Where do we live on a container ship?


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I’ve realized that, whilst I’ve been posting about Valencia, Genoa and nice places visited, I haven’t made it very clear where we actually live, nor the name of my ship.  Well, I included a video with my first emotions post about my cabin and what it’s like and also the Galley (kitchen) and Messroom (dining room). But where are these places located?
My ship is called the Hanjin Boston and was booked through the Cruise People in London (they also have offices in Toronto).  Googling “agents for container ship voyages” should also bring up agents in your local area.
Unlike a long distance ferry or cruise ship  – where the accommodation is located across the whole length of the ship on many different levels, on a container ship you’ll find the living quarters – or ship’s accommodation – is just in one segment; rising like a block of flats on about eight levels. 

Can you see the white living quarters, raising on eight levels?
Can you see the white living quarters, raising on eight levels?

It’s still spacious, but has to be this way as obviously the containers have to fit on board, so these go on the bow (front) and stern (back) of the vessel.
Does this make me feel claustrophobic?  Well no, as you’ve seen from my what to do on a container ship post, there’s plenty to do and in fact, it’s possible to walk to the bow of the ship and sit quietly in the Castle to read.
So don’t be put off and think that you’ll be boxed in…there’s nothing like being at sea with a bunch of good, honest, hardworking seafarers with hearty seafaring food to eat and people who view you as their big sister and do anything they can for you.

Example of menu - and I am on the Breakfast menu!
Example of menu – and I am on the Breakfast menu!


  1. Thank you for your great articles, I live near LOS ANGELES, CA ( USA ) can you please tell me about where in my area I could take a cargo ship like you did from my area. Is there a agent to talk to or how do I go finding out about it. I am 58 yrs old and retired now and would LOVE to travel like that.


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