Anzex Is Back For Passengers Travelling To And From New Zealand, With Connections To And From The USA And Europe Via China

Last year, on December 1, Maersk Line purchased Hamburg-Sued and closed down the German line’s passenger services. One of the areas worst affected by this was New Zealand, which lost its passenger service from both coasts of North America. Service to and from Europe had closed earlier when the ships serving that route had changed.

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Now, with the introduction of the 5-passenger British-registered CMA CGM Amber to the Anzex line, passenger service has been reinstated between New Zealand and China, as well as with Noumea on the outbound voyage and Brisbane on the return. Ports served in New Zealand include Auckland, Port Chalmers, Lyttelton, Napier and Tauranga, while in Chinese waters, the CMA CGM Amber calls at Hong Kong, Yantian, Keelung, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou and Kaohsiung. This marks a return of passenger service to the Anzex sline that has been absent for several years.

The voyage from Tauranga to Hong Kong is 14 days and from Shanghai to Auckland 21 days, while Hong Kong to Brisbane is 22 days. Fares are €110 per person per day in a double cabin and €130 per day in a single. There are also fares of  €130 per day double or €150 single for voyages of ten days or fewer. To this must be added a booking fee of €70 per passenger and management fee of €45.

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Connections to and from US and European ports can be made over Hong Kong or Shanghai.

In addition to service to Hong Kong, four 10-berth ships operate between Australia ports and Singapore but do not serve New Zealand.

For further details on booking passage on this route or any other cargo 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

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CMA CGM: Seven Ships – Round The World In 83 Days Via Panama And Singapore – Between US Or Caribbean Ports And Asia

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The 8-berth 110,200-ton CMA CGM Jacques Joseph at Kingston, Jamaica. She entered service in 2018

CMA CGM has just extended the duration of its PEX 2 and PEX 3 Round-the-World services from 77 days to 83 days. The PEX 2 service features two 8-berth ships, the CMA CGM Jacques Joseph and CMA CGM Lisa Marie via Mexico and the Caribbean and PEX 3, five ships via the US Gulf and Florida, of which the CMA CGM Cendrillon and CMA CGM La Scala are 7-berth ships, the CMA CGM Lamartine and CMA CGM Maupassant are 6-berth ships and the APL Scotland carries one passenger only. Since the Rickmers Round-the-World passenger service ended in 2011, this has been the only service available for a full circumnavigation by cargo ship.

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The 6-berth 85,445-ton CMA CGM Lamartine offers Round-the-World service from US Gulf & East Coast ports

The five-ship PEX 3 service embarks US passengers at Houston, Mobile, New Orleans, Miami and Jacksonville before sailing for Singapore and Hong Kong, then three Chinese calls at Shekou, Ningbo and Shanghai and returning to the US via Pusan.

The two PEX 2 ships pick up passengers in Ensenada and Manzanillo, Mexico, Balboa and Punta Manzanillo, Panama, and Cartagena, Kingston and Caucedo in the Caribbean before sailing to Singapore, Shekou, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Shangai, Qingdao and Pusan and crossing the Pacific back to Mexico.  The Mexican Port of Ensenada is close enough to San Diego that it is useful for US passengers.

Visit Singapore on either of CMA CGM’s Round–the-World routes

Fares on both Round-the-World services are €130 per person per day double or €150 per day for a single traveller, with port costs and deviation insurance included. In addition, there is a booking fee of €70 and a management fee of €45 per person. Note: Special reduced fares for the full round voyage are €7,700 per person in double occupancy and €9,000 for a single passenger, about a 28% reduction.

For further details on booking a full Round-the-World passage or a simple port-to-port voyage please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com

New 96-day Container Ship Voyage: Seattle and Vancouver To China, Korea, Singapore And Dubai

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The 13,800 TEU CMA CGM Aquila and CMA CGM Lyra carry up to 10 passengers each to and from Seattle

CMA CGM and subsidiary APL have combined the Columbus PNW route and Cimex 1 into a single operation, Cimex 1 Columbus PNW Line. APL has placed six 2012-built 10,600 TEU container ships into the new through service from the Pacifiic Northwest to Dubai, with passenger capacity also offered by three CMA CGM ships.

