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The Travel Detective: Travel By Freighter

When most of you think about taking a cruise, you’re typically on a well-known cruise ship. But if you’ve got the time, the flexibility and a little imagination, how about a freighter? It’s doable.

It’s the newest, minimalist travel trend. Traveling by freighter might appear to be the cheaper option, but it actually can be more expensive than an all-inclusive trip on a luxury cruise liner.
But there is enough included to keep passengers entertained on these freighters like three meals a day, which you eat with the ship’s officers. You’ll also get access to renting movies and music.
While you’re guaranteed a private room on most freighters, guests are responsible for doing their own laundry. And rooms are cleaned weekly instead of daily. And a room with a view is not guaranteed on freighters. Your room could be blocked by cargo. So if freighter travel sounds like something you’d like to do, you better plan far in advance, at least six months. Most ships take no more than a dozen passengers, and spots fill up fast.
You’re not going to find a pool on many of these freighters, no casino, no Broadway show and no shopping. But you’re going to have time, peace of mind and you’ll go at a pace where you can really appreciate where you are.
By Peter Greenberg for