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Googling how ordinary people can travel on a cargo ship, my searches led me to Freighter Travel. Founded in 1993, a real selling point is the company doesn't do package trips — you get in touch, and then they work with you

Here's Freighter Travel's website:

Travel 'green' - i.e. with zero carbon foot print.

One trip described showed a EU100/day cost. (27 days for € 2700.00), or at 8Jan2020 exchange rate, $111/day. I believe this was onboard ship costs. Any 'excursions' are extra.

You can join the ship for as long as you wish. You may even choose to disembark from one ship, spend a week ashore at a place of your choice, and then join another ship for the rest of your voyage.

Google says a one way US to Europe, crossing the Atlantic is 10-20 days, and to China, the Pacific is 15-30 days, therefore, using the day range midpoint:
15 days for Atlantic xing - $1665 one way.
23 days for Pacific xing - $2553.
(*these are obviously just estimates!)

IIRC, I've seen RT flights Dallas to Paris, at $1500-1800.
I've not priced flights to Asia.
A very CURSORY look suggests flying is cheaper.

Very interesting. Thanks 1pg.
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