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Cruise Bucket Lists

Written by: Kuki

The Caribbean is the most heavily cruised area of the world, and that’s most likely to continue in the near future as more cruise lines are leaving more ships to sail the Caribbean waters for longer portions of the year.

It’s really not difficult to understand because Caribbean sailings are normally rather carefree; with the toughest choices for cruisers being which pristine beach to chose to relax on or snorkel from, or which casual wildlife or scenic tour we’d enjoy during the several hours we have to visit the island. And, of course, because of the temperate climate in the area, weather patterns in the Caribbean make it rather dependable for vacation planning.

I have to admit it’s somewhat quizzical to see just how many people repeat the same itineraries over and over and over again simply because of their proximity to the port of embarkation. People are obviously very willing to repeat the same ports of call in exchange for the ease of getting to and from the ship. And in the past several years the cruise lines have recognized this in a big way adjusting their ship’s locations to offer much more “home port” cruising than has ever been available before. As I’m not fortunate enough to have an embarkation port close by I’m not able to grasp that thought process as well as I might if I were within driving distance of an embarkation port.

The port of Vancouver is only a 1 hr. flight away, and as a result I have cruised to Alaska several times, as well as taken repositioning cruise to/ from Hawaii, using Vancouver as either an embarkation or disembarkation port.

California is also relatively close (a 3 hr. flight), so I’ve also sailed from both Los Angeles and San Diego; several times to Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, and full Panama Canal transits, both east to west and west to east.

I’ve been very fortunate, in that besides the itineraries mentioned above I’ve sailed Eastern, Western, and Southern Caribbean itineraries numerous times as well. Perhaps this will sound a bit like a spoiled brat, but I’m at the point where while I still enjoy the Caribbean for relaxing and fun vacations, there’s not much on the Caribbean islands that remain that I still want to see. I no longer feel I’m exploring new ground when sailing to the Caribbean. They are strictly vacation cruises, not travelling.

Good fortune has also allowed me to sail in Europe, both Western and Eastern itineraries, including the Greek Islands and Egypt several times, as well as two trips on Baltic itineraries. I’d actually repeat any of those itineraries again because there’s so much too see and explore that you experience just a sliver of it all on any single cruise ship visit. The only real problem, besides monetary concerns, is the requirement to fly to embarkation points on those itineraries. I’m a lousy flyer, who’s overweight, and quite tall, with long legs, and unless I can score business class seats using Frequent Flyer miles, the getting there is as near to torturous travel as I want to get. Indeed, flying, or rather my hesitancy to do so, is the predominant reason there are itineraries I’d really like to see by cruise ship, but to date have not.

While non-cruisers bucket lists may consist of sky-diving, or driving Formula One race cars, or climbing mountain peaks around the world, as a true blue cruiser my bucket list is based mostly on visiting places cruise ships go.

If I could be teleported I’d absolutely be cruising the Far East, Hong Kong and Singapore are two cities I’d love to visit, but I’m very doubtful I could tolerate the flying time to get there. The same is the true for Australia and New Zealand. I’ve love to travel there, but at least to this point I haven’t wanted it bad enough to put up with the flights to get there.

One area that’s not quite as distant, so is on my bucket list, but probably more doable than those above is South America. I’d absolutely interested in a trip around the horn. And sticking with South America, there’s of course, the need for a cruise down the Amazon.

Oh, and now with the current rash or pirate attacks, there’s a certain thrill thinking about a cruise that runs through the Suez Canal, and passes through the Gulf of Ayden. It’s not that I want to be attacked by Pirates, but there’d have to be a bit of an adrenaline rush knowing it might be possible. And I’d have to visit the Valley of the Kings while in the area.

I do have some things on my bucket list that are not cruise related, but I think even 20 hrs. of flying time to get me to the Far East is more likely to happen than convincing Demi Moore to leave her husband and marry me. And there’s no way at all anyone is ever going to get me to jump out of an airplane that is still operable.

So Cruisemates, feel free to share tidbits on your Bucket Lists with me. If you do, maybe I’ll be moved to share my dirtier ones.

- A View From The Kuki Side of Cruising -

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Comments

Comment from Mike M
Time June 3, 2009 at 8:02 am

Kuki,

It’s sort of funny that “cruise folk” measure their bucket lists in the form of cruises. I know I do.