The Singapore-flag APL Barcelona, APL Dublin, APL Paris, APL Qingdao, APL Southampton and APL Yangshan sail between Seattle and Vancouver in North America and the Chinese ports of Tianjin Xingang, Qingdao and Shanghai plus Pusan, before proceeding to Singapore and Jebel Ali and returning via Yantian, Xiamen, Ningbo, Shanghai and Pusan again before crossing to Seattle and Vancouver. Three more 13,800 TEU ships, the 10-passenger British-flag CMA CGM Aquila, CMA CGM Lyra and the chartered 7-berth CMA CGM Vela, bring the passenger fleet to nine ships.

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Sample fares are: full round voyage, 96 days, €13,555 per person double occupancy or €15,475 for sole use of a cabin. Seattle to Tianjin is 25 days at €3,615 per person double or €4,115 single, and Seattle to Singapore is 40 days at €5,715 per person double or €6,515 single. The voyage from Seattle to Dubai is 52 days at €7,395 per person double or €8,435 single, while the quick trip back from Yantian, near Hong Kong, to Seattle is 20 days and €2,915 per person double or €3,315 single.

Not all ships on this route carry passengers but there is a passenger sailing on average every 11 days, with ships leaving Seattle on Sundays and Vancouver on Tuesdays.

For further details on booking passage on this route or any other cargo 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

CMA CGM Offers Twice Monthly Direct Cargo-Passenger Sailings From New York To Southampton

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Update 23rd May 2018: The CMA CGM Alcazar and CMA CGM Chateau d’If are to be transferred to the Victory Bridge service from Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven to Charleston, Miami, Veracruz and Altamira (Mexico) and return via Houston and New Orleans back to Le Havre (see map below).

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News, 5th May 2018: In April, CMA CGM opened its new Independence Bridge service between the US East Coast, New York, Southampton and Continental Europe. Of five ships engaged in the service, two, the CMA CGM Alcazar (above) and CMA CGM Chateau d’If , offer a double-bedded Owners cabin and a Single cabin, with space for three passengers.  Summer sailing dates from New York are May 30, June 20, July 4 and 25 and August 8 and 29.

The voyage from New York to Southampton takes 10 days and fares are  €1,515 per person for the Owners cabin and  €1,615 for the Single cabin. Sole use of the Owners is  €1,715.

From Southampton, the ships continue to Le Havre 2 days later, Antwerp 3 days later, Rotterdam 4 days later and Bremerhaven 7 days later. From the US Coast, sailings leave Charleston 7 days before New York, Savannah 5 days before and Miami 3 days before.

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Fares are set according to the number of days spent on board and are  €140 per person per day for the Owners cabin,  €150 for the Single cabin and €160 for sole use of the Owners, plus €45 evacuation insurance and a €70 booking fee.

To book a Transatlantic cargo ship voyage with CMA CGM or for further information please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

 

Hamburg-Süd Withdraws From The US/Australian Passenger Trades; CMA CGM Offers Substitute Service Via Singapore

Another shoe dropped this Friday following the December 1 acquisition of Hamburg-Süd by AP Moller (Maersk Line), with Hamburg-Süd announcing the end of its passenger services between North America and Australasia. These services have been offered since 1971, when Hamburg-Süd division Columbus Line became one of the first container lines to carry passengers.

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The Spirit of Sydney and sister ships will no longer carry passengers

Four ships, the 3,630 TEU Spirit of Auckland, Spirit of Hamburg, Spirit of Singapore and Spirit of Sydney (above), will no longer carry passengers from Philadelphia and Charleston, while the 3,675 TEU Cap Capricorn will cease carrying passengers from Los Angeles and Oakland. Existing bookings on all ships will be honoured but no new bookings will be accepted.

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The 10-passenger CMA CGM Thames and fleetmates will connect with Australia via Singapore

In their stead, CMA CGM’s Columbus JAX service will now offer an indirect service from Los Angeles and Oakland via Singapore, where passengers can transfer to the AAX service to Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The voyage from Oakland to Singapore takes 25 days via Hong Kong and Vung Tau, while transit times from Singapore are 9 days to Fremantle, 15 to Sydney, 18 to Melbourne and 21 to Adelaide. A stopover is needed in Singapore between ships.

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In the reverse direction, transit times are 20 days from Sydney, 17 from Melbourne, 14 from Adelaide and 9 from Fremantle to Singapore. From Singapore it is then 27 days to Los Angeles via Jakarta, Laem Chebang and Vung Tau.

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East Coast connections are also available to Singapore, with services from Halifax, New York, Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston, sailing via Port Kelang. Charleston to Singapore takes 32 days. In the opposite direction it is Singapore to Halifax, New York and the same ports via Port Kelang and Colombo. Singapore to Halifax is 25 days and Singapore to New York 28 days.

