Four-Ship Europe-Singapore Cargo-Passenger Service Offered By Peter Doehle On The Hanjin Run

Hanjin AsiaConnections to and from Singapore are now made by four 5-passenger ships of the Hanjin Asia class

Now that so many European container services sail to Malaysian ports such as Port Kelang and Tanjung Telepas, there is only one regular cargo-passenger service left between Europe and Singapore.

These fast express  voyages are now available on a 63-day round trip (speeded up from 77 days) from Hamburg, Rotterdam and Algeciras to Singapore and China. The voyage from Algeciras to Singapore takes only 18 days. In the reverse direction, a fast and frequent 22-day cargo-passenger service is available from Singapore to Hamburg.Calls after Singapore are made at Yantian, Pusan, Shanghai and back to Yantian and Singapore again.

These particular cargo-passenger services are offered by four Peter Doehle-owned ships on the Hanjin route (Hanjin Africa, Hanjin Asia, Hanjin Blue Ocean and Hanjin Harmony), with bookings by Frachtschiff-Touristik Kapt Peter Zylmann. Each of the 2012-built ships has one Double Owners cabin and three single cabins.

For further details of bbooking passage to or from Singapore or other ports please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Around The World In 77 Days By CMA CGM: From Houston, Mobile, Miami and Jacksonville Via South Africa, Singapore And Hong Kong

CMA CGM Florida in Panama Canal

CMA CGM Florida, one of seven round-the-world ships, is seen here in the Panama Canal

The latest news from CMA CGM brings good tidings for those looking for a single voyage round the world. Round-the-world voyages will now be available from Houston, Mobile, Miami and Jacksonville, which has not been available since Rickmers stopped carrying passengers through the Suez Canal in 2011.

Because of a change in the way the Pacific Express 3 Line is operated we can now offer the service as a full 77-day Round-the-World freighter cruise from four US ports as well as Singapore or Hong Kong. Ships in this line have been trading both ways via Panama but will now return to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope, with a call at Durban on the way to Singapore and Hong Kong. The transit time from Jacksonville to Durban is 22 days, while Durban to Singapore is 14 days.

The full round-the-world voyage takes 77 days and seven passenger-friendly ships on the run means an average frequency of about every 11 days. The fare for the full 77-day circumnavigation is €8,470 per person double occupancy or single, or €9,240-10,010 for sole use of a double cabin (depending which ship). Sample one-way fares are Miami to Durban in 25 days at €2,7500 (€3,000-3,250 single), Hong Kong to Houston in 29 days at €3,190 (€3,480-3,770 single) or Houston to Singapore in 44 days at €4,400 (€5,280-5,720 single).

Passengers are carried in seven of the eleven ships employed in this service as follows: m/v’s CMA CGM Alcazar and CMA CGM Chateau d’If (1 Owners and 1 Single, maximum 3 passengers), CMA CGM Virginia (3 Double cabins, swimming pool, maximum 6 passengers) and the CMA CGM Blue Whale, CMA CGM Florida, CMA CGM Georgia and CMA CGM Tarpon (3 Single cabins, swimming pool, maximum 3 passengers).


The full itinerary is Houston – Mobile – Miami – Jacksonville – Durban – Singapore – Hong Kong – Chiwan, China – Shanghai, China – Ningbo, China – Pusan, South Korea – Houston.

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

CMA CGM’s North Atlantic Passenger Services – Round the World In 84 Days – Baltic Levant Express – Passengers In Kingston Again

The Cruise Examiner for 8th August 2016




The CMA CGM Amber and Coral sail the same Le Havre – Southampton – New York route the s.s. France once did

In January, we brought you the relaunch of CMA CGM’s Europe-Australia cargo-passenger service with four new ships. But now, with so many things happening at CMA CGM, we have decided to devote this column to bringing readers up to date. First off, CMA CGM is reviving its North Atlantic service, with four ships on two regular routes. It has also recently launched a 7-ship 84-day Round-the-World service from Ensenada, Mexico, and Singapore. In Europe, it has added four ships to its new Baltic Levant Express service that connects the UK and European ports with St Petersburg, Russia, at one end and Alexandria, Egypt, at the other. And finally, the purchase of Kingston Container Terminal may soon see more passenger trade via Jamaica.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                             (See previous columns)

New 42-Day Cargo Ship Voyage Around Europe: CMA CGM’s Baltic Levant Express From Tilbury Includes St Petersburg And Alexandria


CMA CGM Homère and three sister ships now carry up to six passengers each around Europe

Leading French shipping group CMA CGM announced the launch of its new Baltic Levant Express service in May. Unique and innovative, it offers a direct connection between St Petersburg and the Eastern Mediterranean and provides some of the area’s best transit times. And four of its six ships carry passengers on their rounds.

