Although most long distance travel is done by air these days, there are still a number of freighters that offer travel by sea. Whilst you may pay thousands of dollars for a week excursion in the Mediterranean or the Bahamas, you may be able to find better economy on a freighter. There are no where near as many freighters that also carry passengers as before but still, if you look, you can find some.
We have seen all the headlines on the news; Gulf of Aden, Pirates, Hijack and Ransom. Most of the focus these days is being given to the Gulf of Aden, just south of the Suez Canal. We have all heard about the very published story of Maersk Alabama and more recently the very gallant rescue of her Captain from the pirates. I think if you speak to many of your friends they will no doubt point to the Gulf of Aden as the pirate capital of the world – NOT TRUE, at least based on statistics publish by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) between 2001 to 2007!