Why Go On A Princess Cruises World Cruise?

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As Sea Princess nosed her way into Sydney at dawn on 28th August 2016 I began to reflect on lots of things in a quasi philosophical way.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Dawn, Sydney

As we get older it’s all too easy to wrap ourselves in an invisible veil of diminished expectation, and comfortable boundaries tempered by the safety of routine.

It’s easy to accept, rather than challenge old prejudices, and avoid new ways of thinking or doing things. It’s easy to slip into a fuzzy slumber and believe that the old ways were the best ways, or let the more senior inkling take hold that our brave new world is too hard to comprehend and should be avoided at all costs.

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I know, because I too have been guilty of this thinking, particularly as the years pass and energy deserts me at improper moments, when it become more of an effort to break out of the ageing mould and easier to seek solace in the familiar.

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A Princess Cruises World Cruise changes you

Little did I realise how much a World Cruise would delight and challenge me, or of how much I would learn and discover. I didn’t imagine that I’d soon be debunking cruise myths, or how much my thinking would be altered at the end of 104 nights at sea.

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Let me hold up my hand and declare; I think a world cruise is beneficial for anyone looking for adventure or serendipity.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Petra, Jordan

To Come Back New might sound presumptuous but I certainly came back fitter, slimmer, more knowledgeable about the world, and well rested from daily home routine.

105 days at sea gave me the time to think and reflect on my life so far, and about what I wanted to achieve when I returned home, but most of all it made me hone in on the things which I believe are really important to me as I get older: Family, Health, Living Well and Wisely, Adventure and Fun.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Bermuda

I can’t begin to explain what a sad feeling it was to walk down the gangplank for the last time last week – almost as if there was an invisible tug like an umbilical chord at play.

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Looking back over my shoulder at the sleek snowy white ocean liner we’d called home for a season brought a tear to my eye. I marveled at how she’d carried us safely for over 53,000 kilometres, all around the world on routes once sailed by ancient mariners to destinations I’d barely dared to dream about visiting.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Capri, Italy

And as those sailors had in days gone by discovered worlds which were new to them so we had discovered places new to us; towns, cities and regions about which perhaps we’d only read in history books at school, or in novels, or seen in the news, or perhaps places which hovered in our minds as ‘one day’ destinations, if we were really lucky.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Cartagena, Columbia

It felt surreal sailing into Sydney after 104 days on Sea Princess to complete the circle of an epic journey. An adventure during which we’d not only circumnavigated our known world, but which had taken us to 25 different countries visiting 35 different destinations in a journey of over 53,000 kilometres.

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Princess Cruises World Cruise equals less hassle.

Not only does A world cruise takes you to destinations that might perhaps be hard to get to on overland travel, but it cuts the hassle down too.

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I can’t imagine visiting those 25 different countries during a 14 week time span had we flown or travelled overland. God, imagine the hassle! I can’t even begin to slow my beating heart when I think about the visas, the check ins, the flights, or about the baggage and the How To questions which would be involved in the planning of excursions and finding our way around by bus, train or hire car.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Bruges, Belgium

The seafaring journey ends

And so it came to pass that on day 105 Sea Princess nosed her way in between the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour bridge, tight up beside the Overseas Passenger terminal and Circular Quay. Beautiful. A beauty of a ship, in one of the most scenically stunning cities of the world.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Sydney
Princess Cruises World Cruise, Sydney

As we walked down the gangplank for the last time, I felt unsettled at leaving our safe haven, and yet also elated to be arriving in Sydney on a blue-skied sunny winter’s day. After a day to explore we would be heading home, by plane, to Perth to see family and friends, and we were looking forward to that too.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Sydney

But emotions were mixed, and tears were ready. The early morning farewells we’d just had with crew and passengers with whom we’d made friends, or seen frequently around the ship, were still with me, sharp, and pointed directly at my heartstrings.

Our cosy routine and ship-shape Stateroom would soon be figments of our imagination. The amazing selection of food would soon be just a tantalising memory.

