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

Last-Minute Transatlantic Passenger Berths Available On Grimaldi Lines From Civitavecchia And Polsteam From IJmuiden

For Americans and Canadians wishing to head home from Europe and for other nationalities holding US Category B1/B2 visas, last-minute berths are still available on some Transatlantic sailings by Polish Steamship Company from Amsterdam (IJmuiden) to Cleveland and Burns Harbor and on Grimaldi Lines from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Baltimore, and occasionally other ports.

Grande Sierra Leone (courtesy Marco Marri)

m.v. Grande Sierra Leone boarding today in Civitavecchia for Jacksonville (photo courtesy Marco Marri)

List of upcoming sailings:
m.v. Wicko boarding today in IJmuiden for Cleveland
m.v. Grande Senegal about July 20 in Civitavecchia for Baltimore
m.v. Isadora boarding about July 20 in IJmuiden for Cleveland
m.v. Grande Guinea about August 2 in Civitavecchia for Baltimore
m.v. Grande Cameroon about September 8 in Civitavecchia for Baltimore.


m.v. Wicko boarding today in IJmuiden for Cleveland and Burns Harbor (photo courtesy Vedran Milacic)

Fares with Polsteam are $1,772 per person in Double or Single cabins to Cleveland ($1,967 per person in the Owners Cabin, if available) and $2,012 per person in Double or Single cabins to Burns Harbor, Indiana ($2,497 per person in the Owners).

Fares with Grimaldi Lines are as follows:
Owners Cabin: €1,700 (about US $1,955) per person for two, €2,300 (about US $2,645) for sole use

Outside Cabin: €1,300 (about US $1,495) per person for two, €1,700 (about US $1,955) for sole use
Inside Cabin: €950 (about US $1,095) per person for two, €1,200 (about US $1,380) for sole use

For further details and to book 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

Around The World In 84 Days By CMA CGM Container Ship From Ensenada, Mexico, or Caucedo, Dominican Republic, Via Ports In Asia

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The CMA CGM Eiffel carries up to 8 passengers in CMA CGM’s new Pacific East Coast 2 Round the World container service


Our latest update from CMA CGM brings some good news for those looking for a single voyage round the world, something that has not been available since Rickmers stopped carrying passengers through the Suez Canal.

Because of a change in the way the Pacific East Coast 2 Line is operated we can now offer the service as a full 84-day Round-the-World freighter cruise from Ensenada, Mexico, or from Caucedo, Dominican Republic, as well as from any port in Asia. The seven ships on this route have been trading both ways via Panama but will now be returning to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope. At 38 days, this part of the voyage between Trinidad and Singapore makes it the longest stretch without a port call.

The full round-the-world voyage takes 84 days and seven ships on the run means an average frequency of about every 12 days. The fare for the full 84-day circumnavigation is €9,240 per person double occupancy or €10,080 for sole use of a double cabin (the single supplement is only 9%). Sample one-way fares are Singapore to Ensenada in 28 days at €3,080 (€3,360 single), Hong Kong to Ensenada in 23 days at €2,530 (€2,760 single) or Caucedo to Singapore in 41 days at €4,510 (€4,920 single).

Passengers are carried in seven of the twelve ships employed in this service as follows: m/v’s CMA CGM Blue Whale, CMA CGM Florida, CMA CGM Georgia, CMA CGM New Jersey, CMA CGM Tarpon and CMA CGM White Shark (3 Double cabins, swimming pool, maximum 6 passengers), UK and Cypriot flag, 65,890 tons, and the CMA CGM Eiffel (1 Owners and 3 Double cabins, swimming pool, maximum 8 passengers).


The full itinerary is Ensenada, Mexico – Manzanillo, Mexico – Punta   Manzanillo, Panama – Cartagena, Colombia – Kingston, Jamaica – Caucedo, Dominican Republic – Port of Spain, Trinidad – Singapore – Chiwan, China – Hong Kong – Kaohsiung, Taiwan – Ningbo, China – Shanghai, China – Qingdao, China – Pusan, South Korea – Ensenada, Mexico.

For North Americans joining ship in Ensenada, that port is 85 miles south of San Diego. Buses leave San Diego’s ABC Bus Station for Ensenada every 15 minutes and the journey takes about 90 minutes. There are of course other ways of getting there.

For those joining in Caucedo in the Dominican Republic, the port’s container terminal is located right next to Las Americas International Airport, served by Air France from Paris, American Airlines from Miami and Philadelphia, Delta from Atlanta and New York, Jet Blue from Boston and Fort Lauderdale, United from Newark as well as other airlines, including winter charter flights from Canada.

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

New 14-Night Cargo-Passenger Service Between North Europe And The Baltic On Board NSB’s 6-Passenger MSC Monterey

MSC MontereyNSB’s MSC Monterey has now joined the “Baltic Express Service” and will operate a new 14-night ahoet sea voyage between north Europe and the Baltic on the following route:

Bremerhaven – Gdynia – Klaipeda – Le Havre – Antwerp – Bremerhaven.

The first departures from Bremerhaven are scheduled for Wednesday June 15 and 29,  July 13 and 27, and every 14 days thereafter. At the moment we can offer this service until October 2016. Passages can also be booked from Le Havre (UK ferry connections from Portsmouth) and Antwerp (UK Eurostar connections from London St Pancras via Brussels). The MSC Monterey offers three double cabins for use by passengers.

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

Philadelphia and Charleston to New Zealand and Australia Container Ship Passenger Service Via Panama – Round Voyage 70 Days

Five “Spirit” ships, the Spirit of AucklandSpirit of Melbourne, Spirit of Shanghai, Spirit of Singapore and  Spirit of Sydney now run in the well-established Hamburg-Süd cargo-passenger service from Philadelphia and Charleston via Cartagena and Balboa to Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, then on to Port Chalmers, Napier and Tauranga before returning via Auckland, Punta Manzanillo in Panama and Cartagena to Philadelphia again. The meat-packing port of Philadelphia is of course the destination for most of the New Zealand lamb that arrives in these ships.

These modern 3,630 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container) ships offer one Owners Cabin and one more cabin, either a single or a double depending on the ship. The quickest southbound transit time is 24 days from Charleston to Auckland or 28 days Charleston to Sydney and the quickest northbound is 26 days from Auckland to Philadelphia or 37 days Melbourne to Philadelphia. The full 70-day round trip starts at €7,085 (about £6,075 or US $10,125) per person and one-way bookings are possible.

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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