Liverpool-Philadelphia Cargo-Passenger Service Back To Weekly

Independent Venture

The 6-berth Independent Venture joins three other passenger-carrying container ships on a 28-day round voyage

With her first passenger sailing in October , the Independent Venture will rejoin the Independent Container Line route between Antwerp and Liverpool in Europe and Chester PA and Wilmington NC in America. The Independent Venture can accommodate up to six passengers in an Owners and two Double cabins, and joins the passenger service on October 4 at Antwerp and October 7 at Liverpool. The other ships on this route are the Independent Pursuit, Independent Spirit and Independent Voyager.

This service has proven to be one of our most reliable over the years and is now back to a weekly fixed day of the week frequency. Westbound, sailings leave Antwetp on Wednesdays and Liverpool on Fridays, arriving at Chester on Tuesdays and Wilmington on Fridays. Eastbound, ships leave Chester on Wednesdays and Wimington 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.

Fares can be found here but due to a lower exchange rate, the dollar fares are now lower  (use $1.24 to the Euro instead of $1.35). Service outline with fares. Note that if you are not a US or Canadian citizen you will need a full US visa to enter any United States port on this service.

To book a Transatlantic cargo ship voyage on the ICL route 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.

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Liverpool-Philadelphia Cargo-Passenger Service Now Offered Three Weeks Out Of Four With the Arrival of Spring

Independent VoyagerThis winter, the North Atlantic passenger service offered by Peter Zylmann Freighter Cruises has been operating with just one ship, the Independent Voyager (left), one of four that operate under charter to the Independent Container Line, with a sailing every 28 days.

Effective this spring, however, the Independent Pursuit and Independent Spirit have once again resumed carrying passengers, so that there is now service from Antwerp and Liverpool three weeks out of four.

The ships generally leave Antwerp on Wednesdays and Liverpool on Saturdays, and ports served in the USA are Chester PA (for Philadelphia) and Wilmington NC. Sailings from Chester take place on Wednesdays and from Wilmington on Fridays.

As only a few cabins are offered one should reserve early for this service. Typical fares for the Liverpool to Chester 10-day voyage are €1398 per person double and €1598 single.

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

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean by Container Ship by Client Scott Muc

Ind Accord Going Aboard

The view on boarding the Independent Accord – home for 11 days

Cruise People client Scott Muc sailed from Wilmington NC to Antwerp in the Independent Accord. Link here to Scott’s website.

June 24th, 2014.  I have finished the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean via container ship. It was a great experience that I’ll happily do again. 11 days wasn’t enough, and I would be happy to spend a month next time around.

Too Much Twine on my Hands

A blog post probably wouldn’t do the experience justice so I decided to play around with a basic word game engine to give you a more self-directed tour. Hope you enjoy it!

Working with Twine was quite enjoyable and I could see myself using it a lot in many different lines of work. If I was still consulting, it would become a prominent tool in my tool-belt. My biggest complaint with it is that the documentation is all online so I couldn’t figure out how to do anything more sophisticated than what I created.

Man Over-bored

Honestly, that header was just for the pun factor. What amazed me about the voyage was how quick it went by. I didn’t think once that I wanted it to end and that I was bored. I savoured not being in a rush to do anything. The only structure to my days revolved around meals which were at: 07:30, 12:30, and 17:30. That set my rythym for the 11 days.

Ind Accord Pax View Fwd © Scott Muc

The view from Scott’s cabin

Crew Man Group

The ship was run by a crew of 21, all male. The captain was Romanian and the rest of the officers were Croatian. The chief engineer was Ukrainian and the rest were Filipino. Everyone was very nice, but when asked for their name, they simply asked to be addressed by their position (Third, Chief, etc…).

Retrospective

What Went Well:

  • Scotch – Sipping 18yo Glenlivet was a wonderful way to be even more relaxed
  • Jambox – This dependable gadget has been filling rooms with tunes well for several years now
  • Offline Wikipedia – Wow! I cannot believe how much I perused Wikipedia while I was on this trip.
  • 11 days of no expenses – Being disconnected is a good way to not spend money.

Not So Well:

  • Gym clothes – There’s an exercise room with a stationary bike. I wasn’t always allowed on the main deck (to do laps around the ship) so being able to do 30min of hard cardio would have been good to stave off the belly I grew.
  • Scotch – One bottle was definitely not enough.
  • Offline map – I would have liked to better explore the route and plan the rest of my trip better.
  • Making Twine tour at the last minute – I wish I had a skeleton of it done much earlier so I could get more details from the crew.
Ind Accord Promenade Deck

The Independent Accord‘s “promenade deck” – good for exercise

Action Items: I’ll definitely do this again and I’ll be sure to come with a fitness plan. Though that directly opposes the action to bring more liquor.

Offline By Default

Being disconnected from the world for 11 days was a far better experience than I had expected. It’s made me realize I need to create a habit of disconnecting. It brought me back to the era when your computer was offline by default, and you had to explicitly connect to see what’s going on in the rest of the Internet universe. This experience has shown me that I like that. It may sound backwards to a lot of people, but the computer has always been a tool, not an entertainment device (gaming being the exception). My phone may eventually be the only always-connected device, but even then, I turn off all notifications and keep it silent.

Let the Eurotrip Begin

After a €140 ride through immigration and into Antwerp, I can begin the next phase of my journey!

Those wishing to know more about container ship travel can call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Content and all photos © Scott Muc