Winter & Spring Liner Voyages In French Ships: To St Maarten By CMA CGM Container Ship And Back By Croisières de France’s Horizon

CMA CGM Homere © C Costa

CMA CGM Homère and three sister ships carry six passengers on their run from London to the Caribbean and South America

This winter, sail to St Maarten by cargo ship, with regular 12-night sailings from London Tilbury to Philipsburg, and calls at Rouen and Le Havre before leaving Europe. The present ships in this service, CMA CGM Aristote, CMA CGM Herodote, CMA CGM Homère and CMA CGM Platon, are fitted with an Owners and two double cabins, passenger lounge, gym and swimming pool. Passengers dine with the officers and are allowed to visit the bridge.

When the exisiting ships are replaced by three new ships, CMA CGM Cayenne, CMA CGM Marseille and CMA CGM Saint Laurent, this autumn, the present trio will be transferred to a new Med-Caribbean service serving Panama, Colombia and the French West Indies.

Whichever ship you book on, regular sailings give you the opportunity to tailor the length of your stay in St Maarten, with the fare from London Tilbury being €1,200 (about £885) per person double, or €1,320 (about £975) pp in the Owners Cabin, and €1,320 single (about £975), or €1,560 (about £1,155) in the Owners Cabin. Fares for the 10-night crossing from Le Havre start at €1,000 (about £739) or €1,100 (about £815) single. Fares include port charges and complimentary French table wine with lunch and dinner. While French-owned, all four ships are registered in London.

Horizon at St Maarten © Franck Senant

Crosières de France’s Horizon is seen here in an evening view before departing Philipsburg, St Maarten

Then, on March 28, 2016, sail from St Maarten to Barcelona on a 12-night voyage on board Croisières de France’s 1,442-berth Horizon, the first ship ever built for Celebrity Cruises and still trading within the Royal Caribbean group. After an 8-night Atlantic crossing, calls are made at Madeira (April 5) and Gibraltar (April 7) before arriving at Barcelona on April 9. The cruise-only fare for an outside cabin with port charges, drinks package and gratuities included begins at £503 per person and there is also an all-inclusive single fare of £569.

Included in your Horizon fare are all meals in non-speciality restaurants, on board bars and lounges, entertainment, live music, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including some premium brands, port charges and gratuities. The Horizon is operated for Croisières de France by Pullmantur Cruises of Madrid and is registered in Malta.

Return voyages from St Maarten are also avaialble by cargo ship but as the voyage calls at Trinidad, Guyane and three ports in northern Brazil before returning to Europe, the return to London takes 30 days. Please ask for fares.

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail