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Crossing the oceans?

Travel Forums General Talk Crossing the oceans?

1. Posted by cardb9 (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

?This may be a lil random but i was just wondering if anybody has crossed one of the big oceans without the use of an plane?

It seems a great way to go, you woulds get that sense of distance far more by boat than by plane surely.

Just wondring if anyone has had any experiences of sea travel?

2. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 10y

not personally, but i have sailed to get around, and the people i sailed with had a few trans-atlantic trips under their belt.

You do get a sense of having reallytravelled the distance, none of that disorientation of jumping on a plane in one continent and waking up on another. Its a true adventure and its really satisfying. At the same time a trans-at is, i think, about 6 weeks sailing, and about 4 weeks of that there's no landfall. Zip zilch nada. Do not underestimate the boredom/cabin fever factor of sailing. Of course if you're thinking cargo ship, its quicker and theres a lot more space and stuff to do. But i say go for it!

3. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Well, i've sailed, well on a boat anyway across the North sea, and the Atlantic.

Last year i spend about four months at sea for work and I love it.
Taking in everything from a morror pond to 20m swell and waves.

It's a fantastic way to travel, (as long as you don't suffer from sea sickness).

4. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

I've spent 3 years at sea, and I love it.

Crossed the Atlantic twice...once was across the top...stopping along the way in Greenland and Iceland. The second time was a direct trip from Portugal to St Maarten. That's really something for a true I was on a 300-ft sailboat and we hit tropical storm "Delta" on the way. Not all crossings are wicked like that, but be aware that it can happen. And the cabin fever is really something to contend with. Same 4 walls, same people, same scenery....all water. No birds, no planes...NOTHING. It took us 13 days to get across, and I've never been happier to have my feet back on land. I've got plenty of stories to tell, but I'll never do it again!!!

I've heard that taking cargo ships is an economical way to go, and its the faster way. Many of the major cruise lines cross as well while repositioning for summer/winter cruises. A lot of them are crossing from the Caribbean to Europe for the summer right about now. Big ships take about 4 or 5 days, smaller ships take about 2 weeks.

It does take a lot of the shock of time change away, but it's not for everyone!!

5. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 10y

Quoting cruisegirl

Same 4 walls, same people, same scenery....all water. No birds, no planes...NOTHING.

Haha - when i was at sea for a month there always seemed to be one bird hanging around above us. We called him Pedro and he was our friend.... I used to talk to him when i was on watch.....thats what cabin fever does to you!

6. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 10y

I spent a day and a half on a cruise ship last year and it was the most boring 36 hours of my life. Some people love it but not me.