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.
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.
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!