I have been lucky enough to be able to do China, Japan and Korea. I have done a wonderful Brasil, Argentina and Uruguay cruise. Lucky enough to have done the eastern and western Mediterranean cruises that have included Egypt, Italy, Spain, France, Greece and Turkey. The Baltic’s were wonderful but we want to repeat that one since my darling wife had an allergic reaction just before we left and spent the cruise looking like a creature from Star Trek.

The Caribbean is no longer a major destination for us and it was reinforced on my last Western Caribbean cruise. If I hadn’t been with a newbie who enjoyed the islands I would have elected to stay on the ship.

My current bucket list includes: Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Another South America cruise that includes and extended stopover in Peru. (Machu Picchu)

I don’t have a problem with flying so it is not a major problem other than the cost.

Hopefully I’ll be able to fill the bucket before I “kick the bucket”. Time and the pocketbook will determine if I can do it.

Take care,
Mike

Comment from Tim Butler
Time June 5, 2009 at 7:10 am

While I am a fairly new cruiser, 4 cruises since 2007, There are places and ships that I would like to sail on before I board the big cruise ship in the sky.

An Alaska cruise tour and a cruise to Hawaii are atop my list seeing I am a Truck Driver and have been to all the lower 48 states. These I hope to take in the next 3 years.

Then there are what I call my “Fantasy Cruises”. Australia and New Zealand top the list. A cruise that would include Russia, Norway, Finland and Iceland would be next.

A world cruise is what I will take as soon as my rich uncle gets out of the poor house and finally a cruise to Antarctica would be wonderful to see.

While I would love to visit every nation in the world the fact of the matter is that unless I win the Lottery I probably never will be able to do that.

Some “Bucket list” excursions might include….Piloting a dog sled in Alaska, Riding a Camel, Seeing real live Penguins up close in their own habitat, Seeing where the movie “The Lord of the rings” was filmed in New Zealand, Eating “Whale” in Japan, just to name a few.

It is always good to dream because if you dream long enough and hard enough those dreams may come true.

Comment from Boudewijn
Time June 5, 2009 at 9:07 am

Hawaii is top of our list. Since we’re from Europe we need to fly to cruises in the Caribbean anyway. By cruising to Hawaii we would only need to fly 13 hours which is acceptable and give us some nice quiet time aboard the ship. To bad these cruises are quite expensive as are the flights. A well, maybe in the future.

Comment from Jim Keenan
Time June 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I started out at the age of 65 with a Caribbean cruise, just like many others.

But my horizon and bucket list are expanding. I sailed the Panama Canal in April and will visit the Norwegian Fjords later this month.

Then, next work it is on to South America and the Falkland Islands, a New Zealand-Australia cruise tour, followed later in the year by a Holyland Cruise. In 2011, I will to a cruise tour to Thailand, Vietnam, China, including a river cruise on the Yangtze River.

My bucket list is coming together quickly. There are many other ports to come.

Comment from Melody Teague
Time June 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Kuki!

Great topic! I want to cruise to Hawaii and Alaska and then to just about every port! I have the cruise to the Bahamas booked for next summer…if that goes well, we might travel there again, since the port is right in my own backyard!

Melody

Comment from jaxon
Time June 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm

The Gallapagos, and Machu Pichu top my bucket list. When I am ancient, and I have no one left to worry about but me, I’d like to do a world cruise (presently I am too scared something might happen to a loved one and I couldn’t get home fast enough — not that that can’t happen now, but being gone so long gives me extra worries, and it would be a huge expensive trip to interupt — would cruise nsurance cover such an eventuality, pay me back for the part of the cruise I didn’t use?).

Comment from MagnoliaBlossom
Time June 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm

So many ports, so little time (and money)
but Australia/New Zealand is top of the list, but more likely in the near future is the Greek Isles and more of Italy. We did the Med. last year and would love to spend more time in Tuscany and Venice.

We’ve done the British Isles but choosing between some of the excursions was so difficult we’d like to do it again. Such fabulous greens!

We are in driving distance to New Orleans, Galveston and Houston (they’ve got to reopen one of these days) so we are in the category of “frequent floaters” in the Caribbbean since frequently we just want to be on a balcony staring at the sea (umbrella drink in hand,, of course) so the fact that we’ve been to the Texaribbean a zillion times just doesn’t bother us.

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