I'm a UK citizen already in the possession of an ESTA so that I can travel to the USA.
However, I would like to travel to the USA from Japan via sea. According to a freight travel agency I contacted (Strand Travel - http://www.strandtravelltd.co.uk), it is not possible to arrive in the USA via sea with the use of an ESTA. They informed me that I must have a US visa in order to travel in this way. The ESTA can only be used for travel to the USA by air.
However, according to this website (http://www.estaamerica.com):
"You can enter the United States through the Visa Waiver Program via land, air or sea, but an approved travel authorization is only related to air and sea entries."
So, I've been getting conflicting information on this matter and I would like a firm and reliable answer. Does anyone have experience from a similar situation? Has someone travelled to the States by sea on an ESTA before?
If it is possible, the next step is to find a freight ship or cruise ship that will take me there from Japan or China. So far, I'm turning up no results. Can anyone help with this too?