OH MY GOD!! Is that the ultimate in cruising? Do people actually do the entire 70+ days journey? Have any of you fellow chatters been on such a trip? Would you get tired of being on the ship for that long? Here is somthing to think about, what kind of tips do you need for that? Need to plan now for the future.
Pat I once worked on a World Cruise on th Q.E.II. and it was NOT my favorite cruise by any means, The age group that can afford either (a) the time or (b) the money to do such a cruise is 70+ thus as a young man I found the ship to be boring and quiet. I did however enjoy some of the ports we hit along the way. and may in a few years want that type of cruise myself but not at the moment.
At age 21 as a college graduation present my wonderful Godmother took me on Cunard's Caronia (not this one, the one before it) on a 108 day world cruise. I was not bored, not for one minute. There were 4 of us in our 20's, all girls. We had the entire crew of over 600 to play with and play we did. Besides, the ports and shore excursions were glorious. Our shore excursions were long. Sometimes we wouldn't see the ship for 3 weeks. I will never do another one, even if I won the lottery. The memory is so wonderful nothing will ever be allowed to challenge it. It gave me my love of cruising however, which has lasted over 40 years.
Here is some odd trivia for you: For each of the past 25 years, QE 2 has made an circumnavigation of 90 days each winter. There are around 1,200 passengers aboard, most aged 70+. The ship always carries 27 caskets.
We had 4 people die of old age on our cruise. Plus one guy disappeared in the Indian Ocean mid cruise. He was an alcoholic and the more booze he had in him the neastier he got. He was very rich and his family shipped him off on long cruises all the time. We think what probably happened is that he couldn't sleep one night, got liquored up and went out on deck. Since he never had anything nice to say about anyone when he was drunk, he probably had something nasty to say to a crewman who dumped him overboard. Or that's what we though. He could have fallen or jumped too, but the first story is not only the most probable it's the most interesting. We also had the widow of the founder of one of the big US auto firms onboard. She brought TWO gigolos with her. Considering her age, she was in her 80's, we all thought two would kill her before the cruise was over, .
That is very odd. I wonder why they chose 27? Do they get buried at sea?
Well, I can't think of a better way to go. I think a topic of little known cruise ship facts on this message board would be very good reading. Thanks for reply.