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Old 03-26-2018, 02:23 PM  
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So I'm hopping a freighter to China...

Well, actually Vietnam. But I'll make a stop in China.

It just seemed like the thing to do. I'm in Oakland now waiting as they load cargo. I'm the only passenger on a 1,000 foot ship for the next 19 days.

Here's my ship: http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/...:CMA_CGM_RHONE. I got whisked aboard before I could take an exterior photo.

Since I'm the only passenger, I get the owner's cabin on the top deck. Here are a few pictures of my cabin area. I also have the use of a lounge on another floor, and I can share the crew's gym.

So if anybody needs me, I won't be around for the next few weeks as I sail my private 1,000 foot yacht across the Pacific.
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:46 PM   #136
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Give us updates when ya can. I've heard of this, and have considered looking into doing this before. Good luck, and safe travels
If you are interested it's called the howard hughes cruise, or HHC.
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:51 PM   #137
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:55 PM   #138
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Thanx. Never knew where that was located either.
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:57 PM   #139
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That's a long time to be surrounded by seamen.
and keep your cabin door(s) locked and don't answer if you hear a knock in the middle of the night
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:00 PM   #140
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Thanx. Never knew where that was located either.
That's a damn shame.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:03 PM   #141
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Good time to go across the Pacific. I hope you love Filipino food or at least packed a butt-load of snacks. One thing about the middle of an ocean, the stars are unbelievable. Just laying on the deck, looking up, is a magnificent sight. Make friends with the crew and you should be okay. Just don't joke around about drugs or their women.

Here's hoping you have fair winds and following seas.
Enjoy the dried fish its a Filipino favorite kinda peasant food. It smells god awful I wont eat it but my wife loves it.

Also did you check what part of the Phils these chaps are from? If the Mindanao area you my be hostage to Abu Sayyaf.

And for god sakes dont let them go off course thru the Bermuda Triangle. You may wake up to the Battle of Iron Bottom Sound of WWII.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:08 PM   #142
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I think this is the video I watched a while back. It heads to HK on a freight ship. Just way faster than 19 days. I think I'd go crazy trapped inside for that long. Have fun

That was very interesting but based on this, Rainman's trip should take about 7 minutes.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:13 PM   #143
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Wow, this sounds intense. I think the longest I was ever out to sea at a shot was about the same amount of time (it sucked, BTW). Of course, when you're out to sea on a Navy vessel basically all you do is work and sleep, with a little spades thrown in. I hope you don't get bored easily.

Bobbymitch is right about the night sky. You'll never see anything like it on land.

As for your destinations, I was an east coast sailor, so I've never been anywhere near the Orient.

Good luck! I look forward to hearing your lengthy report.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:15 PM   #144
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I spent 17 days pulling guard duty on a merchant marine ship from Savannah GA to Saudi Arabia back in 1990. Accommodations sucked ass.

Lost an engine and lost a couple days at sea so we ran out of fresh water. For the last 3 days or so we could flush the toilet 2x a day to conserve water (it was turned off the rest of the time) and there were 5 guys staying in a room made for 2.

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I did get to see the Straights of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal which was cool. The rest sucked ass. So glad I didn't join the Navy.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:20 PM   #145
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And for god sakes dont let them go off course thru the Bermuda Triangle. You may wake up to the Battle of Iron Bottom Sound of WWII.
Isn't that in the Atlantic ocean?
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:36 PM   #147
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:51 PM   #148
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