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Fisch March 22nd, 2005 08:35 PM

Freighters, Mail Ships, etc.
Has anyone ever sailed on a freight ship or mail ship as an alternative to the big ships? I'm a bit curious as the prices are very affordable. I do understand you do not get nearly what you would get on a big ship but seems like a more adventurous way to cruise. The Norwegian mail ships sounds interesting. I would pay little for the cruise and spend all of my money on excursions.

boot57914 December 3rd, 2005 03:01 PM

Very funky i love it. ?

cj001 February 28th, 2006 04:57 PM

It's been years, but I had a blast on a freighter. The ship carried 115 passengers, the food was GREAT, had a pool, and a bar. No 24*7 party and NO PUSHING of additional sales, e.g., bar, photos, shore excursions. Was more of a traditional ocean liner experience. Got to interact with the crew more than on a regular cruise. Very personalized service. The cabin was cleaned once per day. Unless you are looking for on board shopping, rock wall and extensive spa services [all things you can do at home] you will enjoy being on a freighter. Our freighter had a small shop and 'beauty parlor'. Food offering is less frequent than regular cruise, but does have formal dining room withe reserved table, and buffet [B,L,D] if you choose a more casual meal. Dining room will have the same suggested dress code as regular cruise, e.g., 2 formal nights, 3 informal/island/theme and 2 casual nights on a seven day itinerary. You will visit interesting ports and may stay in port for two days. This gives a good chance to see more sites. Security was as good if not better than the large cruise ships. I am currently shopping for my next freighter cruise.

newinHickory April 15th, 2006 07:39 AM

How does one find information on these Freighter cruises. They sound like much more of what we are looking for. Thanks

showcat April 21st, 2006 04:46 AM

I've found some long excursions to really exotic destinations but are there any shorter cruises to say Caribbean, Canada, even American ports? Would these be safe for a single woman and do they charge single supplement fees or do roomate matching?

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