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Traveling to Japan from the USA avoiding air travel?

Travelling by cargo ship (mostly container but also bulk or ro-ro, never heard anything about travelling on a tanker, presumably for safety reasons) is totally a thing. More information and links to ...
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What exactly are "repositioning cruises"?

A repositioning cruise is a one-way voyage of a ship between two regions. Most people take cruises where the departure and arrival port is the same. This is simple since only a standard return fare to ...
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Traveling to Japan from the USA avoiding air travel?

It's possible to travel on cargo ships, though I'm not sure how practical it is. There are certainly container ships sailing backwards and forwards between the west coast of the US and Japan (and ...
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France to USA by ship

Freighters are an option. It's not really cheap but should be cheaper than 5k$, perhaps around €1500 all-in. In France, Brest or La Rochelle are not usual departure points, Saint-Nazaire or, ...
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To travel 30 km from India to Sri Lanka, do I really have to take a 1500 km, 20 hour detour?

There are currently no ferry services running between Sri Lanka and India. There have been various proposals (some of which even started running for a short while in 2011, 2012 and 2015) but none of ...
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How to get to Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai - The newest island on earth

Private yacht. COO of my previous company would sail from NZ to Fiji and back. Often people like this enjoy the company of another person on the boat. So either...get your own yacht, train and ...
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Traveling to Japan from the USA avoiding air travel?

Many cruise lines offer transpacific routes. Here is one I found via Google (cruise Vancouver Japan) link If you want to travel regularly, this would not be the best option due to the limited number ...
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To travel 30 km from India to Sri Lanka, do I really have to take a 1500 km, 20 hour detour?

Now, is it in fact illegal, even if I have a visa for Sri Lanka? If it's legal, will I still have to find a way to report to both countries' authorities about my border crossing? If you arrive by ...
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Why is docking a cruise ship in a busy port so challenging?

Why? All big vessels are very slow to react to changes in speed, often need 10's of miles to go from cruising speed to no motion left. They are also designed to hold their course steady, which makes ...
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France to USA by ship

Another option is Cunard's Queen Mary 2, the only passenger liner with regularly scheduled service between Europe and the USA. You'll have to get yourself to Southampton by train, but the ship docks ...
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Can I send post to someone on a cruise ship?

Yes, but procedure could be different for every cruise line. The 'big three' all maintain PO Boxes at their Headquarters which are then forwarded to the ship. For example: Royal Caribbean Crew Mailing ...
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If I wanted to circumnavigate the world by water (boat) what is the shortest total distance around?

There three reasonable ways to approach this. Use a tool such as OpenCPN to plot your desired course. Use the Jules Verne Trophy rules at approximately 40,000km. Use the Earthrace route, which ...
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To travel 30 km from India to Sri Lanka, do I really have to take a 1500 km, 20 hour detour?

A commercial ferry service between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka has started running in October 2023. Passenger ferry service between India and Sri Lanka begins again after nearly 40 years The company is ...
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Schengen visa application while in Europe on a ship

The general rule is that Schengen visas cannot be issued at the border. However, there are special exceptions from this (Schengen Visa Code, article 36 and annex IX) for seamen who leave service on a ...
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Can I send post to someone on a cruise ship?

With ubiquitous electronic communication, it is not really common anymore to send letters or post cards to ship crew, but parcels are still adressable and probably still not too uncommon for birthdays ...
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To travel 30 km from India to Sri Lanka, do I really have to take a 1500 km, 20 hour detour?

Ferry services have stopped. And I do not know if you are still interested in the look out for nearby airports but there is one at Madurai which operates flights to Colombo once or twice a week. ...
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Traveling to Japan from the USA avoiding air travel?

There's a Metasearch for cruise ships including all costs. You can do a search by region or from region A to region B. Searching California to Asia for the rest of the year it only shows 2 cruises ...
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What exactly are "repositioning cruises"?

Q: "What exactly are “repositioning cruises”?" A Reposition Cruise is the sailing taken by a vessel when changing homeports. While they are sometimes marketed as special guest experiences, a repo ...
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To travel 30 km from India to Sri Lanka, do I really have to take a 1500 km, 20 hour detour?

The Tiruchirappalli International Airport is only 3 hours and 55 minutes driving from the place you are stating, so that might be a small improvement. Still, it isn't optimal, of course.
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Sail own boat from Vancouver to Seattle

Sure, there is no problem in doing that. You can take any route you like. After you enter US waters, you should endeavour to stop at the nearest port that has US entry facilities. There, you will talk ...
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Can I travel by boat from the North Sea to the Mediterranean passing via Paris?

There are canals and rivers suitable for boats that connect the both seas. And while rare, it is not exceptional to travel the distance. It takes time and quite a bit of money, preparations and ...
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How can I travel to the Great Pacific garbage patch?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch doesn't exist, not in the sense you are thinking. The name "garbage patch" may conjure up an image of a gigantic bouillabaisse of floating trash: empty soda bottles, ...
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If I wanted to circumnavigate the world by water (boat) what is the shortest total distance around?

Using Google Maps, I get about 40850 km (Gibraltar - Suez Canal - Red Sea - around the tip of Sri Lanka - through the Malacca Strait - North of Borneo - South of the Philippines - straight across the ...
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How to get to Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai - The newest island on earth

You could look into doing the SEA Semester Program. While there is no guarantee that Hunga Tonga would be included, according to NASA, one of their ships, the SSV Robert C. Seamans, was among the ...
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How can I book a space on a sailing boat?

There are several websites that you can use to find sailboat owners who want crew to accompany them on voyages. The largest is Find a Crew, and Crewseekers is an alternative. (I am not affiliated with ...
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To travel 30 km from India to Sri Lanka, do I really have to take a 1500 km, 20 hour detour?

As a passenger, entering Sri Lanka by sea is no more difficult than entering by air. You land at an Official Port of Entry, and follow instructions from your Captain, Agent, and Port Authorities. The ...
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Traveling to Japan from the USA avoiding air travel?

Not a terribly practical suggestion, perhaps, but one British woman has rowed solo from Japan to Alaska.
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Are there any submarine group trips originating from the UK?

The closest thing I can find to what you want in the UK is the Atlantis Submarine Voyage at Legoland Windsor. Here you travel in a vehicle with a view underwater. However, it may disapoint you as: It ...
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France to USA by ship

There are such travels offered, for example http://www.cruisepeople.co.uk/transat.htm. Google 'transatlantic passenger sailings' for more. They take about 8 days, and start around 135$/day, but other ...
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