Travelling on-board a cargo ship is a completely different experience, as passengers get a taste of what it's like to travel on the open seas. Travelling with shipping companies, passengers are able to tailor their trip to suit their needs; passengers are able to spend as long as they like at each different port - catching the next ship as it passes through.
Cargo ship operators are primarily in the business of transporting freight across long distances. Generally speaking, most of their ships have a small number of rooms which they rent out to paying passengers. In some cases, these rooms are the officers' quarters.
A large number of companies offer passengers the chance to travel with them on their overseas trips. Most of these companies offer broadly the same sort of service, and therefore this page summarises the most common aspects of travelling on a cargo ship.
Passenger-carrying cargo ships offer a wide range of routes to the public. These include 'around the world' trips, as well as shorter hops between continents.
A number of travel brokers arrange cargo ship journeys. These include: