r.m.s. Queen Mary 2 (Southampton-New York, 2,620 passengers)
m.v. Independent Voyager
(Liverpool-Philadelphia, 5 passengers)
Year-round Sailings by Liner and Freighter
(See Frequently Asked Questions below)
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Cunard Line North Atlantic Service (Since 1840)
Southampton to New York: May 8 & 24, June 6, July 21, August 4 &31, September 14, October 13, November 5 & 19 and December 15, 2017.
New York to Southampton: May 15 & 31, June 15, July 6 & 28, August 12, September 7, October 6 & 20, November 12, December 8, 2017, and January 3, 2018.
Sailings by the Queen Mary 2 take 7 nights in each direction or 8 nights if via Halifax. Some sailings turn at Hamburg.
Freighter Pricing Guide: Budget about $135 (about £90) per person per day plus any dues and taxes.
North Atlantic Routes
About 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.
Every 35 days - CMA CGM THE FRENCH LINE (mv CMA CGM LA TRAVIATA, 112,580 tons, 10 passengers) - Le Havre to New York, Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston and return to Southampton, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Le Havre.
Every 42 days - NSB (mv BUXCOAST, 68,800 tons, 5 passengers, and mv LISBON, 63,600 tons, 6 passengers) - Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven to Charleston, Miami, Veracruz and Altamira (Mexico), and return via Houston and New Orleans to Le Havre.
Three weeks out of four - INDEPENDENT CONTAINER LINE Route (mv's INDEPENDENT PURSUIT, mv INDEPENDENT SPIRIT and mv INDEPENDENT VOYAGER, 2 -5 passengers each) - Between Antwerp, Liverpool and Philadelphia and Wilmington NC (Note: Embarkation at either Antwerp or Liverpool, disembarkation at Antwerp only, for fast Eurostar connections to London).
Twice Monthly (eastbound only) - RICKMERS LINIE - PEARL STRING ROUTE (Nine vessels, each 30,000 tons, 6 passengers) - From Houston and Philadelphia to Hamburg and Antwerp, eastbound only.
Monthly - MACS NORTH ATLANTIC SERVICE (mv's AMBER LAGOON and PURPLE BEACH, each 32,000 tons, 2 passengers) - From Immingham, Antwerp and Bremen/Brake to Altamira, Mexico, New Orleans, Houston and Port Arthur and return via various ports to Immingham, etc.
Every 11 days (westbound only) - GRIMALDI LINES (mv's GRANDE CAMEROUN, GRANDE GABON, GRANDE GUINEA, GRANDE SENEGAL and GRANDE SIERRA LEONE, 25,000 tons, 12 passengers) - Civitavecchia to Jacksonville.
Every 10 days - CMA CGM THE FRENCH LINE (mv's CMA CGM AMBER and CMA CGM CORAL , 50,200 tons, 5 passengers, mv's CMA CGM FLORIDA and CMA CGM GEORGIA, 65,900 tons, 6 passengers) plus NSB (mv BUXCLIFF, 68,800 tons, 5 passengers) - Genoa, Fos sur Mer, Barcelona and Valencia to New York, Norfolk, Savannah and Miami, returning via Algeciras, Malta, Salerno and Livorno to Genoa.
Every 25 days - NSB FREIGHTER CRUISES (mv's MSC GENEVA and MSC ILONA, 81,000 tons, 6 passengers) - Genoa, Valencia, Algeciras and Sines, Portugal, to New York, Boston, Baltimore, Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston, returning via Algeciras, Valencia, Gioa Tauro, Naples, Livorno and La Spezia to Genoa.
Twice monthly (eastbound only) - RICKMERS LINIE - PEARL STRING ROUTE (Nine vessels, each 30,000 tons, passengers) - From Houston and Philadelphia via Hamburg and Antwerp to Genoa, eastbound only and subject to space availability.
Every 55 days - MELFI LINES (mv VERA D, 22,500 tons, 2 passengers) - Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia and Lisbon to Halifax, returning via Havana, Altamira, Veracruz, Progreso, Havana (2nd call), Salerno and Livorno to Genoa.
Every 77 days - HAMBURG-SüD - WEST COAST ROUTE (mv CAP JACKSON and CAP JERVIS, 50,270 tons, 2 passengers) - Genoa, Fos sur Mer, Barcelona and Valencia to Cartagena, Manzanillo (Mexico),Los Angeles, Oakland, Tacoma and Vancouver, returning via Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, Manzanillo, Punta ManzaniLlo (Panama), CartageaN and Caucedo to Lisbon, Tanger Med, Valencia, Cagliari and Livorno to Genoa.
Every 14 days - CMA CGM THE FRENCH LINE - EUROPE / ST MARTIN / TRINIDAD ROUTE (mv's CMA CGM CAYENNE, CMA CGM MARSEILLE and CMA CGM SAINT LAURENT, 21,200 / 29,000 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 21 days - CMA CGM THE FRENCH LINE - EUROPE / CENTRAL AMERICA ROUTE (mv's CMA CGM FORT ST GEORGES, FORT ST LOUIS, FORT ST PIERRE and FORT STE MARIE, 28,000 dwt tons, 12 passengers) - Between Rotterdam, Dunkirk, Antwerp and Le Havre and Kingston, Cartagena, Santo Tomas, Puerto Cortes, Moin and Kingston, and return.
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.
Trans-Atlantic Sailings - A Few Frequently Answered Questions:
1. How much will it cost me to cross the Atlantic? Don'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 days you will spend on board (which can be compared to a hotel stay) with three full meals a day and a private cabin. Remember that a ship normally steams in a day only as far as a plane 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. Shipment 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) overseas at reasonable rates. Please follow the link below to their web site:
3. 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 have wives and girlfriends at home. Single female travellers are among the more important groups who travel this way.
4. 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.
5. 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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