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Hi there,

I'm curious to hear from those of you who have already been on a world cruise - what are some big mistakes that you made (or you heard about others making) that could have possibly been prevented in the planning stages.

Looking forward to hearing your stories, so the rest of us can avoid these situations!

Thanks,

Sue

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Too much luggage! I was appalled at the amount of luggage some folks came with (and clothes!) Nobody remembers what you wear! Using " packing cubes" for clothes allowed us to easily not only pack our clothes (8-10 tops/shirts go in a medium cube) but allowed it to be put on shelves and kept order in perhaps otherwise crowded places. We packed the same as for a 2-week cruise, with just some additional items to make the cabin useful. Mostly the extra stuff was meds and OTC items for colds, tummy problems, etc.

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We'll probably have more than for a 2 week cruise because of 2 different climate zones: very cold and very hot. It's only a 3 month cruise but it feels longer already. ;p

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We did a lot of homework.

 

I think one of the biggest mistakes is selecting a line for a World Cruise that one has not sailed.

 

Keith

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I think that booking a world cruise itself is a mistake. They are certainly NOT value for money.

Usually overpriced, cos the cruise lines know that only rich retirees can afford so much time and money. You will get fed up with the same food and daily activities for over 30 days. Also the numerous visas required are a nuisance.

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I've taken eight World Cruises and never felt that way nor did most people I know.

 

 

Keith

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I think that booking a world cruise itself is a mistake. They are certainly NOT value for money.

Usually overpriced, cos the cruise lines know that only rich retirees can afford so much time and money. You will get fed up with the same food and daily activities for over 30 days. Also the numerous visas required are a nuisance.

 

We're all entitled to our opinions, but I note you didn't qualify your post with the number of World Cruises you have experienced.

 

We have completed 1 WC in 2015 and have signed up for a 2nd one in 2020 and in our experience we do not concur with your stated points.

- Overpriced: well cruise fares fluctuate with supply & demand. If they are more expensive, it means they must be popular. Viking base fares may seem expensive, but you must consider everything on offer. I project the overall daily cost of our 2020 Viking cruise will be similar to the 2015 WC on Princess.

- Demographics: we are both retired; however, on our last cruise many were still working. In fact 3 or the 8 people at our table were still working.

- Food: our previous WC, the menus repeated on each of the 4 segments, but with numerous choices we could easily have spent the entire 104 days without repeating a dish. How many people at home go 104 days without repeating a dish. On our next WC they bring in new Chefs periodically and focus on local dishes.

- Activities: yes, on the last WC the schedule on the 2nd half repeated almost daily. However, it certainly wasn't boring and we had lots to keep busy. Only complaint is each day only had 24 hrs. Needed more time to do everything.

- Visas: On previous WC, the only Visa we required was for Australia, all other Visas were obtained on arrival at the ports by the ship. On our next WC, Viking pays a company to acquire the Visa, so I guess having to get multiple passport size photos and posting our passports will be a real nuisance.

 

I recognise all WC's aren't equal, so like everything else, research is required to find one that meets your needs.

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We're all entitled to our opinions, but I note you didn't qualify your post with the number of World Cruises you have experienced.

 

We have completed 1 WC in 2015 and have signed up for a 2nd one in 2020 and in our experience we do not concur with your stated points.

- Overpriced: well cruise fares fluctuate with supply & demand. If they are more expensive, it means they must be popular. Viking base fares may seem expensive, but you must consider everything on offer. I project the overall daily cost of our 2020 Viking cruise will be similar to the 2015 WC on Princess.

- Demographics: we are both retired; however, on our last cruise many were still working. In fact 3 or the 8 people at our table were still working.

- Food: our previous WC, the menus repeated on each of the 4 segments, but with numerous choices we could easily have spent the entire 104 days without repeating a dish. How many people at home go 104 days without repeating a dish. On our next WC they bring in new Chefs periodically and focus on local dishes.

- Activities: yes, on the last WC the schedule on the 2nd half repeated almost daily. However, it certainly wasn't boring and we had lots to keep busy. Only complaint is each day only had 24 hrs. Needed more time to do everything.

- Visas: On previous WC, the only Visa we required was for Australia, all other Visas were obtained on arrival at the ports by the ship. On our next WC, Viking pays a company to acquire the Visa, so I guess having to get multiple passport size photos and posting our passports will be a real nuisance.

 

I recognise all WC's aren't equal, so like everything else, research is required to find one that meets your needs.

Wow, 104 nights! That's amazing!!

