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What is the purpose of going on a modern cruise ship?

Really, your question is, "why do some people like different things to me?" but you've implied that anyone who enjoys this must be some kind of philistine, instead of just having different goals to ...
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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

Having worked as a boat pilot for a dive center, I have to agree with @Arthur's Pass answer. You must understand that is is really hard to spot someone swimming in the water, you will be hidden behind ...
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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

Just chiming in as a local that the area is frequented by not just ships with professional equipment and captained by professionals but also by many locals out for a quick fishing trip, leisurely ...
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Is it possible to do a round-the-world trip by train and passenger ship only? Missing link for crossing the Pacific

I found a cruise that goes from Tokyo to San Francisco (20 nights). The link is here: https://www.rssc.com/cruises/MAR220415/summary?dclid=CNOVvbuj1_ICFbuVJwIdaMEMnA The route map is shown below:
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Is it possible to do a round-the-world trip by train and passenger ship only? Missing link for crossing the Pacific

There is no regularly scheduled passenger liner service across the Pacific between Asia and the US. Your options are: Freighter travel. There are a few freighter ships that take (or should I say, ...
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France to USA by ship

You don't need $5k for a cruise. For example, http://www.repositioncruises.com/holland-america-repositioning-cruises/ has 2017 October 3 – 15-day Transatlantic from Rome to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ...
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Travelling from USA to Canada by Ship

There are at least four international ferries I can think of on the west coast: MV Coho (Black Ball Ferries) - https://www.cohoferry.com/ - Port Angeles to Victoria - 90 minutes, 42 km Sidney-...
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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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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

I cannot answer all points for you, but as I kayak frequently on bodies of water used by ships (also sometimes in narrow ship channels or in places like the Lorelei), here are some points to think ...
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What is this flag?

It is the blue ensign worn by the Canadian Navy from 1957 to 1965. Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Canadian_Blue_Ensign_1957-1965.svg
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Can I follow where the ferry between Vaasa and Uumaja (Vasa and Umeå) is?

You can follow many vessels worldwide through vessel finder websites, such as vesselfinder.com or marinetraffic.com. The websites are free for basic use, not unlike airline tracking websites. This ...
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What is the purpose of going on a modern cruise ship?

I understand your arguments and I even relate to them. You have to think differently though. Many of these ships do daily stops in different cities. They navigate during the night and stop during the ...
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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

To add to the "bad idea" suggestions, I looked up the traffic density on marinetraffic.com and got this result (unfortunately the highest zoom at which it draws the density maps): ...
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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

In downtown Bodø, a couple of hundred meters away from your planned swim, is Bodø Radio, one of the headquarters of the Maritime Radio (contact page). They may be able to assist you in several ways: ...
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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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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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Is it possible to do a round-the-world trip by train and passenger ship only? Missing link for crossing the Pacific

Viking Ocean Cruises offers several cruises that cross the Pacific. Among them: Hong Kong to Vancouver Sydney to Vancouver Auckland to Vancouver There are also several cruise ships that go around ...
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Non-AT country citizen visiting Antarctica by non-AT country registred vessel (yacht) — do I need a permit and why?

Official response from Amanda Lynnes, Communications & Operations Assistant of the IAATO — International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators: Dear Maxim, Thank you very much indeed ...
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Watching container ships in SF bay area?

Container ships frequently enter the bay, but there isn't a continuous stream of them, so you may be waiting for a while for optimum viewing. You might want to use a ship tracking website (such as ...
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From North of Italy to Greece via ship

The go-to resource for ferries is ferrylines.com. When I search for ferries from Italy to Greece, it lists 26 results: We can readily see some of them are departing from the north. Specifically, ...
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From France west coast to Portugal via ship?

It seems that there is no direct option From this quite old (2012) discussion on Le Routard.com (the website of a popular French tourist guide), there is no direct ferry route between Bretagne and ...
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What is the easiest way to travel between western Europe and Morocco without using plane?

The Man in Seat 61 has a page that discusses how to get from London to Morocco by train and ferry. Eurostar from London to Paris, TGV from Paris to Barcelona, overnight in Barcelona, AVE and Spanish ...
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Are you able to visit the ship breaking yards in Bangladesh?

According to considerable media coverage of the ship breaking industry, including the yards near Chittagong, Bangladesh, it is unlikely that you'd be granted access. Peter Gwin's National Geographic ...
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From France west coast to Portugal via ship?

The ferry you chose before was a 21 hour ride. The trip you imagine would be twice that, nowhere within sight of land (except on the Spanish end), and through not particularly polite seas. ...
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What is the easiest way to travel between western Europe and Morocco without using plane?

You can take a ferry from Algeciras in Spain, to Morocco. There are routes to Tangier, and to Tangier Med (located about 40 km east of Tangier), which is a shorter route. The crossing to Tangier ...
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Is the ship's captain required to report laptop/mobile serial numbers for all passengers and crew?

Yes, please see Smallcraft Arrival Report. Clip below: It seems clear from the number of slots and inclusion of TV, Stereo, etc. they mean more than just the navigational equipment on board. ...
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Is it possible to do a round-the-world trip by train and passenger ship only? Missing link for crossing the Pacific

This may be a little more out-of-the-box (read as: dangerous) than you were looking for, but if you start in Asia you could go up to the easternmost point of Russia. Then, in the middle of winter 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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Travelling from USA to Canada by Ship

Are their commercial boats, ferries which can allow passengers to travel from USA to Canada and vice versa? Yes, e.g. Victoria Clipper between Seattle and Victoria. 2 hours and 45 minutes, traveling ...
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