New Polsteam Cargo-Passenger Service – Now With Occasional Sailings From Teesport, England, To Ports In The Great Lakes

Wicko by Vedran MilacicThe Polish Steamship Company (Polsteam) is about to introduce a new occasional cargo-passenger service with sailings from the UK port of Teesport, to ports in the Great Lakes. The first sailing will take place in mid April with passenger bookings being taken on a standby basis.

Fares are US $1,640 per passenger in single or double cabins from Teesport to ports between Montreal and Detroit, and $1,880 to ports above Detroit. Port charges are $132 per person extra. The first sailing will be by the Wicko, pictured above by Vedran Mlacic in the Welland Canal bound for Cleveland. On the first sailing in this service, th Wicko will be sailing to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, a new port for Polsteam passengers.

Intending passengers who are not US or Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Visa to enter the United States by cargo ship.  If there are direct sailings to Canadian ports, US visas may not be required. Space may also be available from the Great Lakes once destinations are known.

Regular sailings are also still being offered twice a month from the port of IJmuiden, on the North Sea Canal near Amsterdam, to both Cleveland and Burns Harbor. For details on the regular service from IJmuiden please click here.

For further information on these voyages, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

New Polsteam Tramp-Style Cargo-Passenger Service – Occasional Sailings From Newport, Wales, To Great Lakes Ports

Juno at Ivy Lea Bridge © Lorraine MorrilThe Polish Steamship Company (Polsteam) is about to introduce a new tramp-style cargo-passenger service with occasional sailings from the UK port ot Newport, Wales, to ports in the Great Lakes. The first sailing will take place in early April and passenger bookings are being taken on a standby basis.

Fares will be US $1,640 per passenger in single or double cabins from Newport to ports between Montreal and Detroit, and $1,880 to ports above Detroit. Port charges are $132 per person extra. The first sailing will likely be by the Juno, pictured above by Lorraine Morril passing beneath the Ivy Lea Bridge in the Thousand Islands.

Intending passengers who are not US or Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Visa to enter the United States by cargo ship.  If there are direct sailings to Canadian ports, US visas may not be required. Space may also be available from the Great Lakes once destinations are known.

For further information, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com.

Great Lakes Cargo-Passenger Tramp Service To Re-Open Next April

As the Great Lakes season finishes with the last ships leaving the lakes through the St Lawrence Seaway this week, we take this opportunity to bring you an interesting video from Great Lakes Ships.

This clip shows Polsteam’s m.v. Isolda loaded with grain for Europe, leaving Lake Huron and passing under the Blue Water Bridge into the St Clair River. The bridge joins the cities of Sarnia, Ontario, in Canada (to the right) and Port Huron, Michigan, in the United States (to the left). Within a few hours, she will be passing Detroit. The Isolda and her sister ships carry six passengers each, on two sailings each month.

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The Polska Zegluga Morska (Polish Steamship Co) cargo-passenger service re-opens in April 2012 but bookings are now being taken and further details can be found at Polsteam Great Lakes Passenger Service

Great Lakes round voyages can be booked from Amsterdam/IJmuiden, Cleveland, Ohio, or  Burns Harbor, Indiana, at a fare of $5,995 for 60 days, with refund of $100 per day for a voyage of less than 60 days, or surcharge of $100 per day for days over, and a supplement for the Owners Cabin. The eastbound destination ports are not known until the outward grain cargo is stemmed. The eastbound trade being grain (wheat, corn, soybeans, peas, etc) , most ships load at  Duluth, Minnesota, or Thunder Bay, Ontario, with the rest loading at Milwaukee, Toledo, Montreal, Sorel or Quebec. Destinations are not known until the last minute and can be any of Italy, Morocco, Turkey, Spain, Norway, Poland or Russia before returning to Amsterdam/IJmuiden again to load more steel for Cleveland and Burns Harbor.  Don’t miss the last opportunity to sail on a “tramp ship” service, where the ships follow the cargo.

For further details call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.