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If you've never been on a cargo ship, or even if you are an experienced traveller, there may be one or more questions you want answers to. We have compiled a set of Frequently Asked Questions to help answer any queries you may have. Should you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Can I work on board for a discounted fare?
It is not possible to work your passage; as you would expect crew members are trained to a very high standard to ensure the safety of the vessel and her cargo and passengers.
Fares quoted are for the only cabins available for passenger use; there are no 'cheap' cabins (and no it's not possible to bring your own food for a reduced fare!).
Can I take my pet?
It is not possible to take pets on cargo voyages; there is only one excpetion to this rule from France to Guadeloupe/Martinique.
How long in advance should I book?
Certain voyages (eg transatlantic and Austalia) are in high demand and do book up many months in advance. The further you are able to plan ahead the better your chances of securing a berth. When enquiring you need to have in mind your earliest and latest departure dates to give us the best chance of finding a suitable ship.
Can you tell me about days ashore
Shore leave is granted at the discretion of the Captain, and not guaranteed; you should consider this aspect carefully before booking.
Are there other passengers aboard the ship? What are they like?
Passengers have a varied background. A large proportion are mature travellers with around half of them being single but this type of travel is also popular with younger people seeking an alternative way to travel. The most common factor our passengers share is their love for the sea.
What sort of facilities do the ships have?
Being designed for a specific purpose; the ships do not have the same facilities as cruise ships. But then, that is the whole purpose of going on a cargo vessel. travelling without the pressures of organised entertainment or the pressure to spend extra money on board. Cabins on cargo ships are comfortable spacious suites for 1-2 people. Passengers share the officers facilities (lounge and dining areas). Some ships may also have bar, swimming pool, gym and lift.
What food is available on board?
Food standards are generally good on cargo vessels. Expect three freshly cooked meals a day offering a well balanced and healthy diet. In between meals passengers have access to the pantry for snacks. Whilst specific dietary requirements cannot be met, with international crews most needs can be catered for in discussion with the cook.
Across most operators the fares average around €100 Euros per person per day (en suite cabins and full board meals). All agents work from the same shipping company tariffs so shopping around is of little benefit.
Does the ship have WiFi?
Unlikely. You may however be allowed access to the communication system of the ship for a fee. There may be no internet facility, but in most cases there will be the facility for you to send/receive emails.
When considering cargo ship travel it is essential to understand that schedules published are for guidance only. For many operational reasons schedules change and flexibility is paramount. Any associated travel arrangements should be booked on a flexible basis only. No liability is accpeted by us or the shipping companies for schedule changes or delays; this is the nature of cargo ship operations.
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The Greener Way to Travel
Whether a Cargo ship has 1 or 101 passengers onboard, it will still sail and use just as much fuel, making your journey almost completely 'carbon neutral'.