Captain Genarro Arma’s informative and entertaining 12 noon reports heralded by the distinctive clanging of the ship’s bell would soon be a just a punctuation of our maritime past. And all those amazing destinations? Well, although they’ve left an indelible mark on my understanding of the world and perception of how history all fits together, all too soon they will be relegated to picture postcard memories in my mind’s eye.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Muscat, Oman

As a couple we’ve been variously entertained, enriched and exhausted. We’ve bitten back barbed words when the going got tough and the cabin seemed confining. We’ve drunk cocktails at sunset and laughed ’till we’ve cried. We’ve seen some of the most incredible sights on earth, and several Wonders of The World, and we’ve been humbled by the cruising fortune of being able to go to sleep in one country and wake up in another – the next day stepping into a different culture, where people lead lives diametrically opposed to ours.

To be given a sliver of insight into their days, their homes and their thinking was humbling and enlightening. We had been exposed to the world, worldwide and arrived home safe and sound.

What an extraordinary achievement – even if we weren’t at the helm.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Sydney

And yes, the intense cultural immersions have been all encompassing. Sometimes overwhelming.

What a privilege. What an adventure. Sea Princess and her crew opened all this up to us.

World Cruise Unwrapped.

A world cruise, isn’t just ‘a cruise’. It isn’t merely a dummed down safe way to see the world. It’s an adventure during which anything can happen – and it’s a privilege – because thousands of magical moments are there for the taking.

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Pompeii, Italy

I love the saying, “Create Adventures For Yourself” because I truly believe traveling helps keep us young of heart and sprightly of mind. As Mark Twain said: “Travel is fatal to bigotry, narrow mindedness and prejudice,” and we all know that travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.

I know that soon I will be looking forward to my next quest!

Princess Cruises World Cruise, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sea Princess

I was a guest of Princess CruisesΒ and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who made this astonishing experience possible. The crew were consummate hosts and my PR Team were enormously supportive. Thank you also to my wonderful husband Dave who made it all the more complete – his amazing photos will form the basis of so many gorgeous memories.

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  1. Jodie Meikle says:

    Hi Jo, glad to see you made it home safe and sound after your amazing adventure. I really miss reading your blog every day. I couldn’t wait for my lunch break each day during the working week just to see where you were both at and what you had been up to In the previous 24 hours. Thanks so much for taking time out every day to post for us, it would have taken a lot of dedication and we all appreciate your efforts.
    Thanks again and All the best, and I’ll pop on to your website from time to time, even though I’m only 40 :-).

    • Hello Jodie, thanks so much for following along virtually, and I’m so glad that we could add a little frisson of adventure to your lunch break each day πŸ™‚ Even though you’re only 40 (oh I wish!) you are more than welcome on Lifestyle Fifty and I really hope to see you in the comments often. Thank YOU for taking the time x I shall try my best to keep you entertained and informed.

  2. Although I love independent travel I totally agree with you Jo – Organising a trip entailing 25 countries in 14 weeks would be too mind boggling for me to contemplate. That is one of the main draw-cards of a long cruise for me. I can well imagine the flood of emotion you felt when you walked off the boat and looked back. It has been wonderful following you around the world. Welcome Home. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Jan, it’s lovely to be home, but that bittersweet emotion walking off the ship for the final time will always remain with me. And thank you for following me around the world πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks Doreen! I really hope you get to cruise one day soon too πŸ™‚

  4. Wonderful photos, Jo. I’ve never been on a Princess Cruise, but your post sure has me wanting to go. Thx so much for sharing.

  5. Jill & Rod Tanner says:

    Congrats Jo on a wonderfully written piece on your recent World Cruise, which we had the pleasure of sharing many moments with you and Dave. Meeting with you both on shore excursions and around the ship particularly in the Nook of an evening before dinner. We would advise anyone to embark on an adventure such as a World Cruise and would strongly recommend Princess as their onboard activities and wonderful production shows are simply the best. As people who flew everywhere at first and said we would never cruise, this latest cruise was our ninth and not our last, with the Circle the Pacific planned for 2017.

    • Hi Jill and Rod, it was lovely to meet and spend time with you both too on the ship and during shore excursions πŸ™‚ Happy times. Don’t know about you but The Nook and Danny Shamess pre-dinner evenings are very much missed now we’re home! The Circle the Pacific looks like the most amazing cruise – I know you’ll have a great time πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for popping by and let’s hope we meet on a cruise again one day – or on dry land too πŸ™‚

  6. Congrats on such an amazing accomplishment. My dream is to go on a round the world cruise one day. Maybe during my life after 60…which is coming up soon. I read your post about Bruge a few weeks ago before I left for my Viking cruise. Thanks for all the great information.

