Last Minute Transatlantic Cargo Ship Cabins, Mediterraean to the USA and USA to The Mediterranean, On Board NSB’s m.v. Buxcoast

Buxcoast © bassheiner at FleetmonA single last-minute round voyage has been announced by NSB for its 68,800-ton m.v. Buxcoast, a vessel equipped with an Owners Cabin, Double Cabin and Single Cabin. Fares start at €90 per person per day double and €85 per day single (a negative single supplement!) plus port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee totalling €265 for voyages up to 14 days and €325 for more than 14 days. Single occupancy of a double cabin is €105 per day. A 10% last-minute reduction is also being offered on these fares.

  • Departs Genoa about September 21/22
  • La Spezia about September 24
  • Fos sur Mer about September 26
  • Barcelona about September 28
  • Valencia about September 29/30
  • Algeciras about October 1
  • New York about October 10/11
  • Norfolk about October 12
  • Savannah about October 14
  • Miami about October 16/17
  • Algeciras about October 28
  • Valencia about October 30
  • Barcelona about October 31
  • Livorno about November 3
  • Arrives Genoa about November 4

Dine with the officers in a ship equipped with a passenger lounge, indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. Intending passengers who are not US or Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Visa to enter the United States this way as cargo ships are not party to the various visa waiver schemes. Act now in order to book space.

For further information on this voyage, or travel by cargo ship in general, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

One-Time Only Singapore-to-Sydney Sailing, 22nd November 2015 By SuperStar Virgo, Starting at £1,325 Inside, £1,853 Outside Cruise Only

SUPER STAR VIRGOOverland travellers to Australia now have a hard tme finding a link by sea from Singapore. But this year Star Cruises is scheduling a once-only voyage from Singapore to Sydney in November by the SuperStar Virgo, with arrival at Sydney on Wednesday, December 9, well in time for Christmas. The full itinerary for this cruise follows:

Date           Port           Time
22-Nov-15 Singapore Sail at 2000
24-Nov-15 Jakarta 0800-2000
25-Nov-15 Cruising Krakatoa 0400-0600
28-Nov-15 Geraldton, WA 1100-1900
29-Nov-30 Fremantle, WA 0800-1800
30-Nov-15 Albany, WA 1300-2100
03-Dec-15 Adelaide 0800-2200
05-Dec-15 Melbourne arrives 0800
06-Dec-15 Melbourne sails 0500
07-Dec-15 Tasmania 0900-2300
09-Dec-15 Arrives Sydney 0700

Fares (including port charges)

17 Nights Singapore to Sydney
Inside £1,325 per person double, £1,853 single
Outside £1,640 per person double, £2,325 single
Balcony £1,890 per person double, £2,700 single

Option 1: It is also possible to join in Hong Kong on 15th November 2015, sailing by way of Sanya (Hainan) in China and Da Nang and Ho Ch Minh City in Vietnam, with through fares as follows:

24 Nights Hong Kong to Sydney
Inside £1,836 per person double, £2,581 single
Outside £2,276 per person double, £3,241 single
Balcony £2,631 per person double, £3,774 single

CMA CGM Magellan 2Option 2: An unusal sea travel connection is available from Europe, on board the 150,269-ton British-flag container ship CMA CGM Magellan departing Le Havre Friday 16th October and arriving Port Kelang, Malaysia, 16th November 2015. Dine with the officers, wine included with lunch and dinner, swimming pool and gym, you may also visit the bridge. One stop at Jeddah en route but no shore leave. Time spent ashore betwen Port Kelang and Singapore is at traveller’s expense. The fares for this voyage, including port charges are:

31 Nights Le Havre to Port Kelang
Outside £2,345 per person double, £2,580 single

Note: The Singapore to Sydney voyage will be offered exclusively by Cruiseco in 2016 using Royal Caribbean’s brand-new 168,666-ton Ovation of the Seas, departing Singapore 30th November and arriving Sydney 15th December 2016. This will be part of the vessel’s maiden voyage to Australia. Please ask for further details.


The Cruise People Ltd in London

+44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Three New CMA CGM Ships Enter Europe-Caribbean-Guyana-Brazil Cargo-Passenger Service As New Med-Caribbean Service Opens

CMA CGM Marseille

The newly-built CMA CGM Marseille replaces CMA CGM Herodote in the Europe-North Brazil service at Trinidad in September

The CMA CGM Marseille, second vessel of CMA CGM’s three-ship Guyanamax series, has recently been delivered in South Korea. This 2100 TEU capacity vessel (which includes 530 refrigerated containers) was built by the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and will fly the UK flag.

The three ships will operate in the North Europe French Guyana North Brazil line. This 42-day rotation calls at Tilbury, Rouen, Le Havre, Philipsburg, Port of Spain, Degrad des Cannes, Belem, Fortaleza and Natal and returns via Algeciras and Rotterdam to Tilbury.

The Guyanamax series is composed of the CMA CGM Cayenne, which enters the service at Trinidad next week, the CMA CGM Marseille, which follows in September, and the CMA CGM Saint Laurent, which will join the service in November.

