A 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.
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.