ACL Delays Re-Opening North Atlantic Passenger Service Until Late 2020; Remaining Capacity Is Limited So Act Now To Sail This Year!

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The 12-berth Atlantic Star and  sister ships are now wait-listing passengers for 2021 crossings

On Friday 22nd May ACL parent Grimaldi Lines announced at its Naples passenger office that “it has been decided to suspend passenger service on ACL, G4  vessels until the end of 2020.”

After several weeks of valiantly trying to maintain its weekly passenger service between Hamburg, Antwerp and Liverpool and Halifax, New York and Baltimore, the complications caused by Covid-19 have finally made it impossible to continue. Many affected passengers have rebooked for 2021 while those that are still booked to travel this year are being contacted now about alternative sailings.

The five ACL ships carry 12 passengers each and offer a capacity each year of 600 passengers in each direction. Earlier this year, the line often had its ships fully booked four months in advance.

Because CMA CGM has closed passenger bookings on its own North Atlantic ships, this leaves only the four ships that serve the independent Container Line route and two chartered NSB ships operating on CMA CGM’s Victory Bridge Service  to carry passengers between north Europe and the US East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

Independent Pursuit

The Independent Pursuit and fleetmates carry a few passengers on each of their 28-day round voyages.

The Hamburg-owned Independent Horizon, Independent Pursuit, Independent Spirit and Independent Vision operate an alternate weekly service. between Antwerp, Southampron, Chester PA and Wilmington NC. Each ship has a different layout and fares vary from €99 to €119 per person per day plus €335 each in dues and taxes. Non-US and Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 visa to enter the US on this route.

Buxcliff

The Buxcliff carries five passengers in two double cabins and one single.

Meanwhile, NSB’s Brussels and Buxcliff operate a 49-day round voyage from Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven to Charleston and Miami, and the Mexican ports of Veracruz and Altamira, returning to Europe via Houston and New Orleans. Each ship has three double cabins and fares vary from €98 to €117 per person per day plus €318 each in dues and taxes. As NSB is a signatory to the US Visa Waiver Scheme, it is possible to enter the USA with an ESTA on this route.

For further details or to book please call +44 (207) 723-2450 or in the US dial 1-800-516-6950, or email Miri Lopusna at PassageEnquiry@aol.com

NSB’s Conti Annapurna Allows Easy ESTA Entry To The USA From Far East Ports In China, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong

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The Conti Annapurna was built in 2004 and can accommodate 10 passengers

The entry of the 101,662-ton deadweight container shp Conti Annapurna to Ocean Network Express’s EC-1 TranspacifIc East Coast service alllows holders of ESTA’s (as opposed to full B1/B2 visas) to enter the US at Savannah, Jacksonville, Charleston or Norfok on her round voyages to and from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong and Hong Kong.

ONE EC-1 ServiceThe full rotation is Savannah (day 0), Jacksonville (day 2), Charleston (day 3), Norfolk (day 5), Punta Manzanillio (day 12), Balboa (day13), Tokyo (day 35), Kobe (day 36), Pusan (day39), Kaohsiung (day 42), Xiamen (day 43), Hong Kong (day 44), Yantian (day 45), Shanghai (day 48), Pusan (day 50), Tokyo (day 53) Punta Manzanillo (day 72), Savannah (day 77).

The sailing dates from Asia on the present voyage are: Hong Kong May 21, Shanghai May 25, Tokyo May 30. And from North America: Savannah June 23, Jacksonville June 25, Charleston June 27, Norfolk June 30. Thence every 77 days thereafter.

While port to port bookings are available, the fare for the full 77-day round voyages varies between €7,580 and €9,120 per person depending on the cabin booked.

For further details or to book please call +44 (207) 723-2450 or in the US dial 1-800-516-6950, or email Miri Lopusna at PassageEnquiry@aol.com

Freighter Voyages Still On Offer Despite Present Virus Outbreak

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The 10-passenger CMA CGM Rhone serves the UK-Australia run via Suez

NOW: FROM THE US AND CANADA CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-516-6950

Yes, we are still in business, booking cargo ship voyages as well as ultra-luxury cruises and small ship and expedition cruises. In order to keep business going, the UK Government is helping out not only giant firms, but also small and medium size companies such as ours.

