All Change On CMA CGM Europe-Australia Cargo-Passenger Routes

CMA CGM Chopin trades to Australia

The 10-passenger CMA CGM Chopin has now moved with her four sister ships to trade between Singapore and Australia.

In April 2016, we announced six new ships, five from CMA CGM, the 10-passenger CMA CGM Bellini and her sister ships CMA CGM Chopin, Mozart, Puccini and Rossini and one from NSB, the 7-passenger MSC Monterey, for the Europe-Australia route from London Gateway via Suez to Australian ports. The CMA CGM ships were assigned to the North Europe Mediterranean Oceania Express (Nemo) service and the NSB ship to MSC’s Australia Express.

Nemo rotation

Now, fifteen months later, everything is changing again, with the five CMA CGM ships switching to Australian National Line’s weekly Asia Australia Express (AAX) between Singapore, Port Kelang and Australian ports. Three 5-passenger NSB ships have replaced the five that are moving to AAX. The NSB ships to join the Nemo service at London Gateway are the Conti Lyon, which sailed on July 19, the Buxcliff on August 16, and the Conti Paris on September 6. Each offers an Owners cabin, a double cabin and a single cabin.

Conti Paris

NSB’s 5-passenger Conti Paris is replacing CMA CGM Chopin on the Nemo service between Europe and Australia

Sailing dates from London Gateway are as follows:  Conti Lyon July 19 & October 18, 2017, and January 17, 2018; Buxcliff August 16 & November 15, 2017, and February 16, 2018; Conti Paris on September 6 & December 6, 2017, and March 7, 2018. With Conti Paris taking CMA CGM Chopin‘s position in the string, NSB ships have replaced all the CMA CGM ships in the Europe-Australia passenger trade.

London to Sydney on the Nemo service is 44 days. This compares with Le Havre to Port Kelang in 26 days on French Asia Line 1 and Port Kelang to Sydney in 15 days on the AAX service, or 41 days on board plus shore stay at Port Kelang. Port Kelang to Fremantle is six days less than Sydney, so about 35 days on board plus shore stay.

For further details on how to book passange to or from Australia (or New Zealand) 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.

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New CMA CGM And NSB Services Make Singapore Into A Hub For Australia, Europe and Indian Ocean Cargo-Passenger Services

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The 10-passenger CMA CGM Marco Polo is one of a dozen ships sailing from Singapore to Southampton in 21 days flat on French Asia Line 1, cutting transit time from Australia by 11 days

With CMA CGM’s addition of four passenger-carrying container ships to the AAX Singapore-Port Kelang-Fremantle-Sydney-Melbourne-Adelaide-Fremantle-Singapore service and the addition of the Buxhansa to Singapore-Reunion-Tanzania-Maurtius-Singapore service by NSB, more connections are available over the major Southeast Asian port.

This recent move back to Singapore began when Indian immigration prevented CMA CGM from carrying passengers on its northbound Australia-Europe ships that call at Chennai and Cochin, thus chasing five ships from the northbound Australia passenger trade. This is not entirely bad news however as the Nemo Line ships took 32 days from Singapore to London, the substitute French Asia Line 1 runs Singapore to Southampton in 21 days, knocking 11 days and €1,210 per person off the elapsed northbound voyage time. Singapore hotels and meals are extra of course but this can usually be kept to between three and five days.

Sydney to Singapore is 15 nights on the Nemo Line or 20 nights via Fremantle on the AAX Line, while the voyage time between Singapore and Fremantle is 9 days in either direction on the AAX Line. This means that one can sail from Fremantle to Southampton with a total of only 30 days at sea and a few days break at Singapore en route.

The addition of an Indian Ocean departure from Singapore by the Buxhansa every eight weeks means that Réunion, Madagascar, Mozambique and Mauritius have been added to the list of destinations that can be reached from either Europe or Australia with a change of ship at Singapore.

For further details on any of these sailings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

NSB’s Buxhansa Opens 56-Day Indian Ocean & East Africa Service, Calling Singapore, Reunion, Madagascar, Mozambique & Mauritius

Buxhansa

NSB’s 34,020-ton Buxhansa accommodates up to five passengers in an Owners, a Double and a Single cabin.

NSB Freighter Cruises advised today that the m.v. Buxhansa has joined a new Southeast Asia – Indian Ocean – East Africa – Southeast Asia service, with the following port rotation:

Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Pointe des Galets, Reunion – Tamatave, Madagascar – Maputo, Mozambique – Beira, Mozambique – Nacala, Mozambique – Port Louis, Mauritius – Singapore. Passengers travelling from Europe may also use this service to change ship at Singapore for Maputo (19 days from Singapore) and Beira (22 days). Port Louis to Singapore on the reverse direction is 14 days.

The full round voyage duration is set at 56 days. The ship is fitted with a swimming pool and fares run from €85-90 per person double occupancy and €90-110 single plus port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee.

The next scheduled departure dates from Singapore are on/about July 17, on/about September 11 and on/about November 06, 2017.

For further details please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0020 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Canadian Sailings: MSC Monterey Reinstates Montreal-Genoa Passenger Service Last Offered By Hanjin Palermo In November 2012

MSC Monterey

Note: Service NSB’s MSC Monterey now offers a 28-day round trip vyage between Montreal and Genoa, calling at Gioia Tauro and Livorno while on the eastbound voyage from Montreal, with a direct return to the St Lawrence port. Service was temporary and has now ended. We think that this is MSC’s spare ship as she never stays on on route for very long!

