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Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises?

Posted By: denverd0n

Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? - 09/14/2016 02:37 PM

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.
Posted By: kneafseym

Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? - 09/14/2016 09:52 PM

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.
Posted By: o2bnsxm

Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? - 09/15/2016 01:02 AM

Yeah. I bet the midnite buffet is whatever you can catch down in the hold. Think I will stick with NCL or Royal Caribbean.
Posted By: denverd0n

Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? - 10/06/2016 03:07 PM

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.
Posted By: Carol_Hill

Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? - 10/06/2016 05:26 PM

It does sound intriguing. Would love to hear about it, if you do it!
Posted By: PelicanPirate

Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? - 10/06/2016 07:22 PM

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.
Posted By: denverd0n

Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? - 10/07/2016 01:18 PM

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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="" />)
Posted By: Antigua

Re: Freighter / Cargo Ship Cruises? - 10/23/2016 07:37 PM

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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