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The 12-passenger Atlantic Sail connects the US & Canada with the EU and the UK

On the customers’ side, requests this week for voyages to Australia and New Zealand will mean travellers having to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival at destination. London to Sydney takes 45 days and costs €5,977.

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The APL Phoenix offers two Owners Cabins on the UK-Australia run via Suez

The Cruise People has about 300 passenger-carrying cargo ships on its books. But since the full implications of the present worldwide virus outbreak became clear earlier this month, passenger service has been suspended on most of these ships for March, April and May, with June departures being uncertain.
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The ships continue to sail however, and we are accepting bookings for sailing dates well into 2021. Present bookings are subject to confirmation closer to sailing date, but once the travel bans and closed frontiers have been dismantled we will be back in business full time.
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Here are some links for you (we will update the website over the duration of this crisis).
For further details of booking a voyage by cargo ship please call The Cruise People on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 and ask for Miri Lopusna or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

 

 

Polsteam Now Has Seventeen Passenger-Carrying Lakers Trading Between Europe And The Great Lakes

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Polsteam’s 2011-built Lubie passing Detroit on her way inbound to Burns Harbor, Indiana

Passages aboard the modern bulk carriers of Polsteam (PZM) of Szczecin, Poland, are available from April through November on the scenic route between Amsterdam (Port of IJmuiden) and the Great Lakes. The round trip lasts 45-70 days and ships call at Cleveland, Ohio, and Burns Harbor, Indiana, and sometimes Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before proceeding to Lake Superior to load a cargo of grain for Europe. Grain loading ports are usually Thunder Bay, Ontario, or Duluth, Minnesota, but sometimes ships load at Chicago or Toledo, Ohio.

The the 35,000-ton bulk carriers Irma, Iryda, Isa, Isadora and Isolda were built in 1999-2000 and carry six 6 passengers each in an Owners, a double and two single cabins while the 30,000-ton Drawsko, Juno, Lubie, Mamry, Miedwie, Resko, Solina and Wicko and the somewhat smaller 17,080-ton San, were built in 2010-12 and carry three passengers each in a double and a single cabin, with an additional two upper berths in the double. The newest ships are the very similar Gardno, Jamno and Narie.

The ships’ Polish officers and crew are experienced in navigating the Great Lakes and St Lawrence Seaway and passengers can choose among three basic services:

1. Round Trip Tramp Voyage boarding in either Europe or North America.
2. Europe to Great Lakes Trans-Atlantic Voyage from IJmuiden (contract service)
3. Great Lakes to Europe Trans-Atlantic Voyage (tramp, usually grain).

There are now also sailings from Alexandria, Egypt, and Casablanca, Morocco, to the Canadian ports of Hamilton and Oshawa on Lake Ontario.

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The 2018-built Gardno in the Welland Canal

Three more ships, the 36,000-ton Gardno, Jamno and Narie, were added to the fleet in 2018 to bring it to seventeen St Lawrence Seaway-size ships.

Further information and fares are given here. For passenger bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0) 20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Changes For The Ten Ships On CMA CGM’s “Down Under” Cargo-Passenger Trades Between Australia And Asia

In addition to the 1998 acquisition of ANL (once the Australian National Line) by CMA CGM, the parent company recently reinstated passenger service on its London to Sydney cargo route vua Suez.  And other changes have come about more recently. For example, the ten passenger-carrying ships engqged on CMA CGM’s Australia-Asia trades have in recent months undergone a number of service and schedule changes, which we will outline here.
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The original AAX service previously offered weekly passenger service between Singapore and Port Kelang and the Australian ports of Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, on a 35-night round trip. Recently, this has been switched to a 46-night voyage that also includes Bangkok (Laem Chebang), with one ship accepting passengers every 46 days. The Australian port rotation is now Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and the new AAX service is offered by the 10-passenger CMA CGM Loire (above).
Meanwhile, a new 42-day round trip called AAX2 has also been started, with half its ships, the 10-passenger CMA CGM Bellini, Puccini and Rossini, accommodating passengers.
San Francisco II
A third 42-night service, called A3N, has been opened to connect Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with Yokohama, Osaka, Pusan (disembarkation only), the Chinese ports of Qingdao and Shanghai, and Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Three ships, the 10-berth CMA CGM Chopin and CMA CGM Mozart and the 4-berth APL Scotland, have been joined by NSB’s 6-berth San Francisco II (above) in this trade.
A fourth 48-day service, called Anzex, runs from Brisbane via the New Zealand ports of Auckland, Port Chalmers, Lyttelton, Napier and Tauranga to Hong Kong, Keelung, three ports in China and Kaohsiung. Two ships, the 5-berth CMA CGM Amber and CMA CGM Coral (below) carry on this trade. Another ship, the 6-berth Ontario II, operates betwen the same five ports in New Zealand and Port Kelang and Singapore for Southeast Asia.
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For further details of how to get around Down Under by sea call please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London at +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Two More Great Lakes Sailings From Amsterdam/IJmuiden For 2019, Plus An Eastbound Sailing From Montreal to Ghent.