1) How did they manage 104 different shows? Was there a show every night?

2) What about the other gameshows and entertainment for 104 days? Was it different every evening?

3) How many champagne art auctions? How many champagne bottles as prizes?

4) How many theme parties? How many pool parties?

5) How many comedy shows? How many gameshows?

6) How many formal nights with lobster and steak?

7) How many countries? How many visas? How many blank pages are required in your passport for visas?

8) What was the (cruise only) cost per person? How much did you spend in all?

 

I have great difficulty convincing my wife to come for even a 29 night cruise I booked at an incredible price. She says a 7-10 night cruise is ideal. She even found a 14 night cruise to be too long and tiresome. Even boring. I really envy you!

Pardon me for all the questions and thanks again for for the information!

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one major thing to keep in mind is that WiFi will not always be reliably available. Put you bills on auto pay and then you can review when you can.

 

 

Horror stories are broken bones and death...both which can happen at your home sweet home but it is a bit more hassle!!!!

 

 

A WC was never on our bucket list....HOwever we had the most incredible time of our lives on Viking's inaugural World Cruise. Adjusting to everyday life has been shocking. We were never bored with ship board activities, itinerary or excursions, food, fellow passengers or each other!!!!

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I think that booking a world cruise itself is a mistake. They are certainly NOT value for money.

Usually overpriced, cos the cruise lines know that only rich retirees can afford so much time and money. You will get fed up with the same food and daily activities for over 30 days. Also the numerous visas required are a nuisance.

 

As one who has sailed one and one-quarter world cruises, I take exception to your comment "that only rich retirees can afford so much time and money". I am not in that category. I saved and invested during my working years and I am now able to enjoy the benefits of my frugality. Most thankfully!

 

Was I ready for the cruises to end? No. Were the preparations for the cruise a nuisance? They were a learning experience. Was I bored? No. I experienced much; I learned much; I met many very pleasant people, some of whom I remain in contact. I also met a very small minority of people with whom I hope I never meet again (and they may feel the same about me).

 

I can understand those who feel that too long of a cruise is inappropriate for them. We all have our likes/dislikes, our preferences. Some like avocados; I don't. I am not going to think any less of those who enjoy avocados.

 

I'd encourage you to continue to cruise for how many days your wife and you find enjoyable. Maybe over time, you might find extending the length of your cruise becoming possible.

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I take exception to your comment "that only rich retirees can afford so much time and money". I am not in that category. I saved and invested during my working years and I am now able to enjoy the benefits of my frugality.

My friend and I will be on the 2019 Oceania world cruise and we are just like you....not anywhere close to being rich, just live frugally and have saved like crazy for years working as registered nurses. This trip is the blessing of hard work and sacrifice. :halo:

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A WC was never on our bucket list....HOwever we had the most incredible time of our lives on Viking's inaugural World Cruise. Adjusting to everyday life has been shocking. We were never bored with ship board activities, itinerary or excursions, food, fellow passengers or each other!!!!

 

Lucky you! Do you have any answers to my questions in post 9 ?

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Wow, 104 nights! That's amazing!!

1) How did they manage 104 different shows? Was there a show every night? On WC's guest entertainers change out about every week. Each entertainer performed 2 different shows. On the 2015 Princess WC the singers/dancers were contracted out and were poor. The singers/dancers performed their shows in each segment, but after a couple of shows we never returned.

2) What about the other gameshows and entertainment for 104 days? Was it different every evening? The schedule changed every evening, with multiple options. Some gameshows were obviously repeated, but with different questions. The cruise long lad v's lassie trivia was well attended.

3) How many champagne art auctions? How many champagne bottles as prizes? No idea, not interested. Next WC on Viking they have ZERO. Don't cruise to purchase or even look at artwork.

4) How many theme parties? How many pool parties? We had many, although some were cancelled due to weather

5) How many comedy shows? How many gameshows? Lots

6) How many formal nights with lobster and steak? Approx 10 to 12 formal nights on last WC, on next WC none

7) How many countries? How many visas? How many blank pages are required in your passport for visas? We visited about 35 countries and only required 1 visa pre-cruise - Australia. Easy online application, which cost DW about $20, as she only has Canadian passport, I used my UK passport and it was free. Other Visas were received onboard and charged to your account. Believe we needed about 6 blank pages.

8) What was the (cruise only) cost per person? How much did you spend in all? Cruise cost about $30K pp for balcony cabin. Our total additional spend for flights, medical insurance, travel insurance, onboard spend, ashore spend, planning, etc was $50 - 60K. Being Elite, we had no costs for laundry or wifi. Biggest cost drivers are flights, insurance and tours.

