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When my wife and I went back to the U.S. this past May to get our "proper" visas and jettison most of our household goods, we only needed one-way tickets back to Paris.

When we started looking online last autumn, the prices for one-way tickets were insanely high. Added to that, we were thinking we'd each be bringing about 100 pounds of check-in luggage, which in turn would add who-knew-what to the cost. So we started considering other options.

It turned out that traveling by cargo ship was financially competitive. Considering we would be getting two weeks of room and board with the price, it was actually less expensive than flying directly back to Paris and paying room and board here.

So that's what we did: we took a cargo ship from Baltimore, Maryland to Hamburg, Germany, and then rented a car and drove down to Paris. And again, all things considered, it was less expensive than it would have been to fly.

I kept a pretty detailed journal, and later turned that into an online travelogue. I am posting the link in case anyone might find themselves looking for alternatives to flying into or out of France from the U.S. or elsewhere:

Diary of a Cargo Ship Voyage

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Now THAT'S an interesting way to do it! Thanks for the suggestion. (Will check out your blog site later.)

Yes, one-way tickets have long been considerably more expensive than the round-trip variety. And the airlines go nuts if you get a discounted round trip and then just "forget about" the return or try to cancel it or something.

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I think you should list the pros and cons......

See, I can start a fight in an empty room as well......
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I think you should list the pros and cons......

See, I can start a fight in an empty room as well......
Play nicely now, you naughty boy!
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Oh my, it's going to be crowded in the naughty corner.
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I would certainly recommend reading the blog of the journey on the cargo vessel across the pond - very interesting.
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I have met people from England who spend their winters in Florida. They do transatlantic cruises in each direction--no more expensive than flying if you choose an inside cabin, and you get 2 weeks of pampering in each direction. And no limits on how much luggage you bring.

I have never met or read about someone who used cargo ships for the same journey--I will definitely read your travel blog! Maybe I can do that myself when I'm able to retire. Thanks for sharing!
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Plenty of cheap options these days for one way flights.

Norwegian
Level (Owned by the same people that own BA and Iberia)
Others I'm sure depending on your starting point.

Level just announced direct flights from Boston to Paris for next year but they have other flights. Looks like Boston one way starts at €140

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Plenty of cheap options these days for one way flights.

Norwegian
Level (Owned by the same people that own BA and Iberia)
Others I'm sure depending on your starting point.

Level just announced direct flights from Boston to Paris for next year but they have other flights. Looks like Boston one way starts at €140
Just a heads up - as a road warrior for many years I learned that one-way tickets raise red flags with the airline/airport security people and you might attract extra security checks. No reason not to buy one but just be aware you might have longer check-in times

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Yes but both Level and Norwegian are mainly one way ticket sellers. Most people buy two one ways the same way a Ryanair/Easyjet passenger buys two.

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