You Can Cruise on a Cargo Ship
May 14, 2019 10:22am CST
There are cargo/container ships that welcome ordinary humans as passengers. Some cargo ships take along about 12 passengers at a time. The crew usually outnumbers the passengers on a cargo ship. Cargo ship cruise information may vary a bit from ship to ship: 1. There are no live shows to entertain passengers. 2. Passengers have access to board games, videos, TV, library, rec room, bar, convenience store, whirlpool or swimming pool. 3. Dining with the captain, in casual dress, each evening is the norm. 4. Passengers are welcome to use the exercise room. 5. Cargo ships charge from $65 to $170 a day per person, meals included. 6. Luggage per passenger cannot weigh over 90 pounds. 7. A family type atmosphere between passengers and crew is characteristic of a cargo ship cruise. 8. Passengers can spend time reading, writing, or perhaps enjoy a few games of ping pong. 9. Passengers have a lot of time to sit, think, and enjoy the view of the sea without interruption. 10. Time and location of cargo ship departure can vary. 11. Ports of call not guaranteed. 12. U.S. citizens cannot travel within the USA by cargo ship. 13. U.S. citizens can make international trips aboard cargo ships. 14. Visas are needed by those traveling to the USA, except Canadians 15. A medical certificate certifying you are in good health is required. 16. Requires vaccinations for Yellow Fever vaccinations if traveling through the Suez or Panama canals. 17. Passengers have private cabins. 18. There are a lot of stairs to climb due elevators being rare on cargo ships. Photo: traveller.com.au
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• El Paso, Texas
Now that sounds almost like what we went on back in 1959 except the ship we were on was an old WWII war ship that was used to transport Military troops back and forth between the USA and Europe. We could play shuffle board on deck, had 3 meals every day and private quarters. They didn't have TVs or any kind of pool for swimming but then it was a war ship
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• Midland, Michigan
Interesting idea for that don't have a lot of cash to spend and that don't care for the shows. When you say'ports if call not guaranteed' is that referring to being able to get off the ship and see something of the world other than water? I'm not going on out trip for the entertainment but I'm not sure about traversing all those stairs. While I should be fine after my two new knees my husband may not like it unless our cabin was on the same level as the dining room.
• United States
Yes, passengers can get off the ship to explore a bit at different ports. The ports are not full of tourists, and I think a lot of people like that. No way could I handle all the stairs. I have a knee I injured in high school gymnastics that acts up all the time. Yes, with your new knees, you could handle all those stairs.