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Traveling by Tramp Steamer - for the True Afficionado

The tramp steamer is one of the two principal types of merchant ships as classified by operating method. The other is the ocean liner. A handy-size bulkcarrier

Tramper, in contrast to the liner, operates without a schedule, going wherever required to deliver cargo. She is a descendant of the early merchant ships whose masters (who were also their owners) loaded them with cargo at home to sell abroad, and vice versa.

Depending on the size of the vessel, they are also classified as Seaway or Handy, Panamax, Suezmax and Cape; the names indicating the type of routes they are likely to take, carrying mainly loose grain, coal and other mineral ores in holds below deck.

Owner's cabin Trampers usually offer only a few spare cabins, such as the owner's and pilotís, which are often as nice as those on passenger-carrying liners. You might not have on-board evening entertainment as on a cruise ship, but you can expect to have a comfortable and enjoyable cruise.

Passengers looking for more adventure, have flexible personal schedules and are able to be ready on short notice, are sure to enjoy tramp steamer voyages. Currently the only possibility is to ...

Win a voyage on the Great Lakes
and through the Seaway and Welland Canal to Montreal,
or vice versa

The New York Times article From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea mentioned our company and we often get requests for bookings. However, Great Lakes ships are not certified to carry passengers for hire. They can take guests, such as family members and company's customers. For the general public they offer a chance to enjoy this kind of cruise through the non-profit raffles donated to the various groups by the shipping companies.

You can apply through the Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping website. Drawings are several times every year, and tickets cost as little as $10. The Grand Prize can be a voyage for 4 on a Great Lakes freighter the following summer.

We wish you the best of luck!

Thanks to the support received from our customers, as well as from the steamship lines and media, including the following comments, today's Maris is one of the leading independent freighter cruise specialists:
"Maris is sailing with fair winds and following seas under your command." John Carrick
Editorial writer
Sydney, Australia
"Q: It has always been my dream to take a long voyage on a cargo ship. Can you tell me if this is possible any more? - A: Maris in New York offers such voyages on a daily basis." Sunday Times
July 1/01
"Maris Freighter Cruises website, as well as the newsletter which illustrates itineraries, ships, prices etc., is a good place to learn about this type of cruise and travel." New York Times
May 18/03
"We are very appreciative of the work you have undertaken on our behalf for many years and the effort you have put into making our passenger service a success ... Our sincere and grateful thanks." Richard Mellor
P&O Nedlloyd
"As a faithful reader of your Seaworthy News publication, I wish to compliment you and your staff on the informativeness and thoroughness, setting forth in honest and detailed manner descriptions of this means of travel." Martin Ems
Retired Manager Passenger Services,
American President Lines - Feb/07
"I just wanted to send you my thanks for the beautiful news publication you produce all these years. I hope you'll keep freighter travel as your primary focus always, as it sets you apart." Alison Senter
(Member since '95)
New Lisbon, NJ
"Truly appreciate your resourcefulness. Thank you for your assiduousness in working through this with me." Thomas T. McMahon
Gig Harbor, WA
"Since 1971, when my three young children and I travelled up the West Coast of Africa, I have had the pleasure of occasional freighter voyage. A wonderful way to see, and enjoy the peace of the watery parts of, our world. Thank you so much and your family for choosing to run your freighter cruise agency." Jean Washington
San Diego, CA

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