One of my bucket list projects is to go around the globe - solely by using railways and scheduled passenger ships.
I found out that the thing is nearly possible, except one missing link. The travel plan would resemble the following, starting from western Europe. Note that it does not take into account our current travel restrictions due to Covid; this would be in an ideal world where things come back to normal. Visa / paperwork challenges are not covered as well.
- Take any train connection to Moscow, Russia
- Ride the Transsiberian all the way to Vladivostok
- Sail by ferry to Japan, perhaps with a stop in South Korea. I don't remember exactly how the local ferry service operates.
- Cross Japan by rail
- And... here is the missing ocean-crossing link to USA west coast!
- Ride Amtrak trains coast-to-coast to New York City
- Sail across the Atlantic to Southampton, UK, on the Queen Mary 2
- From there, take trains back to the continent through the Channel Tunnel and return to starting point
To cover the missing link, I thought about cruise ships. Some sail one-way crossings at shoulder seasons between the Mediterranean and Caribbean to reposition, for instance. But that area of the globe seems not affected by the phenomenon.
Are there any other scheduled oceangoing options to cover that missing link? It is also possible to suggest different itineraries than northern hemisphere coast-to-coast.
Scheduled is important here due to the fact that the Pacific ocean crossing has to be booked along the other legs of the trip. Freighters may have a few passenger cabins, but can slip their schedule by a few days or leave early if goods are delayed or come sooner (as far as I could understand). On either side, trains mostly run daily, but I would avoid the risk of missing the Queen Mary 2. Waiting time for the next passage can be expressed in months.