Freighter Voyage
to South America!

Crossing the Panama Canal and getting
to Lima, Valparaiso and Guayquil. »more Informations

Freighter Cruise
Asia to South Africa

The connection from Hong Kong and
Singapore to Cape Town. »more Informations

Passenger on Cargo
Ships
to Australia

Crossing the Suez Canal and getting to
Melbourne and New Zealand. »more Informations

Freighter
Travel
to Asia!

From Europe to Malaysia and Hong Kong
crossing the Suez Canal. »more Informations

On a Freighter
from China to USA

Crossing the Pacific from Hong Kong
to Los Angeles. »more Informations

Cargo Ship Travel:
USA - Australia

From Los Angeles and San Francisco
to Sydney and Auckland. »more Informations

Travel Offer

Freighter Travel

„All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." (Martin Buber)


Europe -
Australia

Freighter Travel to Australia
from Europe via the Suez Canal

Shipping route
Belgium - France - Italy - Suez - La Réunion - Mauritius - Australia - Singapore - Sri Lanka - Saudi Arabia - England

learn more

Europe -
Asia

Freighter Travel to
Shanghai, Salalah or Pusan

Shipping routes
Europe, Oman, Singapur,
Malaysia, Hongkong, China,
Taiwan, south Korea, Japan

learn more

Europe -
South America

Your Cargo Ship Travel to
Buenos Aires, Cartagena or Lima

Shipping routes
Argentina, Uruguay,
Brasil, Venezuela, Colombia,
Ecuador, Peru, Chile

learn more

Europe -
Africa

A freighter cruise for passenger
from Hamburg to Cape Town

Shipping route
Germany - Belgium - Namibia -
South Africa - Netherlands - Germany
-

learn more

Aranui 5
*

Travel with a mail ship through the south seas

Shipping routes
French Polynesia


learn more

Europe
*

Freighter Travel to
Dublin, Istanbul or St. Petersburg

Shipping routes
Baltic States, Scandinavia,
Ireland, Portugal, Spain & Canaries
-

learn more

Europe -
North & Central America

Freighter Travel to
New York, Vancouver or Veracruz

Shipping routes
Canada, USA, Mexico,
Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama
-

learn more

Asia -
Australia / NZ

Freighter Travel to
Brisbane or Hong Kong

Shipping routes
Asutralia, China, Hongkong,
Japan, Malaysia, New Caledonia,
New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan

learn more

Asia-
Africa

Cargo Ship Travel to
Cape Town, Point Noire oder Port Louis

Shipping routes
China, Namibia, Malaysia,
Singapur, South Africa
-

learn more

Asia -
South America

Freighter Travel to
Pusan, Santos or Shanghai

Shipping routes
Brasil, China, Malaysia,
Singapur, South Africa, South Korea
-

learn more

Asia -
North & Central America

Freighter Travel round trip to
Balboa, Cartagena, Seattle, Vancouver

Shipping routes
China, Dom. Rep, Jamaica, Canada,
Mexico, Russia, South Korea,
Taiwan, USA, Venezuela

learn more

Asia
*

Freighter Travel to
Port Kelang, Singapur or Taipei

Shipping routes
China, Japan, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapur,
South Korea, Taiwan

learn more

Australia / NZ-
North America

Travel with the Cargo ship to
Auckland, Los Angeles, Sydney

Shipping routes
Australia, Colombia,
New Zealand, Panama, USA
-

learn more

South America-
North America

Freighter Travel to
Montevideo, New York, Rio Grande

Shipping routes
Argentina, Bahamas, Brasil,
Dom. Rep, El Salvador, Uruguay, USA
-

learn more

South America
*

Cargo Ship round trip
within South America

Shipping routes
Brasil, Colombia, Panama,
Jamaica, Brasil, Uruguay,
Argentina, Brasil

learn more

Central America -
Caribbean

Travel with a Cargo ship to
Caucedo, Puerto Rico, Puerto Limon

Shipping routes
Costa Rica,
Dom. Rep, Panama
-

learn more

Departure times and dates of the vessel

You will get to know the exact times and berth about 3 until 4 days prior departure from the port agent. Please note, that date and time can always change due to freight and weather. Changes about some hours up to several days are possible! Therfore it is necissary to stay early in close contact with the port agency.

Working on board

is not permitted or possible. Therefore the travelfare can´t be reduced also. The prices are fixed fares made by the companies and we have no options to reduce them.

Language aboard

Spoken language is English. According to the languages and nationalities of the crew, several other languages are spoken. 

Pets and vehicles

Pets are not permitted on board.
Motorbikes and cars cannot be transportet on board of the vessels. The only exemption is a route between Europe to Montevideo/Uruguay and one between Europe to Namibia and South Africa.
Bikes can be taken without charge with previous notice. (Slowtravel Experience and the company disclaim liability.)

