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Old 06-17-2005, 06:45 AM
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Hi Folks
I’d like to know if anyone has used a freighter ship to hitch a cruise.
There have been some holiday programs mentioning it but never went into any great detail.
How do the costs compare and is it worth the “rougher” way of life?
Any experiences would be great too.
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Old 06-20-2005, 07:46 PM
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Billie, I have never done a freighter cruise, but have toured a couple of freighters. The accommodations on the ships that I have toured were great, as was the dining. I wouldn't hesitate to give it a try.

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Old 06-21-2005, 12:47 AM
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Billy,

a great introduction into the world of freighter travel are Finnlines' Ro/Ro ships on the Travemünde (Germany) - Helsinki (Finland) run. The roundtrip is four nights, and the ships have some 34 cabins or so, which are huge and all outside at approx. 20 m². I did this trip in January and had a most fabulous time!
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There are two US based websites specialising in Freighter Travel that I know of. They detail scheduled voyages according to geographic area & will arrange bookings etc if you wish. If you are at ease with a limited (no more than 12 & usually about 6) group of passengers then they sound great. By the way, the reason for a max of 12 is that if any more are carried the ship must have a qualified doctor on board. So a pre-requisite is good health & in all cases an upper age limit applies.
The sites are:
http://www.freighterworld.com/
http://freightercruises.com/

I hope they will be useful

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Old 06-21-2005, 01:12 AM
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Sorry to double post but I should have added that the medical restrictions apply to ocean crossings not to voyages such as Raouls' wherre the ship is very close to land (& thus medical aid) at all times. Similarly, the Norwegian Coastal Voyage avoids carrying a doctor on it's ships due to the proximity of land.

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