My girlfriend and me want to go from Cayenne (French Guiana) to Europe by boat/ship/vessel. Is there anyone who has some information about it? Where can we find a boat? Do we have to go to the harbour and ask around or are there any web pages to look up before? How much would it cost?

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    You might want to contact: cargoshipcruises.nl/caraibisch-gebied.html
    – user141
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 21:39
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    You may want to contact the Compagnie Maritime Nantaise, which ships Ariane launcher parts from Europe to French Guiana with its two dedicated ships MN Toucan and MN Colibri. I didn't find on the site whether they accept passengers.
    – mouviciel
    Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 18:06
  • @mouviciel Question is will they carry passengers given them carrying cargo for the launch of Arianne Rockets.
    – Karlson
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 3:11

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In addition to Cargoship Cruises provided by @andra there is another website that provides similar information Freighter Cruises operated by Maris which upon close examination has a Cruise on a CGM CMA Freighter between Europe and South America(see Blue Route). If you look at the list of stops one of them is in Cayenne, French Guiana, which is what you're looking for.

One thing to mention. If money is no object you can try to rent a Yacht and cross Atlantic in Style.

  • A lot of sailers sell their yacht on that sight of the pond since they can't bear the thought of yet another gulf of biscay, adventurous yes, in style, depends on your standards ;)
    – user141
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 10:21
  • I'm thinking boatbookings.com/yacht_search/yacht_view.php?pid=1088, though I am not quite sure I understood your reference to the Bay of Biscay.
    – Karlson
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 13:36

Ok, renting a yacht is too expensive. Even to go by cargo boat costs a lot of money. In French Guyana operate only two shipping companies (CMA-CGM and Marfret). Marfret does not carry passengers. CMA-CGM carries passengers, but its a cost of 100€ per person and per day. A vessel needs 23 days from French Guyana to Rotterdam/Netherlands (via Brazil and Spain). It's a total cost of 2.300€ per person.

An other option to cross the Atlantic Ocean is by private sailing boats. But because of the sea (wind and currents) the season is from April to June. In the other months the sailing boats leave to Europe from the Caribbean Islands like Martinique. So you have to go there first.

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