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I was reading something about the numbers of passengers, especially gap year and retired ages, travelling the world on cargo ships as paying passengers. A bit of Internet research showed quite a few sites offering this on a variety of inshore and offshore vessels from 3 nights to 70+.

 

Anyway, just wondering if any members had undertaken one of these voyages? They look like a really interesting idea.

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If you were an author with a book to write and needed peace and quiet it might be quite a good option. Depending on the advance you got from the publisher it might not be so expensive. The lack of things to do between port calls would be be a problem without some other activity to keep you busy. Ed.

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Reports on this come up from time to time in Ships Monthly. It can be enjoyable if you have the right temperament and the time available. Downsides are the cost, as already mentioned, plus the fact that cargo ships dock in cargo facility areas which can be a long way from the attractions of a port of call - compounded by the fact that unlike in the old days, the ships do not stay in port for any length of time so you get very little time ashore.

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Interesting you mention this, just last week I was watching a French documentary on someone who did exactly this.

 

"Tout Compte Fait: Drôles de vacances sur un cargo"

 

Thanks for the link, Adam. I hadn't seen that but will take a look later. Ed

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A softer option might be a one -way positioning cruise. A ten day cruise can be had for £550 (for an inside cabin next to the engine room probably) but I have seen midship balcony cabins for around £800. Typically from Miami or FLL to the Med. Cheap flights available on Norwegian airlines.

Just keep a low profile, stay away from the bars / casinos / shows. The ships are often far from full....

https://res.vivavoyage.co.uk/web/cruises/category.aspx?brn=0.835572746971423a660a9bf6b424bf389e7b42e087891df101869

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If you were an author with a book to write and needed peace and quiet it might be quite a good option. Depending on the advance you got from the publisher it might not be so expensive. The lack of things to do between port calls would be be a problem without some other activity to keep you busy. Ed.

 

 

I like the author arguement Cabin-Boy... great environment to help you focus on writing I imagine. If I ever publish my memoirs, I know where to go now:)

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I am shocked at how expensive it is

 

Maybe not, on another thread somebody said that the cost of the PA New Year Cruise was around £100 per night and that did not include full board so £80/90 per day all in with waiter service and including a rather better cabin might be looked on as a bargain by comparison. Of course the total cost is high as you are onboard for an extended period and no river views either!

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