Will ocean liners ever come back?

Saw someone make a comfy thread about an old ocean liner ship on SighSee. It made me wonder why travelling cross-ocean by ship died completely. Yes, it's a lot slower but also more comfortable.

I want to go to the US but hate flying and would much prefer to travel there by floating hotel.

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  1. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    As far as I'm concerned, they've been effectively replaced by cruise ships. Not sure if you can do a 1-way transatlantic cruise but that's the only thing I can think of that's close to what you want.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Not sure if you can do a 1-way transatlantic cruise
      All the time as ships move between caribbean/med for seasons. It's called a repositioning cruise

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      They've been separated into cargo and cruises. And there used to be the option to ride passenger on cargo ships but it's apparently gone. No not stowaway but actual passenger status, paid ticket.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        >there used to be the option to ride passenger on cargo ships but it's apparently gone
        It's still possible but it's not cheap.
        Imagine a cruise ship with only the bare necessities with you and your luggage (no limit) being the only passenger.

  2. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    When I make it off crypto I'm gonna buy the S.S United States anon. It's too far gone to make a trip but you can come onboard

  3. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    You can still cross the Atlantic with Cunard on the QM2

  4. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    How hard is it to stow away on a cargo ship? How much does it cost to ship a container? What if you poked some holes in it, filled it with water, food, a bed, etc and stayed inside until you arrived without having to deal with borders, customs, passports, etc?

  5. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    no, air travel is cheaper and more convenient. sitting on a mouldy floating piece of metal for a week is just not convenient enough for people who have the money to cross the ocean.

    on top of that it's more expensive to man a ship's worth of crew and supplies that put 3 flight attends and 2 pilots in the air with 500-something passengers

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's not that expensive. It's a thousand dollars for a trans-Atalantic or Pacific cruise. Hell, I saw something that would be great for a honey moon, instead of having an expensive wedding; ~50k dollars for ~150 day cruise, that goes up to Iceland and Greenland, and down to Antarctica, with something like 50 guided tours, all of your food, and some drinks. Other world voyages are about the same, something like 20-50k.

  6. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >ship died completely.

    you can book a cruise across the atlantic and it's not that expensive.

  7. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >on SighSee
    my condolences

  8. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    There's only one ocean liner still left (London - New York). I think possibly a few more lines would be feasible but they'd probably be more hybrid cruise/ocean liner than the classic liners

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