Who Remembers The Volcanic Ash Cloud of April 2010, When For A Time There Were No Flights Across The Atlantic?

This Is One Of The Regular Reports We Sent To Intending Clients:
SEA TRAVEL SITUATION REPORT FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC 19.04.10
Herewith is the latest update on the possibilities of sea travel between Europe and North America. If you wish to take up any of these options please contact us as soon as possible as reservations will be made on a first come first served basis.
Norwegian Sun

The 1,986-berth Norwegian Sun carried stranded passengers from Miami to Dover

EASTBOUND PASSENGER SHIPS – NORTH AMERICA TO EUROPE
Apart from two ships that are leaving Fort Lauderdale today, these are sailings for the rest of April. Queen Mary 2 and the bigger cruise ships are all now sold out and on waitlist, but there is still space today on three sailings by all-inclusive ships from New York, Barbados and San Juan:
22 April-06 May – Silver Spirit – New York to Southampton (1st European call Cork) (space available). Verandah suites £4,183 per person double, £6,262 for singles (all inclusive with bar and port charges)
24 April-12 May – Star Princess – Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen (1st European call Lisbon) **W/L**
25 April-07 May – SeaDream II – Barbados to Malaga (space available). Suite rooms from $2,800 per person, no single supplement (all inclusive with bar and port charges)
26 April-11 May – Norwegian Sun – Miami to Dover (1st European call Lisbon) ** W/L **
27 April-15 May – MSC Poesia – Fort Lauderdale to Hamburg (1st European call Lisbon) ** W/L **
29 April-08 May – Queen Mary 2 – New York to Southampton (1st call Hamburg) **W/L**
30 April-13 May – SeaDream I – San Juan to Malaga (space available). Suite rooms from $2,845 per person, no single supplement (all inclusive with bar and port charges)
01 May-15 May – Crown Princess – Fort Lauderdale to Rome (1st European port Gibraltar)
**W/L** = Waitlist.
We are now checking early May cruise ship sailings but Queen Mary 2’s May sailing is already sold out.
QueenMary2

And Queen Mary 2 did well for a while

EASTBOUND CARGO/PASSENGER SHIPS – NORTH AMERICA TO EUROPE
Hurry if you want space on cargo ships as this is all that is left on sailings from Philadelphia to Antwerp:
mv Rickmers Jakarta, planned for 02.05.at the moment – Double 513 available now
mv Rickmers Shanghai, planned for 11.05 .at the moment – Single 612 and 604 and Owners cabin available now
mv Rickmers Seoul, planned for 13.05. at the moment – Double 513 available now
mv Rickmers Singapore, planned for 07.06. at the moment – Owners available now
Fares are € 960 per person in Single and Owners Double use, € 840 pp in Double 513/double use, € 1020 pp in Double 513/solo use and € 1170 pp in Owners/solo use + 195 in dues and charges in each case.
Rickmers Shanghai

The Rickmers Shanghai carried 7 passengers from Philadelphia to Antwerp

We may also have some availability on grain ships from the Great Lakes but port of disembarkation in Europe is only known at the last minute.
WESTBOUND PASSENGER SHIPS – EUROPE TO NORTH AMERICA
22-27 April – Queen Mary 2 – Southampton to New York **W/L**
15-21 May – Queen Mary 2 –  Southampton to New York ** W/L **
No other ships scheduled until June 25 (Ocean Princess, Dover to New York)
WESTBOUND CARGO/PASSENGER SHIPS – EUROPE TO NORTH AMERICA
Polish Steamship Co – planned for 27 April – last cabins just booked – next sailing in about 14 days.
The weekly Antwerp-Liverpool-Philadelphia service advises as follows: “Unfortunately there are only a few places left because in some cases the shipping company will transport their own crew because they have no flights either. If you have any requests please send them and we have to see what we can do.”
We are also now checking with one other owner who has sailings scheduled for April 21 and 28 from Antwerp and/or Bremen, but do not yet have a response.
Generally speaking, those in North America are in a better position as there are several cruise ships positioning to Europe for the summer cruise season but nothing but the Queen Mary 2 and only occasional cargo ships offering space from Europe to North America. We would advise those in Europe to seek out other alternatives although we do have some cabins available to the Caribbean as there is a weekly service by 12-passenger ships to Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Best regards,
Kevin Griffin

