Last Minute Passenger Space From Europe To Australia And New Zealand And Back On Reederei Nord’s Nordpacific And Nordserena

Two new ships joining CMA CGM’s Pacific Australia Direct route mean we have two upcoming double cabins available from London Gateway terminal to Australia and New Zealand. The Nordpacific (built 2018) is set to sail on or about March 20 and the Nordserena (2016) on April 28.

Departures from Sydney are scheduled for the Nordserena on or about March 6 and the Nordpacific on May 5. Both ships are owned by Reederei Nord and have a forward-facing Owners cabin and table tennis, a fitness room and outside swimming pool.

The itinerary for this 91-day full round voyage is London – Dunkirk – Le Havre – New York – Savannah –  Cartagena (Colombia) – Panama Canal – Papeete (Tahiti) – Noumea (New Caledonia) – Brisbane – Sydney – Melbourne, with return by way of Nelson – Tauranga – Panama Canal – Punta Manzanillo (Panama) – Savannah – Philadelphia – Xebrugge – Rotterdam – London. Point-to-point bookings can also be accepted.


The full round voyage fare is €10,010 (£9,099) per person plus port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee of €429 (£390) each. .

Non-US and Canadian citizens will need full US visas for any US calls as cargo ships are not included in the various visa waiver programs (also known as ESTA).

To book a cabin please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email

CMA CGM’s New Kingston Container Terminal Brings About A Return Of Cargo-Passenger Service To And From Jamaica


CMA CGM’s intention to make Kingston, Jamaica, into a Caribbean hub port has brought about a revival of regular passenger links between Europe and Jamaica, as well as a new opportunity to take a local Caribbean freighter cruise from Kingston to countries where passengers used to cruise in banana boats.

With Kingston’s proximity to the mouth of the newly-enlarged Panama Canal, CMA CGM has acquired a thirty-year concession to run the Kingston Container Terminal. The terminal, once enlarged, will have 14 gantry cranes and an annual throughput potential of 3.6 million twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEUs).

The four 12-passenger container ships that previously operated on the French West Indies Line, CMA CGM Fort St Georges, Fort St Louis, Fort St Pierre and Fort Ste Marie, now offer 33 passenger-carrying sailings a year, sailing from Rotterdam, London, Hamburg, Antwerp and Le Havre to Caucedo in the Dominican Republic and then Kingston, Jamaica, before making three calls in Central America and returning to Kingston once more before heading back to the same ports in Europe. The UK terminal is DP World’s new London Gateway Terminal, which opened in November 2013.


One-way passenger service is available to or from any of the ports mentioned. From London to Kingston takes 17 days and the fare is €1,985 per person double or €2,155 single while Kingston to London takes 14 days with a fare of €1,655 per person double or €1,795 single including extras. Each ship accommodates a maximum of twelve passengers in one Owners Cabin, four Twin cabins and two Single cabins and features a swimming pool and passenger lounge. Dining is with the officers and includes complimetary table wine with lunch and dinner.

A new cargo-passenger cruise is also offered on these ships, round trip from Kingston. The 11-night cruise takes in Santo Tomas de Castilla (Guatemala), Puerto Cortes (Honduras) and Puert Limon (Costa Rica). The 11-night cruise costs €1,325 per person double or €1,435 for a single cabin.

The Transatlantic voyages and the Caribbean cruise can also be taken together as a 42-day cruise, with fares of €4,735 per person double or €5,155 single. The Owners suite is available for an additional €10 per person per day.

With a three-times monthly Transatlantic service and the same for the round the Caribbean cruise from Kingston, capacity on each route is about 36 berths a month, or 430 travellers annually in each direction to and from Jamaica.

For further details on cargo-passenger service to and from Jamaica and CMA CGM cargo ship voyages in general please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Philadelphia and Charleston to New Zealand and Australia Container Ship Passenger Service Via Panama – Round Voyage 70 Days

Five “Spirit” ships, the Spirit of AucklandSpirit of Melbourne, Spirit of Shanghai, Spirit of Singapore and  Spirit of Sydney now run in the well-established Hamburg-Süd cargo-passenger service from Philadelphia and Charleston via Cartagena and Balboa to Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, then on to Port Chalmers, Napier and Tauranga before returning via Auckland, Punta Manzanillo in Panama and Cartagena to Philadelphia again. The meat-packing port of Philadelphia is of course the destination for most of the New Zealand lamb that arrives in these ships.

These modern 3,630 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container) ships offer one Owners Cabin and one more cabin, either a single or a double depending on the ship. The quickest southbound transit time is 24 days from Charleston to Auckland or 28 days Charleston to Sydney and the quickest northbound is 26 days from Auckland to Philadelphia or 37 days Melbourne to Philadelphia. The full 70-day round trip starts at €7,085 (about £6,075 or US $10,125) per person and one-way bookings are possible.

For further details and bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Rickmers Stops Carrying Passengers Through The Gulf of Aden

Possibly related to this week’s ban by Hamburg-based Rickmers on carrying passengers through the Gulf of Aden is a report of a pirate attack on a similar-sized ship, also owned in Hamburg, last month.

The Liberian-flag ER Lübeck evaded  pirate attack in the Somali Basin some 450 nautical miles NE of the Seychelles  in the late hours of 11th March, stretching into the early hours of 12th.

The ER Lübeck was en route to Salalah when it was attacked from the rear of  the ship, with pirates opening fire with automatic weapons. The ship sustained  some minor small arms fire damage to the funnel and crane forward of the ship’s  bridge. All personnel are reported to be safe and well.

On Wednesday. Rickmers Reederei in Hamburg issued the following notice to agents booking passengers on their cargo ships:

Although measures are now being taken by the international community to repress piracy in the area and provide protective measures for merchant shipping, the risk of hijacking still remains.

Special protective measures recently implemented on board the Rickmers fleet restrict passengers in their routine of the day for a period of about 10 to 14 days. This has already led to some complaints. Beside this, we have unfortunately experienced a few cases where passengers violated the Captain’s orders whilst the vessel was proceeding through the high risk area, so that the vessel and the people on board were exposed to a greater risk than necessary.

As a consequence the management of the Rickmers Group has decided today that, with immediate effect, no passengers will be accepted to board any of the Rickmers vessels transiting the areas affected by the acts of pirates.

CMA CGM continue to accept passengers on their full 76-day Pacific Express 3 Round-the-World loop in fast container ships. For further details of alternatives please contact The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or at