  7. What an incredible experience! No doubt leaving felt something like moving to a new city. This is way up on the bucket list now.

    • Hi Gypsy Nesters, yes it felt like we were being uprooted to something new rather than old and familiar! Hope you get to do a world cruise, and I’ll be looking forward to following you too πŸ™‚

  8. We’ve loved cruising for all the reasons you cite and while we’ve done segments, the longest being a month, I know the feeling of leaving the ship with a sad heart remembering the friends made and experiences had. We’ve sung cruising’s praises for years for taking us to places otherwise hard (and expensive) to reach and serving as a sampler plate for places we will want to return. People really should try a few before saying they are not cruise people as I suspect they would be most surprised to find they are!

    • Hi Jackie, yes I so agree with your words “taking us to places otherwise hard (and expensive) to reach, serving as a sampler for places we might want to return to.” Also that people who don’t think they are cruise people, suddenly find that they are – like us!

  9. It sounds like you had a tremendous adventure.

  10. Lyn @ A Hole in my Shoe says:

    Jo, you did a great job with the number of posts you wrote. How amazing to be part of a world cruise. I enjoyed each and every photo you shared and the posts you wrote. I have enjoyed a few cruises and now eager to book another. We were on the inaugural season of Royal Princess and following your journey we can’t pass up on booking the inaugural season for her sister ship, Majestic.

    • Hello Lyn, thanks for following along – I so appreciated seeing readers pop up with likes or comments, and it kept me going to keep writing and posting! So glad that you are booking a trip as a result of our journey!

  11. Jo, we have really enjoyed following your adventure – “where are Jo and Dave today?’
    I suggest your next trip is to Antarctica on a small expedition boat – you and Dave would love it!

    • Hello Jenny! We are seriously considering Antarctica somehow someway! Thanks for keeping tabs on us around the world! I really appreciate you taking time to follow our adventure πŸ™‚

  12. This is a wonderful post to complete your world cruise posts Jo. A behind the scenes, from the heart, a little of what the cruise did for you personally, along with seeing all those amazing destinations. I have enjoyed travelling with you Jo through your posts. You did an amazing job bringing all the destinations to us, and Dave’s photos were fabulous. I’ve just got back from 6 weeks in the Kimberley, and I’m yearning to get away again as soon as I can. I agree, it is too easy in our over 50….umm…over 60… age bracket to lapse into safe havens. There is so much out there to do and experience. I’m not done yet that’s for sure. Thanks Jo for keeping us on track to health and vitality.

    • Thanks so much Jill. It’s lovely to know that you were following us along and enjoying the posts and photos and thanks for your kind words about my writing and Dave’s photos. Yes, life is too short to just play it safe after 50 or 60 and there’s so much to experience – keep on keeping on! Your Kimberley trip was an example of getting out there and enjoying life!

  13. Jo I honestly followed you vicariously throughout your epic journey and I kept wondering how being cooped up in a cabin with your husband for such a large stretch of time would go. I found all of the places you visited to be extremely interesting and you did a great job of bringing them to me with your fabulous photos and commentary. You should be exceedingly proud of completing the voyage writing as you went. Such a mammoth effort. It is also wonderful that it gave you time to reflect on your life and make plans for the future. I will be interested to see what is next for you! πŸ™‚

    • Aww, thank you Kathy! At times we did have to take time out from each other, but actually the cruise brought us closer together and we rubbed along well, making the absolute most of the amazing adventure and all that it had to offer. Thanks for following along – it was the people who commented and kept on reading that spurred me to keep writing – as you mention, writing blog posts as we went along was quite a mammoth task – I think I wrote about 50 in the end.

  14. What an epic adventure. I look forward to my voyage next year around the pacific, taking in 10 countries. Thanks for blogs, I found them most interesting.

    • Thanks for following Kim and yes it was an epic adventure. Your cruise around the Pacific looks like it’s going to be fairly epic too – 10 countries! Have the most amazing time, won’t you, and please send me a link to your blog so that I can follow.

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