One of our goals in our travel adventure is to completely circumnavigate the globe. We have almost done it with the 53 cruises we've taken so far but there are gaps. That's what made the Crystal Cruises world cruise itinerary so attractive. It completely circumnavigates the globe and all in the southern hemisphere which means not having to pack too many seasonal clothes. Many so called world cruises just concentrate on a large area of the globe but not circumnavigation.
Other things that sold us on this particular cruise is that while we've set foot on the continent of Africa, it was just for a short visit to Tangiers in Morocco. The cruise itinerary has us stopping in several ports on the African coast including Cape Town South Africa. And who wouldn't want to stop at Madagascar and watch the lemurs sing "You got to move it, move it!" Just kidding!!! But we do stop there.
On the bucket list also was a cruise up the Amazon. This cruise will take care of that as well as Pitcairn (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame) and Easter Island.
There are many places we stop that we've visited before but it will give us opportunity to do some things we missed. These are the ports of call:
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santa Marta, Colombia
Panama Canal transit
Easter Island, Chile
Pitcairn Island (cruise by)
Bora Bora, Society Islands
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Auckland, New Zealand (2 nights)
Tauranga, New Zealand (overnight)
Napier, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Christchurch/Akaroa, New Zealand
Dunedin, New Zealand
Cruising the sounds of New Zealand
Melbourne, Australia (overnight)
Perth/Fremantle, Australia (overnight)
Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius
St-Denis, Reunion (actually a part of France)
Richards Bay, South Africa
Durban, South Africa
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa (2 nights)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (overnight)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (overnight)
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Alter do Chao, Brazil
Santrem, Brazil (Amazon river)
Devil's Island, Iles du Salut, French Guiana
Barbados/Bridgetown, British West Indies
Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk
Miami and home. . .
Now between some of those ports are one to six days at sea--time enough to rest up for the next great port and get some laundry done, learn a new language, learn to play bridge or a keyboard, listen to great lecturers and take in some great entertainment.
And now that we have this itinerary and our payments complete, it's time to start booking excursions. To start, an African safari!