Freighter Cruising


Saturday 27 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike


Ever been on or considered a Freighter Cruise?

Not that we have plans to do one just yet, but if we ever had that sort of cash, seems like something I wouldn’t mind 🙂

Don’t think I could handle the usual cattle-cruise ships with their dress codes, thousands of wannabe seat-grabbers for the Captain’s Table, and more restaurants, casinos and shops than our local town (no kidding). But, there are also thousands of freighter ships that roam the oceans 52 weeks a year, and many supplement their operating costs by taking paying passengers on board, and in some style too. 



Often the costs are comparable or less than a commercial cruise, but the cabins are of a pretty high standard, and you are treated like an officer rather than a number. But the main attraction would probably be the peace and quiet to read a few good novels, and watch the world float on past…

This website seems to be a pretty decent portal for this type of venture. I’m not promoting them, or even seriously looking; just bored tonight and thought I’d look at something a bit different ( )




17 thoughts on “Freighter Cruising

  1. LB says:

    I had no idea!
    I’ve had absolutely no desire to go on a cruise, for all the reasons that you described. But this sounds so cool!
    Thanks for the tip

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  2. Ladybuggz says:

    Well, if Michael Paylin can do it ( 80 days around the world), no reason why we can’t!


  3. I’ve always thought about it but never gone through with it although I think it would be a fantastic way to see the world. Off to look it up again now! Great post!


  4. Sue Slaght says:

    I know very little about this kind of travel Spike. Could be an interesting way to go that’s for sure.

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  5. orples says:

    This is an interesting post, Spike. I’d have never imagined that freighter lines would even accept passengers. Petty cool. 🙂


  6. wareynolds1 says:

    We’ve talked about a freighter cruise but never looked into it. This might be the kick in the pants we needed to do it. I would much prefer the peace and quiet than being on a floating hotel with 3,000 people. Thanks for doing our initial homework for us. That’s a great website they have to answer all your freighter cruise questions. Thanks Spike!

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Even land hotels for me have to be small – not into the noise thing if it can be helped; worked in large corporate offices for too long I guess. Let us know if you take this any further, sounds intriguing 🙂


  7. Yvonne says:

    I have a friend who does this very often and she loves it.

    I’ve only been on a 5 day cargo ship trip that went from Cairns, Queensland north to Thursday Island and back. It was very interesting to see how communities that are not accessible by road received their supplies. In some cases, it involved a barge coming out to be laden with the goods, and then returning to the little coastal village.

    If you’re interested, I can post the links to the posts I wrote at the time.


  8. Val Boyko says:

    I love this idea Spike!! It appeals to the no conformist in me 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. mihrank says:

    this is such great post and images with words. I enjoyed reading it!

    Liked by 1 person

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