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Old 30-09-2009, 19:42   #1
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Paid Rides - Barbados to Mainland US (November Timeframe)

Hello All,

I found this forum via a travel board as I plan for a westward circumnavigation next year. This is not a sailing trip but just the normal around-the-world jaunt. It's not my first time around though and this time I'd like to do it without any airplanes for a bit more fun. So I have great options for the Pacific (container ship) and Atlantic crossings (looking at the Royal Clipper right now). However, the Atlantic crossing option gets me only to Barbados in Nov. 2010. While there are a couple of traditional cruise lines that could get me from Barbados back the U.S. I'd rather try to avoid that if I can.

So my question is this: what are my odds of simply finding rides from island to island going NW and eventually end up back in the U.S.? Or even just to Nassau where I think there is a regular ferry. Luckily money isn't the biggest object for me but I'd also like to be home by Christmas at the latest. Having zero experience with the sailing culture in the Caribbean I'm not sure, even when willing to pay, how many options I'll have and how quickly the transit can get done.

I'd love any input from those who have sailed and lived in the area. I'm sure there are many here!

Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-10-2009, 05:45   #2
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There used to be a fair number of yachties (or boat bums) hanging around in paradise going from boat to boat, crewing along the way. Immigration in many countries now discourages entry by anyone without means to leave the country making that harder.

It may be possible, still to do what you want but having a specific destination and schedule makes it highly unlikely that you can hook up with the right boat at the right time.

Since you say you have the money, you could give it a try and if it isn't going well, buy a ticket and abort the plan.

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