Have you ever traveled by sea?

@maximax8 (30066)
United Kingdom
September 13, 2008 5:55am CST
In my life so far I have just taken some short trips by sea. I have gone on ferries from the UK to France, on a ferry between Finland and Sweden and go some ferries between Singapore and Indonesia. I was very sick on a ferry between Indonesia and Malaysia. The roughest sea trips have been in my home country's waters. I got rocked off my seat on a small ferry between the Channel Islands and I was sea sick going by high speed ferry from Wales to Ireland. If I could choose where to go on a three week cruise this would be my trip: fly to Barbados then travel to St Vincent, Tobago, Isle of Margarita, Caracas, Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, Old Providence, San Andres, Cartagena, The Panama Canal, Limon and Monento Bay. Fly home from Montego Bay. Have you ever been traveled by sea? If so where? If you could choose a cruise for two or three weeks where would go like to go?
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@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
13 Sep 08
yes i have been traveled many times by sea and if i do it again and want to travel by sea going to norway to meet my friends there.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
Hello my friend Bomb Shell. It is lovely to find out that you enjoy traveling by sea. I hope that you will travel by ferry to see your friends in Norway.
@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
13 Sep 08
hi there,yeah i hope this year.
@littleone3 (2065)
13 Sep 08
Yes i have we went from Birkenhead to Belfast by boat. It was an eight hour crossing it was not a bad crossing. But seemed to take forever. We booked a berth and pased the time by sleeping and watching DVDs. We also had a free lunch thrown in. Last month we went to the Isle of Wight. We went from Portsmouth to Fishguard. It was a smooth crossing. It is about a 40 minute crossing but goes so quick it seems like as soon as you are on and settled it is time to get off again. The worst crossing i had was when i was a child we went from Cornwall to the Silly isles. It was a three hour crossing that was very rough. Our whole family ended up seasick. But it was all worth it when we saw the beautiful beaches. I have never fancied going on a cruise it is just not my thing.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
Thanks for your excellent detail of the trips that you have done by boat. I have read a book set in the Silly Islands and seen some photos of there. It looks incredibly beautiful and I think the sea crossing sounds very rough indeed. So I think I would prefer to travel by helicopter there from Cornwall. Smooth crossings can be relaxing and so your trip from Birkinhead to Belfast was quite pleasant.
@sandra966 (269)
• Spain
13 Sep 08
We've travelled by sea a few times but the worst was when we went from Portsmouth to Bilbao. It was a 23 hour trip and the first half of it was ok, but then it just got worse and worse. Finally, both my husband and I 'lost our lunch' but at least then we felt a bit better. The funny thing was that our two young children weren't even phased by it. They didn't get affected at all. I would like to do a big cruise one day - but i don't like all that dressing up to eat at the Captain's Table and all that. But I think it would be quite nice to go round and visit all the places you ever wanted to, all in one holiday. Too expensive for us at the moment, but who knows, one day....
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
A 23 hour trip that is rough sounds like a nightmare for most people. It was lucky that your two children didn't get travel sick. Portsmouth to Bilbao stops people needing to drive to Spain through France but if the ocean is rough people tend to say they will fly next time. I love budget travel but the Caribbean has some very tempting cruises. I hope that you will go on an informal cruise one day then you won't have to dress up too much.
• Philippines
13 Sep 08
No and i would never would have tried. I have a fear in riding on a boat or a ship . I have a feeling that my life would end there tragically so i would never do that. I don't know why i am thinking like that but ever since i was a child i have this fear of sea or ocean
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
I am sorry that you have a fear of the sea. Perhaps you are more comfortable traveling by train. By rail is my favorite way to travel.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
13 Sep 08
Anywhere, anywhere at all. I just love cruise ships. Whan I first went overseas, it was by ship, from Melbourne to Tilbury. It took six weeks, and I had a wonderful time. We were one of the last to go through the Suez at that time, so I was fortunate enough to visit the pyramids. This kind of travel is now obsolete, but spending six weeks having fun, and visiting some interesting places which you miss by air has many advantages. Sadly now that's all in the past. Since then I have taken a couple of cruises. I've also had many hair raising ferry trips, which are not really enjoyable.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
Wow! Thanks for your excellent detail my friend Mipen. Traveling on a ship from Melbourne to Tilbury was a very long voyage. It must have been amazing to travel through the Suez Canal and see the pyramids. I wonder where you went on your cruises? I read about a fantastically rich American lady that spends ten and a half months living on a cruise liner every year.
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
13 Sep 08
I have not traveled by sea, but I have been to the sea area in Wenzhou City. That was years ago, about in the summer of 2000. I love to see the sea as it looks so broad with no end. I hope to have a chance some day for a sea travel. Good day, maximax.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
Hello my friend Williamjisir. It sounds lovely in Wenzhou City. The sea can be very beautiful and the coastline can look really attractive. I hope that you will travel on a ferry one day. Good luck.
• Philippines
13 Sep 08
Here in the Philippines, to get to the southern part of the country you either take a ferry or fly. I prefer the ferry ride coz it gives me days of uninterrupted reflection. I love the sea and staring at the horizon for hours really makes me feel good. I've travelled by sea 4times and I've enjoyed every one. I always like waiting for dolphins to appear. I wanna go on a Mediterranean cruise someday. That would really be cool.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
The Philippines is excellent for island hopping and traveling by boat. If I went there I would fly into Cebu and take a ferry to Bohol island. I wish to see the Chocolate Hills there. I am really glad that you really enjoyed traveling by sea and watching the dolphins. I hope that you sail around the Mediterranean Sea one day seeing places like Rome, Corsica, Sardinia and Malta and Tunis.
