New Transatlantic Cargo-Passenger Sailings: Every Four Weeks, Savannah and New York to Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Le Havre

Calisto courtesy FleetmonMonday sees the first voyage from New York of a new four-weekly cargo-passenger service connecting Savannah and New York with Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Le Havre. Known as AX4, for Atlantic Express 4, the new line was opened last month by Hapag-Lloyd to supplement its existing services.

When the 19,500-ton German-owned Calisto departs New York on Monday, she will have on board her first passengers in this service, and will offer subsequent sailings on July 13, August 17, September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 7. Westbound sailings from Rotterdam will take place on June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, November 19 and December 17. Built in 2006, the Calisto features an outdoor swimming pool, table tennis and fitness room in addition to the normal cargo ship traditions of dining with the officers and being allowed to visit the bridge.

The Calisto features two double-bedded passenger cabins, one each on the port and starboard sides. But “POSH” – port out starboard home – only works from the European side to get you the south-facing cabin. Fares are €90 per person per day plus a total of €343 in port fees, deviation insurance and booking fees. Sole occupancy is €105 per day plus extras. New York to Rotterdam in 10 days thus costs €1,243 per person double or €1,393 single, while Le Havre to Savannah takes 9 days and costs €1,153 per person double or €1,288 single.

For further details please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

7- and 8-Night Summer Getaways From Antwerp To Finland By Modern Netherlands-Flag Cargo Ship, From £750 (£850 Single)

Kraftca courtesy Lübecker HafenforumThis summer, why not spend seven or eight days away (voyage times can vary slightly) on a modern (2006/08-built) 8-passenger cargo ship from Antwerp. Transfennica, a division of Dutch-based shipowner Spliethoff, operates these ships (and others) to and from Finland as its “Highway of the Sea.”

Fares including port charges and fees are €983 (about £750) per person in a double cabin or €1,119 (about £850) for a single traveller. In the seagoing tradition, (and something not found any longer on ocean-going ships), cabins on these vessels have bunk beds with privacy curtains, and each is equipped with table, sofa, chair and refrigerator. And unlike long-distance ocean-going ships, there are no age limits on these short-sea traders.

Three modern roll on-roll off ships, the 17,600 deadweight ton Amsterdam-registered Kraftca, Pulpca and Trica, offer departures from Antwerp every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Antwerp can be easily reached by Eurostar from London St Pancras and from many other stations in Europe. The ships cross the Baltic at speeds of up to 22 knots, and in addition to a passenger lounge are equipped with a gym and sauna, as well as fin stablizers.

The ships make calls at three ports in Finland – Hamina, Hanko and Rauma, where they load and unload cargoes of paper, containers and other merchandise – and often transit the Kiel Canal at either end of the voyage.

For further details please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Last Minute Transatlantic Cargo Ship Cabins From Europe to the USA

MSC IlonaNSB Freighter Cruises have just advised us that they still have the following cabins available from Europe to US East Coast for June:

  • MSC ILONA
  • from Bremerhaven June 24
  • from Felixstowe June 26
  • from Rotterdam June 27
  • from Antwerp June 28
  • from Le Havre June 30
  • to New York (Newark), Baltimore and Norfolk

Double cabin still available – this cabin is also available for the full round voyage

  • MSC FLAMINIA

from Genoa June 23 for Valencia and Algeciras to New York (Newark), Boston, Baltimore, Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston and back to Algeciras, Valencia, Gioia Tauro, Napels, Livorno, La Spezia and Genoa

Double cabin still available – this cabin is also available for the full round voyage

anchorA 10 % last-minute reduction is available on the passage price for the above mentioned departures. Intending passengers who are not US or Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Visa to enter the United States by cargo ship. Act now in order to book space.

anchorFor further information on these voyages, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.
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New Polsteam Cargo-Passenger Service – Now With Occasional Sailings From Teesport, England, To Ports In The Great Lakes

Wicko by Vedran MilacicThe Polish Steamship Company (Polsteam) is about to introduce a new occasional cargo-passenger service with sailings from the UK port of Teesport, to ports in the Great Lakes. The first sailing will take place in mid April with passenger bookings being taken on a standby basis.

