New Cargo-Passenger Service: Europe to Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia by m.v. Polar Chile, Every Six Weeks

Polar Chile

The brand-new Polar Chile was just completed in 2018

The newly-built 52,000 dwt ton Peter Doehle-owned container ship Polar Chile has now entered service in the EMCS trade between London, Continental ports and Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia. Ports of call are Antwerp, London and Hamburg and thence to Altamira and Veracruz in Mexico, Puerto Moin in Costa Rica and Cartagena in Colombia, after which the ship returns to north Europe with a call at Marin-Pontevedra in Spain. With a round trip of 42 days, a sailing is offered every six weeks.

For travellers to Mexico this service has the huge advantage to non-US and Canadian citzens of not calling in US ports such as Houston or New Orleans and thus avoiding the need to have a full US visa. The first passenger sailings leave London on April 11 and May 22.Polar Chile accomodationsThe The Polar Chile offers an Owners Cabin and two Single cabins, with fares starting at €90-95 per day plus port charges and fees. Yellow fever is required for this voyage.

For further details or bookings please call Miri Lopussa at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email


New Felixstowe-New York-Charleston-Colombia-Portsmouth-Continental Ports Cargo-Passenger service


The Peter Doehle-owned Hammonia Husum carries three passengers on her rounds

Effective with the departures of February 19 and March 19, 2018, we are pleased to be able to offer a new passenger service to the US East Coast and back from Colombia. The passenger service is offered by the Peter Doehle-owned 34,250-ton Hammonia Emden and Hammonia Husum, each capable of carrying 2,556 TEU of containers and three passengers.

Each ship carries passengers in a double Owners Cabin and a Single cabin, sailing from their home port of Hamburg to Rotterdam and Felixstowe, thence New York and Charleston, and on to Turbo and Santa Marta in Colombia to load containerised bananas. The ships then return to Hamburg by way of Portsmouth and Antwerp.

Fares are calculated at €95 per person per day (€110 for sole use of the Owners cabin) plus dues and charges of €383 per passenger. Sample fares are Felixstowe to New York at €1,238 per passenger for 9 days, and Santa Marta, Colombia, to Portsmouth at €1,428 per person for 11 days. The full round voyage at 42 days costs €4,373 per person and the UK to UK voyage, sailing from Felixstowe and back to Portsmouth, costs €3,518 per person for 33 days.

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

ACL Announces New Weekly Trans-Atlantic Passenger Service, Starting in April: Hamburg-Antwerp-Liverpool-Halifax-New York-Baltimore And Return

Atlantic Star at Liverpool

The 100,430-ton 12-passenger Atlantic Star departing Liverpool for Halifax, New York and Baltimore

The Cruise People Ltd is happy to announce a new cargo-passenger service between Europe and North America with five new ACL vessels called the G4’s. All delivered over the past two years to Grimaldi Lines subsidiary ACL, these ships will now offer a weekly fixed day of the week passenger service between Hamburg, Antwerp and Liverpool in Europe and Halifax, New York and Baltimore in North America.

Sample transit times are 9 nights Liverpool to Halifax and 11 nights Liverpool to New York, while in the reverse New York to Liverpool is 14 nights and Halifax to Liverpool 7 nights.

To book, you will need to act quickly as all sailings from Europe in April and May and from North America in September and October are now fully booked. Bookings are now open for departures from from April on the following rotation:-

PORT OF CALL                           DAY

HAMBURG                                        0

ANTWERP                                        3

LIVERPOOL                                      6

HALIFAX                                           15

NEWARK                                          17

BALTIMORE                                      19

PORTSMOUTH                                 21

HALIFAX                                              24

LIVERPOOL                                       31

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Passenger meals are taken with officers in a large airy mess

There will be three fare codes for booking this service: CU1, CU2, CUR, and a €70 per person booking fee.

CU1: departures from Hamburg/Antwerp/Liverpool to Halifax and v.v.

Outside Cabins: €750 per passenger, double occupancy, €1,050 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €1,300 per passenger, double occupancy, €1,800 single occupancy

CU2: departures from Hamburg/Antwerp/Liverpool to New York and Baltimore only and v.v.

Outside Cabins: €980 per passenger, double occupancy, €1,300 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €1,500 per passenger, double occupancy, €2,100 single occupancy

CUR: round voyages, Hamburg/Hamburg, Antwerp/Antwerp, Liverpool/Liverpool only

Outside Cabins: €2,100 per passenger, double occupancy, €2,450 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €3,100 per passenger, double occupancy, €3,800 single occupancy

ACL cabin 3

A standard twin cabin on ACL can be booked from €750 per person for two.

ACL Owners Lounge

ACL Owners Cabin lounge. Separate bedroom with double bed. Fares from €1,050 per person for two.

The five newly-built vessels operating on this Line are the Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Sun. All are registered in Liverpool.

Facilities on each vessel include a gym, TV, movies (DVD), laundry, books, karaoke machine, PlayStation. There is also a sauna on each vessel but not a swimming pool.

ACL is a signatory to the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) so passengers will be eligible to enter the USA on an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) – see notes below *

For further details on booking a voyage with ACL please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail


  • An ESTA will allow a passenger to stay in the US for 90 days. Fingerprinting is required at the first US port of call. A full visa will allow a passenger to remain in the US until the date designated on the Visa. Again, fingerprinting is required at the first US port of call. Any individuals that are citizens of a VWP country who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country) are no longer eligible to travel to the US under VWP and other restrictions apply based on the current government. Authorization by ESTA does not determine whether a traveler is admissible to the United States. US Customs & Border Protection officers determine admissibility upon travellers’ arrival.


