(Closed) Anyone ever taken a ship to another country (in lieu of flying)? Not cruises

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Check out this blog – he went around the world without taking a single plane, lots of info about taking different kinds of (mostly cargo) ships to get from place to place. He’s responsive over email if you have questions.

 

http://www.goseewrite.com/

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

🙂

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’ve taken a ship before from Japan to Korea and back.  It’s definitely not the same as what you’re asking about because the distance is much shorter, but I definitely recommend it.  It was so much cheaper and easier than flying.  It didn’t take that much longer than a plane, either, since it was an ultra-fast hydrofoil ship.  I’m interested in what people have to say about ships leaving from the States, too!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve only done it on research ships, which isn’t quite what you are looking for :-). Probably the least efficient way to travel, EVER. But if you found a cool ship, it might be interesting. It is really challenging being *thisclose* to people for weeks at a time (and it would be weeks for those types of trips!)

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@veganglam:  You just have a little seat kind of like on an airplane, and the trip lasts about 3.5 hours.  The boat is called the JR Beetle (English website: http://www.jrbeetle.co.jp/english/), and the round-trip ticket for one adult is only 26,000 yen (~$260) – though I THINK you can get a pretty fantastic discount if you also buy a tourist JR rail pass (http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html).  You travel from Fukuoka in Japan to Busan in Korea.  Customs and security are really simple to go through, too.

Because of the hydrofoil design, the ship sails extremely smoothly, so you don’t really have to worry about seasickness.  I should know; I had severe food poisoning on the way back to Japan, and EVERYTHING was making me puke, but I didn’t throw up any more on the boat than I did at the Japanese hospital.  I even managed to sleep a bit.  

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