Fares are US $1,640 per passenger in single or double cabins from Teesport to ports between Montreal and Detroit, and $1,880 to ports above Detroit. Port charges are $132 per person extra. The first sailing will be by the Wicko, pictured above by Vedran Mlacic in the Welland Canal bound for Cleveland. On the first sailing in this service, th Wicko will be sailing to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, a new port for Polsteam passengers.

Intending passengers who are not US or Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Visa to enter the United States by cargo ship.  If there are direct sailings to Canadian ports, US visas may not be required. Space may also be available from the Great Lakes once destinations are known.

Regular sailings are also still being offered twice a month from the port of IJmuiden, on the North Sea Canal near Amsterdam, to both Cleveland and Burns Harbor. For details on the regular service from IJmuiden please click here.

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

MACS Introduces New Multi-Purpose Cargo-Passenger Service to the North Atlantic In April – Between the UK, Continent and Gulf of Mexico

Purple Beach © Javier Alonso

Photograph of Purple Beach © Javier Alonso

German-based shipping line MACS is to introduce a new multi-purpose cargo-passenger service between Immingham in the UK, Antwerp and Bremen/Brake in Europe, Altamira in Mexico and New Orleans, Houston and Port Arthur in the United States. The full round voyage is 60 days, Antwerp to Houston is 25 days via Gulf ports and Houston to Immingham is 26 days via other ports.

Two ships, the 31,916-ton Amber Lagoon (built 1997) and 33,722-ton Purple Beach (built 1998) will serve this trade. Equipped with one twin-bedded cabin each, both vessels also feature an outside swimming pool.

Bookings will be accepted for any month of the year and passengers need to be flexible as departure dates can vary. Non-US and Canadian citizens need full US B1/B2 visas as cargo ships are not included in the visa waiver program (an ESTA is therefore not sufficient).

For further details of voyages between Europe and North America and to make bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

CMA CGM’s 8-passenger CMA CGM Puget Joins Hong Kong – China – Taiwan – New Zealand – Hong Kong Cargo-Passenger Service

pict0The Cruise People Ltd are pleased to announce that the 8-passenger CMA CGM Puget (above) is joining the cargo-passenger service between Asia and New Zealand, with sailings between Hong Kong, Chinese ports, Taiwan, South Korea, Fiji and five ports in New Zealand. The return voyage is made via New Caledonia. Chinese visa and Yellow Fever innoculations are required. Fares begin at €100 per person per day (€110 single). The CMA CGM Puget joins Hansa Shipping’s 3-passenger HS Beethoven on this route.

For a time, these ships will be joined by F Laeisz’s 4-passenger Praha on the Singapore-Australia route, with calls at Brisbane, Sydey, Melbourne and Adelaide. The Praha will call at Port Kelang before Singapore.

Meanwhile, the two-passenger Aglaia sails between Hong Kong, Brisbane in Australia and four ports in New Zealand – but book early because there is only one passenger cabin on this ship! Detailed port rotations follow for each route:

CMA CGM Puget (one Owners cabin, three double cabins, 8 passengers) and HS Beethoven (one double Owners cabin, one single cabin, 3 passengers): Hong Kong, Chiwan (day 1), Keelung (day 2), Ningbo (day 4), Shanghai (day 6), Pusan (day 8, disembarkation only), Suva, Auckland (day 25), Port Chalmers, Lyttelton (day 30), Napier (day 32), Tauranga (day 33), Noumea (day 36) and Hong Kong (day 49).

Praha (two double suites, 4 passengers): Singapore, Brisbane (day 10), Sydney (day 13), Melbourne (day 16), Adelaide (day 19), Jakarta, Port Kelang (day 30) and Singapore (day 33). Australian visa required for this voyage.

Aglaia (double suite, 2 passengers): Hong Kong, Brisbane (day 11), Auckland (day 16), Lyttelton (day 19), Napier (day 21), Tauranga (day 22), Tokyo (day 33), Kobe (day 35), Pusan, Shanghai (day 37), Yantian (day 40) and Hong Kong (day 42). Australian visa required for this voyage.

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

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