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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.
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.
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.
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.
Let me hold up my hand and declare; I think a world cruise is beneficial for anyone looking for adventure or serendipity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I was a guest of Princess Cruises 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.
Cruising with Princess Cruises? Sensational! I can highly recommend it 🙂 If you’d like more information about the variety of exciting cruises on offer then you might like to check them out below. Just click on the banner picture, and a whole new world will open up to you.