Three More APL Ships To Carry Passengers, Each Equipped With Two Double-Bedded Owners Cabins

APL New YorkAfter the news last week that four APL ships were now accepting passengers The Cruise People Ltd are pleased to announce three more, bringing the number of APL passenger-carrying container ships to seven. One of the three newly-added ships sails Transpacific while the other two carry passengers only locally within Europe.

Probably most interesting is the APL New York (above), which has opened up for passengers travelling between Los Angeles, Oakland, Tokyo and three Chinese ports, Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo, on a full round voyage of 42 days. A typical round voyage on this route costs €4,315 per person in double occupancy or €4,735 for sole occupancy, while the one-way trip from Oakland to Tokyo is 16 days, or €1,715 per person double and €1,875 for sole occupancy.

President Wilson was one of four Transpacific ocean liners operated by APLThis route harks back to the days of American President Lines, when the round trip was the same 42 days. Liners like the President Wilson (left) sailed from San Francisco to Honolulu, Yokohama, Hong Kong and Manila, with the return voyage calling at the same ports plus Kobe.

Oakland Hotel: For passengers boarding the APL New York in Oakland or indeed the APL Columbus, APL Danube or APL Phoenix bound to Asia and the US East Coast or the Hamburg-Süd ships bound for Europe or Australasia, we have a local hotel recommendation from Christopher Kyte, chairman of the Oakland-based  tour operating company Uncommon Journeys:

Waterfront Hotel a Joie De Vivre HotelThere is a wonderful hotel in Oakland, right on San Francisco Bay, called the Waterfront Hotel. not only is it nice, but there is a regular 25-minute ferry service to and from downtown San Francisco and the hotel has a free shuttle that will take folks to the nearby port of Oakland and their ship. And it is only three blocks from the Oakland Amtrak station. For any cargo ship passengers coming to Oakland, this would be the perfect choice.

Meanwhile, two more APL ships, the APL Charleston and APL Miami, offer a 15-night one-way voyage from Gioia Tauro in southern Italy to Tangier, Southampton, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe, Dunkirk and Le Havre. Fares for this 15-night trip are €1,615 per person double and €1,765 single. These ships trade out to India and Pakistan but only accept passengers within Europe. Please apply to this office for fares and availability. Like the APL New York, these ships offer two Owners Cabins for passengers.

Route of the APL New York

The APL New York offers a 42-night round voyage from Los Angeles or Oakland for €4,315 pp double or €4,735 single

APL is part of CMA CGM Group. For details of booking a cargo ship voyage on an APL or CMA CGM ship or any other line please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

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Two Asia – South America Cargo-Passenger Routes Reinstated After Recent Ship Changes At CMA CGM

CMA CGM Carl Antoine in Santos courtesy Santos Shiplovers

The newly-delivered 6-passenger CMA CGM Carl Antoine trades between Asia and East Coast South America

With all the ship and route changes occurring at CMA CGM this year two South America-Asia routes that had not recently been available have now been revived.

One route (ACSA2) connects Chinese ports, Hong Kong and Taiwan with Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Peru and Chile while the other route (SEAS) connects Singapore, Hong Kong and Chinese ports with Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

The ACSA2 service is now being offered by two ships, the CMA CGM Hydra and CMA CGM Thalassa, while the recently-delivered (2017) CMA CGM Carl Antoine has been placed onto the SEAS service. Each ship can carry up to six passengers in three double cabins.

Each route offers a full round voyage of 84 days, but by crossing the Andes between Argentina and Chile, one can also construct a full round-the-world itinerary via Asia and South America. The actual port rotations follow:

Map of the Asia Central South America 2

ACSA2: Hong Kong – Kaohsiung – Pusan – Manzanillo – Lazaro Cardenas – Balboa – Buenaventura – Callao – San Antonio – Coronel – Lirquen – Puerto Angamos – Callao – Lazaro Cardenas – Manzanillo – Pusan – Shanghai – Xiamen – Shekou – Hong Kong.

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SEAS: Hong Kong – Singapore – Itaguai – Santos – Paranagua – Navegantes – Montevideo – Buenos Aires – Rio Grande – Navegantes – Paranagua – Santos – Singapore – Hong Kong – Shanghai – Ningbo – Yantian – Hong Kong.

Typical transit times on ACSA2 are Hong Kong – Manzanillo in 21 days, Hong Kong – Callao 35 days, Callao – Shanghai 26 days, and Manzanillo – Shanghai 18 days, and on SEAS Singapore – Itaguai in 23 days and Santos – Singapore in 25 days.

For details of booking a voyage with CMA CGM or any other cargo-passenger service please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Travel From North America To Asia 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

Note: The Yokohama call has been dropped and ships now proceed direct to Yantian (19.07.17).

With the annoucement by CMA CGM of its new Columbus PNW service, North America is gaining a regular sea travel connection to Asia. Effective this spring, three French-flag ships will be sailing from Seattle and Vancouver to Yantian, in the Shenzen district near Hong Kong, on a regular basis.

The first passenger sailing was 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 20-day voyage from Vancouver to Yantian is €2,200 per person double and €2,400 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 sailed from Seattle on May 20 and Vancouver on May 22, arriving Yokohama on June 7. The VIP suite fare from Vancouver to Yokohama is €130 per person per day double and €150 per day for sole use of a suite and she will return every 42 days thereafter.

Map of the Columbus PNW

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: Cargo-Passenger Route Between UK And Sri Lanka Provided Indirect Sea Route To India – Now To/From North America

CMA CGM Titus

The CMA CGM Titus can accommodate up to seven passengers in three double cabins and one single

Note: The Europe-Colombo service ended with the demise of Hanjin Lines and there is no connection to or from Europe at present. From North America, CMA CGM runs Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – (Suez Canal) – Port Kelang – Singapore – Jakarta – Laem Chebang – Vung Tau – Los Angeles – Oakland – Hong Kong – Yantian – Vung Tau – Singapore – Port Kelang – Colombo – (Suez Canal) – Halifax. The quickest transits are 26 days Oakland to Colombo and 20 days Colombo to Halifax. There are ten passenger-carrying ships on this route.Hanjin Boston

We were previously able to offer regular sailings between Felixstowe and Colombo on board NSB’s Hanjin Boston (above) and Hanjin Yantian, which could carry up to ten passengers each, but the line went out if business.

The full round voyage was 70 days and Felixstowe to Colombo was 27 days via European ports (Le Havre to Colombo was 21 days) while Colombo to Felixstowe was 19 days non-stop.

Since Indian immigration banned passengers from travelling to or from India by cargo ship, Colombo 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.