Life on board a cargo ship

How do our clients spend their time on a cargo ship cruise?  Read on below for their comments.

(Please note that interaction with the Captain and crew is at the discretion of the Captain. Whilst some of the comments below refer to doing this, you should not book a trip expecting that this is the norm.)

  • Reading, Three handed bridge, thinking.
  • On the bridge with binoculars. Talking to crew. Reading. At no time was I at a loose end.
  • Reading, reading, reading - 22 books in all. Also, writing, looking at the ocean, watching DVDs on my laptop and just enjoying my own company.
  • Looking at the sea, loading and unloading cargo, talking to others, enjoying the food.
  • Relaxing, renewing a love of reading, watching a carefully assembled library of missed TV and movies, interacting with other passengers.
  • At first, reading, exploring, and then after discussions with our most ameniable Captain, (and as I was ex Navy, ex Merchant Navy and a ticketed 3rd Offr., plus Quad Cert RN & Clinical Psych.,) I helped with running the Infirmary & Pharmacy, plus doing the Purser type jobs in the various countries we visited, (my computer speeds were faster), and got the chance to learn about the Engines etc. whilst my Partner learned about Navigation and stood watches on the Bridge..we were in seventh heaven as we are not keen on sitting about doing only the "lazy" activities. Mind you we were the only passengers aboard most of the time.
  • Reading and studying a language, researching the history of a port to be visited, listening to music, regularly visiting bridge, visit to engine room, studying the Southern Skys with the help of the Australian Sky Guide available from Powerhouse publishing, borrow a good sea birds recognitiom manual. Throught the Captain discuss how meals could be changed. EG Cook was a good Filipino cook but had difficulty cooking european and russian meals, with the same incrediends was invited to cook some filipinno and asian meals.
  • peacefully --- walking (around the deck), on the bridge, watching the sunsets, the waves and the occasional ship pass, writing, lots of good food to eat and wine to drink, watching ships load/unload at ports and best of all, long conversations with my wife.
  • I read, played cards, did jigsaw puzzles, watched the stars and satellites plus lightning from the monkey island. We also spend time on the bridge and various decks watching the running of the ship. We also visited many places that tourists don't see.
  • Enjoying the company of the other 3 passengers (German hence we all had language difficulties but we enjoyed each other's company so much we're still in regular contact 6 years later!). Some of the officers were also very friendly and went out of their way to make us welcome & show us their life on a very busy working ship - we are still in contact with them also. The deck crew were great too and all the crew threw a couple of great parties for us. We did a lot of walking and reading. I somehow found a little time for needlework! Overall, just observing the crew's working life, passing ships and life on the bridge meant we didn't have a moment of boredom.
  • On the Bridge. We two were the only passengers and our Captain had no problem allowing us on the bridge at any time. The officers on duty spent time showing us how their instruments worked. It was SO VERY interesting. My husband went to the crews quarters to watch videos sometimes but I was on the bridge most of my waking hours and loved it.
  • sleeping, eating, on the bridge, sunbaking, reading.
  • Some mixing with the three other passengers. We got on well and spent some time watching some old tv comedies on a computer. Seeing the view from time on the bridge with Captains permission (not getting in the way). Walking around the ship decks and looking at the sea and sealife. Doing sketches and taking photographs. In my own cabin, watched the occasional DVD. Read and did a bit of painting. The Captain arranged for us to have a look around the engine room (for those interested). The trip covered the Christmas and new year period and bbq at the back of the ship for all was very enjoyable.
  • Watching - the crew loading & unloading, the passing shoreline or traffic, Reading & playing cards
  • Reading, and I painted 7 pictures (oil paintings), exercising, time on the bridge was most interesting and took up a good deal of time each day, especially when entering and leaving ports. 
  • Mainly on the bridge - Officers were always willing to teach me all about the instruments, what they were doing during their watch, why - very interesting when the pilots came on board and moving into the berth - even interesting watching the cargo loading and unloading all day in company with the crewman on security watch at the gangway... Took lots of photos all over the ship and wrote a small journal of the trip.
  • Read, sleep, eat, drink! Watch videos. Eat and drinking with officers. games in the Officers' Mess. Spend time on deck watching the ever-changing ocean. Spend time on the bridge- discussions with officers - fascinating. Swimming pool, table-tennis, small gym. Relax. Time for contemplation. Occasional passing vessels. A wonderful way to travel. Must have ample time, good health, spirit of adventure.
  • Talking to the crew and the other three passengers. I had a library of books that I brought from London and could take home in my final Port, Sydney. For the coming trip I have a Kindle with more titles than I need and Hope that it does not break down. I also had a Macbook with a lot of music loaded and a set of Bose speakers for better quality listening. I also had a supply of DVD's which I could play on the laptop or on the DVD player in the lounge if the others wanted to watch.
  • watching dvds and getting to learn about all the different sections of the ship
  • I never tire of watching the ocean go past in it`s different moods. A couple of times I have had the opportunity of spending time at the extreme bow above the Forecastle. Magical.  

If this sounds like your kind of bliss then enquire now for a freighter cruise.

Read all about a cargo ship adventure in Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day by Maria Staal