The CMA CGM Cayenne and Marseille are equipped with cranes while the CMA CGM Saint Laurent is not, leading to speculation that the third ship could eventually be placed in service to Montreal, as her name would seem to indicate. The present CMA CGM-chartered ship on the “St Laurent” service is the much larger 3091 TEU Em Kea, which runs together with three 2900 TEU ships provided by Maersk Line. The new trio will carry passengers and the accommodation will amount to three double cabins and one single, accommodating up to seven passengers.

They will replace the six-passenger CMA CGM Aristote, Herodote and Platon, which will open up a new cargo-passenger service between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, serving Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica and the French West Indies. This service starts at Genoa and calls are made at Fos sur Mer, Barcelona, Valencia and Tangier before crossing the Atlantic to Pointe a Pitre, Fort-de-France, Caucedo, Cartagena, Punta Manzanillo in Panama, Puerto Limon, Turbo and Pointe a Pitre before returning via Algeciras and Livorno to Genoa.

Altogether, the seven ships will be able to carry up to 375 passengers each way across the Atlantic each year, while the French West Indies Line will continue to offer space for another 600 potential travellers in each direction between France and Martinique and Guadeloupe.

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

Winter & Spring Liner Voyages In French Ships: To St Maarten By CMA CGM Container Ship And Back By Croisières de France’s Horizon

CMA CGM Homere © C Costa

CMA CGM Homère and three sister ships carry six passengers on their run from London to the Caribbean and South America

This winter, sail to St Maarten by cargo ship, with regular 12-night sailings from London Tilbury to Philipsburg, and calls at Rouen and Le Havre before leaving Europe. The present ships in this service, CMA CGM Aristote, CMA CGM Herodote, CMA CGM Homère and CMA CGM Platon, are fitted with an Owners and two double cabins, passenger lounge, gym and swimming pool. Passengers dine with the officers and are allowed to visit the bridge.

When the exisiting ships are replaced by three new ships, CMA CGM Cayenne, CMA CGM Marseille and CMA CGM Saint Laurent, this autumn, the present trio will be transferred to a new Med-Caribbean service serving Panama, Colombia and the French West Indies.

Whichever ship you book on, regular sailings give you the opportunity to tailor the length of your stay in St Maarten, with the fare from London Tilbury being €1,200 (about £885) per person double, or €1,320 (about £975) pp in the Owners Cabin, and €1,320 single (about £975), or €1,560 (about £1,155) in the Owners Cabin. Fares for the 10-night crossing from Le Havre start at €1,000 (about £739) or €1,100 (about £815) single. Fares include port charges and complimentary French table wine with lunch and dinner. While French-owned, all four ships are registered in London.

Horizon at St Maarten © Franck Senant

Crosières de France’s Horizon is seen here in an evening view before departing Philipsburg, St Maarten

Then, on March 28, 2016, sail from St Maarten to Barcelona on a 12-night voyage on board Croisières de France’s 1,442-berth Horizon, the first ship ever built for Celebrity Cruises and still trading within the Royal Caribbean group. After an 8-night Atlantic crossing, calls are made at Madeira (April 5) and Gibraltar (April 7) before arriving at Barcelona on April 9. The cruise-only fare for an outside cabin with port charges, drinks package and gratuities included begins at £503 per person and there is also an all-inclusive single fare of £569.

Included in your Horizon fare are all meals in non-speciality restaurants, on board bars and lounges, entertainment, live music, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including some premium brands, port charges and gratuities. The Horizon is operated for Croisières de France by Pullmantur Cruises of Madrid and is registered in Malta.

Return voyages from St Maarten are also avaialble by cargo ship but as the voyage calls at Trinidad, Guyane and three ports in northern Brazil before returning to Europe, the return to London takes 30 days. Please ask for fares.

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

Europe To Australia With CMA CGM And Star Cruises, Sail Rotterdam October 8, Stay Six Days In SE Asia & Arrive Sydney December 9

CMA CGM MagellanThis year, experience both a passenger-carrying container ship and a cruise ship on your voyage from Europe to Australia and spend six days in between (November 16-22) in Malaysia or Singapore under your own arrangements. Your first ship is CMA CGM’s 10-passenger container ship CMA CGM Magellan (left), where we have double cabins available for the 37-night voyage leaving Rotterdam on October 8 for Port Kelang (for Kuala Lumpur).

Passengers dine together with the officers and are allowed to visit the bridge. The 150,269-ton UK-flag CMA CGM Magellan was built in 2010 and is equipped with a passenger lounge, indoor swimming pool and gym with rowing machine, home trainer, darts and ping ping table. The spacious cabins are en suite and equipped with two or three windows, a sofa, easy chair, coffee table, office desk and chair and refrigerator. And in the ship’s dining room, table wine is included with lunch and dinner.

Dates with cargo ships are always subject to change but the itinerary is planned as follows:

Date             Port              Times
08-Oct-30 Rotterdam
11-Oct-15 Hamburg
14-Oct-15 Antwerp
16-Oct-15 Le Havre
29-Oct-15 Jeddah (no shore leave)
16-Nov-15 Arrives Port Kelang

Fares for 37 Nights Rotterdam to Port Kelang (including port charges)

Outside €3,700 (about £2,740) per person double, €4,070 (about £3,015) single. Note: Embarkation is also possible at Hamburg, Antwerp or Le Havre, with pro rata reduction in fare.

