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.
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.
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?