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I often see these massive RORO ships bringing new cars. I assume they are not always fully booked. Are there companies offering empty spots on RORO ships? To me, it seems like a great opportunity to start a road trip.

I am not talking about RORO ferries, but more of the long distance RORO ship, as portrayed in this documentary on YouTube.

faust roro source: wikimedia

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    As an example, in Zeebrugge you can board a roro to Hull, in Northern England. The biggest roro ferry in the world is linking dublin and Holyhead ( google for MS ULYSSES). You see, plenty of possibilitites ... – Maître Peseur Dec 29 '13 at 22:08
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    I would go so far as to say that RoRo ferries are NOT used in the transport of new cars. New cars are transported by container ship, so that they don't have to be driven. RoRo ships are almost always bookable ferries. – DJClayworth Dec 29 '13 at 22:50
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    @user3470 i am not interested in ferries, but More in more distant sollutions, as the one I just found online, see below – user141 Dec 29 '13 at 23:58
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    @DJClayworth: you've got it completely wrong. New cars are transported pretty much exclusively by RoRo ships so that they can be driven - because that's faster than unloading and handling containers. However, those are special RoRo ships quite different from ferries. – Michael Borgwardt Dec 30 '13 at 0:16
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    Doesn't seem too broad to me. He's asking if it's possible at all. If it is, then presumably future questions can be about particular areas. – Mark Mayo Dec 30 '13 at 0:25
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Sometimes extensive browsing remains rewarding, at least one company offers roro service for passengers and their cars. It is even from my home town to Rio. Brilliant!

  • Do you actually want to bring your own car? Because I cannot find information about that on that website. – Bernhard Dec 30 '13 at 12:49
  • @bernhard "Antwerpen-Dakar-Rio de Janeiro alleen voor passagiers met auto, camper of motor" dutch for: only for passengers with car, camper or motorcycle. – user141 Dec 31 '13 at 11:51
  • Maybe I was looking with my nose. So for the others it means you can either or not bring a car? – Bernhard Dec 31 '13 at 12:32
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I made in September 2016 a trip on a ro-ro from Grimaldi Lines. My car was on the ro-ro and we could go in the different harbours we stopped, as far there was enough time. We started from Antwerp: to Portbury, Setúbal, Valencia, Fos, Livorno, Civitavecchia and Salerno then took the car to Paris.

The ro-ro was transporting new cars or trucks or machines for construction.

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Beside regular car ferries carrying hundreds of private cars, there are also RoRo ferries used primarily for freight on lorries that take a few. Grimaldi Lines, mentioned in earlier answers, is one of them and they definitely take private passengers with their cars on at least some of their lines.

But those are not exactly the same as the large RoRo ships used for the transport of new cars mentioned in the question. It's also possible to travel on one of these… but not with your car!

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