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Passenger Service to and from Australia & New Zealand

CMA CGM's Australia/New Zealand ships carry six passengers each.


                                      Freighter Pricing Guide:  Budget about $135 (about £90) per person per day plus any dues and taxes.
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1.  Tilbury - USA - New Zealand - Australia (via Panama) with CMA CGM


Three CMA CGM vessels CMA CGM MANET, CMA CGM MATISSE and CMA CGM UTRILLO, maintain the traditional French calls at Papéete, Tahiti, and Noumea, New Caledonia, on the southbound leg. These ships call outbound at New York and homebound at Philadelphia, the traditional US East Coast reception port for New Zealand lamb. Each ship carries six passengers in one twin and two double-bedded cabins.

Call +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail for availability.

Itinerary:  Tilbury - Rotterdam - Dunkirk - Le Havre - New York - Savannah - Kingston (Jamaica) - Cartagena - Panama Canal -Papeete (Tahiti) - Lautoka (Fiji) - Noumea (New Caledonia) - Sydney - Melbourne - Tauranga -,Napier - Lyttelton - Manzanillo - Kingston - Savannah - Philadelphia - Tilbury (91 days).  

Note: Because cargo ships are not included in the US visa waiver program, non-residents of North America will need a full US visa to travel on these routes except when boarding at the last US port.

Note: Book early as with only three ships space is very short. Bookings now being accepted for 2015.


2. Cruise & Maritime Voyages - ms ASTOR Liner Voyages


Cruise & Maritime Voyages' 590-berth 20,606-ton ASTOR will operate in the Australian winter market (their summer) for the next three years. The ship will perform a northbound voyage back from Fremantle to Harwich on April 1, 2014. The southbound voyage next year will leave from Tilbury on November 5, 2014.

Fremantle (April 1, 2014) to Harwich (May 11, 2014) via Cape Town

Itinerary:  Fremantle - Mauritius - Réunion - Durban - Mossel Bay - Cape Town - Walvis Bay - St Helena - Ascension - Cape Verde - Tenerife - Lisbon - Le Havre - Harwich (40 days).  From £4,449 per person outside and £2,879 per person inside.

Tilbury (November 5, 2014) to Fremantle (December 13, 2014) via Cape Town

Itinerary:  Rome - Le Havre - Lisbon - Tenerife - Cape Verde - Mossel Bay - Durban - Réunion - Mauritius - Fremantle (38 days). From £4,459 per person outside and £2,889 per person inside.  

Call +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail for availability.


3.  US East Coast - Australia - New Zealand with Hamburg-Süd


Hamburg Süd offers a round voyage from the US East Coast. Four ships, BAHIA, BAHIA CASTILLO, BAHIA GRANDE and BAHIA NEGRA, now carry passengers out and back via Panama, turning around at Philadelphia. These ships do not call on the Pacific islands.

Itinerary: Philadelphia, Charleston (USA), Cartagena, Panama Canal, Balboa, Auckland (New Zealand), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia), Timaru, Port Chalmers, Napier, Tauranga and Auckland (New Zealand) and return by way of Manzanillo (Panama) and Cartagena to Philadelphia (70 days).

Note: Because cargo ships are not included in the US visa waiver program, non-residents of North America will need a full US visa to travel on these routes except when boarding at the last US port.


4.  US & Canadian West Coast - Australia - New Zealand with Hamburg-Süd


Hamburg Süd offers round voyages from the US and Canadian West Coasts, with the CAP BLANCHE, CAP PASADO and CAP CAPRICORN, carrying four passengers each to Australia and New Zealand and the HS BIZET, carrying two passengers, out to Australia and New Zealand and coming back by way of Tahiti and/or Mexico.

Itinerary [Cap Blanche & Cap Pasado]: Oakland, Seattle, Vancover and Long Beach (USA), Tauranga (New Zealand), Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand) and return by way of Papeete (Tahiti) and Ensenada (Mexico) to Oakland, Seattle, Vancover and Long Beach (56 days).

Itinerary [HS Bizet]: Oakland and Los Angeles (USA), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia), Tauranga (New Zealand) and return by way of Papeete (Tahiti) and Ensenada (Mexico) to Oakland and Los Angeles (49 days).

Itinerary [Cap Capricorn]: Oakland and Los Angeles (USA), Auckland (New Zealand), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Tauranga (New Zealand) and return direct to Oakland and Los Angeles (49 days).

Note: Because cargo ships are not included in the US visa waiver program, non-residents of North America will need a full US visa to travel on these routes except when boarding at the last US port.


5. Mauritus  - Australia  - Singapore Service with F Laeisz

Alternative routings Mauritius and Réunion to Australia and Australia to Singapore


F Laeisz's MSC CURITIBA and MSC UGANDA now offer service from Mauritius and Réunion to Australia with a return to Singapore. Each ship carries eight passengers in four double cabins.

Itinerary:  Port Louis (Mauritius) - Pointe des Galets (Reunion) - Sydney - Melbourne - Adelaide - Fremantle - Singapore (every 45 days on average).  


6. Asia - Australia - New Zealand Service with NSB

Alternative routing via Asia and Hong Kong


Itinerary: NYK GALAXY (7 passengers): Hong Kong - Brisbane - Auckland - Lyttelton - Napier - Tauranga - Tokyo - Kobe - Pusan - Shanghai - Yantian - Hong Kong (about 42 days).    Photo  of NYK Galaxy by Bruno Leonardo Pricoli.  


7.  Singapore - South Pacific Round Voyage Freighter Cruise with Rickmers

(This voyage can only be booked as a Full Round Voyage from Singapore)


Itinerary: NINGHAI (2 passengers): Singapore - Jakarta - Port Moresby - Noumea - Lautoka - Suva - Auckland - Tauranga - Lae - Sri Racha - Singapore (about 56 days).  

Please call or e-mail for details of any service.


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