  •  New service dedicated to the Eastern Mediterranean – North Europe trade.  CMA CGM now links four major North European ports (Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre) with four main Eastern Mediterranean ports (Alexandria, Beirut, Mersin and Aliaga). As part of this, Alexandria can now be reached directly from Le Havre in only 9 days.
  • An unmatched offer for Spanish fruits and vegetable exports to North Europe. Spanish citruses and vegetable producers will now be accommodated with new calls at Valencia and Cartagena. Transit times are among the best on the market: For example, Cartagena to Tilbury is only 5 days, and Alexandria to Tilbury is 18 days. For voyages of less than 8 days duration special fares apply.

The new Baltic Levant Express service now allows for a full round voyage from Tilbury of 42 days

Six 1,750 to 1,850 TEU-capacity vessels now operate on the following rotation: Tilbury, Antwerp, Rotterdam, St Petersburg, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre, Malta, Alexandria, Beirut, Mersin, Aliaga, Valencia, Cartagena, Tangiers and Tilbury. Note: Passengers are not handled at Beirut and no embarkation is allowed at St Petersburg.

Four of the ships on this run of the “Philosopher” class, CMA CGM Aristote, Herodote, Homère and Platon, were engaged until recently on the Caribbean, Guyana and North Brazil service. Each carries up to six passengers in three double-bedded cabins. The Owners cabin costs €120 per person per day and a Standard Double €110 per person per day, while the single supplement is a very reasonable €10 a day on top of the basic fare.

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

CMA CGM’s New Kingston Container Terminal Could Presage A Return Of Cargo-Passenger Routes To And From Jamaica


CMA CGM’s intention to make Kingston, Jamaica, into a Caribbean hub port has raised the possibility of a revival of a regular passenger links between Europe and Jamaica as well as service between Jamaica and the Far East.

With Kingston’s proximity to the mouth of the newly enlarged Panama Canal, CMA CGM has just acquired a thirty-year concession to run the Kingston Container Terminal. The terminal, once enlarged, will have 14 gantry cranes and an annual throughput potential of 3.6 million twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEUs).

Four 12-passenger container ships that previously operated on the French West Indies Line, CMA CGMs Fort St Georges, Fort St Louis, Fort St Pierre and Fort Ste Marie, now operate 33 passenger-carrying sailings a year on the Rotterdam – Hamburg – Antwerp – Le Havre – Kingston service, making four calls in Central America before calling at Kingston again and heading back to Rotterdam and the same ports in Europe.

cma-cgm-manet1A second cargo-passenger service now operates 11 times a year on the Livorno – Genoa – Barcelona – Valencia – Tangiers – Caucedo – Kingston route before the ships head for Mexico, the US Gulf and Ecuador. The same ships then call at Kingston on the return voyage, sailing via Malta to Livorno and the same rotation of Mediterranean ports. Two of the ships on this run, the 6-passenger CMA CGM Manet (above) and CMA CGM Matisse, were formerly engaged in the Europe-USA-Australia-New Zealand service via Panama.

Seven more ships, each carrying five or six passengers, run in a Round-the-World service to Singapore via the Cape of Good Hope and call at several ports in Asia before returning via Mexico and Panama to Jamaica. About 29 passenger-carrying sailings a year are offered on this route.

In all, these three routes offer a capacity of more than 50 berths per month, or 600 annually, into and out of Jamaica.

For further details on cargo-passenger service to and from Jamaica and CMA CGM cargo ship voyages in general please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

m.v. Leto Takes Over Europe-California Cargo-Passenger Service – Felixstowe to Long Beach Is 26 Days For £2,215 Single Or Double


Peter Doehle’s m.v. Leto © Ron van de Velde

The Peter Doehle-owned m.v. Leto will be taking over the passenger service on MSC’s “USA West Coast Express” service from the MSC Corboba and MSC Monterey. The full round voyage is 56 days, and while other ports can also be booked, the voyage from Felixstowe to Long Beach is 26 days while that from Long Beach to Felixstowe 30 days.

The Leto‘s port rotation will be Felixstowe – Bremerhaven – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Le Havre – Sines (Portugal) – Panama Canal – Long Beach – Oakland – Manzanillo (Mexico) – Balboa – Panama Canal – Cristobal – Sines – Felixstowe. Her first departure has been scheduled for about July 8.

The ship can carry four passengers in one Owners Cabin and two Singles. Sample fare for the 26-day voyage Felixstowe to Long Beach is €2,714 (about £2,215 or $3,195) for either a single cabin or per person double (there is no single supplement, just single cabins).

A full US visa is required for all non-US and Canadian citizens and passengers are not booked to or from Sines, Portugal, nor Panamanian ports.

The MSC Corboba and MSC Monterey have meanwhile been transferred to a new 14-day round voyage  Antwerp – Bremerhaven – Gdynia – Klaipeda – Le Havre – Antwerp.

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

New 14-Night Cargo-Passenger Service Between Liverpool, Bristol And The Continent By NSB’s 6-Passenger MSC Monterey

MSC MontereyNSB’s MSC Monterey has now joined the “North West Continent” feeder service in a new 14-day turnaround between Liverpool, Bristol and the Continent on the following route:

Antwerp – Liverpool – Bristol – Brest – Le Havre – Antwerp.

The first departure from Antwerp is scheduled for Monday September 5, and every 14 days thereafter.

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


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