Yes, you can book passage aboard a freighter and sail away without meeting a cruise director or dodging the ship's photographer at every turn. No, it isn't for everyone. Itineraries and port stays tend to be longer, and there are few amenities beyond three meals a day and a few other basic comforts. But booking passage on a cargo ship, when priced according to daily costs, is often significantly cheaper than most traditional cruises. If you're the type that doesn't need a lot of entertaining and wants to leave the formal wear at home, read more about freighter cruises and how they could become your solid budget travel alternative at sea.