A Revival In The Australian Cargo-Passenger Trade – Princess Cruises Announces 39 Japan Sailings In 2017 – Costa Asia Up To Five Ships

The Cruise Examiner for 18th April 2016

Diamond Princess

The Japanese-built London-registered Diamond Princess will offer 39 cruises from Tokyo and Kobe in 2017

As recently as January, we wrote that the direct Europe-Australia cargo-passenger trade was drawing to a close. Now, only three months later, the vagaries of the world container ship market mean we can report that four 10-passenger container ships are rejoining the route for CMA CGM, offering a one-way passenger capacity of about 150 berths per year. Elsewhere, we cover two Carnival Asia stories. Princess Cruises will next year offer thirty-nine cruises from Japan on its 2,674-berth Japanese-built Diamond Princess. Meanwhile, Costa is sending its 1,578-berth Costa NeoRomantica to China, in a move that will soon see Costa Asia operating five ships in the fast-growing China market.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                         (See previous columns)

A Revival In The Australian Cargo-Passenger Trade With Four Newly-Assigned Ships From CMA CGM And Two More From NSB

CMA CGM Bellini at sea

The CMA CGM Bellini is one of four CMA CGM container ships now offering 150 berths per year between Europe and Australia

As recently as January we wrote that the direct Europe-Australia cargo-passenger trade had closed. Now, only three months later, with the vagaries of the world container ship market, we can report that four 10-passenger container ships are joining the route for CMA CGM, with a one-way passenger capacity of about 150 berths a year.

In January,  CMA CGM had just withdrawn the 6-passenger CMA CGM Matisse and CMA CGM Utrillo, its last two remaining passenger-carrying ships on the direct Europe-Australia-New Zealand service via Panama.

At the same time, the 7-passenger MSC Monterey and sister ships were being moved from the Suez route to other services, with the MSC Monterey now serving the Europe to California trade.

Ten years earlier there had been fifteen passenger-carrying container ships running between Europe and Australasia. But now, two basic alternatives remained for cargo ship passengers travelling from Europe, and both involved a change of ship, either in the USA or in Asia. And in recent months, the only direct cargo-passenger service between Europe and Australia has been a single-ship service by the 10-passenger CMA CGM Bellini.

However, there is now very good news for travellers to and from Australia in that the Bellini‘s sister ships CMA CGM Mozart, Puccini and Rossini are now joining the North Europe Med Oceania (NEMO) Line via Suez, resulting in sailings about every 23 days.

Port rotation is London Tilbury, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Le Havre, then Fos sur Mer, Genoa and Damietta, Egypt, in the Mediterranean, through Suez to Réunion and thence Fremantle,

Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. The return voyage brings the ships to Singapore and Port Kelang then back to Europe via Chennai, Colombo and Cochin to Damietta, Malta, Salerno and London Tilbury. 

As well as embarking in London, passengers may now join in the Mediterranean. Genoa to Sydney for example is 33 days compared to 44 days from London. The fastest trip from Europe to Australia is 25 days Genoa to Fremantle. Fares are set at €110 per passenger per day in double or twin cabins, or €120/130 per day single.

On the return voyage, passengers from Australia are able if they wish to transfer at Port Kelang to the French Asia Line 1, which offers a 22-day transit to Southampton, compared with 31 days to Tilbury on the NEMO Line.

The CMA CGM Rossini left London on April 7 and sails from Genoa tomorrow, CMA CGM Bellini leaves London May 5 and Genoa May 17, CMA CGM Puccini leaves London May 12 and Genoa May 24 and CMA CGM Mozart leaves London May 19 and Genoa May 31. Subsequent sailings for each ship are then every 13 weeks thereafter.

MSC Alessia

The German-owned sister ships MSC Alessia and MSC Ilona carry up to five passengers each

Service is also once more available on the MSC  route on the MSC Alessia and MSC Ilona. But these 5-passenger ships, which are managed by Bremen-based NSB on behalf of German owners, are still subject to last-minute transfers to other MSC routes. Nevertheless, the Australia to UK return can be booked as a through voyage.

The MSC Australia Express starts at the new London Gateway terminal on the Thames, proceeding via Antwerp and Le Havre to Fos sur Mer, La Spezia, Naples and Gioia Tauro in the Med, and via Suez to Mauritius and Réunion before proceeding to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.

While northbound passages from Australia to Europe can be booked on the NSB ships via Singapore, Colombo, King Abdullah and through Suez to Valencia and London Gateway, the full 91day trip can also be booked as a full round voyage.

