There are 2 shipping companies that currently call into Australia with departures every month to Asia. You get to avoid airport stress, for a start. There are no bike boxes or worries about your trusty steed getting lost. Freighter travel — Wikitravel wikitravel. Freighter travel is a less crowded alternative for crossing a sea or ocean, not using airplanes or commercial cruise ships or ferries. A well-kept secret in these days of airport anxiety is that it is still possible to book a regularly scheduled sea passage to most parts of the world.
Can you really travel around the world by cargo ship? Greetings dowls, I to am looking for the exact same information as you are Would you be kind enough to keep me updated on you're discoveries Theres an official way of getting a job, I know about that way, but I was wondering if it was possible with no certificate or training? This topic has been locked by a moderator. All rights reserved. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission.
No worries. Hello, In know in times gone by people have worked on container ships to gain free passage. This corona ordeal has made me think hard of an alternative mode of transportation and you answered all my questions and cleared my doubts on the very first search I did on the subject. Thank you and happy cruising! I really enjoyed how the whole cargo ship trip idea can turn into a good travel experience.
Niall, what happens if someone gets really seasick and needs medical help? Like being on a drip to avoid dehydration? Is there a nurse or someone who can stick this needle into your vein and so on sorry about that? There was no doctor on my ship but I believe lots of the crew had first aid training. I am wondering if they check your luggage before boarding and how well they do it.
Not looking to traffic stuff but I was thinking about having a little smoke on the ship. Getting off the ship in Peru, they did take me to a security office and inspected my bags, but that was very light as well. Depending on the port, they may have a sniffer dog, or a vigilant security guard.
Worst-case scenario, you could do jail time. Not worth it, IMO. Do you know if the ships are sprayed with insecticides? Cargo containers for international travel are sprayed, as are planes for some international travel. I wonder if the ships are, as well. If you contact one of the cargo ship travel agents listed above they should be able to answer that for you. Niall, Your book sounds very fascinating… Is there anyway I could purchase a hard copy? Thanks for the comment.
No hard copies of the book available, unfortunately. Unfortunately the cost is prohibitive for us, but this would be a fun alternative! I worked on a fishing boat in Alaska for a couple summers back in college and loved the route the ship took back to Anacortes, WA through the Inside Passage. Great article!
A common misconception is that if you are willing to spend an extended amount of time on open water you can score an inexpensive mode of transportation to your next travel destination. Traveling as a passenger on a cargo ship is, in fact, more expensive than your average airfare. The days where a person could work for their passage are long gone. The cargo lines will not allow you to work your way across the Atlantic just so you can have a free trip overseas.
You will, however, get to meet crew members and will most likely find yourself spending a great deal of time getting to know many of them when they take a break or have some time off to relax a little. As a passenger, you are surrounded by the everyday life of the vessel and her crew. Most lines have regular routes. Americans cannot travel between one U. Usually, the upper age limit is 79, the lower is about 5 years. These upper and lower limits may vary from one shipping company to another.
If you are over 65, you will generally be required to get a medical certificate from your physician certifying you are fit to travel.
Pregnant women are usually not permitted. If you have difficulty negotiating stairs, this will also preclude you from travel on a freighter.
Since all of the passenger-carrying containerships are sailing under a foreign flag they are not subject to American laws requiring accommodation of disabled individuals. The average length of a freighter voyage is 40 to 50 days, though there are some shorter trips available last a couple of weeks.
A roundtrip from the U. An around the world voyage lasts generally 80 to days or more. A westbound voyage from Los Angles, CA. Many people do not like to take a roundabout voyage, having neither the time nor the money. Segmented trips are possible with a stopover in port for as long as you want.
You can resume your voyage or fly home by plane. These kinds of voyages are popular with people who only have a couple of weeks to travel, and only want to spend some it at sea. The architecture is spectacular and the people seem enlightened about the world in ways that embarrass outsiders from knowing so little about Iran.
Some countries are more expensive than others but most countries are quite cheap when you use local transportation, eat local food and stay with local people or use cheap guesthouses and dorm rooms. It's very feasible. Will it be to South America and around Cape Horn? Jamieson offers a few more ideas and favorite voyages based upon years of experience. It takes days to sail what you can fly in just under 12 hours but it visits nearly every island in the Pacific on the way and it stops for days.
The second choice for me would be from Singapore through to Houston in Texas. It goes up through Thailand, Vietnam, half a dozen ports in China, into Japan, then straight across the Pacific and through the Panama Canal.
With enough time and money at your disposal, there are few places in the world a cargo ship can't reach. Voyage destinations on cargo ships can change, so the many options available will often surprise you.
A freighter is, above all, an industrial workplace, and must be treated as one. Be aware of hazards like high thresholds, oily decks, severe pitching and rolling, and extreme heat or cold. You must bring sturdy, non-skid shoes, and warm hats and jackets may be worth their weight in gold during cold weather. Many mariners keep a small flashlight with them at all times, and for good reason -- unless you're near an exterior window, a loss of power means complete darkness.
Also, women be warned: flushing tampons down a ship's delicate toilet systems is very likely to produce a clog as well as a furious crew member knowing exactly whose trash ruined his day. Because there are not many passengers, there is a lot of time that one has to oneself.
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