chile), returning via Callao, Punta Manzanillo and Cartagena. European boarding ports include Rotterdam, Hamburg, London Gateway and Antwerp.

So far, one passenger-carrying ship, the CMA CGM Sambhar (above) has been assigned to this service, although another chartered vessel, the Balthasar Schulte, also carries passengers. CMA CGM Sambhar counts five double cabins in her accommodations so she can take a maximum of ten (10) passengers.

Eurosal 1Sample fares on the new service are €1,650 from London to Cartagena, €2,420 from London to Callao and €2,860 from London to Valparaiso, all per person in double occupacncy. The full round voyages is 56 days and costs €6,160 per person double and €6,720 single. The Single Supplement is about 9.1%.

The six new deep-water berths at London Gateway will add 3.5 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) to the UK’s port capacity to handle the largest new ships, so expect more sailings from here in future. Routes to Brazil and Argentina will be next.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.