New Six-Ship Cargo-Passenger Service Via Suez Of Interest To Canadians: Vancouver to Halifax In 55 Days, Halifax to Vancouver In 71

CMA CGM La Scala © Iappino

CMA CGM La Scala is one of six ships offering a new cargo-passenger service between Vancouver and Halifax via Suez

The addition of Halifax to CMA CGM’s Columbus Loop service to and from Asia via Suez and across the Pacific to Vancouver this week presents a new cargo-passenger service that will be of interest particularly to Canadians.

The shorter route is westbound: Vancouver – Nadkhodka – Shanghai – Hong Kong – Yantian – Vung Tau – Port Kelang – Suez Canal – Halifax. The time in transit is 55 days, the longest stretch of which is the last 23 days from Port Kelang to Halifax. Vancouver embarkations continue to take place at Deltaport.

The longer eastbound route sails Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Suez Canal – Port Kelang – Vung Tau – Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai – Ningbo – Pusan – Seattle – Vancouver. This takes 71 days, the longest stretch of which is 37 days from Savannah to Port Kelang. Halifax passengers will board at Halterm.

This route also lends itself to a Round-the-World service if rail is used between Halifax and Vancouver or vice versa. In recent years, the number of passenger-carrying ships engaged on the Columbus Loop service has been doubled and on average there is now a passenger sailing every 21 days or so.

The six French-owned vessels providing this service are the CMA CGM Almaviva, Cendrillon, Dalila, Figaro, La Scala and CMA CGM Titus, each carrying seven (7) passengers in en suite accommodation with private lounge and separate bedroom. While there has been service from Vancouver for some years now, the first passenger calls at Halifax are scheduled as follows:

CMA CGM Titus – October 4
CMA CGM La Scala – November 1
CMA CGM Figaro – November 8
CMA CGM Dalila – November 22
CMA CGM Almaviva – December 13
CMA CGM Cendrillon – Decenber 20

Fares including port charges (and complimentary table wine with lunch and dinner) are €100 per person per day and passengers may also use the service to travel between the Far East and North America. While the ships travel through the Mediterreanen in both directions they do not make any calls in Europe, meaning long transits for those who like to be at sea.

For further details on booking a voyage on CMA CGM’s Columbus Loop please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

The End Of Direct Cargo-Passenger Service Between the UK and Hong Kong – With New Alternative Routes Via Nearby Yantian

cma cgm jules-verneWith CMA CGM’s French Asia Line 1 dropping its calls in Hong Kong, there will no longer be any direct route betwen Southampton and Hong Kong. And, for the moment, with no other carrier taking passengers to Hong Kong, there will no longer be a direct UK to Hong Kong link.
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Now, Southampton to Yantian, near Hong Kong, by French Asia Line 1 is 38 days and Le Havre to Yantian 30 days (Malta to Yantian is 24 days).
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Passengers returning from Hong Kong will now have to embark in the nearby Shenzhen ports of Yantian (20 miles away) or Chiwan (22 miles). For example, travellers can board in Yantian for a 24-day trip with French Asia Line 3 to Le Havre, with a call at Port Kelang en route. An alternative for direct return to the UK is to board French Asia Line 1 in Yantian for the 26-day voyage back to Southampton via Port Kelang and Algeciras.
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These changes have been brought about because of schedule adjustments in a cooperation agreement with China Shipping Container Lines and the United Arab Shipping Company, together with the introduction to the China trade of ultra large container ships (ULCCs) of 11,000 to 16,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent) container capacity.
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Hong Kong continues to offer several services to the Americas, however, both North and South, as well as South Africa and Australasia.
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For further details on sailing to and from Hong Kong or nearby ports please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com..
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More New Transatlantic Cargo-Passenger Sailings: Every Four Weeks, Savannah and New York to Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven

Portugal © A SpoerriTomorrow sees the first voyage from New York of a new four-weekly cargo-passenger service connecting Savannah and New York with Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven. Known as ATL4, the new rotation has been opened by Maersk and MSC to supplement the two lines’ existing services.

The 63,510-ton F Laeisz-owned Portugal departs New York tomorrow and will offer subsequent sailings on July 31, August 28, September 25, October 23, November 27 and in late December. Westbound sailings from Bremerhaven will take place on July 16, August 14, September 10, October 8, November 5 and December 3. F Laeisz is a Hamburg shipowner of long standing, having been the owners of the “Flying P” clipper ships Pamir, Passat and Peking, amongst others. The Portugal features a swimming pool, sauna and recreation room in addition to the normal cargo ship traditions of dining with the officers and being allowed to visit the bridge.

The Portugal features three twin-bedded and one double-bedded passenger cabin, with view to the sides or forward. Fares are €89 per person per day plus a total of €252 in port fees, deviation insurance and booking fees. Sole occupancy is €99 per day plus extras. New York to Antwerp in 10 days thus costs €1,142 per person double or €1,242 single, while Le Havre to Savannah takes 9 days and costs €1,053 per person double or €1,143 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.

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 three double-bedded passenger cabins, one each on the port and starboard sides and one facing forward. 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.

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