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

Barbara © Aratino

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.

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THE Alliance EC.5 Cargo-Passenger Service Connects Halifax and Singapore – East Coast North America With Southeast Asia

Malleco - Peter Doehle

This spring THE Alliance, made up of Hapag-Lloyd, K Lines, MOL, NYK Line, United Arab Shipping and Yang Ming Lines. began several new joint services.  Although none of these owners carry passengers, the use of chartered vessels such as Peter Doehle’s Malleco (above) offers an occasional opportunity for travellers.

In this case, the new route is East Coast Loop 5, or EC.5, connecting the East Coast of North America with Southeast Asia. Ports of call include New York, Savannah, Norfolk and Halifax, thence a long transit via the Suez Canal to Jebel Ali, Singapore, Laem Chabang, Cai Mep, Singapore and Colombo, and a return via Suez to Halifax and New York. Singapore and Halifax each receive two calls, one inward and one outward, and the full round voyage takes 77 days.

The fastest transits between Singapore and Halifax are 23 days westbound to Halifax and 31 days eastbound to Singapore.

EC.5

The Portuguese-flag Malleco serves the EC.5 route, with three double cabins for a total of six passengers. The Malleco‘s first inbound call at Halifax took place on Friday, May 12.

The coastal voyage can also be booked, but only the 11-night round trip from Haifax to New York, Savannah and Norfolk and back. Remember, however, that non US and Canadian citizens need a full US visa to enter US ports by cargo ship,

For fares and availability for this service please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

m.v. Leto Takes Over Europe-California Cargo-Passenger Service – Felixstowe to Long Beach Is 26 Days For £2,215 Single Or Double

Leto

Peter Doehle’s m.v. Leto © Ron van de Velde

The Peter Doehle-owned m.v. Leto will be taking over the passenger service on MSC’s “USA West Coast Express” service from the MSC Corboba and MSC Monterey. The full round voyage is 56 days, and while other ports can also be booked, the voyage from Felixstowe to Long Beach is 26 days while that from Long Beach to Felixstowe 30 days.

The Leto‘s port rotation will be Felixstowe – Bremerhaven – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Le Havre – Sines (Portugal) – Panama Canal – Long Beach – Oakland – Manzanillo (Mexico) – Balboa – Panama Canal – Cristobal – Sines – Felixstowe. Her first departure has been scheduled for about July 8.

The ship can carry four passengers in one Owners Cabin and two Singles. Sample fare for the 26-day voyage Felixstowe to Long Beach is €2,714 (about £2,215 or $3,195) for either a single cabin or per person double (there is no single supplement, just single cabins).

A full US visa is required for all non-US and Canadian citizens and passengers are not booked to or from Sines, Portugal, nor Panamanian ports.

Note: Passenger service on this route has been suspended. November 2016.

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