SuperStar Virgo sternPassengers taking advantage of these two connecting sailings are responsible for their own land arrangements in Malaysia and Singapore. Then six days after arriving in Port Kelang, it is time to catch Star Cruises’ once-only sailing of the 75,338-ton 1,870-passenger SuperStar Virgo (right) for onward connection to Sydney. She is due to arrive there on the morning of Wednesday, December 9, well in time for Christmas. As a bonus, there is also a choice of a drinks package or a dining package on the SuperStar Virgo .voyage between Singapore and Sydney.

The full itinerary for this cruise follows (fares for part voyages are not available):

Date             Port              Times
22-Nov-15 Sail from Singapore 2000
24-Nov-15 Jakarta (Tanjung Priok) 0800-2000
25-Nov-15 Cruising Krakatoa 0400-0600
28-Nov-15 Geraldton, WA 1100-1900
29-Nov-30 Fremantle, WA 0800-1800
30-Nov-15 Albany, WA 1300-2100
03-Dec-15 Adelaide 0800-2200
05-Dec-15 Melbourne arrives 0800
06-Dec-15 Melbourne sails 0500
07-Dec-15 Tasmania 0900-2300
09-Dec-15 Arrives Sydney 0700

Fares for 17 Nights Singapore to Sydney (including port charges) start at:

Inside         £1,325 per person double, £1,853 single
Outside      £1,640 per person double, £2,325 single
Balcony      £1,890 per person double, £2,700 single


If you want to sail all the way from Europe to Australia on two different types of ship then this is your opportunity. Overlanders are also welcome to join the SuperStar Virgo at Singapore. For details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Newly-Announced Transatlantic Cargo-Passenger Service Between Europe, Iceland and Atlantic Canada A Boon For Halifax

ReykjafossAfter years of very little happening as far as cargo-passenger service goes in the Port of Halifax, it turns out that the port is turning into a bit of a mecca for container ship travel. Just a few days after CMA CGM revealed that its Columbus Loop service would start calling at Halifax, we can announce yet another new product – passenger service every five weeks between Halifax, Newfoundland, Iceland and Europe.

The 8,430-ton Reykjafoss (shown above) will now offer three basic single cabins on its rotation of Immingham-Rotterdam-Reykjavik-Argentia NF-Halifax-Portland ME-Argentia-St Anthony NF-Reykjavik-Isafjordur-Akureyri-Immingham-Rotterdam. Argentia, although unknown to many, was the site of a US naval base during the Second World War and it was in the bay here that Churchill and Roosevelt signed the Atlantic Charter on August 14, 1941.

The Reykjafoss is equipped with three basic single cabins, for which typical fares will be: Immingham to Halifax (15 days, €1,494), Rotterdam to Argentia NF (19 days, €1,822), Halifax to Reykjavik (14 days, €1,412) and Halifax to Immingham (20 days, €1,904). These figures include a basic fare of €82 per day, €85 in port charges, €119 for deviation insurance and a €60 booking fee. Voyages cabn also be booked between other ports but a full US B1/B2 visa is required for any non-US and Canadian citizens travelling on any voyage calling at Portland ME.

The additon of the Reykjafoss to the roster means that Halifax now has four different cargo-passenger routes served by nine ships:

o  The CMA CGM Columbus Loop (six ships carrying seven passengers each) about every 21 days via Suez to Malaysia, China, Vietnam and South Korea and then on to Vancouver and Seattle.

o  Eimskip’s Reykjafoss (three single cabins) every 35 days to Argentia and St Anthony NF, three ports in Iceland, Immingham in the UK and Rotterdam.

o  Melfi Line’s Vera D (one double and one single cabin) every 55 days to Cuba, Mexico and Italy.

o  The NSB-managed Zim San Francisco (three double cabins) every 77 days from Halifax to China and South Korea via the Panama Canal.

These recent announcements will be a boon for Halifax in particular as it means there will now be about 190 passenger berths available in each direction on board cargo ships calling there each year where previously there had been fewer than 40.

For further details on booking a voyage on the Reykjafoss or any of the services listed above please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

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 © Knut Helge Schistad

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

The addition this month of Halifax to CMA CGM’s Columbus Loop service to and from Asia via Suez and across the Pacific to Vancouver 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 take place at the Deltaport container terminal, near BC Ferries’ main Vancouver-Victoria terminal at Tsawwassen.

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 the Halterm container terminal.

This route also lends itself to a Round-the-World service if VIA Rail and/or Rocky Mountaineer 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 six of the seventeen ships in this servidce now carry passengers. On average, this means there is now a passenger sailing every 21 days or so, but with gaps.

The six French-owned vessels providing the passenger 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 Vancouver has been a call for this service for several years, the first passenger calls at Halifax are scheduled as follows:

CMA CGM Cendrillon © A Spoerri

CMA CGM Cendrillon makes her first Halifax call on August 16

CMA CGM CendrillonAugust 16
– 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 – December 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 either coast of 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


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