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Trans-Atlantic Passenger Service by Sea 2014-15


            r.m.s. Queen Mary 2  (New York-Southampton, 2,620 passengers)         m.v. CMA CGM Jamaica  (Miami-Le Havre, 7 passengers)              


Year-round Sailings by Liner and Freighter

(Also See Frequently Answered Questions at the bottom of the page)

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Cunard Line North Atlantic Service (Since 1840)

  2014 Trans-Atlantic Crossings     
New York to Southampton Southampton to New York     
July 6, 2014 Queen Mary 2   July 21, 2014
July 28, 2014 Queen Mary 2   August 20, 2014
August 27, 2014 (+) Queen Mary 2   September 8, 2014
September 27, 2014 Queen Mary 2   October 8, 2014
RCI Sailing (8 nights): Quantum of the Seas November 2, 2014
October 28, 2014 Queen Mary 2   November 12, 2014
November 19, 2014 Queen Mary 2   December 15, 2014

Sailings by the Queen Mary 2 take 7 nights in each direction or (+) 8 nights via Halifax                  

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Freighter Pricing Guide:  Budget about $135 (about £90) per person per day plus any dues and taxes.

North Atlantic Cargo/Passenger Services

Notice to Intending North Atlantic Travellers for Summer 2014: Six ships have recently been withdrawn from North Atlantic cargo-passenger service and been replaced by only one. In the circumstances we are unable to offer new North Atlantic space for the summer of 2014 and suggest that people wanting to travel by sea consider either taking Cunard Line's QUEEN MARY 2 between New York and Southampton (ask for fares) or the French West Indies Line's weekly service between Martinique and Guadeloupe and French ports including Le Havre. Polsteam may also be able to provide unscheduled service from the Great Lakes. Please e-mail for further details. The Cruise People Ltd, London, 4th June 2014.

North Atlantic Routes

Twice Monthly (April/November) - PZM POLISH STEAMSHIP COMPANY (mv's ISA, ISOLDA, ISADORA, IRYDA and IRMA, 35,600 dwt tons, 6 passengers each, and mv's DRAWSKO, JUNO, LUBIE, MAMRY, MIEDWIE, RESKO, SOLINA and WICKO, 30,000 dwt tons, 3-5 passengers each) - Amsterdam (IJmuiden) to Cleveland and Burns Harbor, IN (for Chicago). Tramp voyages from the Great Lakes. Round voyages also available.

Frequent (April/November) - INDEPENDENT CONTAINER LINE Route (mv's INDEPENDENT PURSUIT and INDEPENDENT VOYAGER ) - Between Antwerp,  Liverpool and Philadelphia and Wilmington NC (Note: Embarkation at either Antwerp or Liverpool, disembarkation at Antwerp only, where there are fast Eurostar connections to London St Pancras).

Every 35 days - NSB FREIGHTER CRUISES (mv MSC ILONA, 85,825 tons, 5 passengers) - Felixstowe via Antwerp and Le Havre to New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Norfolk, with return via New York to Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Felixstowe.

Every 42 days -  CMA CGM THE FRENCH LINE  (mv CMA CGM JAMAICA, 53,700 tons, 7 passengers, and mv HS BACH, 44,985 dwt tons, 2 passengers) - Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven to Charleston, Miami, Veracruz and Altamira (Mexico), and return via Houston and Miami to Le Havre.

Every 49 days -  NSB FREIGHTER CRUISES (mv BUXCOAST, 77,900 dwt tons, 5 passengers) - Felixstowe, Bremerhaven and Le Havre to Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades, Freeport (Bahamas), Veracruz and Altamira (Mexico), and return via Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Freeport, Savannah and Charleston to Antwerp and Felixstowe.

Twice Monthly - RICKMERS LINIE - PEARL STRING ROUTE (Nine vessels, each 30,000 tons, 6 passengers) - From Houston and Philadelphia to Hamburg and Antwerp, eastbound only and subject to space availability.

Mediterranean Routes

Every 49 days -  NSB FREIGHTER CRUISES (mv BUXCLIFF and mv MSC FLAMINIA, each about 80,000 tons, 5 passengers) - La Spezia, Barcelona, Valencia and Sines to Freeport (Bahamas), Port Everglades, Veracruz and Altamira (Mexico), and return via Houston, New Orleans, thence Freeport to Sines, Barcelona, Gioia Tauro, Naples and La Spezia.

Every 55 days - MELFI LINES (mv JAN S, 26,267 tons, 4 passengers) - From Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia and Lisbon to Halifax, returning via Havana, Altamira, Veracruz, Progreso and Havana again to Salerno, Livorno and Genoa.

