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leisurely cruise between the home shores of Southampton and the skyscrapers of New York is often seen as the most glamourous way to cross the Atlantic – although such voyages, with their echoes of the “golden age of travel”, tend to come with an equally upmarket price tag. But a best of both worlds – of sorts – may have appeared on the horizon in the form of French shipping company CMA CGM (Compagnie Maritime d’Affrètement – Compagnie Générale Maritime), which is now offering journeys between the east coast of the USA and continental Europe, via the UK. The catch?

Passengers will be slumbering on a vessel which is lugging heavy cargo across the planet’s second largest ocean. The upside? One-way fares start from as little as €1,515 (£1,330) a head – considerably less than your average transatlantic crossing.

CMA CGN now offers cabins for passengersThe Marseille-based company has five ships engaged in the service, two of which – the Chateau D’If and the Alcazar – have enough space for three non-crew members. Guests can choose either a single cabin (available for €1,615/£1,419), or the “Owner’s Cabin”, which sleeps two at the lead-in rate of €1,515 a head – or is available for €1,715 (£1,506) for one-person use. The route is increasingly popular with young travellers and students who want a no-frills way of getting from New York to the UK, according to Kevin Griffin of The Cruise People (020 7723 2450; – sea transportation specialists who sell tickets for CMA CGM departures alongside more recognised cruise sailings. 
While slow-and-steady access to and from the Big Apple is the route’s most attractive facet, adventurers can also extend their stay, and take in less obvious ports of call. Once they reach New York, CMA CGM vessels continue down America’s Eastern Seaboard – south to Charleston (in South Carolina), Savannah (in Georgia) and Miami (Florida).
The freighter voyages also stop in Charleston
The freighter voyages also stop in Charleston CREDIT: SEANPAVONEPHOTO/SEANPAVONEPHOTO

There are also opportunities for extensions on the opposite side of the ocean, with stops in Le Havre (France), Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (Holland), and Bremerhaven on Germany’s North-Sea coast. Extra nights can be booked from €140 (£123) or €160 (£140) per person per day for the “Owner’s Cabin” (depending on sole or single occupancy) – or €150 (£132) for the single berth. CMA CGM has eastbound voyages scheduled to depart New York on May 30, June 20, July 4, July 25, August 8 and August 29.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been and continues to be an extremely high demand for accommodation cabins such as office and canteen cabins.

At present, we currently don’t have the following stock available.
• 20ft used office/canteen cabins
• 24ft used office/canteen cabins

We still have a selection of used 32ft cabins in stock that we can prepare to customers layout and specifications. (PLEASE CONTACT US)

We also still have a large selection of varieties of used toilet block cabins, some with showers and drying rooms etc. (PLEASE CONTACT US)

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Please note, lead times for used 32ft office/canteen cabins and used toilet blocks etc is approx 6-8 weeks from date of order at present.

We are still manufacturing all types and sizes of NEW built to order cabins with a current lead time of approx 22 weeks from date of order. (PLEASE CONTACT US)

We appreciate your patience and hope to have all used cabin stock available in the the near future.

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