Telling someone you’ve booked a cruise for your holiday this year will probably conjure up images of plush surroundings, nightly entertainment and copious amounts of food and drink- think Titanic but without the iceberg. Imagine then, trying to explain why you’ve chosen to forgo the entertainment and socialising of a traditional cruise to take your trip on a near-deserted container ship.
With passage on a container ship costing the same (if not more) as your traditional entertainment-filled cruise and with the number of fellow passengers in the single digits, the appeal of this growing phenomenon is perhaps not immediately apparent. If you’re travel plans are all about getting from A to B in the quickest and most cost efficient way then this is unequivocally not the mode of transportation for you.
A typical container ship cruise costs on average $100 a day per person and it can take anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months to reach your destination (depending on your ports of departure and debarkation). It’s going to involve substantial cost financially and when it comes to your precious time spent you’re certainly not going to give Phileas Fogg a run for his money either (you’ll probably hope to avoid going 20,000 leagues under the sea too!). However, according to some of those who have taken a freighter cruise it’s more about the journey than the destination.
If the idea of a few weeks or months with nothing but a few good books on your eReader and your own thoughts for company sounds idyllic then maybe a container ship cruise is just the ticket. With a number of travel companies springing up specialising in this unique mode of transport there appears to be a growing appetite for it.
The surroundings are going to be nicer than you first imagine, the food is going to be better than expected and you won’t have to work a day of your travels. You’ll probably have a steward to make sure your linens are changed and your needs are met and meals will most likely be eaten with the ships officers and captain. In fact, in an effort to highlight the benefits of this form of travel the shipping company CMA has an entire page dedicated to the perks on container ship cruising which highlights not only the exceptional standard of accommodation but also the audio-visual room, the library, the fitness centre and the swimming pool!
So, if its downtime you’re looking for to finish that novel you’ve been working on, a simple bit of peace and quiet or time to finish that list of the greatest books of all time perhaps a container ship cruise is just what you need after all “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end”.
With shipping companies always looking for ways to increase their margins in may be that making container ship cruises more widely available could add the smallest of revenue bumps- after all sometimes the smallest bump is the difference between being in the red or the black.
Global Freight Forwarding
If this has got you thinking about all that freight moving around the globe then you may be interested to know Transport Intelligence will soon be publishing its annual Global Freight Forwarding report. Further details can be found here or by contacting me directly Holly Francis, E: email@example.com