Hamburg-Süd Withdraws From The US/Australian Passenger Trades; CMA CGM Offers Substitute Service Via Singapore

Another shoe dropped this Friday following the December 1 acquisition of Hamburg-Süd by AP Moller (Maersk Line), with Hamburg-Süd announcing the end of its passenger services between North America and Australasia. These services have been offered since 1971, when Hamburg-Süd division Columbus Line became one of the first container lines to carry passengers.


The Spirit of Sydney and sister ships will no longer carry passengers

Four ships, the 3,630 TEU Spirit of Auckland, Spirit of Hamburg, Spirit of Singapore and Spirit of Sydney (above), will no longer carry passengers from Philadelphia and Charleston, while the 3,675 TEU Cap Capricorn will cease carrying passengers from Los Angeles and Oakland. Existing bookings on all ships will be honoured but no new bookings will be accepted.

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The 10-passenger CMA CGM Thames and fleetmates will connect with Australia via Singapore

In their stead, CMA CGM’s Columbus JAX service will now offer an indirect service from Los Angeles and Oakland via Singapore, where passengers can transfer to the AAX service to Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The voyage from Oakland to Singapore takes 25 days via Hong Kong and Vung Tau, while transit times from Singapore are 9 days to Fremantle, 15 to Sydney, 18 to Melbourne and 21 to Adelaide. A stopover is needed in Singapore between ships.

AAXA map

In the reverse direction, transit times are 20 days from Sydney, 17 from Melbourne, 14 from Adelaide and 9 from Fremantle to Singapore. From Singapore it is then 27 days to Los Angeles via Jakarta, Laem Chebang and Vung Tau.

Columbus Jax route

East Coast connections are also available to Singapore, with services from Halifax, New York, Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston, sailing via Port Kelang. Charleston to Singapore takes 32 days. In the opposite direction it is Singapore to Halifax, New York and the same ports via Port Kelang and Colombo. Singapore to Halifax is 25 days and Singapore to New York 28 days.

Fares for all these voyages are in the range of €100-110 per person per person per day in double occupancy and €110-120 per day for single travellers, plus a €45 management fee and €70 booking fee.

For further details on Australian voyages via CMA CGM please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

CMA CGM Now Offers “Sirius” Cargo-Passenger Link Between the Mediterranean And South America


The 10-passenger CMA CGM Litani now operates between the Mediterranean, Brazilian ports and Argentina

Effective January 2018, CMA CGM will be offering a  new cargo-passenger service on the “Sirius” route between Mediterranean ports and Brazil and Argentina with its 10,600 TEU 10-passenger CMA CGM Litani, built in 2014.

The port rotation for this service is Malta, Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia, Algeciras, Salvador, Itaguai, Santos, Itapoa and Buenos Aires, with return via Rio Grande, Itajai, Itapoa, Santos, Itaguai, Tangier and Algeciras to Malta.

Sirius map

Sample fares for the full 56-day round voyage are €5,715 per person double or €6,275 for sole use of a double cabin. The Owners Cabin bears a supplement of €560 per person.  Genoa to Santos is 19 days at €2,015 per person double or €2,215 for sole use of a double, while Genoa to Buenos Aires is 23 days at €2,415 per person double or €2,645 for sole use of a double. On the opposite direction, Santos to Genoa is 22 days at €2,315 per person double or €2,535 for sole use of a double. The Owners Cabin is €10 per person per day extra.

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The 6-passenger CMA CGM Cayenne is one of three ships carrying passengers to and from north Brazil

CMA CGM also offers service to north Brazil, with regular sailings by the 2,140 TEU CMA CGM Cayenne, CMA CGM Marseille and CMA CGM Saint Laurent, each carrying 6 passengers from London, Rotterdam and Le Havre to St Martin, Port of Spain, Degrad de Cannes and the Brazilian ports of Vila do Conde, Fortaleza and Natal before returning via Algeciras to London.

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

MSC Seaside Heads For Miami – Cruise Passenger Growth At Montreal – Hamburg-Süd Ships To Drop Passenger Trade

The Cruise Examiner for 11th December 2017

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Viking Cruises’ Viking Sky at Montreal’s Terminal T3, temporarily adapted for cruise ship use in 2016 and now used for overflow

As MSC Cruises’ new MSC Seaside, first of a new class of cruise ship, heads for her christening by Sophia Loren in Miami next week, we have a look at her on board offering. Montreal meanwhile reports a record cruise season, with 114,517 visitors in 2017. And Maersk Line’s December 1 acquisition of Hamburg-Süd will see the latter’s container ships leave the passenger trades.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                        (See previous columns)

Last Minute Great Lakes Opportunity: Catch Polsteam’s m.v. Drawsko, Amsterdam To Cleveland Or Burns Harbor, Fares From $1,772 pp

DrawskoThe 30,000-ton Polsteam bulk carrier Drawsko will shortly be on her way across the North Sea from Immingham to IJmuiden, near Amsterdam, where she is due to arrive on the first week of November. Her next cargo will be Tata Steel for the Great Lakes ports of Cleveland and Burns Harbor and she has one more cabin left for passengers. Sailing date is expected to be early November.

PZM Polish Steamship Company’s Isa first opened this St Lawrence Seaway passenger service in March 2000. The Seaway season lasts from late March to late December each year. Thirteen ships take part in the Great Lakes service, with one or two sailings a month at the moment. All ships feature double and single cabins, all outside and en suite.

Fares, including port charges, are $1,772 per person to Cleveland or $2,012 to Burns Harbor.  Sole occupancy rates are higher. A full US visa (not an ESTA) is required to undertake this voyage.

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