Communication

via telephone and fax is expensive and only used in case of emergencies. There is no Internet access on board, but the emailing system aboard can be used for a little fee in cash (EUR or USD) Attachments can´t be sended or recieved. The own private email-account can´t be used. 


Going ashore

is possible upon your own responsibility. There won´t be any organised tours. In a few countries going ashore is not permitted by the national immigration stuff or because the freighter only stops at night or due to the fact that the harbour is too far away from the city center. The ship leaders will inform you about this. If you leave the vessel always inform the crew and ask when to be back latest. A cell phone is always helpful so you could be rached in case of any changes on short notice. To write down berth, emercency number of the vessel and telephone number and adress of the port agency is also assitant.

Time of berth

usually the demurrage of the freighter ships are between 6 till 24 hours up to 1 or 2 days due to the cargo. This can also be at night, when going ashore won´t be possible.

Liners

The container vessels are liners. which follow a schedule and a fixed routation of ports. There is a fixed schedule and the charterer will always try their best to follwo this schedule. Changes are expensive. But still they are always possible. Cargo has always priority compared to the passengers.

Time of ticketing

depending on the route the time you need to book can vary from some weeks up to one and a half years in advance. Still, enquires on short notice are always worth a try! Highly frequented routes such as from Europe to South America or the to east coast of North America should be booked some month in advance.

On the Pacific Ocean

Cargo Ship Video

[Translate to English:]

Gestatten: die CGM CMA Jamaica! from Thomas Buchal on Vimeo.

The port of Rotterdam

A Freighter Travel Documentary

[Translate to English:]

Freighter travels – plan and explore world trips on a freighter

Travels on a freighter are the most likely way to get from A to B without an airplane, if you are doing a world trip for instance. A little planning is necissary, so you should put some time and flexibility into your suitcases, alongside along with the obligatory documents.
Freighter do not start daily, but every other week or month. Therefor popular routes such as those heading to Southamerica should be booked early in advance.


Freighter travels for everybody

Travelling by freighter offers a good opportunity for people with flying panic. They give an additional spirit to your Sabbatical and help people in special situations such as after a Burn Out Syndrom to get the rest needed.

Also for travellers who are moving countries or coming back home - a travel on a freighter is always a fabulous and almost jet lack free way to reach destinies, leave places behind, look forward to new ones.


Exploring the slow side of life with freighter travels

Going by freighter doen not simply mean the crossing from one continent to the other. They should be seen as more than that, since they are offering us a valued good: time. Time – to rest. Time – to escape the overwhelming satiation of every day life. Time – to work on a thesis, a book, an important project. And time – to let go and let be.

What is the attraction of the horizontical wideness of freighter travels? What is the allured point of apparently dreary landscapes? The answear is as simple as deep: it´s the turning away from a every day life in a hurry.Far away from cellphone connection and internet, the pressure of appointments and private commitments one will calm down and  - as pathetic as it is – find some inner peace.

Spending days of watching the diversity of the horizon and oceantic landscapes does not only bring up the flashing feeling of freedom but gives you the opportunity get some breezy winds to help you to leave all your daily worries behind.

While the rest of the world takes part on the daily game about efficiency, speed and peak performances, freighter travels will treat you with an authentic feeling of the widenes of our planet. Slowly destinies will come up, slowly places will pass by. Travelling becomes a journey to the inner self. In the distance we can get close to our selfes. Creativity will be set free.


Everyday life on board

Your wellbeeing will be provided on board. There is no need to feel a lack of comfort, since the most vessels have a own swimming pool and a sauna. The comfortable furnished cabins are most of the time bigger than those at cruise ships. 

Who is in need of a meaningful past time or looking for company will find it. For example you can spend hours at the bridge and learn about all technical details or you´ll gett some helpful advises for the next stopp over. If you look for some alternation from reading or watching movies, can go for a swim or to the sauna. 

Sunbathing on deck and have a chat over coffee with other passengers will belong to your daily routine as well as having a beer, if wanted.

There is no need to get lonesome, if you don´t want to. The Barbecue parties on cargo ships with the whole crew, which take place once in a while are known to be very sociable.


Stop overs and shore leaves

Leaving for shore is usually permitted during your container ship travel, except very few harbours. Sometimes the harbour might a bit far from the city. Other than in times before using standardized containers, in nowadays the stops aren´t that long any more.. In Most cases the vessel will stop about 8-12 hours. 


Flexible Travelling

Being flexible is always necissary when beeing on a world trip as well as being on a cargo ship travel. When booking a freighter passage you will  realise that, since all the departure dates are „planned“ dates, which could vary due to freight reasons.

In a world where everything is planned and disposable, this flexibility, this little unpredictable piece might be one of the reasons why travelling on a cargo ship is that delightful.