 

I have great difficulty convincing my wife to come for even a 29 night cruise I booked at an incredible price. She says a 7-10 night cruise is ideal. She even found a 14 night cruise to be too long and tiresome. Even boring. I really envy you!

Pardon me for all the questions and thanks again for for the information!

 

See responses to each of your questions.

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Lucky you! Do you have any answers to my questions in post 9 ?

I'm not "deec", but I can share what is available on Oceania. It's a 180 day world cruise.

 

 

1) How did they manage 104 different shows? Was there a show every night?

With port intensive itineraries and a very long cruise, I doubt if many people find a different, nightly show is a priority. A 7 or 14 day cruise is different.

2) What about the other gameshows and entertainment for 104 days? Was it different every evening?

Same answer as above. More about seeing the world than seeing shows.

3) How many champagne art auctions? How many champagne bottles as prizes?

The more upscale cruiselines, such as Oceania and others, don't have champagne waterfalls or art auctions. Or photographers, or charging for non-alcoholic drinks, or charging for specialty restaurants, etc. No nickle & diming.

4) How many theme parties? How many pool parties?

Theme parties or pool parties might happen....I've heard that when we pass over the equator, there will be an "initiation" ceremony at the pool for those who have never crossed it before. Sounds fun. But no hairy chest contests or newlywed games.

5) How many comedy shows? How many gameshows?

World cruises aren't "party" cruises like a 5-day Carnival Bahamas cruise. Most world travelers are experienced travelers and don't need constant games.

6) How many formal nights with lobster and steak?

Oceania doesn't have formal nights (thank goodness!). And freshly grilled steak and lobster is available daily in ALL of the food venues....MDR, specialty restaurants, Terrace buffet and the Waves sandwich grill.

7) How many countries? How many visas? How many blank pages are required in your passport for visas?

Our cruise will visit 36 countries, we'll get 5 visas (the cruiseline gets and pays for them), and I just got the large passport when I renewed (52 pages).

8) What was the (cruise only) cost per person? How much did you spend in all?

Not sure why someone would get the "cruise only" for a 6 months long cruise where you will just end up paying for many needed things by yourself, but the cruise only price on my cruise is $36,399 for a category G inside cabin.

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Lots of great info here, as I’m looking into the 2020 Oceania WC. I would be traveling solo. Would there be other solo peeps there? How about dinner?

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Lots of great info here, as I’m looking into the 2020 Oceania WC. I would be traveling solo. Would there be other solo peeps there? How about dinner?

I suggest you go to the 2020 Oceania roll call and ask about how many singles they have on the roll call. May be other solos on the cruise who aren't on Cruise Critic.

 

About dinner.....I'm assuming you mean is it "anytime" or "traditional?" The main dining room is "anytime" dining; the specialty restaurants are too but need a reservation. We love dinner in the Terrace Cafe (buffet)....very casual and including freshly grilled steak, lobster tails, chops, chicken, etc.

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I suggest you go to the 2020 Oceania roll call and ask about how many singles they have on the roll call. May be other solos on the cruise who aren't on Cruise Critic.

 

About dinner.....I'm assuming you mean is it "anytime" or "traditional?" The main dining room is "anytime" dining; the specialty restaurants are too but need a reservation. We love dinner in the Terrace Cafe (buffet)....very casual and including freshly grilled steak, lobster tails, chops, chicken, etc.

Excellent advice. I’m going to head over there. Thanks!

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one major thing to keep in mind is that WiFi will not always be reliably available. Put you bills on auto pay and then you can review when you can.

 

 

Horror stories are broken bones and death...both which can happen at your home sweet home but it is a bit more hassle!!!!

 

 

A WC was never on our bucket list....HOwever we had the most incredible time of our lives on Viking's inaugural World Cruise. Adjusting to everyday life has been shocking. We were never bored with ship board activities, itinerary or excursions, food, fellow passengers or each other!!!!

 

 

 

Here - Here I Agree on your comments!

 

 

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I'm not "deec", but I can share what is available on Oceania. It's a 180 day world cruise.

 

 

1) How did they manage 104 different shows? Was there a show every night?

With port intensive itineraries and a very long cruise, I doubt if many people find a different, nightly show is a priority. A 7 or 14 day cruise is different.

2) What about the other gameshows and entertainment for 104 days? Was it different every evening?

Same answer as above. More about seeing the world than seeing shows.

