Passage Durations For Rickmers Pearl String Round-the-World Service

Rickmers HamburgAs some cargo ship passengers have noticed, the durations of Rickmers Pearl String round-the-world voyage sectors are actually longer than stated in their descriptions.
Here are some approximate durations for different world sectors:
European Coastal Legs
Antwerp – Genoa               12-15 days
Hamburg – Genoa                     9 days

Part World Sectors from Singapore

Singapore – Houston               73 – 80 days
Singapore – Antwerp                120-130 days
Singapore – Hamburg             125-135 days
Transatlantic Voyages
Philadelphia – Antwerp                 12-15 days        /        Houston – Antwerp                30-32 days

Philadelphia – Hamburg               18-22 days        /        Houston – Hamburg             34-38 days.

For further details or to request a voyage on any of these scctors please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

How To Book A Round The World Cargo Ship Voyage Using Two Ships

The Rickmers Pearl String Round the World service opened for passengers ten years ago now, with the delivery in May 2002 of the Rickmers Hamburg, the first of nine new multi-purpose cargo ships, the last of which, the Rickmers Genoa, was delivered in January 2004. Seen right is the 2003-built Rickmers Antwerp. All nine ships carry a combination of project and general cargo and heavy lifts as well as containers, and for that reason tend to spend more time in port than pure container ships. One of Rickmers’ more recent contracts is to carry Airbus A350 fuselage sections from the USA to Montoir in France

These 30,000 deadweight ton ships were  built in China, and as well as their cargo they are fitted out to carry up to seven passengers each in Rickmers’ eastabout round-the-world service connecting Europe to  Southeast Asia, the Far East, Japan and the USA with return once again to Europe. Passengers are carried in one 300 sq ft Owners suite, a 180 sq ft Double and three 150 sq ft Single cabins and could originally join ship at either North American or European ports for the full world circumnavigation.

The main ports of call for passengers now include Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai (Luojing terminal), Dalian, Xingang, Qingdao, Masan in South Korea, Kobe and Yokohama in Japan, a transit of the Panama Canal and then Houston, New Orleans and Philadelphia before returning to Antwerp, Hamburg and Genoa. Other calls are made according to cargo requirements and can include ports in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, China or Japan as well as the USA.

Since Rickmers announced last year that it would no longer carry passengers between Genoa and Singapore, an 18-21 day stretch out of the 124-day voyage, The Cruise People have come up with a solution that will still allow people to sail all the way around the world.

That solution is a fast container ship voyage from either Europe or North America to Singapore, so that world travellers can join the Rickmers  round-the-world service there. Europeans can board a container ship at Southampton, Hamburg or Rotterdam, and North Americans at US East Coast ports to connect with Rickmers in Singapore for the rest of the circumnavigation via the Far East, the US Gulf, East Coast and back to Europe.

Hanjin BrusselsFor European passengers, NSB’s Hanjin Brussels (right) and her four sister ships running from La Spezia sail directly via the Suez Canal to Singapore and offer the quickest transit time for connecting with Rickmers at Singapore. There are also possible connections from Trieste with both NSB and CMA CGM.

North Americans for their part can catch the CMA CGM Columbus Loop service from New York, Norfolk or Savannah direct to the Malaysian port of Tanjung Pelepas, just twenty-two miles from Singapore. This routing can be either via Suez or the Cape of Good Hope. NSB also offers connections from New York, Norfolk, Jacksonville and Savannah. Of course, both North American and European passengers need to build in sufficient layover time in Singapore and environs to allow for a good connection. The overall elapsed time for the two voyages will depend on your particular routing but will most likely run between 130 and 150 days.

To start putting together your own round-the-world freighter package please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

Satisfied Customers Report on their NSB Freighter Voyages from Le Havre to New York in the Hanjin Palermo and from La Spezia to Singapore in the Hanjin Basel

Happy clients Justin Webb and Stephanie Soleil reported to us today on their voyage this month from Le Havre to New York on the 45,625-tonne NSB container ship Hanjin Palermo:

“Just wanted to say thanks for organizing our container ship cruise. Man did we ever luck out. Smooth seas, good cook, an excellent captain, and we got out of NYC just before Hurricane Irene hit. Phew.”
Here is Justin’s blog and some photos of their early morning arrival:

Arriving in New York by container ship
Equally, Keith and Joyce Woodend wrote us from Singapore on their arrival by cargo ship from La Spezia on NSB’s somewhat larger 68,252-tonne Hanjin Basel:
“We had a great time on the Hanjin Basel and the Captain and crew were exceptional in offering us whatever we needed including excursions in Barcelona and Port Said arranged by the agents there.  The vessel is only 8 years old and is in excellent shape.  We were very comfortable and can highly recommend NSB as a carrier for passengers.  The only drawback with NSB is that their ships only stay in port from 12 to 24 hours so sometimes it is difficult to get off and go ashore to see anything.”
The Woodends continue their voyage across the Pacific and through the Panama Canal to Houston in the Rickmers Singapore..

To find out more about freighter travel in NSB Freighter Cruises’ container ships or Rickmers Pearl String’s multi-purpose ships please contact The Cruise People Ltd in London at 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

A Solution For Rickmers Round-the-World Freighter Cruise Passengers Affected by Their Decision Not to Carry Passengers through Suez

When the Rickmers Pearl String round-the-world service announced last month that it would no longer carry passengers in the sector between Genoa and Singapore, an 18-21 day stretch out of a 124-day circumnavigation, specialist agent The Cruise People Ltd of London had to rebook seven passengers whose immediate round-the-world bookings were threatened. The reason Rickmers gave for this ban was passengers going out on deck against officers’ orders in waters frequented by pirates. But The Cruise People have found a solution that will still allow people to sail all the way around the world.

To come to the aid of those being put ashore in Genoa, The Cruise People have been able to substitute a fast container ship voyage from either La Spezia or Trieste in Italy to Singapore, so that passengers can rejoin the Rickmers service at the latter port. This particular solution works even better for European-boarding passengers as they are able to board one ship at a nearby port, say Southampton or Hamburg, and change to a Rickmers ship in Singapore for the return to Europe via the Far East, and US Gulf and East Coast. This will mean taking only two ships, where North Americans will for the most part be forced to take three.

Immediately, The Cruise People were able to rebook one couple from Philadelphia to Genoa on an earlier ship in order to allow them enough time to connect to their next sailing, the Hanjin Basil from La Spezia to Singapore, and then rejoin the Rickmers service at Singapore for their voyage back to North America. The cost came to slightly less than the original one-ship through booking, although they had to allow for stays ashore between ships. Another couple booked through The Cruise People have decided to disembark in Europe, fly to Bali and cruise around Indonesia with Songline Yachts while they wait for their Rickmers ship to catch up to them at Singapore.

For more on round-the-world freighter travel call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail Just some of our many routes can be found here. And for those wishing to take just one ship round the world there is still the 76-day CMA CGM service.