CMA CGM’s New Kingston Container Terminal Brings About A Return Of Cargo-Passenger Service To And From Jamaica


CMA CGM’s intention to make Kingston, Jamaica, into a Caribbean hub port has brought about a revival of regular passenger links between Europe and Jamaica, as well as a new opportunity to take a local Caribbean freighter cruise from Kingston to countries where passengers used to cruise in banana boats.

With Kingston’s proximity to the mouth of the newly-enlarged Panama Canal, CMA CGM has 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).

The four 12-passenger container ships that previously operated on the French West Indies Line, CMA CGM Fort St Georges, Fort St Louis, Fort St Pierre and Fort Ste Marie, now offer 33 passenger-carrying sailings a year, sailing from Rotterdam, London, Hamburg, Antwerp and Le Havre to Caucedo in the Dominican Republic and then Kingston, Jamaica, before making three calls in Central America and returning to Kingston once more before heading back to the same ports in Europe. The UK terminal is DP World’s new London Gateway Terminal, which opened in November 2013.


One-way passenger service is available to or from any of the ports mentioned. From London to Kingston takes 17 days and the fare is €1,985 per person double or €2,155 single while Kingston to London takes 14 days with a fare of €1,655 per person double or €1,795 single including extras. Each ship accommodates a maximum of twelve passengers in one Owners Cabin, four Twin cabins and two Single cabins and features a swimming pool and passenger lounge. Dining is with the officers and includes complimetary table wine with lunch and dinner.

A new cargo-passenger cruise is also offered on these ships, round trip from Kingston. The 11-night cruise takes in Santo Tomas de Castilla (Guatemala), Puerto Cortes (Honduras) and Puert Limon (Costa Rica). The 11-night cruise costs €1,325 per person double or €1,435 for a single cabin.

The Transatlantic voyages and the Caribbean cruise can also be taken together as a 42-day cruise, with fares of €4,735 per person double or €5,155 single. The Owners suite is available for an additional €10 per person per day.

With a three-times monthly Transatlantic service and the same for the round the Caribbean cruise from Kingston, capacity on each route is about 36 berths a month, or 430 travellers annually in each direction to and from 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