MSC MONTEREY, round trip duration about 28 days, 1 Owners & 2 Double cabins

Route: Montreal – Gioia Tauro – Leghorn – Genoa – Montreal

For the time being bookings are only possible for the following departures:

From Montreal about November 16 / December 14 / January 11

From Genoa about December 02 / December 30 / January 27

A waitlist has been opened for later departures.

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.

Last Minute Transatlantic Cargo Ship Voyage, Europe to the USA In September and USA to Europe In October On NSB’s m.v. Buxcoast

Buxcoast © bassheiner at Fleetmon

A last-minute round voyage has been announced by NSB for its 68,800-ton m.v. Buxcoast, a vessel equipped with an Owners Cabin, Double Cabin and Single Cabin. Fares start at €90 per person per day double and €85 per day single (a negative single supplement!) plus port charges, deviation insurance and booking fee. Single occupancy of a double cabin is €105 per day.

  • Departs Rotterdam about September 09, 2016
  • Le Havre about September 10-11
  • New York about September 19/20
  • Norfolk about September 21/22
  • Charleston about September 23
  • Antwerp about October 03
  • Bremerhaven about October 4/5
  • Rotterdam October 07
  • Arrives Le Havre about October 08, 2016

Dine with the officers in a ship equipped with a passenger lounge, indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. Intending passengers who are not US or Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Visa to enter the United States this way as cargo ships are not party to the various visa waiver schemes. Act now in order to secure space.

For further information on this voyage, or travel by cargo ship in general, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

A Revival In The Australian Cargo-Passenger Trade – Princess Cruises Announces 39 Japan Sailings In 2017 – Costa Asia Up To Five Ships

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Diamond Princess

The Japanese-built London-registered Diamond Princess will offer 39 cruises from Tokyo and Kobe in 2017

As recently as January, we wrote that the direct Europe-Australia cargo-passenger trade was drawing to a close. Now, only three months later, the vagaries of the world container ship market mean we can report that four 10-passenger container ships are rejoining the route for CMA CGM, offering a one-way passenger capacity of about 150 berths per year. Elsewhere, we cover two Carnival Asia stories. Princess Cruises will next year offer thirty-nine cruises from Japan on its 2,674-berth Japanese-built Diamond Princess. Meanwhile, Costa is sending its 1,578-berth Costa NeoRomantica to China, in a move that will soon see Costa Asia operating five ships in the fast-growing China market.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                         (See previous columns)

A Revival In The Australian Cargo-Passenger Trade With Four Newly-Assigned Ships From CMA CGM And Another From NSB

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The CMA CGM Bellini is one of five CMA CGM container ships now offering 180 berths per year between Europe and Australia

As recently as January we wrote that the direct Europe-Australia cargo-passenger trade had closed. Now, only three months later, with the vagaries of the world container ship market, we can report that five 10-passenger container ships are joining the route for CMA CGM, with a one-way passenger capacity of about 180 berths a year.

In January,  CMA CGM had just withdrawn the 6-passenger CMA CGM Matisse and CMA CGM Utrillo, its last two remaining passenger-carrying ships on the direct Europe-Australia-New Zealand service via Panama.

At the same time, the 7-passenger MSC Monterey and sister ships were being moved from the Suez route to other services, with the MSC Monterey now serving the Europe to California trade.

Ten years earlier there had been fifteen passenger-carrying container ships running between Europe and Australasia. But now, two basic alternatives remained for cargo ship passengers travelling from Europe, and both involved a change of ship, either in the USA or in Asia. And in recent months, the only direct cargo-passenger service between Europe and Australia has been a single-ship service by the 10-passenger CMA CGM Bellini.

However, there is now very good news for travellers to and from Australia in that the Bellini‘s sister ships CMA CGM Chopin, Mozart, Puccini and Rossini are now joining the North Europe Med Oceania (NEMO) Line via Suez, resulting in sailings about every three weeks.

Port rotation is London Gateway, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Le Havre, then Fos sur Mer, Genoa and Damietta, Egypt, in the Mediterranean, through Suez to Réunion and thence Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. The return voyage brings the ships to Singapore and Port Kelang then back to Europe via Chennai, Colombo and Cochin to Damietta, Malta, Salerno and London Gateway.

As well as embarking in London, passengers may now join in the Mediterranean. Genoa to Sydney for example is 33 days compared to 44 days from London. The fastest trip from Europe to Australia is 25 days Genoa to Fremantle. Fares are set at €110 per passenger per day in double or twin cabins, or €120/130 per day single.

On the return voyage, passengers from Australia are able if they wish to transfer at Singapore to the French Asia Line 1, which offers a 21-day transit to Southampton, compared with the 32 days it takes to get to Tilbury on the NEMO Line.

MSC FlaminiaService is also once more available on the MSC route on the MSC Flaminia. But this 5-passenger ship, which is managed by Bremen-based NSB on behalf of German owners, is still subject to last-minute transfers to other MSC routes. Nevertheless, the Australia to UK return can be booked as a through voyage.

The MSC Australia Express starts at the new London Gateway terminal on the Thames, proceeding via Antwerp and Le Havre to Fos sur Mer, La Spezia, Naples and Gioia Tauro in the Med, and via Suez to Mauritius and Réunion before proceeding to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.

While northbound passages from Australia to Europe can be booked on the NSB ships via Singapore, Colombo, King Abdullah and through Suez to Valencia and London Gateway, the full 91day trip can also be booked as a full round voyage.

For further information on booking your sea passage between Europe and Australia please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.