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

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A CMA CGM container ship passes under the Golden Gate Bridge on her way out from Oakland

Columbus Loop

The previous Columbus Loop service. Seattle and Vancouver will now be 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 15-day sailings from Vancouver to Yokohama

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 Yokohama, Yantian, Xiamen, Ningbo, Shanghai and Pusan before returning to Seattle. Three French-flag ships will serve this route, with the 9-passenger CMA CGM Medea and CMA CGM Rigoletto and the 4-passenger CMA CGM Fidelio carrying passengers with sailings on average every 14 days. One result of this new route is a 15-day service between Vancouver and Yokohama on the route of the old Canadian Pacific White Empresses. The Fidelio is quite suitable for this route as, unusually for a cargo ship, she features two VIP suites at 355 sq ft each.

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The CMA CGM Medea on the Columbus PNW service features three twin cabins, one double cabin and one single cabin

The Columbus Jax route will feature ten passenger-carrying vesels, an increase from eight on Columbus Loop. These ships, which will sail about every 12 days, include the 10-passenger CMA CGM Nabucco* and CMA CGM Otello*, 8-berth CMA CGM Elbe, CMA CGM Rhone and CMA CGM Thames and 7-berth CMA CGM Cendrillon, CMA CGM Dalila*, CMA CGM Figaro*CMA CGM La Scala and CMA CGM Titus. *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 13 ships have berths for 101 passengers. Fares vary between €100 and €110 per person per day double (€130 for VIP suites on the Fidelio) and €110 to €130 per day for singles (€150 for VIP suites on the Fidelio). 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. Each ship is equipped with a swimming pool (CMA CGM Elbe, Rhone and Thames have a sauna instead) and a gym.

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.

CMA CGM’s Amerigo Express Now Offers Four Container Ships And Liberty Bridge One For 29 Passenger Berths On The North Atlantic

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Four passenger-carrying container ships now operate in CMA CGM’s Amerigo Express service

With two ships being transferred in from its Liberty Bridge service and two more from Pacific Express 3, CMA CGM’s Amerigo Express service is now up to four passenger-carrying ships running between Mediterranean ports and US ports between New York and Miami.

With a 42-day round voyage, four ships means a departure on average every ten days. Two ships don’t carry passengers, meaning passenger service four weeks out of six, or good year-round coverage, with more than 30 sailings a year in each direction.

Ports served in the US include New York, Norfolk, Savannah and Miami, while Mediterranean calls are made at Algeciras, Malta, Salerno, Livorno, Genoa, For-sur-Mer, Barcelona and Valencia before returning to New York.

The CMA CGM Amber and CMA CGM Coral, transferred in from the Liberty Bridge service, each carry five passengers in one Owners Double cabin and three Singles, while the CMA CGM Florida and CMA CGM Georgia (above), which came from Pacific Express 3, carry six passengers in two Double cabins and one Twin cabin.

Typical Amerigo Express fares are Genoa to New York (15 days, €1,915), Barcelona to New York (12 days, €1,795), New York to Genoa (27 days, €3,355), New York to Algeciras (18 days, €2,275), Miami to Genoa (20 days, €2,515) and Miami to Algeciras (11 days, €1,655).  Fares include booking fee and helicopter evacuation insurance. Please apply for other ports.

Meanwhile, the CMA CGM La Traviata has replaced the CMA CGM Amber and CMA CGM Opal on the Liberty Bridge service, with seven passenger berths offered in two Twin cabins and three Singles. The route is Le Havre to New York, Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston, with return to Southampton, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Le Havre, with a sailing every 35 days.

Typical Liberty Bridge fares are New York to Southampton (20 days, €2,515) Southampton to New York (15 days, €1,915), Le Havre to New York (9 days, €1,375) and Le Havre to Savannah (14 days, €1,795). Fares include booking fee and helicopter evacuation insurance. Please apply for other ports

For further details on any of these North Atlantic routes please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

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Special Cargo-Passenger Sailing By m.v. Widukind From Europe To Australia And New Zealand Via US East Coast And Panama Canal

widukindThe Cruise People is pleased to announce a last-minute sailing by the m.v. Widukind, from Tilbury on May 7, 2017, via Rotterdam, Dunkirk and Le Havre to the US East Coast, the Pacific islands of Tahiti and New Caledonia and on to Australia and New Zealand.