3) How many champagne art auctions? How many champagne bottles as prizes?

The more upscale cruiselines, such as Oceania and others, don't have champagne waterfalls or art auctions. Or photographers, or charging for non-alcoholic drinks, or charging for specialty restaurants, etc. No nickle & diming.

4) How many theme parties? How many pool parties?

Theme parties or pool parties might happen....I've heard that when we pass over the equator, there will be an "initiation" ceremony at the pool for those who have never crossed it before. Sounds fun. But no hairy chest contests or newlywed games.

5) How many comedy shows? How many gameshows?

World cruises aren't "party" cruises like a 5-day Carnival Bahamas cruise. Most world travelers are experienced travelers and don't need constant games.

6) How many formal nights with lobster and steak?

Oceania doesn't have formal nights (thank goodness!). And freshly grilled steak and lobster is available daily in ALL of the food venues....MDR, specialty restaurants, Terrace buffet and the Waves sandwich grill.

7) How many countries? How many visas? How many blank pages are required in your passport for visas?

Our cruise will visit 36 countries, we'll get 5 visas (the cruiseline gets and pays for them), and I just got the large passport when I renewed (52 pages).

8) What was the (cruise only) cost per person? How much did you spend in all?

Not sure why someone would get the "cruise only" for a 6 months long cruise where you will just end up paying for many needed things by yourself, but the cruise only price on my cruise is $36,399 for a category G inside cabin.

Thanks so much!

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For us, 100 (more or less) days cruising and all of the ports visited is overload. All of the sites blend into a blur, shipboard life gets tiresome and we miss our home and family. We've taken segments of different world cruises, never longer than 32 days (and for me, even that was too long). We choose an area of the world we are interested in visiting and try to do a 20-ish day segment and then another year, another spot on the globe.

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I think you need to know yourself to really enjoy a world cruise.

 

When I first cruised overseas from Australia to London (half a world cruise each way), I was full of wonder, up on deck first thing to see all port arrivals and on deck last thing for every sailaway. Everything was new and exotic!

 

Now, having visited many places on world cruises on land holidays, I know I wouldn't enjoy short times in port, nor lots of sea days, cruising past lots of places I'd love to revisit.

 

Now Grand Voyages to new destinations are another matter, as I haven't lost my sense of wonder and joy of new discoveries.

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I think that booking a world cruise itself is a mistake. They are certainly NOT value for money.

Usually overpriced, cos the cruise lines know that only rich retirees can afford so much time and money. You will get fed up with the same food and daily activities for over 30 days. Also the numerous visas required are a nuisance.

 

 

 

How many world cruises have you taken?

 

 

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How many world cruises have you taken?

 

 

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I think that cruises over a month are substantially overpriced, so I would never buy them.

However, we have booked a half world cruise, cos it was a bargain. Just like the repositioning, transatlantic and transpacific cruises.

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Very long cruises are not discounted, in fact they are disproportionately more expensive.

 

If an inside cabin in a 7 night cruise is $500, an inside cabin in a 112 night cruise is MUCH MORE than $8000 (16 times). Do the math.

 

Pardon me, but I think that a very long cruise is certainly NOT value for money.(Please don't take it personally, it's just my opinion!

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For us, 100 (more or less) days cruising and all of the ports visited is overload. All of the sites blend into a blur, shipboard life gets tiresome and we miss our home and family. We've taken segments of different world cruises, never longer than 32 days (and for me, even that was too long). We choose an area of the world we are interested in visiting and try to do a 20-ish day segment and then another year, another spot on the globe.
I agree. I feel the same.

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Very long cruises are not discounted, in fact they are disproportionately more expensive.

 

If an inside cabin in a 7 night cruise is $500, an inside cabin in a 112 night cruise is MUCH MORE than $8000 (16 times). Do the math.

 

Pardon me, but I think that a very long cruise is certainly NOT value for money.(Please don't take it personally, it's just my opinion!

 

Cruise fares are based on supply and demand. While you may find a 7-night cruise for $500, it generally means that it is not desirable and hasn't sold well. Hence the heavy discount. World Cruises/Grand Voyages tend to sell out well before departure, hence they are not discounted.

 

I also checked a few shorter Viking Ocean cruises compared to our upcoming 2020 World Cruise. The shorter cruises - 8 day Europe & 11 day Alaska were actually 10% higher per day. When adding in the complimentary benefits provided on the World Cruise, it translate into the World Cruise being significantly cheaper per day. On our WC we also have almost $9K in OBC and being all inclusive, will have a very small bill at the end.