Polish Steamship Company have announced that there will be two more sailings this year from IJmuiden. Destination ports will be Cleveland, Ohio, and Burns Harbor, Indiana and full service details and passage fares are available here. Both vessels feature an Owners Cabin on the Bridge Deck plus double and single cabins.

isaDue to arrive IJmuiden between 21-29.10 is the mv ISA (above) – to load a cargo of steel, likely departure early November.

Due to arrive IJmuiden between 04-12/11 is the mv ISADORA – to load a cargo of steel and depart  in second half November.

SOLINAMeanwhile, sailing in the other direction from Montreal on 29.10.19 is the mv SOLINA (above), with a full cargo of wheat bound from Duluth to the Belgian port of Ghent.

For pasenger bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London, on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email CruisePeopleML@aol.com.

 

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2.L/can   4-12/11 – mv ISADORA – tbc

Direct Europe-Australia Cargo-Passenger Service Is Back With Four Ships From CMA CGM : UK / Europe / Med / Mauritius / Australia

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The 10-passenger CMA CGM Rhone is one of four ships that now carry travellers to and from Australia in the Nemo Line service

We are pleased to announce the return of CMA CGM to the Europe-Australia route along with the 10-passenger APL Danube and CMA CGM Rhone and two 4-passenger ships (with two Owners Cabins each), the APL Detroit and APL Phoenix. The APL Danube and CMA CGM Rhone offer five Double cabins and a swimming pool, and carry a maximum of 10 passengers. All four ships have now entered Europe-Australia route from London Gateway via Suez to Australian ports, in what is called the North Europe Mediterranean Oceania Express (Nemo) Line.

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The full round voyage is 97 days and initial sailing dates are as follows:

From Sydney:  APL Danube November 19; CMA CGM Rhone December 1; APL Phoenix December 15; APL Detroit December 29. 2019.

From London: APL Phoenix October 30; APL Detroit November 13; APL Danube December 25, 2019; CMA CGM Rhone January 15, 2020; APL Phoenix February 5; APL Detroit February 19, 2020.

Note: As this is such a popular route, options will only be granted for 7 days, with no extensions.

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The officers and passengers mess on board the APL Detroit and APL Phoenix

London to Sydney on the Nemo service is 45 days. Sydney back to London is 52 days. Ports served are London – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Antwerp – Le Havre – Fos sur Mer – La Spezia – Genoa – Gioia Tauro – Mauritius – Reunion – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Fremantle – Singapore – Colombo – Gioia Tauro – Valencia – London. Fares for voyages of 20 days and more are €150 per person per day in double occupancy or €170 per day or sole use of a cabin.

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The APL Phoenix and two sister ships offer two Owners Cabins each with a common lounge

For further details on how to book passange to or from Australia please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450, UK Freephone 0800 526 313 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com

Australia Or New Zealand: If You Are Planning To Sail There By Cargo Ship In 2020, This Is What You Need To Know

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The Nordpacific and Nordmaple offer eight sailings a year to Australia, with one cabin each

For “Down Under” sea travellers, things are not what they used to be. Not that many years ago, Contship, NSB, Rickmers and P&O Nedlloyd offered direct passenger space on fifteen ships running between Europe and Australasia, with a choice of sailing via Suez or Panama. The Bank Line also ran four ships to New Zealand and Blue Star Line and Columbus Line offered frequent sailings to and from the USA. And MSC once offered regular service via Durban.

