A world cruise was always on our bucket list, but seemed financially out of reach until CruCon worked their magic and made it possible. We thought we could work hard to make this happen in 2020, for our 50th anniversary, but were reminded that neither set of our parents survived to reach this milestone. We should therefore “seize the day” while we were in good health and able to enjoy all the fabulous ports of call. It was decided that we sail on Regent’s Seven Seas Navigator where everything was included in the cruise fare… excursions, gratuities, laundry, Wi-Fi, roundtrip airfare to Los Angeles and shipboard credit.


The cruise will be 137 nights, visiting 64 ports in 28 countries and travelling 38,528 nautical miles. It will travel primarily in the southern hemisphere which will be experiencing summer and early fall weather. We are so excited, and a little bit nervous, to be doing this in just a few months. To view the complete itinerary, click -> WorldCruiseItinerary.


Mac and I were officially “on board” at the end of June and received paperwork about the cruise and its itinerary. The first thing I focused on was the massive list of shore excursions from which we were to choose what we wished to do in each of the ports. Excursions could be requested and submitted on July 12th, so time was of the essence. I spent countless hours the first week of July marking all the potential excursions I thought we would enjoy. We love hiking, nature, sightseeing, swimming, learning about history and other cultures, and photography. After I narrowed down our choices, we spent hours together on the final decisions. I made a daily list of our choices and submitted them on July 12th. Nearly all our requests have been confirmed with a few still waitlisted.


We also noticed that Mac’s passport was due to expire in October of 2018, less than the 6 months required after the cruise ended in late May. He submitted his paperwork the end of July and received his new passport less than 3 weeks later.


We now can focus on our many questions about preparing for a cruise of this duration. Although we are fairly well-travelled, our longest cruises so far have been just 14-16 days. We will keep you posted.

Yours in travel,

Pat and Mac


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