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On a Freighter Even the Routine is Extraordinary
And the Destinations are Some of the Most Exotic in the World
Cruise Combinations

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This unique service offers the best of both worlds: the comfort of a modern ship and slow, relaxed pace of the past, with port time varying from one to several days:

The Rickmers general cargo ships sail eastbound around-the-world, and offfer passenger service only transpacific and transatlantic with the following approx. itinerary: Shanghai and usually another port or two in China; Masan or Ulsan, Korea; Yokohama and often Kobe, Japan; transpacific and transit the Panama Canal, a possible call in Central America, then Houston, TX; New Orleans, LA; a possible call in Florida or Savannah, GA and Morehead City, NC then Philadelphia, PA and transatlantic to Antwerp, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany and Genoa, Italy in approx. 90 days.

Combined with one of the CMA CGM voyages from the US East Coast, northern Europe or the Mediterranean to Shanghai, a full circle around-the-world cruise can be completed in approx. 120 days, plus layover time in Shanghai.

Please see the Rickmers Brochure and Tariff and Deck Plan.

A westbound around-the-world cruise can be combined between
the following two containership services: ZIM and CMA CGM.

Nine 30,000-ton multipurpose ships carrying both general cargo and containers: The Rickmers Antwerp, Dalian, Hamburg, Jakarta, New Orleans, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

Vessel Details
Passengers: 7
Length: 193 m
Speed: 19 knots
Built: 2002/4
Owners/Managers: German/Rickmers
Officers & Crew: Int'l

Two double and three single cabins are available for passengers. All cabins have private facilities with shower, and all are equipped with a mini refrigerator, TV/DVD and stereo sets (except the Rickmers Hamburg, which has a TV/VCR set).

Three single cabins, #s 604, 611 and 612, located on the Captain’s “D” deck, with unobstructed side and or aft views, consisting of a bedroom (bed size varying from 200 x 90 cm to 200 x 130 cm) with a sitting area, measuring approx. 15 sqm each.

Double cabin # 513, located on “C” deck, one below the Captain’s, with an unobstructed aft view, consisting of a bedroom (bed size 200 x 150 cm) and a sitting area, measuring approx. 18 sqm.
Single cabin, sitting area
Single cabin

Owner's sitting room
Owner's bedroom
The Owner’s suite # 602, located on the Captain’s “D” deck and facing forward (view might be partially obstructed by cargo stowed on deck), consisting of a bedroom with twin beds (200 x 90 cm each) and a separate sitting room, has a total area of approx. 30 sqm.

Pearl String Voyage
From Singapore to Houston
An illustrated story by Heidi and Greg Bathon,
written in January, 2011 when this service was available from Singapore

Our three traveling companions, in our stateroom: Catherine Bozzi from (variously) France, Senegal, and Uruguay, Lexx Marshall (New Zealand,) Ursula Graf (Switzerland.

Cable car ride and the Sentosa Resort & Spa. 

The Merlion, symbol of Singapore, seen from a boat in Marina Bay.

A chilly, foggy morning, arrival at Haiphong Bay anchorage, Vietnam.

Da Long Bay and its floating fishing village is a short boat ride from the anchorage. Da Long is a World Heritage site. Hard to get to for tourists: a six-hour ride from Hanoi to the coast. Two thousand islets, tumbled like chess pieces- rooks, bishops, queens, knights- into a jade sea. It is breathtaking.

We hired one of the sampans that come alongside, for a day in Da Long Bay. Mom, Pop and Baby live aboard, and sell everything from fresh fruit to beer and toothpaste to the ships that visit Da Long.

Back on the ship, in the South China Sea heading north through the Taiwan Strait and into the Yellow Sea. Relaxing in the ship's lounge, and knitting in our cabin; this was a two-sweater trip.

After a port call in Dalian, we cleared immigration and jumped ship in Xingang late at night, rented an SUV, and headed west for Beijing. Getting out of the port was hell, huge trucks jamming the access roads in the dark, but the four-hour drive to Beijing was fine. We found a hotel two blocks from the Forbidden City.

The Great Wall at Badaling. Pretty cold in December, with the wind howling down off the Mongolian steppes.

Not very summery, at the Summer Palace.

On December 22nd at 9am, we eased out of Beijing South Station, heading for Shanghai. Within ten minutes we were traveling at 350 kph. We arrived in Shanghai at 7pm, on time to the minute.

We used Shanghai as our base for trips to Hangzgou, Souzhou and Zouzhwang.

We left Shanghai two days after Christmas, bound for Kobe, Japan. Then back south, for the Panama Canal.
21 days at sea, 8,500 miles. It’s a big ocean- we saw only two other ships the whole time.

General Information and Reservations

Passenger cabins and shared facilities, such as the dining room, lounges, exercise room and swimming pool are located on various decks. Passengers must be able to negotiate the stairs.
      Self-service laundry facilities are available. The electrical current is 220/50 AC. A two-prong round adapter and converter are needed for North American appliances. A small onboard shop provides a limited selection of beverages and cigarettes at duty free prices. Expenses may be paid for with cash in USD($) or EUR(€).
      The steward cleans the cabin and changes linen once per week, more often if required. Tipping is at passengers’ discretion; $/€3-5 per day are recommended. Telephone, fax and email (but not Internet) connections are available through the Captain’s office.

Due to the nature of cargo operations on these ships, port time can vary from one day to several days, and voyage may be longer or shorter than estimated. There will be no fare adjustment in either case.

Reservations can be made by completing a Registration Form and providing a 25% deposit. The balance of the fare, plus port and vessel fees, are payable 70 days before departure.
      The fare may be paid for by check or wire (by exception only, credit cards may be accepted) in either the basic tariff currency, as quoted by the steamship line, or in USD/CAD at the prevailing exchange rate, subject to a final adjustment at the time the ticket is issued, a few weeks before departure.

Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the anticipated return date. A Medical Statement of Good Health and International Health and Accident Insurance are required as is a visa for China, Indonesia, Vietnam and the USA, depending on the nationality; passengers should verify this with the respective consulates or a visa service such as the one listed on our web page Before You Sail. The age limit is 80.

Cancellation fees are as follows: over 60 days, loss of deposit; 30-59 days, 50% of the fare. No refund will be made within 30 days of departure. To protect your investment, Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is highly recommended. It protects your investment from the moment you buy the policy at the same price as it would be one day before the voyage. And if you take it within three weeks of your initial deposit, pre-existing conditions are waived. Travelex Insurance packages are available to Maris customers worldwide on our web page Before You Sail.


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