Today, NSB operate but two direct ships, the 5-passenger Buxcliff and MSC Flaminia, sailing from London Gateway and other European ports via Suez to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle. But they do not serve New Zealand. The Nordpacific and Nordmaple do offer occasional sailings via Panama that call in New Zealand, but have only one cabin each.

Other than these ships, which are always fully-booked, one needs to use one’s ingenuity if one wants to sail all the way to Australia these days.

Sailing From Europe: If one wants to sail all the way, and there is no space on the direct ships, The Cruise People can offer a through passage with change of ships en route. But here are some facts you need to know before proceeding:

  • As Singapore is now the last port of call in Asia it  is no longer a quick trip from the UK. The outbund trip is now more than twice as long as the inbound voyage
  • Port Kelang requires passengers arriving by cargo ship to be able to present a valid flight ticket back to their country of origin.

Here are some sample transit times and fares from Europe to Singapore and Port Kelang:

  • Southampton/Singapore 50 days (€6,627 pp double or €7,627 single)
  • Algeciras/Singapore 45 days (€5,977 pp double or €6,877 single)
  • Malta/Singapore 39 days (€5,197 pp double or €5,977 single

If you don’t mind buying refundable flight tickets to allow you to disembark in Port Kelang, it will cut at least two weeks off your sea time and save lots of money.

  • Southampton/Port Kelang 36 days (€4,807 pp double or €5,527 single)
  • Algeciras/Port Kelang 21 days (€2,857 pp double or €3,277 single)
  • Malta/Port Kelang 24 days (€3,247 pp double or €3,727 single)

We have regular Australian sailings from Singapore and Port Kelang to Fremantle (9 days), Sydney (15 days), Melbourne (18 days) and Adelaide (21 days). One just needs to allow enough days between sailings in case there are slippages in the schedules

Returning to Europe. If you are looking to sail just one way then we would highly recommend the northbound voyage as with Singapore now being the last port in Asia, it offers much faster sailings back to Europe. Here are the typical transit times and fares:

  • Fremantle/Singapore 8 days (€1,087 pp double or €1,247 single)
  • Sydney/Singapore 19 days, (€2,407 pp double or €2,787 single) thence
  • Singapore/Algeciras 18 days (€2,467 pp double or €2,827 single)
  • Singapore/Le Havre 21 days (€2,857 pp double or €3,277 single)
  • Singapore/Southampton 21 days (€2,857 pp double or €3,277 single)
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The CMA CGM Aquila sails on the Columbus PNW Line from Seattle and Vancouver

Sailing from North America: For other combinations involving a change of ship we list below some routings and transit times via Asia and the Pacific:

  • Oakland/Hong Kong 16 days (Columbus Jax) (€1,887 pp double or €2,207 single)
  • Oakland/Hong Kong 19 days (Pearl River) (€2,217 pp double or €2,597 single)
  • Vancouver/Qingdao 26 days (PNW Line) (€2,987 pp double or €3,507 single)
  • Vancouver/Singapore 39 days (PNW Line) (€4,417 pp double or €5,197 single)
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The CMA CGM Amber connects Hong Kong and Ningbo with Brisbane and New Zealand

With connections to Australia and New Zealand

  • Hong Kong/Brisbane 21 days (Anzex Line) (€2,647 pp double or €3067 single)
  • Ningbo/Auckland 21 days (Anzex Line) (€2,647 pp double or €3,067 single)
  • Ningbo/Brisbane 16 days (Anzex Line) (€2,047 pp double or €2,367 single)
  • Qingdao/Melbourne 18 days (A3N ANL) (€2,287 pp double or €2,647 single)
  • Qingdao/Sydney 21 days (A3N ANL) (€2,647 pp double or €3,067 single)

With return times back from Australia and New Zealand

  • Brisbane/Yokohama 12 days (A3N ANL) (€1,567 pp double or €1,807 single)
  • Singapore/Yokohama 15 days (A3N ANL) (€1,927 pp double or €2,277 single)
  • Sydney/Qingdao 20 days (A3N ANL) (€2,527 pp double or €2,927 single)
  • Tauranga/Hong Kong 14 days (Anzex Line) (€1,807 pp double or €2,087 single)

And return times back to North America

  • Hong Kong/Los Angeles 18 days (Pearl River) (€2,107 pp double or €2,467 single)
  • Singapore/Los Angeles 28 days (Columbus Jax) (€3,207 pp double or €3,767 sole)

Feel free to call or email and ask to see the various fact sheets or ask about schedules to find the possibilities that might suit you.

