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Just seen the new P&O and Cunard world cruises have been released. Saw on social media this morning but the first thought that popped into my head when I saw this was, could I do a full world cruise?? Not for the financial side of things because the answer would be a definite no tongue.png but more "would I get bored?" 

 

The itineraries look fantastic but I'm not sure if after a while I would find myself a little fed up. It's then that I looked at the smaller itinerary choices available and that's the kind of thing I think I would be more interested in, flying one way and then cruising out or back again.

 

Some of the destinations included look amazing and I'd love to visit them all but I'm not sure I could go away for that long without getting a little irritated, has anyone done a full world cruise? Am I completely wrong?

 

Aside from that, if you could visit one port of call on the new itineraries which would it be? Mine would be a toss up between Bora Bora, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef but then in saying that I could through half of Asia into the mix as well!

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The ‘would I get bored’ thought also popped into my mind Sammy Sun and it would be great to hear from those who have experienced a World Cruise and what they thought.. Not that I could afford a World Cruise any time soon.  No doubt it would be a great experience and some of the destinations included in the intineraries look amazing.

 

If I could visit one port on the new itineraries it would have to be Bora Bora.

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Just seen the new P&O and Cunard world cruises have been released. Saw on social media this morning but the first thought that popped into my head when I saw this was, could I do a full world cruise?? Not for the financial side of things because the answer would be a definite no tongue.png but more "would I get bored?" 

 

The itineraries look fantastic ...

 

My letterbox was full with various World Cruise brochures and flyers this morning.

 

Some excellent itineraries. One that stood out was Oriana's Southampton to Southampton 50 nights to the Caribbean and Amazon

 

One other thing stood out for me.

 

Cunard have given India a wide berth.

 

I wonder if that is a response to the ridiculous Visa fees the Indians are charging.

 

Indeed, only Aurora will make it to India in 2017, Arcadia giving it a similar miss to the three Cunard ships.

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I've done 2 full world cruises both on the Aurora, the first with my wife in 2004 then again as a single (widower) in 2013. I didn't get bored at all. If you get involved in the activities that that are available on board you soon make friends in various social groups. I enjoyed both of them, doing the 2013 as a single was easier than I thought. I went to the singles meetings, dance classes, quizzes and of course the bar plus dining on a table for 8. This meant I met and socialised with a good spread of fellow cruises, I'm still in contact with a few people from both cruises. All being well I intend doing another full world cruise in 2018.

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I also did 2 world cruises on the Aurora alongside my OH, 2008  and 2013  wonderful! no time to be bored wonderful destinations   places I had dreamed about from the geography lessons I enjoyed at school, [those were the days when we learnt about the countries of the world unlike today].

No  airports involved or worry about luggage, take what you like  in a taxi to and from the port after all why spoil the ship for a happorth of tar?

 

Meeting like minded people and making new friends for life what's not to like, after all with so many new places and so many activities  I was never bored you probably were like us worked hard all your life raised your families now it's your turn do it  while you still have your health  and mobility, as for  contacting the family  modern technology is wonderful today, internet  on the ship or internet cafes around the world Skype  and mobiles to keep in touch.

 

I thoroughly recommend it for the reasons above do it while you can still get insured you won't regret it life is full of to many 'what ifs' I would do it again

if circumstances were different those  2 world cruises I will always look back on.CG

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Glad to hear that you enjoyed both of your world cruises and that there was very little time to get bored! Very true Falmouthgirl, life is full of 'what ifs' and if you've still got the chance or the opportunity to do a world cruise you may as well give it a go. At the very least if you didn't like it you can say you actually gave it a try and if you loved it... well that could lead on to many more great cruise holidays!

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My letterbox was full with various World Cruise brochures and flyers this morning.

 

Some excellent itineraries. One that stood out was Oriana's Southampton to Southampton 50 nights to the Caribbean and Amazon

 

One other thing stood out for me.

 

Cunard have given India a wide berth.

 

I wonder if that is a response to the ridiculous Visa fees the Indians are charging.

 

Indeed, only Aurora will make it to India in 2017, Arcadia giving it a similar miss to the three Cunard ships.

 

It's a great shame Richard that India is being missed on these world cruises I had a wonderful time  exploring in Mumbai   and Cochin [fishing nets]  also  called  the  Venice of the East with it's long canals   they were such friendly people, maybe it is the price of the visa's but it is a great shame India is missing  from Cunard's itinerary .

 PO has a long association with India  the old BI boats along with my OH used to take out the 10 pound pom's to Australia then  do part of a world cruise down under c  before sailing to  to places such as Aden , Pakistan and India picking up and bringing their people back to the UK.CG

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I love cruising as much as anyone but the thought of living in the same cabin for up to 4 months, eating basically the same food everynight is not for me. I would love some of the ports of call that seem only to appear on world cruises or very small upmarket lines but weighing it all up as Simon Cowell says 'it's a no from me'.

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That's why you have to do it now not 2017!

 

I wouldn't book a world cruise that far ahead for two reasons

1. I can't afford it

2. By the time the cruise came around most of the ports will have been excluded due to unrest.

 

 

That's why you have to do it now not 2017,  at my age 72 I wouldn't book that far in advance not because of what's happening in the world but because

of my health  failing. I only book last minute cruises now .CG

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You can while a way a winters day by picking a world cruise then looking at the ports of call plan all the tours you would like to take and the places of interest, you may think I'm off my rocker but I have done this money no object of course!!

