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How to plan the perfect World Cruise in 2017 (or even 2018!)

Cruise Advice

Cruising the world is one thing; taking a world cruise (or grand voyage) is quite another, and it's not for the faint-hearted. But once you have decided to take the step, what wonderful plans you can make…

So picture this….you are leaving the house on a dark January morning, suitcases packed and passport in hand, and you will not be back for two, three, even six months? How do you feel? Full of trepidation, or overwhelmingly excited?

Imagine how many of the places you have always dreamed of visiting will be ticked off your list before you return. Think of the things you might have time to learn - to play bridge, dance the tango or master a new language. Think what friends you might make and how many books you could read. Imagine having time to think about future plans, or indeed simply to enjoy the present, with no chores, no responsibilities.

Worried about missing your family? How about planning for your children, grandchildren and dear friends to join you along the way. Think of people around the world you have always promised to visit - could you include them in your travels?

The very words 'world cruise' might be something of a misnomer - your dream voyage could be a circumnavigation of South America, a trip to the South Pacific, an exploration of the Orient or a journey down under. Often the journey is not even identified as a 'World Cruise' or 'Grand Voyage' - it could simply be a combination of a series of cruises enabling you to enjoy multiple days on board without revisiting the same port twice. So once you have identified your dream destination or ideal travelling time, give us a call and we can put together some exciting options for you.

Here are a few ideas to get you started: Crystal Cruises' world cruises and grand voyages are so popular they have just released the 2019 journey! But if you don't want to wait that long, there is still space available on Crystal Serenity's circumnavigation of South America departing 10th January 2017. In 2018 you could cruise from Cape Town to Miami on Crystal Symphony (including Australia, New Zealand and South America), from Los Angeles to Rome on Crystal Serenity (including Australia and the Far East), or hop from one ship to the other half way through, when they meet in Sydney.

Call us about Regent's full world cruise on Seven Seas Navigator in 2017, or South America voyage in 2017 or 2018. Or for the ultimate exploration, consider an extraordinary 180-Day extravaganza on Oceania's Insignia - both 2017 and 2018 are available.

Don't want to fly? Fred. Olsen have options on both Boudicca and Black Watch, whilst Cunard has scheduled journeys for all three Queens, in both 2017 and 2018.

Are you beginning to see how special this could be? So next time your children or grandchildren begin to talk about gap years and 'me time', telling you how hard they have worked to finish their A levels or complete their degree course, start to think 'that could be me'! After all, you deserve it.

Edwina Lonsdale
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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and, together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising.

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