Posted November 6th, 2017, 10:09 AM
Looks like a 2021 World Cruise is in our future (retirement celebration). I've started gathering information and pricing based on what is currently available last minute for 2018 and 2019. Will add 2020 to the spreadsheet as info is released.
Trying to ascertain whether it is best to book early or late. Reading about visa's and health insurance. Determining Pro's and cons to Suez Canal verses Cape of Good Hope and any must-have ports.
Wondering if anyone is interested in taking this planning journey along with me? I think a small core group of like minded planners would be a tremendous asset for this adventure. We can share resources, bounce ideas, etc..
It's a long shot, but thought I'd try here . Anyone?
How can you plan without knowing where the various cruise lines will be going? HAL, for instance, has not yet come out with the 2020 World Cruise. In answer to your question, however, I agree that early booking should be your goal. There are substantial benefits on these cruises for early booking, i.e. prepaid hotel charges, delivery of luggage (depending on cabin type); OBC's; free internet; etc.
When making a determination based on ports, my method is: Which port requires more time, money, and effort if I were to fly to that city? Cape of Good Hope stands right out there as requiring more flight time than I wish to spend; therefore, I would prefer to sail. I don't think, to use your example, that the Suez Canal requires as much effort.
One of the reasons that the 2019 HAL World Cruise didn't attract me is that it spends too much time in Europe, which is easily reached by a relatively short flight. OTOH, if the Cape of Good Hope is included (can't remember if that is on the 2018 or 2019 World Cruise, I would choose that cruise.
Have fun planning! I an already shopping for cabin decorations for our 2018 Grand Asia. (Can you spell "OC?") As soon as HAL deems it worthwhile to publish their shore excursions, I will be deep into researching tours. It's the anticipation!