 

In our opinion a 7-day cruise for $500, while definitely cheap, but is it value for money - most definitely No. We have no interest in boarding what would most likely be a mega ship, probably doing 5 or 6 ports. The thought of traveling 2+ days to get a full 6 days on the ship is most unappealing. You wouldn't even get to know the ship before re-packing and heading home. We prefer to spend at a minimum 2 weeks (preferably longer), where you actually have an opportunity to learn the ship and get to know the officer & crew and other pax. While it is definitely more expensive, we consider it value for our hard earned money. We firmly believe you get what you pay for.

 

Fortunately, the cruise industry caters to all needs and provides a selection of itineraries and types of ship.

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Wow, how did you manage to get $9000 OBC and how did you spend it all?

If they gave you $ 9000 OBC, how much did they charge you for the cabin & for how many days was your cruise?

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Wow, how did you manage to get $9000 OBC and how did you spend it all?

If they gave you $ 9000 OBC, how much did they charge you for the cabin & for how many days was your cruise?

 

On our 2020 WC, converted to US $, the base cabin, which is a balcony is about $43K pp. For the WC, Viking is offering a host of perks, which makes the cruise all inclusive from departing airport until your return to the airport.

 

Current OBC is $3,000 pp, but on our initial invoice they inadvertently added an additional OBC of $1,000 pp. Our TA questioned when it was removed from the final invoice and a Viking manager approved keeping the additional OBC. Our TA also provided the maximum OBC, as per Viking policy - Can $500 pp. Therefore our total OBC is US $8.8K.

 

The cruise is 119 days. Viking provides a complimentary tour in every port, so the only things we can spend the OBC on is additional optional tours and the shops. All tips and drinks are included and Viking doesn't nickle & dime, so wifi, laundry, spas, specialty restaurants, etc are all included. No casino or annoying photogs.

 

For these reasons, it is impossible to compare the daily cost of our upcoming WC with a mainstream Line mega ship 7-night cruise. We don't even have to pay for checked baggage, as Viking pays to courier luggage directly to the ship.

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For us, 100 (more or less) days cruising and all of the ports visited is overload. All of the sites blend into a blur, shipboard life gets tiresome and we miss our home and family. We've taken segments of different world cruises, never longer than 32 days (and for me, even that was too long). We choose an area of the world we are interested in visiting and try to do a 20-ish day segment and then another year, another spot on the globe.

 

My experience differs. "Missing home"? Surely did not miss house cleaning, cooking, "regular duties/chores", or Winter weather. "Missing family"? Since all of my close relatives live some distance from me, no. "Shipboard life gets tiresome"? No, other than my trivia team keeps loosing and the irritation some of the other guests causes me. "Sites visited blends into a blur"? Only in the South Pacific would I have difficulty recalling exactly each port and what I experienced. And, that is due to having visited most of these ports on earlier cruises from the Grand World Voyage. Ports in that part of the world that never "grow old" for me are Moorea, Nuku Hiva, the city of Papette, and Tonga.

 

When I returned to Fort Lauderdale, I was not ready to get off the ship. And, was already planning my next adventure.

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Thanks Heidi

Besides being all inclusive, how are the premium cruise lines (like Viking) better than the mass market lines in terms of shows, entertainment, activities and food?

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We haven't yet cruised with Viking, but from my research and experiences with Princess, P&O, RCCL & CMV, the quality of the meals is significantly better. We have spent 40 yrs with Princess and both myself & our son worked for them, but their standards have deteriorated significantly over the past 10 years. Back in the 70's, Princess was a premium cruise line. On our last Princess cruise the meals could best be described as rubbish - frequently cold, many meats very tough and poor selection of vegetables. Even the steak house couldn't cook a steak.

 

Entertainment on the 2015 Sun Princess WC was comparable to the meals. They sub-contracted the shows to a private company and they could best be described as terrible. Don't know what to expect from Viking's entertainment, but they bring on numerous local performers for a cultural experience in many ports.

 

Port talks and culture - Viking and other premium lines win this easily. Princess and others tend to focus on shopping and tours. Viking have resident historians, the new ship has a resident astronomer & planetarium, TED lectures and an excellent selection of lecturers. The port talks actually focus on the culture and attractions of the port you are visiting.

 

The biggest benefits for us is No casino - what a waste of space, No annoying photogs, and No nickle & diming. With Princess, they must spend millions on the advertising junk that gets delivered to the cabins daily. Ours went from the mailbox directly to the bin, unread. I do not believe the Viking ships have mailboxes outside the cabins.

