We’re very nearly OFF!
The bags are packed, except for the final bits and pieces and the last weigh in. Oh help me please every Deity under the sun when my suitcase hits the scales.
The anticipation is so intense that I can’t sleep, but I’m really looking forward to the first night on the Sea Princess hopefully being lulled to sleep by the ocean waves.
Of course I’m incredibly excited for all the Bru-Ha-Ha of departure. Waving Sydney goodbye from the deck. The tears, the laughter, the feeling of sailing into adventure. I wonder if a band will play – I wonder if there will be flags fluttering in the breeze? I wonder if there will be lots of people waving the ship farewell like in the movies?
So what’s it really like? Spill the beans iIf you’ve been on a cruise. Please won’t you tell me what to expect (pop on down to the end of this post to the comments section 🙂
The Sea Princess has just sailed into Auckland. We’ll be seeing her in Sydney on Sunday! She looks an amazing ship and there will be so much exploring to do.
Thank you to everyone who commented on the first post here, “Trip of a Lifetime” and for being so keen to follow our adventures on the blog here. I promise you won’t be bored.
A lot of you asked for a map and the itinerary, so without further ado …. here’s where we’ll be sailing to.
In addition, here are some really interesting facts and figures which you might find interesting.
- Sea Princess is sailing on a 104-night global circumnavigation from Australia taking in 39 destinations in 27 countries over a distance of 28,709 nautical miles (the equivalent of 53,169 kilometres).
- Did you know that Princess Cruises is the only cruise line to offer a roundtrip world cruise from the southern hemisphere?
- The cruise line has carried more than 30,000 Australians on full or part world cruises since it began offering annual world cruise voyages from Australia in 2008. With two world cruises offered in 2012 and 2013, the 2016 departure is the 11th Princess world cruise.
- Of the 2000 guests sailing from Sydney on the world cruise, close to 1300 will do the full world cruise (Me, I’m one of them – Yipee!)
- Australians spend more days at sea with Princess Cruises than any other cruise line.
- Next year, Princess will offer three world cruise options: a 104-night round world cruise on Sea Princess, a 75-night Circle Pacific cruise on Golden Princess as well as an 84-night Circle South America cruise on Sea Princess. Fares start from $13,299 per person twin share for the 75-night Circle Pacific voyage (around $177 a day). You can check our more details Here.
Food and Beverage Facts
- Every day on a world cruise, 2000 guests consume on average about 12 tonnes of food including:
- 400kg of beef
- 400kg of chicken
- 150kg of shellfish
- nearly 1600kg of fresh fruit
- 1700kg of fresh vegetables
- 260 dozen eggs
- more than 50kg of chocolate
- 120kg of cheeses
- 600L of milk
- In addition, guests consume more than 1000 bottles of beer per day (about 60 per cent are Australian brews), approx 350 bottles of wine per day (of which most are Australian) as well as about 280 cans of soft drink and 360 x 1.5 litre bottles of water, each day.
- In Sydney, almost 200 tonnes of food and beverage items will be loaded on the ship, mostly from local vendors.
You know what my biggest worry at this stage is? How not to put on weight because I know I’m going to want to try All Of The Food. Has anyone got any diet related tips for cruises?
Anyways for now, So long Lifestylers 🙂 Next time we speak it will be on board the Sea Princess. I wonder if I’ll be writing to you from our cabin, from the business centre, the library or a coffee shop? Can’t wait to see you there 🙂