Posted November 24th, 2011, 12:24 PM
Hi Cogload, Welcome to the freighter forum! There is a nautical saying "different ships, different long-splices" meaning that it is hard to predict any restrictions on access to the ship, it is pretty much up to the captain to decide. On most freighters that carry passengers you will have access to the "house" and its decks, and depending on the loading condition and weather you may be able to walk from one end to the other. Usually you are welcome in the wheelhouse and chart room, but with the permission of the captain and watch officer. The engine room is usually off limits unless specifically invited and with the company of an engineer. Normal street clothes, whatever you are comfortable wearing should be fine, but in the dining room old salts like myself prefer you to use a collared shirt, not t-shirts and flip-flops but that is just my preference.