How many passengers do the freighters carry?
Usually up to
twelve, however, in many cases no more
than five or six.
What will my fellow freighter passengers be like?
They are usually people who love adventure and who do not enjoy regimentation. Large groups and organized activities are not for them! Rather, the excitement of surprise and discovery is their motivation. They often are people who can take lengthy periods of time off ... such as teachers, entrepreneurial types who run their own businesses as well as retired people.
What will the accommodations be like?
All suites and
staterooms are of a good
standard, spacious, equipped with
air conditioning, private
facilities and shower, carpeted
and handsomely furnished. Located
on the upper decks and on the outside of the vessel, all cabins have
windows, however, the view can
sometimes be obstructed by the
containers stowed on deck. Some
cabins are also equipped with a
TV/VCR and refrigerator. Bed
linen and towels are changed once or twice a week.
What other passenger facilities are provided?
Most vessels have
a swimming pool, sauna and
fitness room, as well as a
passenger lounge with TV/VCR and
stereo sets and small video and
book libraries. Deck space can be
limited, however, there is always
room for sunbathing and deck
chairs are usually provided.
What is included in the fare?
The passage fare
includes accommodation and three
meals per day. Passengers dine
with the ship's officers and, on
many vessels, enjoy complimentary
wine at lunch and dinner. The pantry
is usually always open to anyone
fancying a light snack. Alcoholic
beverages and soft drinks are
available on all vessels,
at duty free prices.
Is there an age limit?
The age limit
applied is usually 77, on some ships 80. There are
exceptions, however, especially
on shorter, coastal routes, and
in those cases when there is a
larger group of passengers on
board (more than 12), when a
doctor must be on board as well.
Are there any health requirements?
must ensure that they are fully
fit to travel and have no serious medical
condition. A medical certificate
must be duly completed and signed
by both your physician and
yourself confirming that you are
able to travel on a freighter
where there is no doctor on
What is the dress code on board?
Casual dress is always appropriate. For your protection and enjoyment, please remember to pack the following: warm clothing (windproof and waterproof), walking shoes, gloves, binoculars and a lot of film for your camera.
How far from the town/city center do the vessels usually dock?
Vessels dock at
terminals which are often
situated outside the
center of a town or city. Taxi
transportation can be arranged by
the port agent who will
be on board when the vessel
What about currency?
It is usually
necessary to pay cash for on board
purchases. Personal and
traveller's cheques are not
accepted on board and neither are
credit cards. For use ashore, take a supply of
local currencies with you,
preferably in small
denominations. Most vessels do
not have exchange facilities.
Is insurance compulsory?
must take out an International
Health and Accident Insurance,
and Cancellation and
Interruption Insurance is
How can I learn more about traveling on freighters?
Maris Freighter Cruise and Travel Club Int'l. Membership gets you special discounts and online newsletter titled Seaworthy News.