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    Anybody here travel on tour by cargo ship?

    I loath airlines almost as much as I loath being in a hurry. Seems like if I want to tour overseas that I might enjoy going onboard a cargo ship? I read this article about it and am interested. Anybody here on BF have experience doing a bicycle tour that way?

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    Certainly using passenger ferries in Italy is ideal. You can reach almost anywhere along the Mediterranean from major ports like Genoa.
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    Just drive on Drive Off Ferries with the Trucks ..

    My Aunt took a Polish Cargo ship across the Atlantic, Once
    about 2+decades ago.

    they were still in the Warsaw Pact then ..

    Took a Baltic Sea ferry from CPH to Polish Pomerania in '91, just after 'the wall' came down.

    Scottish Island Hopper , UK to Norway To DK .. English channel .


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    Did you not read and/or see "The Life of Pi"?

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    I've taken a cargo & passenger boat on the north shore of the St-Lawrence. The route is called "Relais Nordik" and the boat used to the Nordik Express, but they have a new, bigger boat. The run is about 3 day long with stops in small communities. I took it three times. It was nice at the end of a long tour but i took it once at the start and couldn't wait to get off. I had planned to take a similar boat in Labrador but it never made it to port due to pack ice. I love taking ferries for an easy break and a different view while I keep moving without having to box the bike, but I wouldn't go on a huge cargo ship across the ocean. Too slow, long and expensive.





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    Well, apparently this fellow did just that from New Zealand to the US.



    Of course he did work his way over and there were some complications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Did you not read and/or see "The Life of Pi"?
    i don't know if the OP did, but i remember it. zzzz...zzzz...zzzz...zzzz...zzz!

    and i've never had the opportunity to embark on a tramp steamer, but i've ridden on a lot of ferrys from island to island in the u.s. and across the mississippi, the colorado and across lake michigan a couple of times. i always found it enjoyable. probably because the trips were never long enough to make me seasick, which happens to me all too easily.
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    I've done long overnight ferry trips ...

    Ouistreham, France to Portsmouth, UK ... twice

    Newcastle, UK to IJmuiden, The Netherlands

    Melbourne, Vic to Devonport, Tas ... twice


    Have you done an extended ship/ferry trip of any sort before?

    If not ... before you commit to a cargo ship, you might want to try a ferry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
    i don't know if the OP did, but i remember it. zzzz...zzzz...zzzz...zzzz...zzz!
    I am with you on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    I've done long overnight ferry trips ...

    Ouistreham, France to Portsmouth, UK ... twice

    Newcastle, UK to IJmuiden, The Netherlands

    Melbourne, Vic to Devonport, Tas ... twice


    Have you done an extended ship/ferry trip of any sort before?

    If not ... before you commit to a cargo ship, you might want to try a ferry.
    I've been on a two week cruise in the Bahamas. I didn't get sea sick. I don't really know how long it takes to go across the Atlanta ocean for example. That's the kind of trip I'm thinking of. From what I can tell it's pretty expensive though.

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    I flew to cross the Atlantic , then used surface shipping once I was over there.

    Some ferries are Free.. there are a separate parts of NL on either side of the Schelde.

    as an example .. others have a fee..

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    Yes! If you want to travel instead of simply being human cargo, then I think your idea of jumping on a boat is perfect.

    In 2009, I was a passenger on a Polish freighter that took me from Duluth, Minnesota, to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. I didn't have to work on the voyage, which lasted for 18 days. It cost slightly more than an air ticket but all of my meals were included in the price. The only drawback was that I had to make a booking months in advance, and because of the nature of freighter travel, I didn't know exactly when I would leave (or where I would go) until a few weeks before the voyage. You MUST be flexible in that regard.

    If you're interested, check out The Cruise People online. The website looks sketchy, but I can personally vouch for a wonderful experience.

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