The Cruise People Ltd, 88 York Street, London W1H 1QT, England
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A note from the time: Have been extremely busy with the volcano clouds – these are the visitors to our Transatlantic page:-
14 Apr, Wed     63  
  15 Apr, Thu     166  
  16 Apr, Fri     495  
  17 Apr, Sat     2056  
  18 Apr, Sun     3159  
  19 Apr, Mon     1805  
  20 Apr, Tue     1514  
  21 Apr, Wed     257  
And feedback from one of the families we booked at the time:

“Thank you thank you … we are off … you did it for us … Brilliant!” – Mrs Victoria M and family of four, who were among the many passengers we booked home by sea during the Volcanic Ash flight shutdown, April 2010. 

Australia Or New Zealand: If You Are Planning To Sail There By Cargo Ship In 2020, This Is What You Need To Know

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The Nordpacific and Nordmaple offer eight sailings a year to Australia, with one cabin each

For “Down Under” sea travellers, things are not what they used to be. Not that many years ago, Contship, NSB, Rickmers and P&O Nedlloyd offered direct passenger space on fifteen ships running between Europe and Australasia, with a choice of sailing via Suez or Panama. The Bank Line also ran four ships to New Zealand and Blue Star Line and Columbus Line offered frequent sailings to and from the USA. And MSC once offered regular service via Durban.

Today, NSB operate but two direct ships, the 5-passenger Buxcliff and MSC Flaminia, sailing from London Gateway and other European ports via Suez to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle. But they do not serve New Zealand. The Nordpacific and Nordmaple do offer occasional sailings via Panama that call in New Zealand, but have only one cabin each.

Other than these ships, which are always fully-booked, one needs to use one’s ingenuity if one wants to sail all the way to Australia these days.

Sailing From Europe: If one wants to sail all the way, and there is no space on the direct ships, The Cruise People can offer a through passage with change of ships en route. But here are some facts you need to know before proceeding:

  • As Singapore is now the last port of call in Asia it  is no longer a quick trip from the UK. The outbund trip is now more than twice as long as the inbound voyage
  • Port Kelang requires passengers arriving by cargo ship to be able to present a valid flight ticket back to their country of origin.

Here are some sample transit times and fares from Europe to Singapore and Port Kelang:

  • Southampton/Singapore 50 days (€6,627 pp double or €7,627 single)
  • Algeciras/Singapore 45 days (€5,977 pp double or €6,877 single)
  • Malta/Singapore 39 days (€5,197 pp double or €5,977 single

If you don’t mind buying refundable flight tickets to allow you to disembark in Port Kelang, it will cut at least two weeks off your sea time and save lots of money.

  • Southampton/Port Kelang 36 days (€4,807 pp double or €5,527 single)
  • Algeciras/Port Kelang 21 days (€2,857 pp double or €3,277 single)
  • Malta/Port Kelang 24 days (€3,247 pp double or €3,727 single)

We have regular Australian sailings from Singapore and Port Kelang to Fremantle (9 days), Sydney (15 days), Melbourne (18 days) and Adelaide (21 days). One just needs to allow enough days between sailings in case there are slippages in the schedules

Returning to Europe. If you are looking to sail just one way then we would highly recommend the northbound voyage as with Singapore now being the last port in Asia, it offers much faster sailings back to Europe. Here are the typical transit times and fares:

  • Fremantle/Singapore 8 days (€1,087 pp double or €1,247 single)
  • Sydney/Singapore 19 days, (€2,407 pp double or €2,787 single) thence
  • Singapore/Algeciras 18 days (€2,467 pp double or €2,827 single)
  • Singapore/Le Havre 21 days (€2,857 pp double or €3,277 single)
  • Singapore/Southampton 21 days (€2,857 pp double or €3,277 single)
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The CMA CGM Aquila sails on the Columbus PNW Line from Seattle and Vancouver

Sailing from North America: For other combinations involving a change of ship we list below some routings and transit times via Asia and the Pacific:

  • Oakland/Hong Kong 16 days (Columbus Jax) (€1,887 pp double or €2,207 single)
  • Oakland/Hong Kong 19 days (Pearl River) (€2,217 pp double or €2,597 single)
  • Vancouver/Qingdao 26 days (PNW Line) (€2,987 pp double or €3,507 single)
  • Vancouver/Singapore 39 days (PNW Line) (€4,417 pp double or €5,197 single)
CMA CGM Amber

The CMA CGM Amber connects Hong Kong and Ningbo with Brisbane and New Zealand

With connections to Australia and New Zealand

  • Hong Kong/Brisbane 21 days (Anzex Line) (€2,647 pp double or €3067 single)
  • Ningbo/Auckland 21 days (Anzex Line) (€2,647 pp double or €3,067 single)
  • Ningbo/Brisbane 16 days (Anzex Line) (€2,047 pp double or €2,367 single)
  • Qingdao/Melbourne 18 days (A3N ANL) (€2,287 pp double or €2,647 single)
  • Qingdao/Sydney 21 days (A3N ANL) (€2,647 pp double or €3,067 single)

With return times back from Australia and New Zealand

  • Brisbane/Yokohama 12 days (A3N ANL) (€1,567 pp double or €1,807 single)
  • Singapore/Yokohama 15 days (A3N ANL) (€1,927 pp double or €2,277 single)
  • Sydney/Qingdao 20 days (A3N ANL) (€2,527 pp double or €2,927 single)
  • Tauranga/Hong Kong 14 days (A3N ANL) (€1,807 pp double or €2,087 single)

And return times back to North America

  • Hong Kong/Los Angeles 18 days (Pearl River) (€2,107 pp double or €2,467 single)
  • Singapore/Los Angeles 28 days (Columbus Jax) (€3,207 pp double or €3,767 sole)

Feel free to call or email and ask to see the various fact sheets or ask about schedules to find the possibilities that might suit you.

Miri Lopusna, who handles our freighter bookings, can respond to any specific enquiry. You can reach Miri at CruisePeopleML@aol.com

New Seattle-Vancouver Cargo-Passenger Service Via Suez: PNW, Far East, Israel And Black Sea On Zim Ontario And Zim San Francisco

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The Zim Ontario and Zim San Francisco now offer a long-haul route between the Pacific Northwest and the Black Sea via Suez

The 6-passenger NSB sister ships Zim San Francsco and Zim Ontario have recently changed from Zim Lines’ Halifax – Panama – Hong Kong run to a new route between Seattle and Vancouver, China and Malaysia, Suez, Israel and the Black Sea.

These are the only ships in the Zim fleet to carry [assengers and offer two very long round voyages that can also be booked one-way as part of a round-the-world itinerary.

On the return voyage to North America the ships call at Ho Chi Minch City in Vietnam. Port rotations for each ship are slightly different and are given below:

   Seattle / Vancouver / Far East / Odessa via Suez (105 days)

m/v ZIM ONTARIO (1 Owners and 2 Double cabins, swimming pool, maximum 6 passengers), 63,600 tons.  Route: Seattle – Vancouver – Pusan – Qingdao – Ningpo – Shanghai – Da Chan Bay – Port Kelang – Suez Canal – Haifa – Istanbul – Novorossiysk – Odessa – Istanbul – Haifa – Suez Canal – Ho Chi Minh City – Da Chan Bay – Yantian – Xiamen – Ningpo – Shanghai – Seattle – Vancouver.

