My name is Arthur, I am 24 years old. I study and live in my hometown Vienna, Austria.
After finishing my degree in 2010, my girlfriend and I are planning on going on a circa 140-day world cruise.
We have never been on a cruise before, let alone for such a long period of time. We do travel a lot (in the past three years we have been to latin america, south east asia, japan, morocco and obviously quite a bit of europe), but usually we arent gone for more than 3-4 weeks on one trip.
We started out with the idea of just crossing the atlantic and heading down to Brazil. But soon we had the crazy thought of just going on an entire worldcruise
Just so you can get a glimpse of our interests, we would love the route to include places like: India, China, Papua New Guinea, Sth. Pacific (Fiji, Tonga, Samoa), Fr. Polynesia (Tahiti, Bora Bora), Rapa Nui, Mexico, Caribbean Islands
I have a couple of "beginner" questions. It would really help getting started with the rough plans if you could give us some ideas:
living in Vienna, I am guessing that good ports to start our journey would probably be hamburg, southhampton, nice or somewhere in italy? are these the "main" european ports to board cruises? or are there other good starting points (netherlands..)?
I would love to hear from someone who has been on a cruise/ship for several months in one stretch. Does it get very exhausting..? Being in constant movement, seeing so many different places, cultures..being away from home, in a ships cabin?
or does it feel much calmer, more relaxed than for instance travelling around the globe by airplane and being jetlagged all the time..?
-Do you think it is an insanely absurd idea for absolute cruise-beginners to book such a lenghty cruise? or do you think it will be a great adventure that one will fondly remember for years to come..? would you advise to try out a short cruise first, like in the mediterranean and test it out?
-Which areas of the Oceans are very prone to rough seas or might even cause dangerous cruising conditions?
-What types of cruise-companies/ships would you recommend for a 130- or 140-day worldcruise..? are there some black sheep that one better stay away from..? I dont think we would be very comfortable on ships like the Cunard line, as they are very classic and have rather strict dresscodes.. (not that we want to wear shorts and flipflops all the time, but a smoking or dinner jacket can get a little stressy for 4 months..) Also we arent looking for loads of young people that want to party.. we do prefer a quiet, family-like atmosphere..
I hope our questions arent too general
we would very much appreciate some advice from some of you cruise experts out there.. thank you very much in advance!
Sounds like a great adventure. I would suggest you take a week and try at least a 7 day cruise first to better understand life onboard.
I took a quick look and only found a couple of cruises that might meet your requirements. Nothing before jan 2011. Don't worry about being exhusted plantty of relaxing days at sea. Trust me you will get to know at lot of people 3 times your age.
Here is an example London to London starting at about $14,000 USD pp. Cunard has a cruise the same date 103 days london/london $28,000 UUSD pp
Fred. Olsen Cruise Line's Balmoral - nice little ship
DAY DATE PORT ARRIVE DEPART
Wed Jan 5 London (Southampton), England 4:30pm
Thu Jan 6 At Sea
Fri Jan 7 At Sea
Sat Jan 8 At Sea
Sun Jan 9 Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands 1:00pm 6:30pm
Mon Jan 10 At Sea
Tue Jan 11 At Sea
Wed Jan 12 At Sea
Thu Jan 13 At Sea
Fri Jan 14 At Sea
