Freighter Specialty Cruises | Aranui in French Polyinesia | Bella Desgagnes at St. Lawrence Bay, Canada | Croatia Coastal Cruises
On a Freighter Even the Routine is Extraordinary
And the Destinations are Some of the Most Exotic in the World

    Mail and Supply Ships
    Vintage Coastal and Island Traders
    Lakers and River Boats

    These three categories of ships and services, which we call Freighter Specialty Cruises, have always been an important segment of our business. As Covid caused most of the ocean-going freighters to cease taking passengers, the specialty has become our core offering, currently including the next three and a half cruises, and prospects for some more.

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    French Polynesia
    Aranui in the Marquesas islands

    The custom-built Aranui 5 of CPTM (Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime), a specially-designed cargo liner built with passenger comfort in mind, offers tasteful, spacious accommodations, sweeping decks, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and facilities for ocean swimming, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving.

    Marquesas and Australes archypelagos

    The service is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, fine French and Polynesian cuisine, informative onboard lectures as well as for the raw beauty of its destination, the spectacular Marquesas islands.

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    Summer and Fall in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence

    Bella Desgagnes

    The Bella Desgagnes offers transportation and cruise for local residents and visitors, while primary purpose is to bring mail and supplies to many of Quebec's picturesque villages located along the 900-km-long coast from Rimouski to Blanc-Sablon. This 1,000-ton vessel was built in 2013. She has an Ice Class, flies Canadian flag, and extends the good tradition.

    Quebec's Lower North Shore mail and supply ship

    Deck Scene

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    Croatia's Coastal Voyages

    Vintage coastal traders, which once delivered supplies to the islands off Croatia's 1,100-mile coastline, now repurposed accommodate 20 to 40 guests, and along with newer and larger vessels offer weekly sailings with a variety of itineraries from Opatija, Split and Dubrovnik, April through October.

    This is a coast of towering cliffs and white pebbly beaches, red-roofed medieval towns of an old-world elegance which can be easily explored on foot. Few urban experiences match strolling down the centuries-old promenades.

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    Freighter sailing through the 1000 isladns area on the Great Lakes

    Win a Voyage
    on the Great Lakes

    Aranui, French Polynesia
    Bella Desgagnes, Canada
    Croatia Coastal Cruises
    Tramping on the Great Lakes

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    Freighter Specialty Cruises
    Since 1993