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19 hours ago, Manassas said:

Flying business class is my Plan B, if I can find a ticket I can afford.

 

I'm heading to Pensacola but Atlanta would be the closest hub.

I have not flown for a decade but found EVA Elite (Premium Economy Class is also known as Elite Class) to be a very good alternative at about half the cost of Business Class.  Used on both SEA and LAX routes.  You did have to land in Taipei  but not a long wait.  Seating was very comfortable.  SEA is an easy place to spend an overnight as hotels just outside terminal and little traffic.  

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Not really relevant now but in the mid 70's my wife and I went from UK to Paraguay by road / ship, the intention to start farming and where we stayed for several years.

 

There used to be a catalogue called ABC Shipping Guide ( same as the ABC Flight Guide ) before computers that is.

The catalogue showed every conceivable ship / ferry journey world wide.   I had to go to London to buy the catalogue.

 

I had purchased a long wheel base Ford Transit with space over the cab, converted to cook / sleep in.

Drove from UK to southern Italy, starting Christmas Eve, got a small cargo / passenger boat ( 12 mostly elderly laid back people escaping the "winter !" ).    Various stops along the way where one could go ashore for a few days.

The transit was placed on board and a lovely easy cruise via Canary Islands, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina where the vehicle was offloaded, then a long drive to Paraguay.     The food on board was excellent with a chef, served meals at table,   The evening film was normally black and white via an old traditional projector.    Fishing was allowed off the boat.  Cabins / bunk beds were very comfortable.   Sea journey took about 6 - 8 weeks, if I remember correctly, cost about 200 Sterling.

 

Obviously not practical today, probably very expensive and too many complications with visas etc.   As 'gk10002000' posted earlier in days gone by, even in my generation ( over 70 ) it used to be possible to 'work ones way by boat', now I doubt it unfortunately.       

 

Good luck.

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I went to a travel agent in London who specialises in cargo ship travel and he fixed me up with a one way trip to Singapore. 16 days non-stop.You eat with the ships officers and they take you on the bridge etc. Apart from that nothing much happens. The only thing that worries them are the pirates round Somalia etc.

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Never been on a cruise, thinking about starting with Queen Mary II Southhampton-NYC

 

Has anyone experienced this ship? What cabin should we  book?

 

I avoided cruising my whole life as I always heard people are allowed to smoke. Should be OK for no-smokers by now.

 

 

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On ‎12‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 3:00 PM, Manassas said:

Flying business class is my Plan B, if I can find a ticket I can afford.

 

I'm heading to Pensacola but Atlanta would be the closest hub.

First Class would be cheaper than the container which is minimum US$120/day

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Consider extending your couple of hours layover to a week and see another country, It breaks up the trip.

I hear you 20 Hrs is a lot, this is what we did.

Last September  me and the wife arranged a multi-country itinerary with Turkish air the difference was only a couple of hundred dollars more for the airfare.

NY to Istanbul about 10 hrs, caught a connecting flight to Greece only 1.5 hr, spend a fabulous week there,  then back to Istanbul  and from there to Thailand. and all for $200 more than if we had flown straight to Thailand. Qatar air had a similar attenuate. 

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On 1/31/2018 at 2:17 AM, ChiangMaiLightning2143 said:

Never been on a cruise, thinking about starting with Queen Mary II Southhampton-NYC

 

Has anyone experienced this ship? What cabin should we  book?

 

I avoided cruising my whole life as I always heard people are allowed to smoke. Should be OK for no-smokers by now.

 

 

I've done  few cruises, not on the QM but what cabin you get will largely depend on what you want to spend.

 

On a budget, inside.

 

Don't mind spending more, book a suite. entertainment is generally the same for all cabin classes.

 

Food and 

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