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Old January 25th, 2011, 11:05 AM
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If you could design your own cruise what ports would you sail to ,how many days in each ,etc .
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Old January 25th, 2011, 12:04 PM
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Cruise to nowwhere works for me. Maybe just a stop on a private island like Labadee or Coco Cay.
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Old January 25th, 2011, 12:50 PM
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OK ... let's dream.

Leave San Francisco
Victoria BC
Skagway
Sitka
Some port in the Aleutians
Japan
China, overland trip to the Great Wall and the terra cotta warriors
Singapore
Great Barrier Reef
Bali
India, overland to Taj Mahal
Red Sea resorts
Suez Canal
Port Said/Alexandria, overnight to Cairo
Istanbul
Santorini
Athens
Olympia
Tuscany (I disremember the name of the port)
Marseille
Barcelona
Oporto Portugal
London
Copenhagen
St Petersburg two days
Amsterdam
Edinborough
Orkney Isles
Iceland
Greenland
BAr Harbor
Boston
Charlotte
Key West
Cartagena
Roatan Honduras
Panama Canal Transit
6 days at sea ...
Hawaii two or three ports
end cruise and fly back to SFO.

HMMMM .. .turns out that we have done about 2/3 of those things. Guess we are well on the way to dream fulfillment!
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This is a great topic. I have seen many regular cruise stops so I think I would be pretty good at this.

Western Caribbean:

Leave from Ft Lauderdale, go to Cancun (for Ixcaret), Grand Cayman (for Hell and Stingrays), Key West (for the funky lifestyle) amd Nassau (for Atlantis).

Eastern Caribbean:

Leave from Fort Lauderdale: go to St Martin (for shopping), Santo Domingo, DR (its very historic), Havana Cuba and Labadee for zip-lining.

Mediterranean:

Barcelona, Mallorca, Monte Carlo, Rome, Naples, Malta, Athens, Ephesus, Ashdod, Haifa, Alexandria.

Altantic:

Dover, Bordeax, Le Havre overnight (for Paris and Normandy beaches), Brugges, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Edinburgh, Berlin.
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There is one itinerary I have been trying to get Regent to schedule for many years - a tour of Pacific Naval Battle sites. Not being that good in geography, I am sure these are in wrong order:

New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Caroline Islands
Santa Cruz Island
Guadacanal
Saipan
Guam
Midway
Okinawa
Iwo Jima
Truk
Yap
Palau
Phillipines

Many of these islands are not on normal cruise itineraries but would be of interest to WWII buffs and divers.
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I'm limited to where I've been (Caribbean), so ...

I need time at sea, at least three and preferably four of seven days. I don't know the travel time between ports so that's hard for me, but my favorite spots have included St. Maartin, St. Thomas, San Juan, some of the private islands, Antigua, Grand Cayman, St. Lucia, Barbados and Bermuda. I can live without Mexico and Jamaica.

I'd rather be in ports where the ship isn't far from where I'll be, so I won't waste any valuable time trying to get back to the ship. Not sure how that fits into St. Thomas (I mostly go for Marigot Bay) and St. Maartin (mostly so I can buy French spirits).

And I'd want to be able to be in port in the evening, well past dinner time so I could opt to not dine on the ship.

My perfect arrival time is around 11 or so; enables me to enjoy a quick early luncheon on board, then either sightsee or hit the beach for prime hours.

Ship leaves around 9. I can either eat onshore, or jet back to the ship for dinner.
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My cruise would begin in Quito, Equador. It would sail all the way around South America. It would allow me to spend at least two or three days in the important ports, such as Valpariso, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro. My sail date would be January so that I could see baby penquins on my one-day visit to the Falkland Islands (in February, there would be whale sigtings.)

I would want to sail on a fairly good size ship, such as the Star Princess (2600 passengers) which would be comfortable during a rough passage around the Cape, but NOT a mega-ship (too tall in rough waters).

Of course, I would want a reasonably priced round trip first class air fare and reasonably priced first class hotels in the ports.

