We are already planning for the 2014 World Cruise. Friends of ours went on a world cruise in 2005 and are leaving on the 2007 world cruise in a few months. Other friends did a 93 day circle pacific last year and the 62 days circle south america.
I think long cruises are the way to go. A great way to see the world. Also, you aren't pressured to always be on the go. Our longest cruise has been 19 days but we are really looking forward to the day when we can take longer cruises.
If I could afford it I am sure I would love a long world cruise. Just being on a ship is happiness for me. There are many parts of the world I have wanted to see. I think a world cruise would be ideal for me.
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We have not circled the globe continous on a cruise ship, however we have done it on segments. Yes I would love to cruise around the world. Mostly are 101 to 105 days. We have been on the old R-1 ships, which are small compared to the mego ones in service now. We were on the R-1, Renaissance cruising from Bangkok to Athens for a total of 52 days. It was wonderful. We love the smaller ships. You can meet and remember more people. The larger ships do not fit into our realm very much.
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I have done 7 1/2 months on a ship before. Mine was painted gray though, and we spent most of the time in the Persian Gulf. The service wasn't very good either . If I was retired, and had the $$$ I would defiantly enjoy a world cruise.
Luanne, I really like Regent Seven Seas. The last few years, Seven Seas Voyager has been doing the world cruise. If you go to their site at www.rssc.com and click on World Cruise at top, you can learn all about it.
If I could afford it, I'd certainly go on a world cruise. I don't care for mega ships, either. But I'd pick a bigger one with more amenities, such as the Grand Princess or the Golden, if they did world cruises. I've sailed with Princess so much that I know the service would be good.
I cruised on the Renaissance, R2 and R4 and really enjoyed them. They are still my wife's favorite ships. They had all of the amenities that we enjoy, except that the entertainment was pretty poor. You don't have the mega-ship activities and if you are looking for a Carnival or RCI atmosphere you will be bored but I think it will be good choice as long as there are not too many sea days strung together. I found them very relaxing and PERFECT for a port intensive cruise. We actually loved the intimate lounges and the open seating dining. The balcony cabins are about the same size as a category B Princess cabin on a Sun Class ship.
These ships are identical to what the Tahitian Princess is. The R4 was bought by Princess and converted into the Tahitian Princess. It was either the R4 or R3. One is the Tahitian Princess the other is the Pacific Princess.
I wouldn't hesitate booking one. I actually am looking to book an Oceania cruise as soon as I am able. They have three of the Renaissance ships and have "heard" that they have improved the product. I'd like to see for myself.
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I'm with Mike on this one, smaller ships are great! I'm going on the Royal Princess for 24 days in May for the Med and I cannot wait, same size as the Pacific Princess!
I think I'm doing the world in segments!!! :-) In 2007, I get the Med and Holy Land, in 2008 I'm looking at a cruise going around So. America and then across to Lisbon. I've already done Tahiti to Hawaii, Hawaii to Vancouver twice, Panama canal twice, New England, Iceland/Greenland,
Alaska, two or 3 transatlantics.
I need to get the Asia cruise in plus Australia and New Zealand!
I would consider a world cruise, definitely on a smaller ship, but more than likely I'd purchase just a segment. I just have certain goals in mind seeing many different places and not repeating ports over and over.
I would like to do the shorter cruises, and one day cover the world, but just reading all the ports on the Pacific made me tired. Something like 42 in all. I wonder if people do excursions in all of the ports. See now I am tired just typing it.
Marc---I am losing my cruise virginity on December 4th, cruising the Eastern Caribbean on Voyager. I rarely see a post anywhere on the site regarding this ship, and when I saw where you mentioned Regent, I had to hope..... Can you give me advice as to what to expect, what to avoid and what you consider "dont miss" items/events? It is a 7 night trip, and although my sister,(cruise virgin also), and I have excursions booked, we just want to be a bit "in the know" about Voyager when we board. Thanks in advance!!
LiL Sis, Voyager is a wonderful ship. A couple of words of advise since you have never sailed Regent before.
First, you will be on one of the last cruises before Regent goes all inclusive. However, you can still order cocktails and after dinner drinks in dining rooms at dinner without paying for them; not just wine.
Second, take advantage of ability to special order food items; you just have to make orders 24 hours in advance. Some of our favorite special orders are racks of lamb, grand marnier souffles, lobster tails (either as side dish or extra appetizer), and dover sole. In addition, my wife has a standing order for Cinammon Ice Cream which is available to her at any restaurant for lunch or dinner even if not on menu.
Don't miss tea, it is always wonderful. I am partial to trivia so I am always there.
Balcony is great for Constellation Theater; you can sneak out if you don't like show without anyone noticing.
If you have any particular questions, let me know.