Posted by: cruise2 | 26 November, 2010

New Round the World Passenger/Cargo Service From CMA CGM

 

The CMA CGM Blue Whale and five sister ships each carry up to six passengers in round-the-world service.

Recently, Round the World cargo passenger services have taken about 120 days or more to circle the globe. Now, however, thanks to CMA CGM, Kevin Griffin, managing director of London-based The Cruise People, reports that "for those who are interested in spending a third less time and money travelling round the world we now have a new 76-day service from CMA CGM, the French line, on British-flag ships."

"Starting in Houston, New York or Hong Kong, six container ships now offer berths for up to six passengers each in this newly-offered express service," adds Griffin. "Starting in New York, the ships head for the Far East via the Suez Canal, calling en route at Tanger Med, a new port in Morocco, and Jebel Ali, twenty miles from Dubai, before proceeding to Singapore. Once in the Far East the ships call at Singapore, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Shanghai and Pusan before returning to North America by way of Balboa, Panama, and then trading up the US coast via Houston, Mobile, Miami, Jacksonville, Savannah and Charleston back to New York."

The six ships engaged on this run, the CMA CGM Blue Whale, Dolphin, Florida, Kingfish, Swordfish and Tarpon, are 5,100 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent) container ships, completed in 2007-08 and registered in London.  Each ship offers three double cabins, complete with private lounge, refrigerator, desk and chair, and en suite facilities. Passengers are able to avail themselves of a swimming pool, deck chairs, shipboard library, ping pong and television and DVD player, as well as a daily newspaper.

For those who like their sea time, says Griffin, "the longest ocean transits are 14 days from Tanger Med to Jebel Ali, 12 days from Jebel Ali to Singapore and 17 days from Pusan to Balboa, with the rest of the time spent coasting between ports in Asia and on the American coast. Non-citizens of the US and Canada, however, do require a full US visa for US port calls on these ships, as they are not party to the various visa waiver schemes."

Fares for the full 76 days start at Euros 7,600 per person double, Euros 9,120 for single passengers, including full board, dues and taxes. Complimentary French table wine is also included with lunch and dinner. Part passages are also available, with fares based on the number of days spent on board at Euros 100 per person per day double and Euros 120 per day for singles (higher fares apply to voyages of 10 days or less).

For further information and availability on CMA CGM’s round-the-world service please contact The Cruise People’s Fred Cherney at 416-900-0889 Ex 22, 800-961-5536 Ex 21 or fcherney@thecruisepeople.ca

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