MSC Seaside Heads For Miami – Cruise Passenger Growth At Montreal – Hamburg-Süd Ships To Drop Passenger Trade

The Cruise Examiner for 11th December 2017

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Viking Cruises’ Viking Sky at Montreal’s Terminal T3, temporarily adapted for cruise ship use in 2016 and now used for overflow

As MSC Cruises’ new MSC Seaside, first of a new class of cruise ship, heads for her christening by Sophia Loren in Miami next week, we have a look at her on board offering. Montreal meanwhile reports a record cruise season, with 114,517 visitors in 2017. And Maersk Line’s December 1 acquisition of Hamburg-Süd will see the latter’s container ships leave the passenger trades.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                        (See previous columns)

Philadelphia and Charleston to New Zealand and Australia Container Ship Passenger Service Via Panama – Round Voyage 70 Days

Five “Spirit” ships, the Spirit of AucklandSpirit of Melbourne, Spirit of Shanghai, Spirit of Singapore and  Spirit of Sydney now run in the well-established Hamburg-Süd cargo-passenger service from Philadelphia and Charleston via Cartagena and Balboa to Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, then on to Port Chalmers, Napier and Tauranga before returning via Auckland, Punta Manzanillo in Panama and Cartagena to Philadelphia again. The meat-packing port of Philadelphia is of course the destination for most of the New Zealand lamb that arrives in these ships.

These modern 3,630 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container) ships offer one Owners Cabin and one more cabin, either a single or a double depending on the ship. The quickest southbound transit time is 24 days from Charleston to Auckland or 28 days Charleston to Sydney and the quickest northbound is 26 days from Auckland to Philadelphia or 37 days Melbourne to Philadelphia. The full 70-day round trip starts at €7,085 (about £6,075 or US $10,125) per person and one-way bookings are possible.

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

Trio of US East Coast-Australia-New Zealand Ships Relaunch Cargo-Passenger Service – Three More Ships To Follow

Spirit of Sydney © Roberto Smera

The container ship Spirit of Sydney (ex-Bahia Negra) carries three passengers in an Owners cabin and a single cabin.

With the renaming of the Spirit of Melbourne (ex-Bahia Grande), Spirit of Sydney (ex-Bahia Negra) and Spirit of Auckland (ex-Bahia), the cargo-passenger service from Philadelphia and Charleston to Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, and on to Port Chalmers, Napier and Tauranga sees a relaunch and bookings are once again being taken. Three more ships are likely to follow in the Spirit of Shanghai (ex-Bahia Castillo), Spirit of Singapore (ex-Bahia Blanca) and Spirit of Hamburg (ex-Bahia Laura).

These ships offer one Owners Cabin and one more cabin, either single or double depending on the ship. The quickest southbound transit time is 25 days from Charleston to Auckland or 28 days Charleston to Sydney and the quickest northbound is 26 days from Auckland to Philadelphia or 36 days Melbourne to Philadelphia. The full 70-day round trip starts at €7,085 (about £6,075 or US $10,125) per person and one-way bookings are also possible.

For further details and bookings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk..

New Cargo-Passenger Service Between Genoa and Vancouver via the Panama Canal – Two Single Cabins Available – 77-day Round Trip

Cap Jackson © Marine TrafficUpdate 01.11.14:  Hamburg-Süd’s 50,270-ton deadweight container ship Cap Jackson has been assigned to a new cargo-passenger route between Genoa, Fos-sur-Mer, Barcelona and Valencia, by way of Cartagena and the Panama Canal, to Manzanillo, Los Angeles, Oakland, Tacoma and Vancouver. She then returns from Vancouver via Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles and Manzanillo, by way of Panama again, Cartagena and Caucedo, to Lisbon, Tangier, Valencia, Cagliari, Livorno and Genoa. The round voyage takes 77 days while the voyage from Barcelona to Vancouver is 34 days and Vancouver back to Genoa is 40 days. Built in 2010, and sailing from Barcelona this morning (01.11.14) on her way to Vancouver, the Cap Jackson has two single cabins. Fares begin at €6,850 for the round voyage (€7,235 in the Owners single), and €3,195 for the one-way trip from Barcelona to Vancouver (€3,365 in the Owners). Air-conditioned with elevator, both cabins have views to the side of the ship (so no container stow in the way) and age limits are 6 to 79 maximum. This voyage can also be turned into part of a round-the-world routing by linking up with CMA CGM’s Columbus Loop service to the Far East and New York via Suez.

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