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Old 02-26-2018, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I've never bought an RTW ticket but I've all the way around at least once. I've been to Asia 12 times now so it's possible that I've happened to make the loop around the other side a few times, but I remember at least one example specifically. (some of the east coast to asia nonstop flights go over the north pole so I'm thinking that wouldn't count)

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I use round-the-world tickets sold by airlines in the major alliances, in my case the Oneworld alliance (American, British, Qantas, Cathay Pacific etc.) I've used them to travel to places that I always wanted to visit, and because of their flexibility I've also used them for personal and business travel around the US. The alliance tickets are good for up to a year and include up to 16 flight segments.
Thanks Gardy! This is what I figured was meant and you always provide great commentary/insight from your wealth of experience. Good luck and best wishes with the knee replacement!!
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:17 PM
 
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There's a 180-day RTW (around 30 countries) cruise. Costs $35K per person.
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Old 03-02-2018, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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There's a 180-day RTW (around 30 countries) cruise. Costs $35K per person.
That would be $140K for, say, two couples. I bet you could do it cheaper by chartering a private yacht. Almost a thousand dollars a day.
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Old 03-02-2018, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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You can go around the world (75 days or so) on a container ship for €100 per day, inclusive. Freighter travel is a blast; we crossed the Pacific (Auckland - San Francisco) on a freighter some years ago and still think it was the best trip we ever took. https://www.freightercruises.com/SWN...hp#anchor_PEX3

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Old 03-02-2018, 08:35 PM
 
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You can go around the world (75 days or so) on a container ship for €100 per day, inclusive. Freighter travel is a blast; we crossed the Pacific (Auckland - San Francisco) on a freighter some years ago and still think it was the best trip we ever took. https://www.freightercruises.com/SWN...hp#anchor_PEX3
So very interesting. Would you share more of your experience? Is seasick an issue? What is the best thing you like about it, and the worst?
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Old 03-03-2018, 08:27 AM
 
Location: On the road
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We left from Phoenix -> Taiwan and kept going west through Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and got to Mexico (closest measure to starting point) about 28 months later. We never did move back to USA (still in South America) so I guess it's a bit open-ended.
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Old 03-03-2018, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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So very interesting. Would you share more of your experience? Is seasick an issue? What is the best thing you like about it, and the worst?
Here's a PDF file documenting the trip - http://gardyloo.us/wp-content/upload...-Freighter.pdf .

I enjoyed two things the most (among many). First, the simple size of the Pacific. We crossed the entire ocean diagonally and didn't see one other ship except for the days in port in Fiji and on the last evening approaching San Francisco.

Second, I enjoyed seeing a whole facet of international trade and commerce, one that we're all completely dependent on, but which is hidden from our view for the most part. The officers we shared the trip with were incredibly well-informed on subjects that included international trade and economy, the politics and social standards in the countries they visited, weather, engineering... in addition to all the skills they needed, from navigation to communications to management, required for their work.

Over the three weeks we were on the ship, I can't say I was ever bored, but I imagine this kind of travel is certainly not for everybody. For us, it was at the end of a period of real go-go travel all over the world, so the "slow travel" (and it was indeed slow; the boat barely made 25 knots flat out) was quite welcome.

Freighters lay lower in the water than cruise ships (where balconies and views are a selling point) so the center of gravity is lower and the ship's movements are reduced. We had a couple of days of big water, and we had a little queasiness, but never outright sick. We had brought provisions with us - Dramamine, crystallized ginger, acupressure bands... but never needed them.
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Old 03-03-2018, 08:26 PM
 
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Over the three weeks we were on the ship, I can't say I was ever bored, but I imagine this kind of travel is certainly not for everybody. For us, it was at the end of a period of real go-go travel all over the world, so the "slow travel" (and it was indeed slow; the boat barely made 25 knots flat out) was quite welcome.
I've known about freighter travel before, but have never done it. Having read your report you mention US$100 - $120 per day per person, and this was 20 years ago correct, I wonder what the prices are today?

If a TransPacific trip is like 2 or 3 weeks, you are looking at $1,400 - $2,100 (one way), wouldn't it just be cheaper or about the same to just fly? I can understand if you're doing it for the experience and have all the time in the world or have a fear of flying, but with many flight deals out there, it seems like it would be cheaper (and of course faster) to fly.
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Old 03-04-2018, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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There was a time several decades ago, when it was virtually impossible to get on a cargo ship, because they were unwilling to pony up for insurance to cover them. In 1993, I had a friend who did it, but his family knew people in the shipping business.

It would be very good and encouraging news if it were now becoming possible again.

I've traveled twice on multi-day cargo vessels. I had to ship my car from Kuwait to Iran, and accompanied the vehicle on the dhow. And I crossed the Black Sea on a Ro-ro ferry that took three days, most of the passengers were truck drivers.
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Old 03-04-2018, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I've known about freighter travel before, but have never done it. Having read your report you mention US$100 - $120 per day per person, and this was 20 years ago correct, I wonder what the prices are today?

If a TransPacific trip is like 2 or 3 weeks, you are looking at $1,400 - $2,100 (one way), wouldn't it just be cheaper or about the same to just fly? I can understand if you're doing it for the experience and have all the time in the world or have a fear of flying, but with many flight deals out there, it seems like it would be cheaper (and of course faster) to fly.
The prices haven't changed much; most are now around €100 per person per day, probably closer to €130 if traveling alone (US$130 - $160.)

Apples and Oranges. Flying is cheaper for sure, but remember the cruise is inclusive of transportation, accommodation and food. You're basically getting a spacious ocean-view hotel suite, 3 meals a day, and intercontinental transportation for US$130 a day.

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There was a time several decades ago, when it was virtually impossible to get on a cargo ship, because they were unwilling to pony up for insurance to cover them. In 1993, I had a friend who did it, but his family knew people in the shipping business.

It would be very good and encouraging news if it were now becoming possible again.

I've traveled twice on multi-day cargo vessels. I had to ship my car from Kuwait to Iran, and accompanied the vehicle on the dhow. And I crossed the Black Sea on a Ro-ro ferry that took three days, most of the passengers were truck drivers.
It's been available all along, it just required some sleuthing. Some cargo lines that offered passenger travel have stopped, others got bought out or went out of business, but others have entered the business. The travel agency I referenced above, Maris - https://www.freightercruises.com/ - is one of the current major resources, but not the only one. A quick web search for "freighter cruises" will yield more results.
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