How the accommodation on board looks like?

Accommodation on board a port container vessel may not be top notch, but it will offer you exactly what you need to make your stay as pleasant as possible. There are usually two or three cabins on board which are fit to take passengers and one of them is considered to be first class as it can have two rooms.

Accommodation on board

The size of each cabin can be ~ 15 square meters and the first class cabin can have a living room and a bedroom. One cabin can take two passengers – a couple sharing the same room – but this can prove a little complicated as the bed is far from being a king sized one, but only one meter wide. If you are travelling in pair, taking one cabin must be the choice you make as it is always a question about money – two people sharing the same room will pay less than two people sharing separate cabins.

If you travel alone, but want (need) a little more space, you can ask for the first class cabin, but be prepared to pay a little more for it. Otherwise, you can book your trip regardless the type of cabin and wait to see which one will be assigned to you.

No matter how big/small the cabin is, it will always include a private bathroom with running water and hot water non stop. The following things are most probable to be found in a cabin: a sofa, a desk, TV set, fridge, a coffee maker, wardrobe and at least one window. During your trip you will also receive general objects of toiletry (toilet paper, soap, towels), washing powder.

Inside the passenger cabin

Passenger Cabin

The most used piece of furniture in your cabin will be the bed as you will really need it to have a good night sleep. You will find out that reading a book can be more interesting outside in the open air or on the bridge and not on the sofa; a coffee will be more tasty if you share it with the crew members during their 10 o’clock coffee break or with the officer on duty on the bridge; the Tv is not so attractive like it is at home because you are so far away from land and you’ll probably have no possibility to get any TV signal (except in ports). You still can use the TV for watching a movie or something else, but even this activity is more interesting if you share it with other people, after working hours. If one of the reasons for which you embark yourself in this type of journey is taking a break from the noisy and stressful life you live ashore, then you will not need the TV during your stay on board. A break like this can prove to be very useful as it offers you the chance to find or rediscover some other pleasures in life – some you may have forgotten because the hectic life ashore – like reading, taking photos, doing yoga or other relaxing activities.

Except your cabin, there are other chambers on board you’ll get more familiar with during your trip and the most important of all is the Messroom. Mostly located on B or C decks, the Messroom is the ‘restaurant’ on board where you’ll be able to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, following a fixed schedule and menu (not a menu ‘a la carte’). On most vessels, there are two rooms like this – one for officers and one for the other part of the crew – separated by the galley. Passengers are most probably invited to share Officers’ Messroom and, if there are two tables in the room – one for the superior officers (management level) and another one for the rest of the officers and cadets – it is possible that the passengers are invited to take seats at captain’s table. This is not a rule and you should not feel less welcome if you are not invited to the round table (captain’s table), but there is a bigger chance to have more spare room at the big long table, than at the small round one.

Officers Messroom 2

Officers Messroom

In the Messroom, the three meals are served every day on a fixed schedule – breakfast between 7 and 8.30, lunch between 12 and 13, dinner between 17-18. Nobody forces you to obey this schedule, you can have your meals whenever you want, but do not expect to be served outside de schedule hours. If you decide to have lunch at 13.30, you will find your meal placed on the table and you can warm it a little in the microwave before having it. The steward will be there happy to serve you – like he is doing for everybody else on board – but only within his working hours. In order to respect the others – especially the cook and the steward – it is better if you serve your meals together with everybody else, allowing time for cleaning and arranging the table for the next meal.

Another important room on board the vessel is the Recreation Room or Bar where people get together after working hours to relax, socialize or watch a movie. You will soon become a great fan of this room as it can prove to be the best place you can meet the crew, share nice conversations and find out interesting stories. There are also two Recreation Rooms on board – one for the officers and another one for the rest of the crew – and you are welcome to visit both of them if you want to make an idea about seamen’s life and find out more about their work, past experiences and hopes for the future.

Recreation Room on HS Bach

Recreation Room

Accommodation on board port container vessels is far more different than the one you can find on cruise vessels, but this you already know. You chose this kind of travelling for very different reasons and you are not going to complain about the size of the bed or the brand of the TV set as these are the least important matters you have to consider. Life on board is far more interesting and deserves your fully attention so, in the end, you may come to love even the small size cabin you were accommodated in and you may even miss it.

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