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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 you. My parents are at an age now where their health doesn't allow them to travel long haul economy without great discomfort, and they find business class travel ...


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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 any small wave. Also, the bigger the boat, the less the pilot looks out for things like swimmers, especially in an area where there is usually no swimmers. ...


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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 drive, or, in rare cases, quick trips using small fast craft. These are unlikely to notice a single swimmer with no marker. (As an aside, the sides of Litle ...


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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, visiting Alicante (05), Malaga (06), Cadiz (07), Funchal (09) – prices from $1200 pp. 2018 March 28 – 14-day Transatlantic from Fort Lauderdale to Rome, ...


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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, especially, Le Havre are better options. This answer to another question provides pointers to a number of agencies who can arrange a trip like that. One thing to note ...


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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 about. They stay the same for both swimmers and small boats, so they are relevant even if you decide to rent a kayak or canoe. And one specifically for swimmers: ...


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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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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 will allow you to see where the vessel is right now. Specifically, you can follow the WASA EXPRESS. It is apparently due in Holmsund next at 2018-11-29 12:30 ...


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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 day. Now imagine a hotel where you would wake up in a new city every day. Instead of driving or taking a train you could actually go to the pool, have dinner ...


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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): Converting the units of the red areas to ships per 0.005 sq km per hour (crudely dividing by hours in a year) gives about 2.5 ships per 70 x 70 metre square per hour, ...


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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: They have the ability to reach out to boats in the area, warning boats about the presence of a swimmer in the strait. This is the way of coordinating things ...


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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 in New York on the other end. While it is expensive, they have some special offers for fares on certain sailings between $649-$1049/person (assuming double ...


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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 them very unresponsive to the rudder, specially on the slow speeds needed for docking. Harbour approaches always have many big ships and often also a lot of ...


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Official response from Amanda Lynnes, Communications & Operations Assistant of the IAATO — International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators: Dear Maxim, Thank you very much indeed for contacting IAATO. No need to apologise for your English - it is very good! Because Moldova is not an Antarctic Treaty Party, you are a citizen of ...


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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 this one) to see what is coming in and out. This will show smaller vessels as well, but if you click on each ship, it will tell you its name and type, and often ...


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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, there are six lines from Venezia to Greece: You can use their search engine for yourself to look for further alternatives and information. If you feel ...


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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 Portugal. Ferries goes to Spain, in Gijon or Bilbao for example. This website confirms it was still the case in 2015. This makes sense, as Portuguese main cities,...


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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 regional rail for Barcelona to Algeciras, free bus to the ferry terminal, ferry to Tangier Med Port, train/bus/taxi to the center of Tangier (or the FRS ferry ...


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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 The Ship-Breakers 2014 report: I had been warned that it would be difficult to get into Bangladesh’s shipbreaking yards. “It used to be a tourist attraction,”...


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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. Regardless, that ride does not exist. I concur with not driving, having just done a driving trip twice that long myself, it would be a 2-day trip if you push, when ...


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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 takes about 2 hours, and sailing times, although published, are erratic. You can forget about high speed travel for this section of the journey. I don't know ...


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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. Mobile telephones is a bit more doubtful but I do know Australia likes to control these more closely than most countries.


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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 sites might offer cheaper.


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It's hard prove a negative, but: Nantes to Lisbon is a two hour flight, easyJet, Transavia and Air France all do it, can't imagine there being a high demand for a ship this way. Even the Saint Nazaire-Gijon route was suspended five years ago and that's much shorter. That year is no coincidence -- the Perpignan–Barcelona high speed rail line opened in 2013 ...


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There are certainly cruises from America to Asia, you'll need to get to Los Angeles or San Francisco but from there you can get to China (and from there you can get a train or ferry to most places -- although sadly not the Philippines, which reminds me I meant to ask a question about that). For example Princess Cruises Voyage Number H419A (can't link ...


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The only solution seems to be contacting the consulate directly and asking them what they can do. Since it's a mistake, they should be able to correct it easily but if they won't, there is no established procedure to get an extension quickly. A trip to the consulate will however be needed in any case. Incidentally, it's a bit stingy of them to do this as ...


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It is a sort of art. On cruise search engines, you could use as "cruise region/destination": "transatlantic", "transpacific". One of the most used site is CruiseCritics, but you may have seen much more sites. i think I once saw also a site which were specialized on repositioning cruises, but I do not think I could find it again quickly. In this manner, ...


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Humans were always fascinated about doing things that they are not designed to do by nature, which includes flying, diving, floating on the sea, etc. Also, humans are fascinated by hotels and the goodies that come along with hotels. Somehow they make us feel "rich" even if the money we used to book the hotel is loan money. You can do these two ...


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The River Thames is navigable to "200.96 Limit of navigation". Not far downstream of that is Lechlade (on southern edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire), where this Tripadvisor page shows boating. You can generally rent boats by the hour, day or week, and in some places take organised river tours and cruises, along the navigable length of the ...


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