Also on world cruises the ships stay overnight in ports such as Sydney, HK etc. you can take yourself off for a wonderful meal shore side not only that the ships company brings on board acts from all these countries , samba dancers from south America, face changing artists and dragon dancers from HK, aboriginals and Maori dancers and many more, as I said how can you be bored with all the culture/food and customs from around the world.CG

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I've done 2 full world cruises both on the Aurora, the first with my wife in 2004 then again as a single (widower) in 2013. I didn't get bored at all. If you get involved in the activities that that are available on board you soon make friends in various social groups. I enjoyed both of them, doing the 2013 as a single was easier than I thought. I went to the singles meetings, dance classes, quizzes and of course the bar plus dining on a table for 8. This meant I met and socialised with a good spread of fellow cruises, I'm still in contact with a few people from both cruises. All being well I intend doing another full world cruise in 2018.

Must be hard when one looses a spouse yet it was wonderful to read how you ensured you enjoyed yourself by mixing with people in various ways on your world cruise.

Which WC are you planning if I may ask..

We are looking more at a Cunard seqment , cannot afford the January 16 2016 one as we just did our QM2 Anniversary and my daughter would kill us if we left her wondering how to get kids back and forth to school so soon. The seqment from Florida over to Sydney seems lovely , allow us to get back to down under land

Cheers  / Rob

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Hi  I have no qualms about those who book a 2017 world cruise but we have still 4 months of 2015 left, I haven't even booked a cruise for 2016 yet, maybe I am less organised that most on this forum.  I agree with Terminator views that many of the "must see sites" may be excluded from the proposed itinerary.

Nice part of World Cruise , at least with Cunard , they do three different routes through the World so in most cases you have bypassed the trouble spots and you can always do a smaller one to see what you missed

In my case I am more interested in Pacific, South America than the Middle East and India,  so I would look for in seqments I am interested in  

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I've done 2 full world cruises both on the Aurora, the first with my wife in 2004 then again as a single (widower) in 2013. I didn't get bored at all. If you get involved in the activities that that are available on board you soon make friends in various social groups. I enjoyed both of them, doing the 2013 as a single was easier than I thought. I went to the singles meetings, dance classes, quizzes and of course the bar plus dining on a table for 8. This meant I met and socialised with a good spread of fellow cruises, I'm still in contact with a few people from both cruises. All being well I intend doing another full world cruise in 2018.

 

Good morning Donag.

 

I have a neighbour who has done the last 9 world cruises on Aurora.

 

Like you she started with her husband but when he tragically died many years ago she has continued.

 

One cruise she had only booked a half world but when she found herself having such a good time she 'signed on' while onboard to continue.

 

We had an email telling us not to expect her home on time.

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That's why you have to do it now not 2017!

 

 

 

That's why you have to do it now not 2017,  at my age 72 I wouldn't book that far in advance not because of what's happening in the world but because

of my health  failing. I only book last minute cruises now .CG

 

Hi Falmouth Girl.

 

I remember picking you up from your Southampton hotel and transferring you to the Aurora after I'd dropped my neighbour off at the same ship.

 

Happy days.

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I think everyone should do a world  cruise if they have the time and can afford one.

It is an amazing experience and  one that should  be done when one is fit and able, and young enough to enjoy it all. Many older people take world cruises and  go just  for the ship, but nowadays so many younger people take the full world cruise, as it is easy to work if one has to, with the Internet etc.

I have done 6 world cruises. Two were as a working member  on the ship, and four were taken in very recent years. I was never bored what so ever! Not enough time in the day and it was amazing fun.

I think it is a shame a Cunard have omitted India as it really is one of the most fascinating places in the world.  Visas have been expensive over the years and the Indian authorities keep changing the rules, but once you have a visa it is  one of the  most memorable places to see. Plus the people love it when the Cunard  Queen Ships arrive.
I prefer to world cruise on Cunard.

If not a full world a segment can be a very good choice for a different type of cruise.  We always do  a segment each year or the full monty.

I  wrote about my two most recent world cruises in my book "Ships, Shoes & Maggiemou". It is full of information on two world cruises and takes in all ports of call and what I did. Inside gossip and life at sea for 118 days at a time. There is lots about preparing for such a long voyage and how you soon adapt to your new home for four months. You can find my  book on the Internet  book store Amazon. I wish all word cruisers a happy voyage. Plenty  of exciting times ahead planning.
 

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Its a shame that no house insurance covers you for the length of a world cruise, well none that I have found. Most only cover you for 30 nights. sad.png

Actually , House Insurance at least here is not covered after about 2-3 weeks but as long as you have someone who is checking the house every few days then all is fine though you should notify them. Really has more to do with water or fire damage.

Our daughter lives with us right now so that is a non issue  

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Having completed 40 days on the world cruise itinary I can confirm that we didnt get bored at any time.  As a three times a week golfer I thought I would miss the exercise and banter, however, walking around the promenade deck on Aurora and using the well appointed Gym I managed all of the meals without putting on a pound.  The many talks, activities and on board entertainment in addition to the port calls meant we were kept busy all day and night.  If you can afford it go for it and you wont regret it.

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Must be hard when one looses a spouse yet it was wonderful to read how you ensured you enjoyed yourself by mixing with people in various ways on your world cruise.

Which WC are you planning if I may ask..

We are looking more at a Cunard seqment , cannot afford the January 16 2016 one as we just did our QM2 Anniversary and my daughter would kill us if we left her wondering how to get kids back and forth to school so soon. The seqment from Florida over to Sydney seems lovely , allow us to get back to down under land

Cheers  / Rob

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