 

Bringing wines, beers, etc on board. With Princess you can bring 1 bottle each at embarkation and if you bring it to the D/R they charge $15 to open it. With Viking, they have no problem with you bringing beer/wine/spirits on-board. They even open wine for free in the D/R.

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I agree about the casinos. Wasted space IMO, but I guess some people must like them. Bored on a long cruise? I doubt I would be. I'm a writer and treasure time alone to read and write. I would miss our dog though. :)

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My experience differs. "Missing home"? Surely did not miss house cleaning, cooking, "regular duties/chores", or Winter weather. "Missing family"? Since all of my close relatives live some distance from me, no. "Shipboard life gets tiresome"? No, other than my trivia team keeps loosing and the irritation some of the other guests causes me. "Sites visited blends into a blur"? Only in the South Pacific would I have difficulty recalling exactly each port and what I experienced. And, that is due to having visited most of these ports on earlier cruises from the Grand World Voyage. Ports in that part of the world that never "grow old" for me are Moorea, Nuku Hiva, the city of Papette, and Tonga.

 

When I returned to Fort Lauderdale, I was not ready to get off the ship. And, was already planning my next adventure.

I agree with you. I love my family but am not afraid to spend some time away from them. I've never been bored on a cruise, always dread the end of a cruise and love visiting new places! I'm taking my knitting, reading, and plan to learn bridge. Will exercise in the morning and lounge in the pool and hot tubs. This is how I'll start retirement!! Can't get better than that. :hearteyes:

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I agree with you. I love my family but am not afraid to spend some time away from them. I've never been bored on a cruise, always dread the end of a cruise and love visiting new places! I'm taking my knitting, reading, and plan to learn bridge. Will exercise in the morning and lounge in the pool and hot tubs. This is how I'll start retirement!! Can't get better than that. :hearteyes:

 

"Exercise in the morning" and "plan to learn bridge": What's the old cliche? The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry? I applaud your goals! I hope you will be able to stick to them!

 

The long cruises on which I have sailed often have a "knitting group" that is quite a nice social time from what I have observed. Maybe yours will as well. Stating your interest in such on your cruise's Roll Call might help you connect with them.

 

I recall reading all of the books that I took with me, but then found I had to rely on the ship's library as well. I love bookstores and enjoyed visiting some in a few of the cities I visited. The bookstore in the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney was a gem for me. They had a book that no U. S. bookstores could obtain and I could not find in Auckland. (It dealt with the loss of the Mikhal Lermontov which occurred in New Zealand waters and was a book that I thought a large New Zealand bookstore would have.)

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"Exercise in the morning" and "plan to learn bridge": What's the old cliche? The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry? I applaud your goals! I hope you will be able to stick to them!

Well, I think it's quite possible to meet my goals since we'll have 66 sea days!! And I exercise each morning now, so nothing new there. I also take knitting lessons so that's also something I do regularly. Learning bridge will be my new experience, I'll stick with it if I like it. Can't imagine not planning for something to do during 1,584 hrs! ;p

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Booking an inside cabin for 120 days was a mistake I was never uncomfortable in an inside cabin but this was hard to do Queen Mary 2 Cunard -- and also taking too much luggage

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Hi Fayecruises, it sounds like you were on the 2018 World Voyage on the QM2 with me. I also chose an inside cabin (to offset the price of being solo in a cabin) and it was a mistake! I have always booked balconies and suites and while the inside cabin was very cozy, I had to make a real effort to do activities on deck that I would normally do in my cabin, like read. It is however perfect for sleeping well.

 

I too took too much luggage, but I enjoyed every minute of the cruise and would do it again in a minute.

 

To GoBucks... your plans are very doable. I knitted a great deal and it was fun having people inspecting my creations as they evolved. I had people come up to me at the end and tell me not to pack the items until they had seen them a final time. Hint: midway in the cruise I lost one of my knitting needles and we were never in a port where I could find a shop that sold knitting needles, so take a spare pair as I definitely will next time!!!

 

I loaded lots of book on my kindle and read about 30 of them by the pool... aaaahhhhh...I sure miss that!!

 

I participated in the bridge lessons every day and played many afternoons and am heading off to play bridge today! With that amount of practice you should develop a good game and the confidence to play it.

 

Enjoy your world cruise, it was a fabulous adventure and i enjoyed every minute.

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I was on the 2016 world cruise Queen mary 2 I understand about the knitting needles I bought two heating pads and since they both worked I was able to give one to someone who is now my very best friend

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