Transportation during vacations typically involves traveling to a particular place (via a plane, train, or vehicle), enjoying one’s vacation, and then using the same transportation to return home. However, in the case of freighter cruises, the voyage itself can create a thrilling and memorable experience.
Where are freighters? Any country that exports or imports goods, can be included in the destination of freighters. In other words, nearly every major port in the world includes freighters, and freighter cruises. The two primary types of freighter routes are regular routes and “tramp” freighter lines. Tramp ships lack a standard routes and schedules, typically remain in port for a lengthier time, and boast of somewhat quick departures. The drawback of tramps is that their being more sporadic in nature makes early planning unfeasible. Both regular and tramp cruises tend to last between 40 to 50 days, though the shortest voyage is about a week.
Size does Matter in Freighter Cruises
When voyaging via freighter cruises, the size of the ship matters. In fact, it is a vital consideration when you select a ship for your freighter cruises. Smaller freighters usually haul fewer than a thousand containers, and their lengths are usually below 500 feet. The movement of these ships, known as the pitch and roll, typically is greater on these vessels than on huger freighters. Meanwhile, the hugest freighter can exceed a length of 1,300 feet, with a capacity of roughly 12,000 containers. While these vessels are more stable than smaller ones, their engines create more carbon. This can result in decks that are slightly grimier.
The cabins of freighter cruises tend to be outstanding, as they were designed for members of the shipping company, and officers. Thus, they typically are furnished well. Before booking your cruise, it is recommended that you consider a cabin located on the upper decks, to avoid containers obstructing your forward view.
Like the size of the ships and their cabins’ amenities, the cost of freighter cruises can vary. However, tramp freighter trips typically are the least expensive ones. While a single person booking in a double cabin costs more than double occupancy, freighter cruisers tend to be less likely than standard cruisers, to penalize for single occupancy. When necessary, remember to convert prices into your own currency. Also, keep in mind that fares for various ships along the same route can differ significantly. Finally, additional charges can include deviation insurance, Customs charges, and port taxes.
While you must pay the entire cost of freighter cruises, you can skip part of the trip. In fact, such voyages are quite frequent. If you have appropriate documentation, you can disembark at any port, and then ride another ship or take a flight back to your home. Furthermore, you can even layover via the same ship, eliminating the need to ride a different ship home.
Since we only live once, we should embrace the spectrum of experiences that life has to offer. For instance, freighter cruises provide a unique traveling experience on the high seas, which you will never forget!