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User currently offlineVulindlela From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

Has anybody ever travelled by ship? I don't mean cruise ships. I have been told that you can buy tickets on tankers. Is it true? I have read that, but have no idea how to find information about it. I have tried. Of course it is a strange idea that most people would not want to do, but I have alwys wanted to . I would not want to go on a cruise ship. I have no interest in the kind of places they would go. I would love to take a long trip from somewhere like Rotterdam to maybe Dakar, then San Francisco. It is something I was thinking about for when I am done with work here and have unlimited time to get home. Any information would help. Thanks.


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User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1370 times:

Check this website out, I think it is the kind of thing you're looking for....
http://www.freighterworld.com/

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1351 times:

There's a company that makes portable housing from containers. Just ship yourself around the world.





Mark


User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1346 times:

My uncle went back-backing in Chile back in the day and got to hitch a ride on a *small* freighter to either the southern parts of Chile or Argentina. . . can't remember. Cheap, if not free, but definately not a confy ride!

Cheers



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User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1329 times:

try sleeping on a bunk bed in a small room in 40 foot seas. Not pleasant, although I am up for it one day.


LooneyToon
User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1323 times:

Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 4):
try sleeping on a bunk bed in a small room in 40 foot seas. Not pleasant, although I am up for it one day.

Beats sharing your 'bedroom' with 53 of your closest friends. 7 years sea time with the Canadian navy will warp you for a lifetime...  biggrin 

WrenchBender



Silly Pilot, Tricks are for kids.......
User currently offlineDrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

Quoting Vulindlela (Thread starter):
I have been told that you can buy tickets on tankers. Is it true? I have read that, but have no idea how to find information about it.

You sure can. I don't know about tankers specifically, but I know one can obtain passage on general-cargo freighters these days. It used to be an extremely inexpensive mode of travel in the 1950s and 1960s -- so much so that even relatively low-income non-union blue collar American one-income families could afford to travel the world on them after retirement.

Regrettably, my research has found that in the 21st century, traveling by freighter is at least as expensive as traveling by cruise ship. While I have no doubt that I would rather travel at sea by freighter than by cruise ship, I would have a hard time justifying the cost of either (not to mention having a hard time coming up with the money!)!

-DrDeke



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1259 times:

Quoting Vulindlela (Thread starter):
I have been told that you can buy tickets on tankers

I wouldn't try smoking on the trip.



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User currently offlineVulindlela From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1145 times:

Well, thanks everybody. I just checked this thread for the first time. I will check out that site.
-Kevin



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6311 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1101 times:

Philadelphia to Antwerp for about $1,000...not bad considering how expensive plane tickets are getting in high season! It would make for an interesting story too...not something I'd like to do every time I cross the Atlantic, but I think it would be neat someday to check it out...maybe I will  Smile

User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 days ago) and read 1091 times:

Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 5):
7 years sea time with the Canadian navy will warp you for a lifetime..

Canada has a Navy?  Big grin



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

Quoting Vulindlela (Thread starter):
Has anybody ever travelled by ship? I don't mean cruise ships

Ask Skidmarks. He was around when transatlatic travel by ship was all the rage. Infact, I think he was on the titianic.


User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1042 times:

Quoting Usnseallt82 (Reply 10):
Canada has a Navy?

Go boil your head, ya squid...... box 

WrenchBender the Airdale  Big grin



Silly Pilot, Tricks are for kids.......
User currently offlineVulindlela From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1006 times:

That is a good site WrenchBender. I may use it when I am able to go. Unfortunately, it doesn't mention any trips that go through Africa. I want to stop somewhere in west Africa, but I would be happy to get a trip just from Europe to the west coast of the U.S.

AsstChiefMark-I lived in something smaller than that with 3 other guys for a year in the army, so I wouldn't get into that thing.



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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7407 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
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Quoting Vulindlela (Thread starter):
It is something I was thinking about for when I am done with work here and have unlimited time to get home. Any information would help. Thanks

Join the US Navy, where you'll spend 3 long years on a ship. Your ship may even have aircraft on it. It's such a good deal, that they pay you to travel. How about it?



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User currently offlineTheSunseeker From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 995 times:

Interesting Idea!

I expect a full trip report, if you pull this off!!

All the Best,


Ben



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User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 991 times:

Quoting TheSunseeker (Reply 15):
Interesting Idea!

Indeed it is - 10K EUR for a RTW lasting about 100days. Thats not bad value.

Adam


User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4161 posts, RR: 36
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 947 times:

Well, certainly you can do "Frachterreisen" or, Cargo Ship Voyages. For example, check www.horn-linie.com, a German shipping line offering trips aboard their vessels from Germany to the Caribbean. Otherwise, simply type "Frachtschiffreisen" at google, and you will find a host of companies offering such trips.

I´m currently planning a 10 days trip aboard a feeder vessel in the Caribbean in December or so, however that will be a trip via connections  Wink



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