Posted August 6th, 2018, 11:56 PM
Last edited by pplwatcher; August 7th, 2018 at 12:16 AM
I did a transpacific this year on CMA CGM (the Rhone). It was very nice. I'd offer my most critical observations as:
1. Take your own snacks. Seriously, bring a grocery bag full of stuff if you want it. I had a small refrigerator in my cabin. I don't know if they all do or not.
2. I was the only passenger on my ship, so you have to be very able to entertain yourself. The captain had come from another line that ran transatlantic and he said that there are more passengers on those routes.
3. My cabin was very nice. Since I was the only passenger I got the largest cabin, and it was probably 500 square feet or so with a bed, desk, and sitting area with couch. I took a cruise ship back home and the freighter cabin was more comfortable.
4. My ship actually had a small internet connection (which I discovered a week into the trip). It was very expensive, so I just used it to send a text once per day to my wife. But it was there.
5. There's little or no outside space. You'll spend most of your time in your cabin, most likely.
6. I thought the food was very good. My crew was Romanian and Sri Lankan for the most part, so the food tended to favor those types of recipes.
I'd recommend it. You don't have the amenities of a cruise ship, but you have other advantages. It was cool to be the only passenger on a 1,000 foot ship.
Also, I made my reservations through this company: http://www.cruisepeople.co.uk/details.htm
. They were on the ball while the Maris company was non-responsive to my initial inquiry.
Ships I've Slept On: Spirit of Tasmania, Queen Mary 2, Tustumena, Kennicott, Statendam, Splendor, Legend of the Seas, CMA CGM Rhone, Millennium