Freighter Cruising A World Of Its Own

There’s something curious and funny about what might be called the latest trend in cruising.

Take a freighter.

This seems to be an “industry” that’s growing, although nobody’s racing to build new freighters, or rush them off to the nearest tourist hotspots, or find the latest water slide to lure people on board. In fact, the owners of freighters with the space and the inclination to accept passengers number on the dozens…maybe.

That’s what makes it so funny.

This is an age when cruise lines are enhancing the cruise experience with everything from celebrity chefs to high-speed WiFi to gizmos that appeal to the thrill seekers among us. Yet Global Freighter copythere are people who for about the same price just want to be at sea, who just want a place to sleep and three squares as they go from continent to continent.

Call them cruise rebels.

They might be the only two passengers on a ship carrying hundreds of containers. They might have perhaps as many as a dozen fellow passengers. They might have no one to talk to except the ship’s crew, no one to wait on them hand and foot, no one even to make their beds every day for the simple reason that linens are not changed daily.

They see some of the sights “regular” cruisers see, and some they could never see. They might be out of touch for days or weeks, probably without the Internet, and their journey will take…well, as long as it takes. And the cruise will last as long as…well, as long as it lasts.

The people who do this know there are plenty of websites they can research. They know it might be days before departure before they know if they’ve been “accepted.” They know that the cost is likely to be about $100 per day, per person. And they know there will be no frills, no gourmet meals, no prompting to go on expensive shore excursions.

The list is endless, to the delight of cruise rebels.

In the news…

• New Regent Seven Seas ship, the Explorer, emerges from Italy shipyard
• P&O ship departure delayed by deep cleaning after norovirus outbreak

Today at World cruises starting in…Australia?

Holland America Zuiderdam
10 nights
November 20, 2015
Fort Lauderdale (return): Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curacao, Panama Canal, Gatun Lake, Colon, Puerto Limon
Inside: $599
Cost per day: $60

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