World Cruise # 2

Since Judi got sick down in Indio and returned home for treatment, our 2018 travel plans were cancelled and 2019 is still being developed, but 2020 is well underway. We have just booked our 2nd World Cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

We board the Viking Sun in Los Angeles on 4th January 2020 and will spend 118 nights aboard, departing in London on 2nd May.

In 2020 it will be 5 years since our not so stellar World Cruise with Princess Cruises and for our 40th anniversary we have researched a number of options:

  • Viking Ocean – World Cruise
  • Holland America – circumnavigate South America
  • Holland America – circumnavigate the Pacific Ocean
  • Oceania – World Cruise

The Oceania option was longer at 180 days and visited some exceptional ports, but it headed East after rounding South America. Heading East, you lose an hour every time the clocks change. Heading West you gain an hour. Since clocks normally change at 02:00, we prefer to gain an extra hour sleep, hence our preference for heading West.

Viking Ocean

Originally a river cruise company, in 2015 they entered “Blue Water” cruising, ordering 6 small and identical ships. Maximum passengers is only 930. The Viking Sun was launched in 2017 and will be the ship sailing the 2020 World Cruise.

Viking Sun – CruiseMapper

Itinerary

  • Los Angeles
  • Marquesas Island, French Polynesia
  • Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • Tongatapu, Tonga
  • Suva, Fiji
  • Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Aukland, New Zealand (overnight)
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Napier, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Cruising NZ Fiords
  • Hobart, Tasmania
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia (overnight)
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Whitsunday Islands, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Thursday Island, Australia
  • Darwin, Australia
  • Komodo, Indonesia
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Java, Indonesia
  • Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
  • Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Manila, Philippines (overnight)
  • Xiamen, China
  • Hong Kong, China (overnight x 2)
  • Haikou, China
  • Scenic Cruising – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
  • Saigon, Vietnam (overnight)
  • Sihanoukville, Cambodia
  • Bangkok, Thailand (overnight)
  • Koh Samui, Thailand
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • George Town, Malaysia
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Cochin, India
  • Goa, India
  • Mumbia, India
  • Muscat, Oman
  • Aqaba, Jordan
  • Luxor, Egypt
  • Cruising Suez Canal
  • Alexandria, Egypt,
  • Valletta, Malta
  • Tunis, Tunisia
  • Cagliari, Italy
  • Algiers, Morocco
  • Murcia, Spain
  • Granada, Spain,
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Dover, UK
  • Greenwich (London), UK

While the Viking Ocean base fare is more expensive than other cruise lines, the included benefits are extensive:

  • Complimentary excursion in each port – additional tours can also be booked
  • Complimentary drinks package that includes most alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary gratuities
  • Complimentary business class airfare & transfers to/from ship
  • USD $3,000 pp On Board Credits
  • Cruise line organises all Visas required in your passport
  • Complimentary laundry
  • Complimentary specialty restaurants

For additional details on the cruise, select here

4 thoughts on “World Cruise # 2

    • Sherrie – Thanks for your comment and including our blog on your Facebook group., Unfortunately, I don’t use Facebook and have ZERO desire to try it.

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    • Thanks Ingrid, yes she is well, but now we wait for 6 months to exclude pre-existing conditions before we can get medical insurance to travel. This year we planned about 8 months in the RV and got 2, so it is again back in storage.

      The highlight for Judi is visiting Egypt, as visiting the pyramids is top of her bucket list and for me, while it has a number of new ports, I get to return to many places I visited back in the 70’s. When Meddy cruising we were at the Pyramids every 2 weeks for 3 months, so I look forward to seeing the changes. Another highlight is Komodo Island, which neither of us have visited before.

      Hoping to get back into the RV next year, departing April for a trip across Canada to Newfoundland, to view the icebergs.

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