Every 70 days - F LAEISZ (mv HANJIN SAN DIEGO, 63,550 tons, 8 passengers) - La Spezia, Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia and Algeciras to New York, Baltimore, Norfolk and Savannah, returning via Algeciras and Valencia to Genoa.

Twice monthly - RICKMERS LINIE - PEARL STRING ROUTE (Nine vessels, each 30,000 tons, 6 passengers) - From Houston and Philadelphia via Hamburg and Antwerp to Genoa, eastbound only and subject to space availability. Ports subject to change.

Monthly to/from Egypt - CMA CGM THE FRENCH LINE (mv's CMA CGM AMBER and CMA CGM EIFFEL, each 58,540 tons, 8 passengers) - From New York, Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston to Port Said, and returning from Damietta to New York.

Caribbean Routes

WeeklyCMA CGM - FRENCH WEST INDIES LINE (mv's CMA CGM FORT ST GEORGES, FORT ST LOUIS, FORT ST PIERRE and FORT STE MARIE, 28,000 dwt tons, 12 passengers) - Between Dunkirk, Rouen, Le Havre and Montoir and Fort de France, Martinique, and Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe, and return.

Every 12 days CMA CGM THE FRENCH LINE - EUROPE/ST MARTIN/TRINIDAD ROUTE (mv's CMA CGM ARISTOTE, CMA CGM HERODOTE, CMA CGM HOMERE and CMA CGM PLATON, 21,250 dwt tons, 6 passengers) - Between Rotterdam, Tilbury, Rouen and Le Havre and St Martin, French West Indies, and Port of Spain, Trinidad, and return - also serving Cayenne and North Brazil ports.

Every 44 days HAMBURG-SUD - EUROPE/CENTRAL AMERICA ROUTE (mv HS SCHUBERT, 23,700 dwt tons, 6 passengers) - Between Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre and Kingston, Cartagena, Santo Tomas de Castillo, Puerto Cortes, Moin and return via Kingston.

Note: Passage tickets are issued by shipowners, which may differ from the operator. Payments are accepted in Pounds Sterling, Euros or US Dollars.

Important: Non-US & Canadian passengers entering the USA by freighter require a Full US Visa Type B1/B2.

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Trans-Atlantic Sailings - A Few Frequently Answered Questions:

1. How much will it cost me to cross the Atlantic?  Firstly, you shouldn't think of sea travel as a way to beat an air fare - it isn't. But unlike flying, it can be a richly rewarding experience. You should expect to pay a minimum of about $1,700 per person each way, depending on route and cabin.  Sea travel is only cheaper than flying when you consider the many days you will spend on board (which has to be compared to a hotel stay ashore) with three full meals a day and a private cabin. Remember that a ship can normally steam in a day only as far as a jetliner can fly in an hour. But drinks on board cargo ships are not only tax and duty free, but also profit free (from what is call bonded stock).

2. Can I take my pet or my vehicle with me?  Those wishing to take their pets with them can do so only on board Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 between New York and Southampton and the French West Indies Line (small dogs only, maximum 20 kilos) between France and the French West Indies. Shipments of vehicles needs to be arranged with an outside company as they are not carried on Queen Mary 2 and container ships do not accept them as accompanying baggage.  TransGlobal Logistics, with depots in Europe and North America, can arrange shipment of your vehicle (or motorcycle) to destinations worldwide at reasonable rates.  Please follow the link below to their web site:

3. Can I work on board to lower my fare?  Briefly, No. Thirty or forty years ago cargo ship crews numbered 39 to 49 people but today, with automation, crew size is more like 21, so don't even ask. There aren't enough jobs to go round for the real seamen.

4. What about single (and female) travellers?  Cargo ships have the great advantage of being inexpensive for single travellers, often with no single supplement for single cabins. And single women may travel without fear - the ships' crews are accommodating and welcoming - most of them have wives and girlfriends at home. Single female travellers are among the more important groups who travel this way.

5. How quickly can I sail across the Atlantic?  Relax. You won't get there in just 5 days. Most Trans-Atlantic freighter voyages take 10 to 14 days and even Queen Mary 2 takes 7 days. The fastest Trans-Atlantic freighter passages are between 8 days and 10 days, but passages of 12 to 14 days are not uncommon.

6. How accurate are sailing schedules?  Dates for Queen Mary 2 and cruise ships are unlikely to change unless there is a realignment of schedules. Container ship sailings are year-round, but dates are subject to change due to cargo or weather. Take care to make flexible arrangements, eg. changeable flight tickets and allowing time for connections.  Tramp sailings depend on cargo and are less reliable.

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