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Deimos February 12th, 2017 11:22 PM

Has anyone done a transatlantic voyage from UK to USA using CGA CGM?
 
I've been pondering the options of transatlantic travel by sea, the only real option seemed to be the QM2
But I've also been trying to find out more information on going by cargo ship.
I see CGA CGM do a route called the Liberty bridge - https://www.cma-cgm.com/products-ser...ces/flyer/LIB1
Two ships seem to do the crossing, the Amber and the Coral, but information on the CGA website is sparse at best.
Has anyone had any experience of going on these boats?

chengkp75 February 13th, 2017 07:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Deimos (Post 52275555)
I've been pondering the options of transatlantic travel by sea, the only real option seemed to be the QM2
But I've also been trying to find out more information on going by cargo ship.
I see CGA CGM do a route called the Liberty bridge - https://www.cma-cgm.com/products-ser...ces/flyer/LIB1
Two ships seem to do the crossing, the Amber and the Coral, but information on the CGA website is sparse at best.
Has anyone had any experience of going on these boats?

Particularly if you are going to go by container ship, don't call them "boats" or you will face some scorn from the crew.

If you search down a few threads, "cruising cockroach" has done ships from the same line, and they are all basically the same. He has some good insight into freighter cruising. Realize that unless you are pretty self-sufficient in entertaining yourself for several days, this isn't for you. Entertainment will be limited to TV and videos, numbers of passengers is limited, and generally you don't have the freedom to roam the entire ship.

I would go to freightercruises.com, which is the Maris travel agency, and specializes in freighter travel, and their pages show a little more about the CGM ships, and if you navigate far enough around their pages, they have a Q&A about freighter travel.

cruising cockroach February 15th, 2017 12:38 AM

The Coral and Amber appear to be relatively tiny ships (what I sailed on was almost 3x as large in terms of container capacity). Be prepared to experience a lot of roll if seas are rough as the ships don't use stabilisers. Looks like cost is 1450 for a single cabin (3 such on the ships, and 1 double cabin) for the 10 nts from Le Havre, not sure if they'll give you a break from Southampton. Good news for you, perhaps, is that both are British officered.

To sail to (or via) the U.S.A., you'll need a real U.S. visa. ESTA/I-94W not applicable.

As said, no entertainment. Someone had taken the DVD player on the ship we were on (CMA CGM Libra) and there was only 1 movie available.

If you can read French, go to mer-et-voyages.info voyage ref. is 5822 which is where I got the information. There are also a couple of reviews (in French of course).

cruising cockroach February 15th, 2017 12:59 AM

Visa requirements are assuming you're not a U.S. or Canadian citizen and can otherwise visit the U.S. with ESTA or VWP. A lot of European and other I-94W/ESTA eligible pax sail from the U.S. as a result.

The ships can only take 5 pax. The solo cabins are small, only 13-16 m^2 while the double is 23 m^2. The trip reports indicate the officers are Romanian for one of the ships (Amber) though wine was served. The Romanians on my ship only served wine begrudgingly (4 bottles over 2+ weeks). If you drink, I'd highly recommend avoiding Eastern European and German-officered ships.

Deimos February 15th, 2017 12:00 PM

Thanks Cockroach, I didn't realize I'd need a visa.But I don't need a visa for cruise ship travel? Seems strange.

cruising cockroach February 15th, 2017 08:35 PM

That's the way it is. I guess the cruisecos got some sort of exemption for cruise pax, perhaps as a tourist vessel or some sort. An annoying and expensive process. If you want to try it, head back from the U.S. though it its 12 days Savannah to Antwerp.

Feel free to ask any questions or read my trip report (link in previous threads)

Noodles84 April 13th, 2017 11:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Deimos (Post 52275555)
I've been pondering the options of transatlantic travel by sea, the only real option seemed to be the QM2
But I've also been trying to find out more information on going by cargo ship.
I see CGA CGM do a route called the Liberty bridge - https://www.cma-cgm.com/products-ser...ces/flyer/LIB1
Two ships seem to do the crossing, the Amber and the Coral, but information on the CGA website is sparse at best.
Has anyone had any experience of going on these boats?

Hi, I've never been on a cargo ship, but have crossed the Atlantic many times by cruise ship. Just Google "transAtlantic cruises" for other options. Good luck. Nicole


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