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.

Map of the CIMEX 1 Columbus PNW Service

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.

 

On The Weekly Independent Container Line Route: Cabins Available From Liverpool To Philadelphia In May

Independent VoyagerThree Hamburg shipowners operate four ships in the Independent Container Line’s weekly service from Liverpool to Philadelphia (Chester PA). The Independent Venture and Independent Voyager (left) each carry five passengers and the Independent Pursuit and Independent Spirit two each. There are still some cabins available from Liverpool in May, including Owners cabins, on the following sailings. The voyage time from Liverpool to Philadelphia is 10 days and passenger fares are  €1,408 per person in double occupancy and €1,608 for sole use of a double cabin. Note that if you are not a US or Canadian citizen you will need a full US B1/B2 visa to enter the United States on this service.

Bookings are also possible from Antwerp before Liverpool and Wilmington NC after Philadelphia.  Eastbound, ships leave Chester on Wednesdays and Wilmington on Fridays, arriving at Antwerp on Tuesdays. UK-bound passengers must leave the ship here but but can be back in the UK the same day on a through Eurostar ticket from Antwerp to London St Pancras Station. Space is still available on the following sailings:

Independent Voyager – May 5, 2018
Independent Spirit – May 12, 2018
Independent Venture – May 19, 2018
Independent Pursuit – May 26, 2018

To book a Transatlantic cargo ship voyage on one of the Independent ships or for further details please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

New Southampton To Vancouver Cargo-Passenger Service Via Savannah, Colombia, Panama and The US West Coast

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The m.v. Barbara carries eight passengers in four double-bedded en suite cabins with views

Peter Doehle’s 65,740-ton deadweight container ship Barbara has been assigned to a new cargo-passenger route between Southampton, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp and Le Havre, by way of Savannah, Cartagena and the Panama Canal, to Puerto Quetzal, Long Beach, Oakland, Tacoma and Vancouver BC. She then returns from Vancouver via Oakland, Long Beach and Balboa, through the Panama Canal again to Cartagena, Caucedo and Savannah before returning to Southampton.

The round voyage takes 70 days while the voyage times from Southampton to Vancouver and Vancouver back to Southampton are 35 days in either direction. Calls in Vancouver are made at Fraser-Surrey Docks. The cargo side of the service is operated by five container lines comprising The Alliance. Cabins are now available for scheduled sailings from Southampton on/about May 31, August 9 and October 10.

Built in 2010, the Barbara has four double-bedded cabins. The fare is €6,709 per person for the full round voyage (€7,619 for a single passenger), or €3,559 for the one-way trip from Southampton to Vancouver (€4,014 for a single), and the same Vancouver back to Southampton. Air-conditioned with indoor swimming pool, all cabins have views and age limits are 6 to 80 maximum. This voyage can also be turned into part of a round-the-world routing bu lonking up at Oakland with CMA CGM’s Columbus JAX service to the Far East and New York via Suez. Full US B1/B2 visa required for any US port calls.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com. Ask about round-the-world cruises as well.

Atlantic Container Line’s North Atlantic Cargo-Passenger Service Opens This Week Between Hamburg, Antwerp and Liverpool and Halifax, New York and Baltimore With Return To Liverpool

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The Atlantic Sail is one of five 12-passenger G4 cargo ships now carrying passengers Trans-Atlantic

The Cruise People Ltd is pleased to announce the opening this week of a new cargo-passenger service between Europe and North America with five new ACL vessels called the G4’s. Delivered over the past two years to Grimaldi Lines subsidiary ACL, these ships now offer a weekly year-round fixed day of the week passenger service between Hamburg, Antwerp and Liverpool in Europe and Halifax, New York and Baltimore in North America.

Sample transit times are 9 nights Liverpool to Halifax and 11 nights Liverpool to New York, while in the reverse New York to Liverpool is 14 nights and Halifax to Liverpool 7 nights.

To book, you will need to act quickly as sailings in some months are fully booked. Bookings are being accepted for departures from April on the following rotation:-

PORT OF CALL                    DAY
HAMBURG                               0
ANTWERP                               3
LIVERPOOL                             6
HALIFAX                                 15
NEWARK                                17
BALTIMORE                            19
PORTSMOUTH                       21
HALIFAX                                  24
LIVERPOOL                             31

Accommodations and Fares

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There are three fare codes for booking this service: CU1, CU2, CUR, and a €70 per person booking fee.

CU1: departures from Hamburg/Antwerp/Liverpool to Halifax and v.v.

Outside Cabins: €937.50 per passenger, double occupancy, €1,312.50 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €1,625 per passenger, double occupancy, €2,250 single occupancy

CU2: departures from Hamburg/Antwerp/Liverpool to New York and Baltimore only and v.v.

Outside Cabins: €1,225 per passenger, double occupancy, €1,625 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €1,875 per passenger, double occupancy, €2,625 single occupancy

CUR: round voyages, Hamburg/Hamburg, Antwerp/Antwerp, Liverpool/Liverpool only

Outside Cabins: €2,625 per passenger, double occupancy, €3,062.50 single occupancy

Owners Cabin: €3,875 per passenger, double occupancy, €4,750 single occupancy

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ACL Owners Lounge

The five newly-built vessels operating on this Line are the Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Sun. All are registered in Liverpool.

Facilities on each vessel include a gym, TV, movies (DVD), laundry, books, karaoke machine, PlayStation. There is also a sauna on each vessel but not a swimming pool.

ACL is a signatory to the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) so passengers will be eligible to enter the USA on an ESTA – see notes below *

Predecessor lines of ACL included cargo liners operated by famous passenger carriers Cunard Line, French Line, Holland America Line and Swedish American Line

For further details on booking a voyage with ACL 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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  • An ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) will allow a passenger to stay in the US for 90 days. Fingerprinting is required at the first US port of call. A full visa will allow a passenger to remain in the US until the date designated on the Visa. Again, fingerprinting is required at the first US port of call. Any individuals that are citizens of a VWP country who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country) are no longer eligible to travel to the US under VWP and other restrictions apply based on the current government. Authorization by ESTA does not determine whether a traveler is admissible to the United States. US Customs & Border Protection officers determine admissibility upon travellers’ arrival.