Information and Formalities
Prices, administrative formalities, luggage. So as to best prepare for your cargo ship cruise, we encourage you to take a look at the information below. Regarding more information, our team of experts will be delighted to assist you
The cost of a cargo ship cruise is calculated per day. You should budget from 130€ per day and per person, not including taxes. We would like to remind you that it is no longer possible to work aboard to pay your passage.
To board a cargo ship, the following documents are compulsory:
- A passport valid for more than 6 months after the return date following the chosen itinerary.
- A specific medical certificate provided by the shipping company and signed by your family doctor.
- Visas and vaccinations required for the destination
- Assistance, repatriation, medical, helicopter rescue insurance. It is also strongly recommended to purchase cancellation insurance.
This list is provided for information purposes only. Each passenger is responsible for making inquiries with the appropriate authorities about the formalities required for each country that will be visited.
There is no doctor or medical infrastructure aboard. However, in the event of an emergency, the officers are trained to provide first aid. It is therefore imperative to be in good health to sail aboard a cargo ship.
The age limit is 77 years old, but it is nevertheless recommended that elderly people avoid sailing between December and March, when the weather conditions at sea are at their worst. It should be noted also that during this period, the onboard elevators may be disabled. Passengers should therefore be able to climb stairs without any difficulty. Cargo ships are accessible to teenagers from 16 years old and are not accessible to pregnant women.
The passenger must always bear in mind that the freighter cruise is governed by the rules of the merchant navy and that these ships are, above all, a place of work. Passengers will be sharing the daily life of the crew and so maximum discretion is required.
You can take between 40 kg of luggage. You are strongly recommended to bring: Binoculars, a windproof coat, a pair of non-slip shoes, a spare pair of any prescription glasses, sunglasses, a hair-dryer, sewing materials, a small torch flashlight, basic necessities, and any medication you may need.
There are no money-changing facilities aboard cargo ships. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted either. Everything must therefore be paid for in cash; In Euros for ships sailing under the French flag and in US Dollars for all other ships.
There is neither public telephone nor Wi-Fi aboard these ships. Passengers can have a personal e-mail address created for the duration of their journey, for an additional cost to be paid before disembarking.
Communication from a mobile phone will only be possible when near to shore. However, you will need to be contactable by phone when you disembark in ports of call, so it is preferable to have a mobile phone with a worldwide contract.
Pets are not allowed aboard cargo ships.
There are people of various nationalities aboard these ships. It is therefore advisable to be able to speak some English in order to talk to them, but also to make yourself understood when disembarking in ports of call.
Are you drawn to the open sea but looking for a more adventurous way to travel than mass tourism offers? If so, cargo ship and freighter travel are perfect for you. Welcome and enjoy your visit