The Widukind offers four single cabins for the 98-day round voyage and also offers one-way voyages between Europe and Australasia.

Tilbury to Sydney is 47 days and the fare is €5,119 (£4,550) per person including full board, port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee. The full round voyage of 98 days comes to  €10,219 (£9,085). And of course there is nosingle supplement!

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).

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Port rotation for this voyage is Tilbury – Rotterdam – Dunkirk – Le Havre – New York – Savannah – Kingston (Jamaica) – Cartagena (Colombia) – Punta Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Papeete (Tahiti) – Noumea (New Caledonia) – Brisbane – Sydney – Melbourne – Wellington – Tauranga – Napiet – Lyttelton – Punta Manzanillo – Savannah – Philadelphia – Tilbury.

To book a cabin (or two) please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 as soon as possible or email 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.

Note: 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 (June 12, 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.

UK & Continent to South Africa In October and South Africa Return In November, Last Minute Container Ship Voyage By NSB’s m.v. Buxcoast

Buxcoast © bassheiner at Fleetmon

A last-minute round voyage has been announced by NSB for its 68,800-ton m.v. Buxcoast, a vessel equipped with an Owners Cabin, Double Cabin and Single Cabin. Fares start at €90 per person per day double and €85 per day single (a negative single supplement!) plus port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee. Single occupancy of a double cabin is €105 per day.

  • Rotterdam, October 09
  • London Gateway, October 11
  • Bremerhaven October 12/13
  • [ Rotterdam, October 13/14 ] – call not yet confirmed
  • Algeciras, October 16/17
  • Cape Town, October 29/30
  • Coega, November 01/02
  • Durban, November 05/07
  • Port Elizabeth, November 10/11
  • Cape Town, November 13/15
  • Algeciras, November 27
  • Rotterdam, November 30/December 01
  • London Gateway, December 02
  • Bremerhaven, December 04/05

Dine with the officers in a ship equipped with a passenger lounge, indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness room.  Act now in order to secure space.

For further information on this voyage, or travel by cargo ship in general, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Last Minute Transatlantic Cargo Ship Voyage, Europe to the USA In September and USA to Europe In October On NSB’s m.v. Buxcoast

Buxcoast © bassheiner at Fleetmon

A last-minute round voyage has been announced by NSB for its 68,800-ton m.v. Buxcoast, a vessel equipped with an Owners Cabin, Double Cabin and Single Cabin. Fares start at €90 per person per day double and €85 per day single (a negative single supplement!) plus port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee. Single occupancy of a double cabin is €105 per day.

  • Departs Rotterdam about September 09, 2016
  • Le Havre about September 10-11
  • New York about September 19/20
  • Norfolk about September 21/22
  • Charleston about September 23
  • Antwerp about October 03
  • Bremerhaven about October 4/5
  • Rotterdam October 07
  • Arrives Le Havre about October 08, 2016

Dine with the officers in a ship equipped with a passenger lounge, indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. Intending passengers who are not US or Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Visa to enter the United States this way as cargo ships are not party to the various visa waiver schemes. Act now in order to secure space.

For further information on this voyage, or travel by cargo ship in general, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

An Opportunity To Travel On An Inland Canal Barge On The European Waterways Of The Benelux, Germany And France – Bikes Welcomed

This week we have been contacted by a Netherlands-based agency that books paying passengers (and their bikes) on inland canal barges plying the waterways of Europe. What follows are some views of typical units that can accommodate anything from a sole traveller up to eight paying guests, with fares about €100 per person per day. There is usually a ship’s dog as well.

Some of these are individual units while others are twin sets. One of these (top left), the KVB Tuna, consists of twin hulls that combine to make up a length overall of 738 feet (as long as the maximum size ship that can fit into the St Lawrence Seaway) and can transport a cargo of about 7,000 tonnes. Cargoes can be anything from coal and coke to containers and trading is not necessarily to a schedule.

We have had this type of request in the past and typical routes might be in Dutch or Belgian waters or the Rhine to and from Duisburg, as well as the French Canals. Let us know what you think at CruisePeopleLtd@outlook.com!