Posted July 15th, 2018, 05:38 PM
Check out Voyages to Antiquity. they have just one small (300+) passenger ship, called The Aegean Odyssey .
Cruise and Maritime, Fred Olsen, P&O, Azamara (spelling) .....Agree. Also Alaskan Marine Highway and Hurtigruten.
Not NA customer centric but English speaking centric.
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Agree. Also Alaskan Marine Highway and Hurtigruten.We mentioned Hurtigruten above, but that was just before we departed for that cruise, and now we've had the experience.
I'm looking to retire next year and starting to make plans to become a mostly perpetual traveller - land and sea.I am getting ready to book a Carnival cruise form Long Beach CA and ends in Singapore. It leaves October 4, 2019 and lasts 24 days. It will stop in Hawaii, Guam, Vietnam and finally Singapore. It is a Journeys Cruise. That means there will be Special Chefs brought on board to cook the cuisines of the cultures we will visit! It sounds amazing. I am 63 and a widow also. I am retired chef, due to an accident. I use a walker, but I can walk short distances without it. I also do not need to be entertained. I am self sufficient, well read, and very personable. I hope you find what you are looking for. I am so excited that Carnival is offering this opportunity. I want to eat Pho in Vietnam where Anthony Bourdain R.I.P. filmed with the famous Soup Lady. This is a bucket list trip for me.
My husband passed, so it's just me, seeking the adventures I could never have while in my career and raising a child.
I want to take long cruises, but ones that are not prohibitively expensive, I don't need luxury, I just need to explore the parts of world I have never travelled to, particularly places that are not easy to reach by land.
I'm not interested in manufactured fun cruises. I like to exercise and dine well, but I don't need to be entertained on ship...I do well enough enjoying chats with others, reading, exercise, etc. I enjoy learning, so educational lectures are also of great interest to me.
I would prefer my fellow shipmates to be 40+ to share similar conversations, not necessarily focused on current school & kid topics, for example.
Should I look for a repositioning cruise, a world cruise, is there anything that fits what I am looking for? Would appreciate all suggestions. I can afford long cruises, just don't need to pay for the zing lol.
We mentioned Hurtigruten above, but that was just before we departed for that cruise, and now we've had the experience.I agree with your comments on Hurtigruten's explorer ships. I enjoyed my cruise to Antarctica etc. on Hurtigruten's Fram so much, next month I will be cruising on her again on B2B cruises from Greenland to Miami.
It was WONDERFUL.
We weren't quite sure what to expect, and we were prepared to be underwhelmed; we were, after all, going for the beautiful landscapes and chance of seeing some Northern Lights. And we DID
But the biggest surprise was the ship itself and also the great service. If one didn't already know it was a "ferry", and one didn't actually see an occasional car get off/on at various stops, well... we never would have known.
The comfort level of the ship was excellent; plenty of seating near windows in public areas. And the Trollfjord (and sister ship Midnatsol) have a two-level forward observatory lounge with *huge* forward windows, really allowing a terrific view of the Norwegian landscape.
We went in March, and thus there was plenty of "dark" for Northern Lights (or other astronomy), and also plenty of daylight to *see* the beauty of the area. Some of the scenery was breathtaking.
We flew to Oslo, spent a few days there, and then took the train to Bergen. That train ride was memorable in it's own right. There is one section where it seems almost otherworldly, like one could be on the moon (except for all the snow, of course). It would have been a shame to take that train during darkness.
Most of the cabins were *small*, no question about it. And very few had balconies, only a handful of suites.
We had an Owners Suite, and just loved it. (It was the only suite left when we booked.)
We are seriously considering another Hurtigruten cruise, or perhaps an Antarctic excursion with them!
Check out Voyages to Antiquity. they have just one small (300+) passenger ship, called The Aegean Odyssey .Voyages to Antiquity carries about 350 passengers. I was on it 10 years ago, it has since been refitted. Your cost includes wine with supper, and all excursions. The entertainment will be local singers, musicians or lecturers. There are only 2 dining areas, no waterslide, golf range, casino or rock climbing wall. It is geared to mature passengers who are interested in the history of the ports. Not a trip to take young kids on. The cabins are small but serviceable. Last winter they tried to make their first trips in the Caribbean, (I was booked) but as most of their ports were wiped out by hurricanes, the ship stayed in Europe. I believe they may also go East.
I’m kind of in the same “boat” as you except I have 2Y 9M 28D until I’m retired. I’m looking at world cruise options and reading every world cruise blog I can find. I’ve probably found more than a dozen blogs by lurking in the world cruise and roll call forums. I’ve learned a great deal about the lines that offer these cruises, their itineraries and their pricing options from reading these blogs. It’s kinda my latest obsession.I too have used this travel agent, they do have excellent packages. I have never tried to go solo with them , but may try them for a cruise next year.
I don’t know your circumstances but as solo traveler, there is always that nasty thing called the solo supplement that is usually 100% of the PP fare so I’m going to use a travel agent that is a world “cruise specialist” in Seattle. They are experienced working with solo cruisers in negotiating fares and they offer discounts, perks, and OBC.
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I have enjoyed cruising on Alaskan Marine Highway and Hurtigruten's Coastal Voyage. I would love to cruise on the ferry which visits the Tahitian islands.Hi MM...
We did a land cruise holiday in Alaska with Elder hostel, which was most enjoyable. I believe it has another name now.
Hi MM...Aranui 5.
What Tahitian Islands ferry?
(We'd never have asked had we not had such a wonderful trip on Hurtigruten's "ferry" )
Is it more like the Alaskan Marine Highway cruising?
This is a unique 14 day ferry journey from Papeete to Marqueses Islands in Tahiti. It is a supply ferry to the islands, with entertainment. Google it - you will be pleasantly surprised. It is on my wish list for next year.
I looked at the Aranui website and couldn't find any price range. That makes me pretty sure it is out of my price range. Could anyone give me an approximate price range or tell me where to find it?I Googled "Aranui price" and found the link.
Was on the Aranui 5 in June 2016 and am booked to go back on her January 2019 on a maiden cruise to the Pitcairn Island. If you want something a little different you should try this. She has room for 245 passengers and the crew are your entertainment.Thanks.
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