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WHAT'S THE COST?

The cost of a voyage is set by the vessel owner. Some owners, through their agents, advertise the fare in dollars. Begining January 1, 2002, Europe will convert to the Euro dollars, so I imagine prices will be quoted in Euro dollas as well as USD dollars. As of 9/23/04, the exchange rate was 1 US Dollar = 1.81500 Euro, or to say it the other way around, 1 Euro (EUR) = 1.22700 US Dollars (USD). If you want to see the current exchange rate, click here.

The cost of most voyages will be between $65 to $125 USD per day. If you travel alone, always ask for a single cabin. A single booking a double cabin will pay substantially more. The difference may be so large that you may want to consider a different voyage altogether, or wait for a later voyage when a single cabin is available. Two people booking a double cabin will usually pay less per person than a single booking a single cabin. On some lines, however, single fares are the same as double fares and in a few exceptional cases, can be even less than the double fare per person.

It really doesn't matter where you or your agent call home. I always make travel arrangements by Email. If I have to speak to my agent, I call via the Internet (free in the US), and for just a few pennies a minute for overseas calls. All of the agents listed at this web site are reputable. You don't have to worry about them going south with your money. Be sure to check with the various agents to insure that you are getting the best available price.

On some routes (for example, usually north/south routes to and from Australia, new Zealand and south Africa) voyages can tend to be less expensive in the "off season", that is from April through September. This is because a lot of people, especially Europeans, like to head for the warmer parts of the world during the winter.

Operators (NOT Travel agents) may offer a 10-15% discount on a particular voyage or vessel. What ever the agent quotes as the cost of a particular voyage is usually not subject to negotiation.

On occasion it is possible to find a voyage where there is no charge for "deviation" insurance. There aren't many of these, but they do exist. Should you find one, the saving will be about $260 USD.

Visit the web sites of the various shipping companies to see what they have to offer. The fares charged will be just about the same as with the freighter agents, though their may be some differences either way. In any event, they will provide a lot of information about schedules, vessels in their fleet and ship tracking.
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