• India
13 Sep 08
No I have not .. but wish 2 travel ..
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
I hope that you travel one day. Good luck.
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
It's true what they say when you do something for the first time and have a bad experience it puts you off doing it again, the same is true for when I first travelled by sea, it was with my mum and we were travelling from Weymouth to Guernsey, back then the voyage was 4 hours. Well the sea was sooooo rough that everyone around us was being ill and everyone looked green! Which didn't do much for me and I had just had fish and chips too, not very wise LOL! But I wasn't ill, I think I was more bored to be honest! Nowadays the boats are more stable and there is far more things to do and certainly the journey is quicker, as for going on a cruise, doesn't interest me much to be honest my friend, not that seeing Titanic and Poseidon have put me off, it's just the fact that it's slow and boring and nothing but sea all around you. If I am going somewhere I want to get there as quick as possible and going by sea is not quick compared to flying.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
I did a similar crossing as you from Poole to Guernsey and then on to Sark. I felt fine but my friend got really sea sick. The high speed catamaran from Holy Head to Dublin went incredibly slowly because of the very high waves. Yes, trips like those can put people off sailing. I prefer to see islands or land because just seeing the ocean would be boring after a while. Yes, my friend Wolfie films like the Titanic must really stop many people wanting to sail. I know flying is super quick and by sea can be really slow.
@zeny_zion (1284)
• Philippines
13 Sep 08
i did ride in a ship for a trip. i just dont like what i felt when im on a trip. i felt dizzy and i vomit. but i like the view and enjoyed the trip even im a little bit nervous thinking about accident or the ship might sink. hahaha
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
It was such a shame that you felt sea sick. I thought this happened to me on the voyage to Malaysia but it was a sickness bug. Hopefully must sailings travel safely and accidents don't happen very often.
@cream97 (29164)
• United States
13 Sep 08
No, I have not, I believe that I would be too scared to, I am not too fond with riding on deep waters.. I can't swim either!
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 08
Yes, I hate to travel on rough waves but a smooth sailing for me is fine. I can swim and love to go snorkeling to see coral reefs. I suggest trains and buses for you Cream since they are lovely ways to travel. I like to look out of the window at the passing scenery. Thanks for responding and happy traveling, by land.
@penski (51)
• Philippines
5 Oct 08
I have but water transport isn't my favorite form of travel. I get a little seasick, so that limits the number of activities I can do on ships compared to land or air transport. I mean, I get bit lightheaded when I try to walk, watch movies or play a video game on board ships, so I don't do those things even if the ship I was in offered those amenities. Nor am I fond of shopping like on the English Channel ferry.
@msedge (4012)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Oh yes!When i was younger i used to take a trip by the sea.It was cheaper than flying.That time i can't afford to buy ticket for flying.It was exciting.I love the sea specially during the night.It was very calm and peaceful.I was also having fun watching the different fishes swimming freely under the water.It was so nice.I really miss it!
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
18 Sep 08
that was great!!! yeah i did travel by sea..but it was a long time ago when im still a kid...we had our family vacations during summer in my grandfathers hometown which was of course a two days travel by sea..and unfortunately im not really good at traveling by sea..since i feel nauseated when im at it..
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Hello maximax8. I took a cruise several years ago (1991, I think) to St. Thomas, Martinique, St. Martins Island, Barbados, and another island or 2 that I can't recall. It was a very nice 7 day cruise. We got off the boat on each island and took tours. That is the only time I traveled by sea. I would like to cruise around Europe--Spain and Italy especially.
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
15 Sep 08
I traveled by ferry from Malta to Sicily. The trip takes about a one hour and a half. If the weather is fine it is not that bad. If I had the chance I would like to travel by cruise around the Mediterranean Sea visiting places like Venice, Greece, Spain.
15 Sep 08
We have used the ferries often,and they are a good reliable way of completing a journey.The large ferries are smooth to ride on,the are fully equipped and are luxurious in thier own way.You can get a meal or a snack or just a hot or cold drink if you so wish on the ferry journey,and where years ago the ferries were very basic,they are now the total opposite.The only time I got a little alarmed on one ferry boat was when I wemt to the tiolet,which was situated around the engine rooms and when you sat on the loo the loo vibrated with the force of the engines,and that made me slightly nervous.
@tonytt2009 (1706)
• China
15 Sep 08
Let think`..I have not travel by sea by far,I mean for the long term/cruise.Just for 2 times half an hour ferry during my trip in Sanya,China. If have 2-3 weeks,I would like to go to mediterranean sea countries by sea,where are my dreaming place to visit in the future`~lol
@amirev777 (3936)
• India
15 Sep 08
hi i travel by sea almost 180-210 days a year coz i m a sailor(poeye wud say sailor man)i think travelling on cruise can really be fun sometimes,but on many occasions it can really be a pain especially if the weather turns choppy.there is so much rolling and pitching that u finally end up throwing everything out from ur stomach-yes one day i will surely like to travel by sea as a passenger and not a sailor.
15 Sep 08
I've never really fancied doing a proper cruise but have travelled by ferry too over to Ireland and France - it's not my chosen method though I never get sea sick so it's just something I do if I know it will be cheap and the most practical way of doing it. x