For further information on booking your sea passage between Europe and Australia please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Liverpool-Philadelphia Cargo-Passenger Service Now Offered Three Weeks Out Of Four With the Arrival of Spring

Independent VoyagerThis winter, the North Atlantic passenger service offered by Peter Zylmann Freighter Cruises has been operating with just one ship, the Independent Voyager (left), one of four that operate under charter to the Independent Container Line, with a sailing every 28 days.

Effective this spring, however, the Independent Pursuit and Independent Spirit have once again resumed carrying passengers, so that there is now service from Antwerp and Liverpool three weeks out of four.

The ships generally leave Antwerp on Wednesdays and Liverpool on Saturdays, and ports served in the USA are Chester PA (for Philadelphia) and Wilmington NC. Sailings from Chester take place on Wednesdays and from Wilmington on Fridays.

As only a few cabins are offered one should reserve early for this service. Typical fares for the Liverpool to Chester 10-day voyage are €1398 per person double and €1598 single.

For further details and reservations please call Miri Lopusna at the Cruise People Ltd on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Passenger Capacity To Australia Tripled As CMA CGM Mozart and CMA CGM Rossini Join CMA CGM Bellini On London-Sydney Route

The only direct cargo-passenger service between Europe and Australia in recent months has been a single-ship service by the 10-passenger CMA CGM Bellini (above), but we now have good news for travellers to and from Australia. CMA CGM Bellini‘s sister ships CMA CGM Mozart and Rossini will now join this route, resulting in almost monthly sailings via Suez on CMA CGM’s North Europe Med Oceania (NEMO) Line. Port rotation is as follows:

London Tilbury – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Le Havre Fos sur Mer – Genoa – Damietta – Suez Canal – Pointe des Galets (Réunion) –  Fremantle – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Singapore – Port Kelang – Chennai – Colombo – Cochin – Suez Canal – Damietta – Malta – Salerno – London Tilbury (91 day round trip). 

Passengers may also embark in the Mediterranean – Genoa to Sydney for example is 33 days compared to 44 days from London. The fastest transit is 25 days from Genoa to Fremantle. Fares are set at €110 per passenger per day in double or twin cabins, or €120/130 per day single.

On the return voyage the ships do not accept passengers between Port Kelang, Malaysia, and Damietta, Egypt, but passengers from Australia are able to transfer at Port Kelang to the French Asia Line 1 service, which offers a 22-day transit to Southampton, as opposed to 31 days to Tilbury on the NEMO route.

Passenger sailings are scheduled by the CMA CGM Rossini, from London on April 7 and Genoa on April 19, by the CMA CGM Bellini, from London on May 5 and from Genoa on May 17, and by the CMA CGM Mozart, from London on May 19 and Genoa on May 31, with subsequent sailings for each ship every 13 weeks thereafter.

Service is also available on the MSC Australia route, but ships in this service are subject to last-minute withdrawals to be sent to other MSC routes. The section Australia to UK can be booked as a through voyage however. MSC rotation is:

London Gateway – Antwerp – Le Havre Fos sur Mer – La Spezia – Naples – Gioia Tauro – Suez Canal – Port Louis (Mauritius) – Pointe des Galets (Réunion) – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Fremantle – Singapore – Colombo – King Abdullah – Suez Canal – Valencia – London Gateway (91 day round trip).

For further details on any of our Australian cargo ship voyages please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

New 21-day Freighter Cruise On The Old Banana Boat Route From Houston To Mexico, Colombia, Panama And Central America

Conti ArabellaNSB’s Conti Arabella (above) this week opens a new freighter cruise service, when she sails from Houston today and every 21 days after to ports in Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala, a route reminiscent of the old banana boat trades.

The port rotation for this service is Houston, Altamira, Veracruz, Turbo, Cartagena, Punta Manzanillo (Panama), Puerto Limon, Puerto Cortes and Santo Tomas de Castilla before returning to Houston.

The next scheduled departures are from Houston on April 8 and 29, May 20, and every 21 sdays thereafter. This vessel is equipped with one Owner’s Cabin, so you have the ship to yourself, along with swimming pool and sauna.

For further information on this or any other contaonmer ship voyage please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Star Cruises Launches Weekly Cruise Service From China To Japan – While CMA CGM Offers Regular Passenger Service By Container Ship

SUPER STAR VIRGO

Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo is to sail weekly from the old port of Canton to Japan

Hong Kong-based Star Cruises will launch a direct cruise service to Japan next month to cater to the growing Chinese cruise market. The service will be in operation for a period of five months.

Starting on April 17, the line’s 1,870-berth SuperStar Virgo will enter service from the Pearl River port of Nansha, in the Chinese city of Guangzhou (formerly Canton), to make calls at Okinawa and Miyakojima in Japan. With a population of 13 million, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, after Beijing and Shanghai. The 5-night service will depart every Sunday and return to Nansha on Fridays.

