Cruise on a Freighter

Would you ever consider taking a cruise on a freighter?  My parents did many years ago & they loved it.  i myself have never considered it.
 

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There is a company in Fiji , I believe. Arunai  or something like that. I have looked into it and have suggested it to a few guys.

Not a bad deal. I just might do it someday

I read about a Delivery ship (Cargo and car fairy) that goes up into the arctic circle to deliver mail and supplies.  22 stop in 11 days.   The cabins are more like a sleeper berth in a train,  to get a private bath room you have to book a suite about 1 year in advance.  They call it an adventure cruise to see the northern lights.    Sounds like a blast to me even if only a few hours in some ports.  

Thank you both for chiming in.  I enjoyed reading your comments.  Happy

Years ago, before we got into cruising ourselves, a friend of ours mother did a lot of that. Our friend even gave us a subscription to a freighter cruise magazine. I recall that Alex Hailey, the author of "Roots", used to travel all the time on these when he wrote

Many of these larger container ships are involved, like Banks Line,  where a cabin or two plus the owners cabin are available. They usually have a crew member assigned to the guests, a bar for their use, a library, a fitness area and meals take place in the same location and shared with the officers. Always sounded very appealing to us, but then we got into real cruising.

Having been at so many of the world's ports now I can see some drawbacks. The freighter ports, at which regular cruise ships use sometimes, are pretty far away from shopping, sightseeing, etc. and cabs are not readily available. Now, since 9/11, things are quite a bit more difficult. Heavy port security prevents cabs from entering the restricted areas therefore one has to walk through some not so nice areas, often unlit, in order to get to the security gate, where there may or may not be means to contact transportation.

Our friends mother apparently finally gave up on that after her and a friend got stuck on a cockroach invested tramp steamer or something, got off early and flew home. 

 

Thanks everyone for all the excellent references for us to check out in the future.  The idea sounds fascinating expecially for those who have flexible schedules like retirees.  I might just be able to afford a suite on this type of ship. 

We toyed with doing this before medical issues took priority. I always thought it would be perfect for writing so reading about Alex Hailey was interesting. 

I also know that some of the Tall Ships take on passengers... and you don't >>have

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