Freightliner Cruise Ships, a unique alternative to flying

Freightliner Cruise Ships, yep you heard me right. Until recently I didn’t even know this was a thing but alas, search hard enough and you’ll find just about anything on the web.

To those, like me, who are not familiar with this concept here’s what I’ve discovered. Cruising on cargo ships might seem like an odd concept, and like me at first, you envisage being cabined up on a working vessel, however this is not quite the case. People who travel on freighters are along for the ride on a vessel that frequently stops to drop off cargo at a whole multitude of ports. These ports are sometimes, but not always, freight specific, giving the traveller the novelty of avoiding the gaudy tourism and experience rural attractions usually only experienced by the locals.
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Sounding better? Ports are usually only a stone’s throw from commercial ports and cities making it easy to venture out to experience the local tourism as desired. When in port passengers are required to make their own arrangements, no organised trips are planned for freightliner cruisers.

One main perk of this whole experience is that timescales are far more relaxed with freight cruises, passengers generally have much more time to explore cities than scheduled with regular cruises. Although it’s key to remember that freights aren’t cruises, passengers are left to their own devices whilst away and mealtimes are taken with the crew.
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So, heard a bit about this slightly bizarre concept and still not put off? Feel free to check and plan your own trip with a number of different liner companies offering deals covering various routes worldwide at an average cost of $130 (£84) per day.

Cruise People are a UK expert and offer deals directly via their website. Not in the UK? Try TravL Tips, a company based in the USA or Freighter Travel NZ for travel around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

If anyone’s tried this out of is planning a trip please get in touch! I’d love to hear from you!

Rebekah xx

14 comments on “Freightliner Cruise Ships, a unique alternative to flying

  1. I love this idea – genuinely! You wouldn’t catch me on a cruise ship, but this would be a really unique experience. I have considered doing a similar thing before on postal ships, I’m not sure if that option even exists!

    • Thanks Clare! Yes me too! I have to agree! I’d never even heard of it until recently, I can’t seem to find anyone who’s tried and tested it though! Hopefully someone will have! :)

  2. What a fab idea! I’d defiantly consider this xo

  3. I’m guessing people would travel like this as its cheaper. I always think of older people on Cruise ships unless youre traveling across the British Channel. But yeah I suppose if you want to travel a little bit different then why not.
    I want to see you travelling this way… lots of photos please.

  4. Sounds potentially interesting. Airlines do a similar thing where you basically become a courier, you fly cheap, drop off the parcel and the rest of the time is yours.

  5. This sounds amazing!! I love the fact you will have more time to explore the places the ship stops at and it is just so different.

  6. Such an interesting idea. I’ve never been on a cruise, but would love to x

  7. This sounds really interesting xx

  8. I’ve never been on a cruise ship, but I bet it’s a great way of seeing lots of countries on one trip.

  9. I think this is a really good idea if you are wanting to travel around, I’ve only ever been abroad twice and I flew which I wasn’t too keen on. I remember going on a ferry to Ireland when I was little and hated it but I guess that’s a little different haha! They’re doing flights to America now, and if you stop off at Iceland, the flights are about £300/400!!! x

  10. This certainly sounds like it would be an interesting experience!

  11. Sounds like a cheap way to travel and see the world. I didn’t even know you could do this!

  12. I have never heard of this before! Its not my kinda thing but I think its a great idea! xxx

    • Thanks! I’m not sure if it was mine either but I’m coming round to it the more I read :)

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