Sat Jan 15 At Sea
Sun Jan 16 Barbados 8:30am 6:00pm
Mon Jan 17 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 8:00am 6:00pm
Tue Jan 18 At Sea
Wed Jan 19 Curacao, Netherlands Antilles 7:00am 3:00pm
Thu Jan 20 At Sea
Fri Jan 21 At Sea
Sat Jan 22 At Sea
Sun Jan 23 Manta, Ecuador Noon 8:00pm
Mon Jan 24 At Sea
Tue Jan 25 At Sea
Wed Jan 26 Lima (Callao), Peru 5:30am
Thu Jan 27 Lima (Callao), Peru 2:00pm
Fri Jan 28 At Sea
Sat Jan 29 At Sea
Sun Jan 30 At Sea
Mon Jan 31 At Sea
Tue Feb 1 At Sea
Wed Feb 2 At Sea
Thu Feb 3 At Sea
Fri Feb 4 At Sea
Sat Feb 5 Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia 8:00am 5:00pm
Sun Feb 6 At Sea
Mon Feb 7 Rangiroa, French Polynesia 8:00am 6:00pm
Tue Feb 8 Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia 8:00am 6:00pm
Wed Feb 9 At Sea
Thu Feb 10 Rarotonga, Cook Islands 8:30am 4:00pm
Fri Feb 11 At Sea
Sat Feb 12 At Sea
Sun Feb 13 At Sea
Mon Feb 14 At Sea
Tue Feb 15 Auckland, New Zealand 8:00am 5:00pm
Wed Feb 16 At Sea
Thu Feb 17 Wellington, New Zealand 8:00am 5:00pm
Fri Feb 18 Akaroa, New Zealand 8:00am 5:00pm
Sat Feb 19 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand 7:30am 1:30pm
Sun Feb 20 At Sea
Mon Feb 21 At Sea
Tue Feb 22 At Sea
Wed Feb 23 Sydney, Australia Noon
Thu Feb 24 Sydney, Australia
Fri Feb 25 Sydney, Australia 2:00pm
Sat Feb 26 Eden, Australia 7:00am 6:00pm
Sun Feb 27 At Sea
Mon Feb 28 At Sea
Tue Mar 1 Brisbane, Australia 8:00am 6:00pm
Wed Mar 2 At Sea
Thu Mar 3 Hamilton Island, Australia Noon 8:00pm
Fri Mar 4 At Sea
Sat Mar 5 Cairns, Australia 7:00am 6:00pm
Sun Mar 6 At Sea
Mon Mar 7 At Sea
Tue Mar 8 At Sea
Wed Mar 9 At Sea
Thu Mar 10 Bitung, Indonesia 7:00am 1:00pm
Fri Mar 11 At Sea
Sat Mar 12 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 9:00am 11:00pm
Sun Mar 13 Muara (Bandar Seri Begawan), Brunei 7:00am 6:00pm
Mon Mar 14 At Sea
Tue Mar 15 At Sea
Wed Mar 16 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand 7:30am 5:30pm
Thu Mar 17 Sihanoukville, Cambodia 8:00am 11:00pm
Fri Mar 18 At Sea
Sat Mar 19 Kuantan, Malaysia 8:00am 6:00pm
Sun Mar 20 Singapore 8:00am
Mon Mar 21 Singapore 6:00pm
Tue Mar 22 At Sea
Wed Mar 23 Phuket, Thailand 7:30am 3:00pm
Thu Mar 24 At Sea
Fri Mar 25 At Sea
Sat Mar 26 At Sea
Sun Mar 27 Cochin, India 7:30am 2:00pm
Mon Mar 28 Goa (Mormugao), India 12:30pm 6:30pm
Tue Mar 29 Bombay (Mumbai), India 9:00am 4:00pm
Wed Mar 30 At Sea
Thu Mar 31 At Sea
Fri Apr 1 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2:00pm
Sat Apr 2 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 11:00pm
Sun Apr 3 At Sea
Mon Apr 4 At Sea
Tue Apr 5 Salalah, Oman 9:00am 5:00pm
Wed Apr 6 At Sea
Thu Apr 7 At Sea
Fri Apr 8 At Sea
Sat Apr 9 At Sea
Sun Apr 10 Luxor (Safaga), Egypt 7:30am 10:00pm
Mon Apr 11 Port Tewfik, Egypt 1:00pm 11:30pm
Tue Apr 12 Suez Canal, Egypt (Cruising) 4:00am 10:00pm
Wed Apr 13 Cairo / Giza (Alexandria), Egypt 8:00am 11:00pm
Thu Apr 14 At Sea
Fri Apr 15 At Sea
Sat Apr 16 Valletta, Malta 8:00am 5:00pm
Sun Apr 17 At Sea
Mon Apr 18 At Sea
Tue Apr 19 Gibraltar, UK Territory 8:30am 5:00pm
Wed Apr 20 At Sea
Thu Apr 21 At Sea
Fri Apr 22 At Sea
Sat Apr 23 London (Southampton), England 7:00am
This is quite an adventure to experience. You will have a great time!
Something I would look into would be the weather patterns for each of the regions at the time you will be sailing them....typhoon season in Asia, hurricane season in the carribean, winter in South America.
Also, I would strongly consider insurance for every aspect of this trip.
Do report back if you get to do this. We would love to see a trip report !!
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