   Vancouver / Far East / Odessa via Suez (112 days)

m/v ZIM SAN FRANCISCO (1 Owners and 2 Double cabins, swimming pool, maximum 6 passengers), 63,600 tons.  Route: Vancouver – Pusan – Qingdao – Ningpo – Shanghai – Da Chan Bay – Port Kelang – Suez Canal – Ashdod – Haifa – Istanbul – Novorossiysk – Odessa – Haifa – Suez Canal – Port Kelang – Ho Chi Minh City – Da Chan Bay – Yantian – Xiamen – Ningpo – Shanghai – Pusan – Vancouver.

Fares for a full round voyage of 105 days start at €10,625 per peron double and €12.095 single. For a typical 13-night voyage the fares are €1,579 double and €1,791 single, while for a typical 28-day voyage they are €3,079 and €3,491, respectively.

Non-US and Canadian citizens need a full US B1/B2 visa to enter US ports as cargo ships are not included in the visa waiver program.

To book these ships, or any other cargo ship voyage, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email us at PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

 

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French Container Ship CMA CGM La Traviata Offers Last-Minute Passenger Space From Le Havre To New York On January 13, 2019

CMA CGM advises that it has five cabins available on the Liberty Line for its January 13 departure from Le Havre to New York. This was once the route of the Paris, Ile de France, Normandie, Liberté and France, among other well-known ocean liners of the past. The space is available on the 10-passenger CMA CGM La Traviata. The voyage from Le Havre to New York takes eight days and fares are €1,795 per passenger double and €2,115 single, inclusive of all port charges and fees.
CMA CGM La Traviata

The CMA CGM La Traviata carries up to ten passengers in five cabins

Bookings can also be made for the full 35-day round voyage (from any port) and one-way voyages can be booked from and to Southampton, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven and to and from Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston in the US. Fares are adjusted for extra days on board.

CMA CGM La Traviata - Betty's tablemates at lunch

Non-US and Canadian citizens need a full US B1/B2 visa to enter US ports as cargo ships are not included in the visa waiver program (also known as ESTA).

To book this North Atlantic sailng, or any other cargo ship voyage, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email us at PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

 

Anzex Is Back For Passengers Travelling To And From New Zealand, With Connections To And From The USA And Europe Via China

Last year, on December 1, Maersk Line purchased Hamburg-Sued and closed down the German line’s passenger services. One of the areas worst affected by this was New Zealand, which lost its passenger service from both coasts of North America. Service to and from Europe had closed earlier when the ships serving that route had changed.

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Now, with the introduction of the 5-passenger British-registered CMA CGM Amber to the Anzex line, passenger service has been reinstated between New Zealand and China, as well as with Noumea on the outbound voyage and Brisbane on the return. Ports served in New Zealand include Auckland, Port Chalmers, Lyttelton, Napier and Tauranga, while in Chinese waters, the CMA CGM Amber calls at Hong Kong, Yantian, Keelung, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou and Kaohsiung. This marks a return of passenger service to the Anzex sline that has been absent for several years.

The voyage from Tauranga to Hong Kong is 14 days and from Shanghai to Auckland 21 days, while Hong Kong to Brisbane is 22 days. Fares are €110 per person per day in a double cabin and €130 per day in a single. There are also fares of  €130 per day double or €150 single for voyages of ten days or fewer. To this must be added a booking fee of €70 per passenger and management fee of €45.

Map of the ANZEX ANL

Connections to and from US and European ports can be made over Hong Kong or Shanghai.

In addition to service to Hong Kong, four 10-berth ships operate between Australia ports and Singapore but do not serve New Zealand.

