It’s Lucy from the blog Lucy Williams Global – The Travelling Wife – Cruising Around the World. I have finished sailing around the world and here is my story:
After 111 days of the world cruise, we have been to 36 ports, 25 countries, 6 continents, transited through 2 canals, sailed 10 seas and crossed 3 oceans and spent 73 days at sea.
I can’t believe the world cruise has come to an end. It seemed like it was never going to, but here we are and I’m sad to see it finish.
It has been an amazing experience and I am so pleased I have blogged about it instead of just posting photos on Facebook!
I have met some fantastic people from all corners of the globe and it has been so nice to get know them over four months. A world cruise is very different to regular cruising as you have so much time, so it has a more relaxed atmosphere.
Where have we been? Below is the list in order and the ports underlined you can click on to read my blog post about my adventures in that port.
Los Angeles – USA
Cochin – India
Mumbai – India
Hvar – Croatia
Trapani – Italy
Portimao – Portugal
Fort Lauderdale – USA
Oranjestad – Aruba
La Paz – Mexico
Los Angeles – USA
We have crossed three oceans the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean and sailed the Tasmanian Sea, Coral Sea, Philippine Sea, South China, Andaman Sea, Laccadive Sea, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the Caribbean Sea.
We were at sea for 73 days out of 111 days! Normally I really do not like days at sea, but this time I needed them after long days on tour in each port we visited.
Also, if it wasn’t for the days at sea I probably would not have written this blog! So, in a way I’m very happy I committed to doing this and thank you for the sea days!
Cruising is not just about the ports though, it is about the food, formal nights, champagne waterfalls and the shows.
There were 18 formal nights and 6 champagne waterfalls during the 111 days. Those were the nights to dress up, no jeans and flip-flops!
The champagne waterfall is a cruise ship tradition. The champagne glasses are carefully stacked in rows on top of one another to form a pyramid and then the Maître’s Hotel pours champagne from the top, that makes a champagne waterfall.
I didn’t bring 18 formal dresses! I only brought one suitcase for the world cruise and if you would like to know how I did it read my article ‘The Art of Packing for a Cruise: How to Packing a Capsule Wardrobe’. Lots of great packing tips and it comes with a free packing checklist.
It hasn’t been plain sailing through the cruise though, we had several very rough days at sea and some rough tender rides!
What was my favourite port?
This is a tricky one! I enjoyed the whole trip, but I especially loved visiting Petra in Jordan, the Big Buddha in Hong Kong, relaxing in Phuket, Thailand, visiting a friend after ten years in Sydney, Australia and going back to Bora Bora, French Polynesia for the beautiful Matira Beach.
I hope you have enjoyed following my adventures around the world. The world cruise may have finished, but I am still onboard! So, I will be writing about more ports I am visiting this week, so stay tuned!
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Love Lucy x
Lucy Williams Global