Travel From North America To Japan By Sea – New Cargo-Passenger Route From CMA CGM Features 355 sq ft VIP Suites On One Ship

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The CMA CGM Fidelio is equipped with two large VIP passenger suites of 355 sq ft each

With the annoucement by CMA CGM of its new Columbus PNW service, North America is regaining a regular sea travel connection to Japan. Effective this spring, three French-flag ships will be sailing from Seattle and Vancouver to Yokohama on a regular basis. As other carriers have been turning down Japan-bound travellers this will be a first of a kind for Japan for several years.

The first passenger sailing will by the the CMA CGM Rigoletto from Seattle on April 30 and Vancouver on May 2, arriving at Yokohama on May 16. The fare for the 14-day voyage from Vancouver to Yokohama is €1,540 per person double and €1,680 to €1,820 for sole use of a double cabin. Sister ship CMA CGM Medea will charge the same fares. Each is fitted with three twin cabins, one double and one single, measuring between 200 and 250 sq ft each.

The third ship, however, the CMA CGM Fidelio, is fitted with two very large VIP suites, measuring 355 sq ft each. The Fidelio sails from Seattle on May 20 and Vancouver on May 22, arriving Yokohama on June 7. The VIP suite fare from Vancouver to Yokohama is €1,820 per person double and €2,100 for sole use of a suite and she will return every 42 days thereafter.

Columbus PNW

In the reverse direction it is also possible to book from Yokohama back to Seattle but the voyage takes 31 days as the ship calls at four ports in China and Pusan in South Korea on its way back to North America,

For further details on any CMA CGM voyage please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Passage to India: New Cargo-Passenger Service Between The UK And Sri Lanka Also Provides An Indirect Sea Route To India

Hanjin BostonEffective this month, we are able to offer regular sailings between Felixstowe in the UK and Colombo in Sri Lanka on board NSB’s Hanjin Boston (above) and Hanjin Yantian, which are able to carry up to ten passengers each in two Owners Cabins, two Doubles and two Single Cabins.

The complete rotation is Felixstowe – Hamburg – Rotterdam – Le Havre – Suez Canal – Colombo – Taipei – Ningbo – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Colombo – Felixstowe and the full round voyage is 70 days.Felixstowe to Colombo is 27 days via European ports (Le Havre to Colombo is 21 days) while Colombo to Felixstowe only 19 days as service is non-stop. Fares begin at €85 per person per day or €100 per day single, plus port charges and deviation insurance.

Since Indian immigration banned passengers from travelling to or from India by cargo ship, this is the next best way to get there by sea. Although Sri Lanka is close to India the last attempt at a ferry service between Colombo and Tuticorin by the Scotia Prince failed a couple of years ago. So passengers still have to fly the last bit from or to Colombo when travelling to or from India.

For further information please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

The Cruise People Ltd – Coming Up On Its 20th Year Of Selling Sea Travel In The UK

As we sign a new lease on our premises in London’s West End this weekend, it occurs to us that we are coming up on our 20th year of operating in the UK. And as of yesterday, fifteen of those years have been spent in the offices above, at 88 York Street, in a graceful Georgian terrace that dates back to 1790 in the Marylebone area of London.

When The Cruise People Ltd first opened in London in 1992, it was around the corner in Seymour Place. Having agreed with the company of the same name in Toronto to be able to use that name in the UK, we incorporated it under the laws of England and Wales. The Toronto company was the first cruise specialist agency in Canada when it opened in 1972, and is coming up on its own fortieth anniversary next year.

So what have we been doing in all those years? Just as we started, we are still Specialists in Sea Travel. But while we would sell anything in those early years – 228,728 UK residents took a cruise in the year we opened – now that that number has risen to 1.65 million we specialise in certain specific products – Ultra-Luxury Cruising, Expedition Voyages, Small Ships and Freighter Travel – as well as general retail and wholesale sales of cruise products. And as 40% of our business comes from outside the UK, we operate bank accounts in all of Sterling, Euros and US Dollars.

For fifteen years we have also been the European representative of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition and for ten years the General Passenger Agent for the Polish Steamship Co‘s Transatlantic service to the Great Lakes.

People sometimes ask so why don’t we tell you that the logo used by both the UK and Canadian companies is a silhouette of one of  the last quartet of ocean liners built by Cunard Line for its St Lawrence River service to Quebec and Montreal. It is a fitting choice as these four ships, the Saxonia, Ivernia, Carinthia and Sylvania, maintained an important link between the UK and Canada, where our two offices are located.

So for any type of cruise, but particularly the hard-to-find niche products, please feel free to give us a call in London at +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail us at cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. If you’re in London and would like to visit our office the closest Underground stations are Baker Street, Marylebone and Edgware Road.