Fares for all these voyages are in the range of €100-110 per person per person per day in double occupancy and €110-120 per day for single travellers, plus a €45 management fee and €70 booking fee.

For further details on Australian voyages via CMA CGM please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

CMA CGM Now Offers “Sirius” Cargo-Passenger Link Between the Mediterranean And South America

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The 10-passenger CMA CGM Litani now operates between the Mediterranean, Brazilian ports and Argentina

Effective January 2018, CMA CGM will be offering a  new cargo-passenger service on the “Sirius” route between Mediterranean ports and Brazil and Argentina with its 10,600 TEU 10-passenger CMA CGM Litani, built in 2014.

The port rotation for this service is Malta, Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia, Algeciras, Salvador, Itaguai, Santos, Itapoa and Buenos Aires, with return via Rio Grande, Itajai, Itapoa, Santos, Itaguai, Tangier and Algeciras to Malta.

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Sample fares for the full 56-day round voyage are €5,715 per person double or €6,275 for sole use of a double cabin. The Owners Cabin bears a supplement of €560 per person.  Genoa to Santos is 19 days at €2,015 per person double or €2,215 for sole use of a double, while Genoa to Buenos Aires is 23 days at €2,415 per person double or €2,645 for sole use of a double. On the opposite direction, Santos to Genoa is 22 days at €2,315 per person double or €2,535 for sole use of a double. The Owners Cabin is €10 per person per day extra.

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The 6-passenger CMA CGM Cayenne is one of three ships carrying passengers to and from north Brazil

CMA CGM also offers service to north Brazil, with regular sailings by the 2,140 TEU CMA CGM Cayenne, CMA CGM Marseille and CMA CGM Saint Laurent, each carrying 6 passengers from London, Rotterdam and Le Havre to St Martin, Port of Spain, Degrad de Cannes and the Brazilian ports of Vila do Conde, Fortaleza and Natal before returning via Algeciras to London.

For further details on any CMA CGM departure please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

How To Get Away From South Korea By Cargo Ship: For Passengers Wanting To Sail From The Republic of Korea To The USA And Europe

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The APL New York sails from Qingdao to Los Angeles in 18 days

Since 2014, it has no longer been possible for passengers to depart South Korea by cargo ship as the government has banned all cargo passenger embarkations. Disembarkation is still allowed, however.

For those in Korea wanting to travel by cargo ship, this now means having to travel from a port outside Korea. Japan might come first to mind but most passenger-carrying ships at Japanese ports call inbound first but not outbound, making the longer voyage durations impractical. And travelling via Taiwan can sometimes mean visa complications with China.

With passengers being allowed on the APL New York, however, on the Hangzhou Bay Bridge service, the Port of Qingdao now offers an opportunity for travellers from South Korea, who can catch Weidong Ferry’s overnight boat from Incheon, near Seoul, to Qingdao. Ferry bookings can be made directly with Weidong.

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The overnight ferry crossing from Incheon to Qingdao takes seventeen hours

A good summary of this service is provided by The Man in Seat 61:

“Trains link Seoul & Incheon frequently, 39 km, journey time 58 minutes. The ship sails from Incheon’s 2nd International Ferry Terminal at 17:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays arriving Qingdao at 09:00 next day. The one-way fare for a bed in a 4-berth business class cabin is about 88,000 won or 750 RMB.”

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Passengers can travel overnight on the Weidong Ferry from Incheon to join their cargo ship in Qingdao

Qingdao to Los Angeles then takes 18 days and the fare is €1,915 per person in one of the two Owners Cabins or €2,095 for sole use of same. But one must plan in advance as there is only one sailing every six weeks. Service is also available to Oakland, which is four days more and an extra €400 per person double or €440 more single.

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The 10-berth CMA CGM Andromeda is one of eight ships running from Qingdao to ports in the Mediterranean

More frequent connections are available to Europe on CMA CGM’s Mediterranean Club Express, Qingdao to Malta in 30 days (from €3,115 per person double, €3,415 single), Qingdao to Barcelona in 36 days (from €3,715 per person double, €4,075 single) and Qongdao to Genoa in 40 days (from €4,115 per person double, €4,515 single).

APL is part of CMA CGM Group. For details of booking cargo ship voyages on APL and CMA CGM please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.