For further details on booking passage on this route or any other 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

CMA CGM: Seven Ships – Round The World Via Panama And Singapore – Between US Or Caribbean Ports And Asia – 83 days for €7,700 (≃ US $9,000) pp double or €9,000 (≃ US $10,500) single

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The 8-berth 110,200-ton CMA CGM Jacques Joseph at Kingston, Jamaica. She entered service in 2018

CMA CGM has just extended the duration of its PEX 2 and PEX 3 Round-the-World services from 77 days to 83 days. The PEX 2 service features two 8-berth ships, the CMA CGM Jacques Joseph and CMA CGM Lisa Marie via Mexico and the Caribbean and PEX 3, five ships via the US Gulf and Florida, of which the CMA CGM Cendrillon and CMA CGM La Scala are 7-berth ships, the CMA CGM Lamartine and CMA CGM Maupassant are 6-berth ships and the APL Scotland carries one passenger only. Since the Rickmers Round-the-World passenger service ended in 2011, this has been the only service available for a full circumnavigation by cargo ship.

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The 6-berth 85,445-ton CMA CGM Lamartine offers Round-the-World service from US Gulf & East Coast ports

The five-ship PEX 3 service embarks US passengers at Houston, Mobile, New Orleans, Miami and Jacksonville before sailing for Singapore and Hong Kong, then three Chinese calls at Shekou, Ningbo and Shanghai and returning to the US via Pusan.

The two PEX 2 ships pick up passengers in Ensenada and Manzanillo, Mexico, Balboa and Punta Manzanillo, Panama, and Cartagena and Kingston in the Caribbean before sailing to Singapore, Shekou, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Shangai, Qingdao and Pusan and crossing the Pacific back to Mexico.  The Mexican Port of Ensenada is close enough to San Diego that it is useful for US passengers.

Visit Singapore on either of CMA CGM’s Round–the-World routes

Fares on both Round-the-World services are €130 per person per day double or €150 per day for a single traveller, with port costs and deviation insurance included. In addition, there is a booking fee of €70 and a management fee of €45 per person. Note: Special reduced fares for the full round voyage are €7,700 per person in double occupancy and €9,000 for a single passenger, about a 28% reduction.

For further details on booking a full Round-the-World passage or a simple port-to-port 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 96-day Container Ship Voyage: Seattle and Vancouver To China, Korea, Singapore And Dubai

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The 13,800 TEU CMA CGM Aquila and CMA CGM Lyra carry up to 10 passengers each to and from Seattle

CMA CGM and subsidiary APL have combined the Columbus PNW route and Cimex 1 into a single operation, Cimex 1 Columbus PNW Line. APL has placed six 2012-built 10,600 TEU container ships into the new through service from the Pacifiic Northwest to Dubai, with passenger capacity also offered by three CMA CGM ships.

The Singapore-flag APL Barcelona, APL Dublin, APL Paris, APL Qingdao, APL Southampton and APL Yangshan sail between Seattle and Vancouver in North America and the Chinese ports of Tianjin Xingang, Qingdao and Shanghai plus Pusan, before proceeding to Singapore and Jebel Ali and returning via Yantian, Xiamen, Ningbo, Shanghai and Pusan again before crossing to Seattle and Vancouver. Three more 13,800 TEU ships, the 10-passenger British-flag CMA CGM Aquila, CMA CGM Lyra and the chartered 7-berth CMA CGM Vela, bring the passenger fleet to nine ships.

Map of the CIMEX 1 Columbus PNW Service

Sample fares are: full round voyage, 96 days, €13,555 per person double occupancy or €15,475 for sole use of a cabin. Seattle to Tianjin is 25 days at €3,615 per person double or €4,115 single, and Seattle to Singapore is 40 days at €5,715 per person double or €6,515 single. The voyage from Seattle to Dubai is 52 days at €7,395 per person double or €8,435 single, while the quick trip back from Yantian, near Hong Kong, to Seattle is 20 days and €2,915 per person double or €3,315 single.

Not all ships on this route carry passengers but there is a passenger sailing on average every 11 days, with ships leaving Seattle on Sundays and Vancouver on Tuesdays.

For further details on booking passage on this route or any other 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