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Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? #107466
09/14/2016 10:37 AM
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denverd0n Offline OP
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Just curious if anyone has taken a freighter/cargo ship cruise? My wife and I are considering it. Seems like it would an interesting and different way to travel.

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Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? [Re: denverd0n] #107467
09/14/2016 05:52 PM
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Somewhere out there
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Just last week was an article in the Wall Street Journal about some artist stuck on an Hainan container vessel while the company was in bankruptcy. Certainly not a normal occurrence, but interesting.


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Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? [Re: kneafseym] #107468
09/14/2016 09:02 PM
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Yeah. I bet the midnite buffet is whatever you can catch down in the hold. Think I will stick with NCL or Royal Caribbean.

Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? [Re: o2bnsxm] #107469
10/06/2016 11:07 AM
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So it would seem that the short answer to my question is, no. Too bad. If we decide to do this I will provide a write-up.

Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? [Re: denverd0n] #107470
10/06/2016 01:26 PM
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It does sound intriguing. Would love to hear about it, if you do it!


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Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? [Re: denverd0n] #107471
10/06/2016 03:22 PM
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Definitely interested in a report. We have looked into insofar as knowing some companies that do it, their standard routes and basic cost.

It really llok to us as world cruise or world cruise segment like. I think pricing was about same for a cruise line inside discounted.

Seemed like they had some interesting/different ports, longer in port times.

I think we've put it in the retirement timeframe, extreme relaxation, getaway from it all, bucket list category.

I suspect it might be pretty interesting knowing the officers, learning what they do and I bet they don't eat too bad.

Some have pools onboard, that might be nice.

I'd be prepared to have to figure your port arrangements and hiccups in getting through the port and on the boat. On the other hand, maybe the captain will make it easy/peasy.

Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? [Re: PelicanPirate] #107472
10/07/2016 09:18 AM
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PelicanPirate said:
Seemed like they had some interesting/different ports, longer in port times.

Part of the appeal to us is that you aren't stopping in all of the usual, crowded, tourist ports.

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PelicanPirate said:
I suspect it might be pretty interesting knowing the officers, learning what they do and I bet they don't eat too bad.

In fact, from what I've read, the food is usually quite outstandingly good. Of course, no "midnight buffet," but you do have access to the kitchen, so you can get something anytime, if you really want it.

(Never mind the fact that what is on the midnight buffet has NEVER been one of our criteria for choosing a cruise! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/duh.gif" alt="" />)

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Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? [Re: denverd0n] #107473
10/23/2016 03:37 PM
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Although they don't take passengers now, at one time the Geest Line would take paying guests from UK/Europe to the Caribbean. In it's day it was very popular and had rave reviews from passengers I had met over the years in Antigua and the surrounding islands.
http://www.geestline.com


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