After a long cruise to Australia and back at the end of last year, SuperStar Virgo was put into service from Hong Kong and Guangzhou to Vietnam in January, and more than 17,000 people have travelled in her to Halong Bay and Da Nang in the past two months.

China’s cruise travel market is forecast to become the largest outside of North America by 2020, with an estimated 4.5 million passengers a year. At the moment, about 1 million Chinese travel overseas on cruise ships every year.

CMA CGM Bougauinville

CMA CGM’s new mega container ships carry up to 10 passengers each to visit ports throughout China

Meanwhile, for those wanting to travel to China by container ship, The Cruise People Ltd offers regular passenger service in ships carrying up to ten (10) passengers each. One line alone, French-based CMA CGM, now offers year-round service to eleven ports in China from ports such as Southampton, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Fos-sur-Mer, Brisbane, Vancouver, Oakland, Long Beach, Buenos Aires and New York.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or by e-mail at cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

New Connection To Australia: By Hanjin Container Ship Europe To Singapore & P&O Cruise Ship Between Singapore And Australia

Hanjin AsiaConnections to and from Singapore will be by four 8-passenger ships of the Hanjin Asia class

Now that direct cargo-passenger service between Europe and Australia is so scarce, and Singapore has become a base port for P&O Cruises Australia, we will be using P&O Australia to perform some connecting services between Singapore and Australian ports. Several sailings scheduled over the next couple of years will be available for connecting cargo ship travellers, as well as overlanders seeking to reach Australia.

Pacific Eden (1)

P&O Australia’s Pacific Eden will perform most of the Singapore-Australia connecting voyages

Express cargo ship voyages will be available from Le Havre to Singapore in 21 days or from Hamburg to Singapore in 27 days to connect with P&O Australia sailings. In the reverse direction, a fast and frequent 26-day cargo-passenger service is available from Singapore to Hamburg. These cargo-passenger services are offered by four Peter Doehle ships on the Hanjin route (Hanjin Africa, Hanjin Asia, Hanjin Blue Ocean and Hanjin Harmony), with bookings by Frachtschiff-Touristik Kapt Peter Zylmann and will connect with the P&O Australia services outlined below.

P&O Cruises Australia Voyages from Singapore to Australia

m.v. PACIFIC EDEN – Singapore (August 27, 2016) to Cairns (September 10, 2016)

Singapore – Fremantle – Bali – Makassar – Komodo – Makassar – Dili – Darwin – Cooktown – Cairns (14 nights).

m.v. OVATION OF THE SEAS from Singapore (November 30, 2016) to Fremantle, Adelaide, Hobart and Sydney *

Singapore – Fremantle (6 nights) – Adelaide – Hobart – Sydney (15 nights).

m.v. PACIFIC EDEN – Singapore (August 15, 2017) to Cairns (September 1, 2017)

Singapore – Fremantle – Bali – Makassar – Komodo – Makassar – Dili – Darwin – Cooktown – Cairns (14 nights).

m.v. PACIFIC PEARL – Singapore (August 16, 2017) to Sydney (September 2, 2017)

Singapore – Fremantle – Bali – Komodo – Dili – Darwin – Cooktown – Cairns – Whitsunday – Brisbane – Sydney (16 nights).

P&O Cruises Australia Voyages from Australia to Singapore

m.v. PACIFIC EDEN – Fremantle (July 18, 2016) to Singapore (July 30, 2016)

Fremantle – Komodo – Makassar – Lombok – Bali – Probilinggo – Jakarta – Singapore (12 nights).

m.v. PACIFIC DAWN – Brisbane (February 4, 2017) to Singapore (February 18, 2017)

Brisbane – Port Douglas – Darwin – Dili – Komodo – Bali – Singapore (12 nights).

m.v. PACIFIC EDEN – Fremantle (June12, 2017) to Singapore (June 24, 2017)

Fremantle – Komodo – Makassar – Lombok – Bali – Probilinggo – Jakarta – Singapore (12 nights).

In addition to the P&O Australia sailings, we have the following special sailing from Singapore to Sydney in late 2016. This exclusive Cruiseco charter is bookable through The Cruise People Ltd:

* m.v. OVATION OF THE SEAS from Singapore (November 30, 2016) to Fremantle, Adelaide, Hobart and Sydney

Singapore – Fremantle (6 nights) – Adelaide – Hobart – Sydney (15 nights).

For further details of of how to book any of the above voyages please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on+44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email us at PassageEnquiry@outlook.com.

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