Miri Lopusna, who handles our freighter bookings, can respond to any specific enquiry. You can reach Miri at CruisePeopleML@aol.com

Last Minute Passenger Space From Europe To Australia And New Zealand And Back On Reederei Nord’s Nordpacific And Nordserena

Two new ships joining CMA CGM’s Pacific Australia Direct route mean we have two upcoming double cabins available from London Gateway terminal to Australia and New Zealand. The Nordpacific (built 2018) is set to sail on or about March 20 and the Nordserena (2016) on April 28.

Departures from Sydney are scheduled for the Nordserena on or about March 6 and the Nordpacific on May 5. Both ships are owned by Reederei Nord and have a forward-facing Owners cabin and table tennis, a fitness room and outside swimming pool.

The itinerary for this 91-day full round voyage is London – Dunkirk – Le Havre – New York – Savannah –  Cartagena (Colombia) – Panama Canal – Papeete (Tahiti) – Noumea (New Caledonia) – Brisbane – Sydney – Melbourne, with return by way of Nelson – Tauranga – Panama Canal – Punta Manzanillo (Panama) – Savannah – Philadelphia – Xebrugge – Rotterdam – London. Point-to-point bookings can also be accepted.

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The full round voyage fare is €10,010 (£9,099) per person plus port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee of €429 (£390) each. .

Non-US and Canadian citizens will need full US visas for any US calls as cargo ships are not included in the various visa waiver programs (also known as ESTA).

To book a cabin please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Zim Ontario And Zim San Francisco Renamed Ontario II And San Francisco II And Now Trading Australia-Asia

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The 6-passenger NSB sister ships San Francisco II and Ontario II have changed from the Seattle and Vancouver route to Israel via Asia to more local routes connecting Asia with Australia and New Zealand ports.

The two ships new routes each offer a six-week round voyage as follows:

   Singapore / New Zealand Ports & Brisbane

m/v ONTARIO II (1 Owners and 2 Double cabins, swimming pool, maximum 6 passengers), 63,600 tons.  Route: Singapore – Auckland – Lyttelton – Wellington – Napier – Brisbane – Port Kelang – Singapore.

   Australia / Japan / Korea / South China Ports

m/v SAN FRANCISCO II (1 Owners and 2 Double cabins, swimming pool, maximum 6 passengers), 63,600 tons.  Route: Melbourne – Sydney – Brisbane – Yokohama – Osaka – Pusan – Qingdao – Shanghai – Kaohsiung – Melbourne

Fares for a full round voyage of 41/42 days range between €4,605 and €5,455 per peron double and €5,195 and €6,275 single. Port to port fares are also available.

To book these ships, or any other cargo ship voyage, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email us at PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

French Container Ship CMA CGM La Traviata Offers Last-Minute Passenger Space From Le Havre To New York On January 13, 2019

CMA CGM advises that it has five cabins available on the Liberty Line for its January 13 departure from Le Havre to New York. This was once the route of the Paris, Ile de France, Normandie, Liberté and France, among other well-known ocean liners of the past. The space is available on the 10-passenger CMA CGM La Traviata. The voyage from Le Havre to New York takes eight days and fares are €1,795 per passenger double and €2,115 single, inclusive of all port charges and fees.
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The CMA CGM La Traviata carries up to ten passengers in five cabins

Bookings can also be made for the full 35-day round voyage (from any port) and one-way voyages can be booked from and to Southampton, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven and to and from Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston in the US. Fares are adjusted for extra days on board.

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Non-US and Canadian citizens need a full US B1/B2 visa to enter US ports as cargo ships are not included in the visa waiver program (also known as ESTA).

To book this North Atlantic sailng, or any other cargo ship voyage, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email us at PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

 

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