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My cruise would begin in Quito, Equador. It would sail all the way around South America. It would allow me to spend at least two or three days in the important ports, such as Valpariso, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro. My sail date would be January so that I could see baby penquins on my one-day visit to the Falkland Islands (in February, there would be whale sigtings.)

I would want to sail on a fairly good size ship, such as the Star Princess (2600 passengers) which would be comfortable during a rough passage around the Cape, but NOT a mega-ship (too tall in rough waters).

Of course, I would want a reasonably priced round trip first class air fare and reasonably priced first class hotels in the ports.

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There is one itinerary I have been trying to get Regent to schedule for many years - a tour of Pacific Naval Battle sites. Not being that good in geography, I am sure these are in wrong order:

New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Caroline Islands
Santa Cruz Island
Guadacanal
Saipan
Guam
Midway
Okinawa
Iwo Jima
Truk
Yap
Palau
Phillipines

Many of these islands are not on normal cruise itineraries but would be of interest to WWII buffs and divers.
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Not sure if you saw my review of the Voyager this month. My 90 year old uncle sailed with us and I learned so much about his service in the US Navy on this trip. He was at most all of the places you mention (except Midway). Saw the flag raised on Iwo Jima and MacArthurs return to the Phillipines-described both so well. He was a radar man and served on the bridge so was privy to a lot of information in the course of each invasion. Captain Frank allowed him a bridge tour on the Voyager and he really enjoyed it. That was a great cruise for me as I learned so much.

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If I could design my own cruise, I would depart from San Francisco, on to Seattle, then Vancouver, Victoria, Sitka, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Paris, London, Edinborough, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Alexandria, Cairo, Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, Istambul, Morocco, Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington, Christ Church, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Capetown, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Toyko; just to name a few!!!
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Okay the cruise I want exists the funds to go on it don't exist.
P & O Aurora 15 day cruise leaving Southampton on 12/20/11. The ports are:

Lisbon,
Cadiz,
Casablanca,
La Palma,
Tenerife,
Gran Canaria,
Madeira Island,
Southhampton.

I picked this cruise because it puts you on Madeira Island on New Year's eve to New Year's day. Madeira Island does the most amazing fireworks on New year's eve. They won the Guinness World Record for largest firework display in the world on 12/31/06. I went on a land vacation to Madeira Island in 1989 and saw the New Year's display 12/31/89 to 01/01/90 it was a blast.
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Well, being just a bit more realistic to a cruise maybe I could actually afford: How about a full Pacific Coast cruise?

Start in Anchorage, regular inside passage trip to Vancouver, then down the coast to Astoria, San Francisco, Monterrey, Long Beach, San Diego, continuing to the Mexican Riviera with Acapulco and Cabo.

Wonder if there is some way to piece this together with existing cruises?
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Mike, probably. We're scheduled to sail a similar from Los Angeles to Vancouver in May, and we've done the Mexican Riviera cruise a couple of times.

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You could have a system like jury selection for fellow passengers....you of course are perfect, but the others...
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You could have a system like jury selection for fellow passengers....you of course are perfect, but the others...
Surely you mean like Big Brother's house, you vote one off at each port!
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hmmmm so many choices, it would have to include Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Bali & Fiji
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hmmmm so many choices, it would have to include Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Bali & Fiji
That would get my vote provided there was enough time at each port.
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Surely you mean like Big Brother's house, you vote one off at each port!
Quite a few got off on our last cruise...not exactly voted though.....
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around the world, and around again, and again, and again. Hmmm, like when I am old and all that. I would have to get off the ship for doctor's appointments, and I imagine the Dentist, but if I were in good health? Around the world!
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Here's a novel one for you.

I'd love to take a cruise to anywhere aboard the Nuclear Attack Submarine USS Greeneville.

I think I'm safe in saying the food would rival any cruiseship in the world although the bunks are a tad cramped.

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OK my dream cruise would:

Depart Los Angeles
go to Hawaii (Oahy, Kauai, Maui, the Big Island)
Tahiti (multiple islands)
Fiji
all the South Pacific Islands
New Zealand (north and south islands)
Australia
the Seychelles
South Africa
up the South America coast
Aruba
Tortolla
Bermuda
and end in New York


This would involve LOTS of sea days (my faves)!
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