Well Dream Cruiser,
What you will see depends on which cruise line you and your travel genie choose as the best fit for your personal style. Do you want country club casual or dressing to the nines? Do you want large numbers of fellow world cruisers or a more intimate experience. Do you want an adventure expedition filled with learning opportunities or do you want a more relaxed and restful cruise with some learning sprinkled in? Do you want luxury, high premium or a premium experience?
We will choose one cruise line for this article and focus on what you will see on their version of the world cruise. Then each following article will focus on another line. You may see duplicate ports but each cruise may focus on a different experience in the same port. OK what would you like to see first?
Starting in alphabetical order the current cruise lines that offer the world cruise are Cruise West, Crystal, Cunard, Fred Olsen, Holland America, P & O Cruises, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Silversea. That's 10 cruise lines and 10 articles.
What you will see first is 113 other world cruise adventurers who enjoy the thrill of entering waterways that larger ships dare not go. These guest are looking forward to the naturists guides who offer tons of information on wildlife, historical events and nature. You will see a casual atmosphere with no dressing up for meals or formal nights. You will see intimate lounges where local acts will perform shows which looks like they are just for you. Your vessel for this world cruise is the Spirit of Oceanus.
with 57 suites all with ocean views, TV / VCR, wardrobe or walk in closet. When you walk into your suite you will see a bowl of fresh fruit, bathrobes and a mini-fridge stocked with complimentary beverages. When you venture to the Sports deck into your view sits the pool and inviting hot tub. Explore below and discover the game room, exercise facility and library. When hunger hits you enjoy meals in a casual open seating setting which offers Continental cuisine and specialties from the region the ship is cruising.
The world cruise departs on March 5, 2010 from Singapore .
If you have almost the entire year for this adventure you can sail all 335 days or you can do segments as short as 10 days or as plentiful as 77. You will want to arrive a few days early in Singapore so you can experience all this exciting urban city has to offer. For a twist visit the world reowned Singapore Zoo at night. After seeing the animal culture visit the largest ethnic culture in Singapore with a visit to China Town where you will find interesting curio shops and taste local food. There are 3 more must see sights in Singapore such as Little India, Boat Quay and Sentosa but enough about Singapore I could write a book or two.
Ready to see the second largest beach in the world? Well a visit to Madras is home to Marina Beach. Be careful where you swim sharks love this area as well. A visit to Fort Museum, Kapaleeswarar Temple and San Thome Cathedral is sure to amaze and also Deer Park and Madras Snake Park.
You may see this wonderful place as a bit confused, is it a modern sky-scrapper city or a city filled with historical temples and buildings. The answer is, it is both. While you take in the contrast be sure to see Elephant Island with sixth century temples carved from rocks and the Towers of Silence plus the Prince of Wales museum.
No one likes to see litter so the next site is a city known for cleanliness. I am dreaming about seeing the Sultan's palace at night and touring the fish market and forts and museums filled with history. You will not have to dream you are living your dream sailing the world.
Cairo / Giza (Alexandria)
You have heard of the 7 wonders of the world? Well many of your fellow passengers will choose to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza and close by is the Sphinx. Now a choice, would you like to visit these sites on camel, horseback or on foot. I vote for camel. You can do this or just tour the harbor or relax on the beach.
You have heard of the Blue Mosque and the amazing Grand Bazaar well hear was you will see them. Often called "The Cradle of Civilization" with more Greek ruins than Greece and more Roman archaeological things to see than in Italy. How about soaking all your stress away in a mineral mud bath.
More than just gondola rides it also has breath taking palazzos (impressive public buildings or palace), bridges and museums. Take in the Basilica and do not miss the Doges' Palace. If you are into glass making take a trip to Murano. Venice is also a city of great art.
Here you will see medieval castle, grand churches and minarets (slender towers attached to a mosque from which the muezzin (crier) calls the people to prayer)
Imagine you see some of the world's greatest fountains, monuments and churches namely Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum. This will be a haven for avid shoppers.
Music, Tapas and cafés line the streets of Barcelona. You will want to see the Spanish Village, the Gothic Quarter and the Picasso Museum. The 1992 Olympics helped turn Barcelona into a gleaming metropolis.
Do you want to see great landmarks, Eiffel Tower, the Arch de Triomphe, Notre Dame? Mona Lisa at the Louvre or take a short train ride to Louis XIV's palace in Versailles.
Viking viewing and not the kind that located in Minnesota. You will want to see Frogner Park, the Munch Museum or just take in the coves and vibrant mountains.
Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Bridge and the changing of the guard are the things to see before you leave Europe and head to North America.
St Johns and Halifax, Canada
The cosmopolitan St John is a popular young and hip place with impressive views of the harbor and a wonderful castle. In Halifax you have the Bay of Fundy or Peggy's cove along with the Maritime Museum with the infamous Titanic exhibition.
West Palm Beach, Florida
We did not forget the United States on this world cruise along with the Gold Coast beach you have the Palm Beach Zoo, Science Museum and the Norton Museum of Art. This leads us through the gulf for a transit to the Pacific.
Panama City, Panama
The great Panama Canal is a sight in and of itself as you view this man made miracle in Central America. Be sure to visit the rain forest of the Soberania National Park or some of the best deep sea fishing in the world.
Easter Island, Chile
The great Stone Heads known as monoliths were carved from a volcano and moved to stone platforms. If volcanoes and beautiful warm people you seek then this remote island of Chile is it.
With the fragrance of the tiare flower wafting through your nostrils visit the Gauguin Museum, botanical gardens or visit the roulettes and enjoy an inexpensive tasty meal.
Sugar sugar if you care sugar sugar everywhere in the sugar capital of Fiji. Crystal Clear water in the soft coral capital of the world.
Auckland, New Zealand
Where did the time go? your almost year long cruise is almost over. What better time to visit the city of sails where boats rule. Take in the major shopping area called Queen Street. Meet the local Maori culture and visit art galleries and antique shops.
Sydney & Darwin Australia
It's over but before you return home to share your memories make sure you see kangaroos, emus, koalas, the Sydney Opera house and climb the Harbor bridge. Visit Darwin and see Aboriginal rock art and australia's best wildlife. Make sure you drink and beer and toast all the sites of your world cruise.