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Freighter Cruises

Dear Anita,

I've heard that some cargo ships allow passengers. Where do I look to find information on freighter cruises?

John Motley
Yuma, Arizona

Dear John,

Yes, it is possible to "stow away" on a freighter. Some 4,000 travelers do it each year aboard nearly 300 ships. The costs are less per day on freighter cruises than on a cruise ships, but the voyages are often longer, so the overall cost is about the same. Most freighters have cabins for only a few passengers and accommodations are usually very comfortable and spacious, often a cabin with twin beds, private bath, and occasionally a suite with a separate sitting room. I've been told food is often good; however, not the usual gourmet fare found on larger cruise ships. There may or may not be a swimming pool and deck space for lounging is very sparse. And, there is usually no organized entertainment. Still, what these cruise lack in amenities they make up for in destinations as they often go to exotic ports cruise ships miss.

For more detailed information, visit the Traveltips Cruise and Freighter Association web site or call them at (800) 872-8584 or visit Freighter World Cruises web site or call them at (800) 531-7774.

I hope I've been helpful. Bon Voyage!

Anita Dunham-Potter

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