We Are Off to See the World (Literally)

On Thursday, 14/Dec, we turn down the heat, shut off the water, and drain the pipes before heading to the Myrtle Beach Airport to fly to Miami where the next day we will board the Viking Sun, our home for the following 141 Days.  During that period we will visit five continents, 35 countries, and 64 ports with over sixty days at sea.  For those of you doing the math, there are a number of ports where we spend more than one day.

Can a couple survive together in a 270 square foot cabin (including the veranda) for 141 days?  We are confident that we can.  We look at the entire ship as our home and the cabin as our bedroom.  We don’t plan to spend much of any day in our cabin.  Most of our time on ship will be in the numerous public areas including the pool, the gym, the walking track, the lounges, and the restaurants.  I am sure I will spend more waking hours in the restaurants than in the cabin!

Susan has been fantasizing about what it will be like to go nearly five months with no grocery shopping and no cooking.  While we have traveled for four months previously, much of that was staying in apartments where we prepared all breakfasts and some other meals at home.  Will she still know how to cook when we get home?  Will I still throw my towel on the shower floor and be shocked when it is still there the next day?  Only time will tell, but we are eager to adapt to being waited on and entertained 24/7 for almost five months!

Viking includes a guided tour in every port.  At the end of this blog is a map of our cruise from Miami to London and a day by day list of where we will be and what we will be doing in the ports.  When you look at the list of sights we are visiting, you may notice that we have not listed the primary sights in some areas.  If we have been to a port previously, we have usually opted to see something new rather than visit something we have already seen.

As always, thank you for following our travels.  We look forward to hearing your comments.  If you have any questions or topics you would like us to address, please don’t hesitate to send us a comment.  While I don’t respond to every comment, I do try to answer every question.  We will have wifi on the ship and I hope it is fast enough to send out the blog.  Much more to come!

DAY DATE PORT
Day 1 Dec 15, 2017 Miami, FL, USA
Day 2 Dec 16, 2017 Cruise the Caribbean Sea
Day 3 Dec 17, 2017 Cienfuegos, Cuba
Secrets of Trinidad Tour
Day 4 Dec 18, 2017 Cienfuegos, Cuba
Havana Overnight Tour
Day 5 Dec 19, 2017 Cienfuegos, Cuba
Bay of Pigs Tour
Day 6 Dec 20, 2017 Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Dunn’s River Falls & Coyaba Gardens, Bruce    Bob Marley Zion Bus, Susan
Day 7 Dec 21, 2017 Cruise the Caribbean Sea
Day 8 Dec 22, 2017 San José (Puerto Limón), Costa Rica
Visit Tortuguero Canals
Day 9 Dec 23, 2017 Colón, Panama
Panoramic Colon & Panama City
Day 10 Dec 24, 2017 Scenic Cruising: Panama Canal
Day 11 Dec 25, 2017 Cruise the Pacific Ocean
Day 12 Dec 26, 2017 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica
Panoramic Scenic Drive
Day 13 Dec 27, 2017 Corinto, Nicaragua
Colonial Leon
Day 14 Dec 28, 2017 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Colonial Antigua City Tour, a UNESCO Site
Days 15-17 Dec 29-31, 2017 Cruise the Pacific Ocean
Day 18 Jan 1, 2018 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San José del Cabo Panoramic Tour, Snorkeling
Days 19-20 Jan 2-3, 2018 Cruise the Pacific Ocean
Day 21 Jan 4, 2018 Los Angeles, CA, USA
Getty Villa, Huntington Library
Day 22 Jan 5, 2018 Los Angeles, CA, USA,  Panoramic Tour of Hollywood, Sunset Blvd., and Santa Monica
Days 23-29 Jan 6-12, 2018 Cruise the Pacific Ocean
Day 30 Jan 13, 2018 Marquesas Islands (Taiohae), French Polynesia
Independent Exploration
Day 31 Jan 14, 2018 Cruise the South Pacific
Day 32 Jan 15, 2018 Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia
Walking Tour of Papeete
Day 33 Jan 16, 2018 Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia
Day 34 Jan 17, 2018 Bora Bora (Vaitape), French Polynesia
Island Tour by “Le Truck”,  Moto Lagoon Cruise and Beach Break
Day 35 Jan 18, 2018 Cruise the South Pacific
Day 36 Jan 19, 2018 Rarotonga (Avatiu), Cook Islands
Cultural Village Tour
Day 37 Jan 20, 2018 Cruise the South Pacific
Day 38 Jan 22, 2018 Cross the International Date Line
Day 39 Jan 23, 2018 Tongatapu (Nuku’alofa), Tonga
Walking Tour,  Pangaimotu Island Snorkeling and Beach
Day 40 Jan 24, 2018 Cruise the South Pacific
Day 41 Jan 25, 2018 Suva, Fiji
City Tour, Thurston Gardens & Museum Visit
Days 42-43 Jan 26-27, 2018 Cruise the South Pacific
Day 44 Jan 28, 2018 Bay of Islands (Russell), New Zealand
Glowworm Cave, Bruce;  Bay of Islands & Kauri Forest, Susan
Day 45 Jan 29, 2018 Auckland, New Zealand
Ferry to Waiheke, hike and/or Hop On Hop Off Bus
Day 46 Jan 30, 2018 Auckland, New Zealand,  City Tour
Day 47 Jan 31, 2018 Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand
Tauranga Walking Tour
Day 48 Feb 1, 2018 Napier, New Zealand
Art Deco Tour
Day 49 Feb 2, 2018 Wellington, New Zealand
City Tour, Weta Cave Studio Tour
Day 50 Feb 3, 2018 Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand
City Tour with a visit to Botanical Gardens
Day 51 Feb 4, 2018 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
Otago Peninsula Scenic Drive
Day 52-54 Feb 5-7, 2018 Cruise the Tasman Sea
Day 55 Feb 8, 2018 Melbourne, Australia
City Tour & Captain Cook’s Cottage Visit
Day 56 Feb 9, 2018 Cruise the Tasman Sea
Day 57 Feb 10, 2018 Sydney, Australia
City Tour & Walking Tour of The Rocks, Climb Harbor Bridge
Day 58 Feb 11, 2018 Sydney, Australia;  Cockatoo Island Tour of Former Penal Colony, UNESCO Site
Day 59 Feb 12, 2018 Cruise the Tasman Sea
Day 60 Feb 13, 2018 Brisbane, Australia
Art & Design Walking Tour
Day 61 Feb 14, 2018 Cruise the Coral Sea
Day 62 Feb 15, 2018 Whitsunday Islands (Cid Harbor), Australia
Beach Excursion
Day 63 Feb 16, 2018 Cairns, Australia
Skyrail and Kuranda Train
Day 64 Feb 17, 2018 Scenic Cruising: Great Barrier Reef
Day 65 Feb 18, 2018 Thursday Island, Australia
Independent Exploration
Days 66-67 Feb 19-20, 2018 Cruise the Arafura Sea
Day 68 Feb 21, 2018 Darwin, Australia
City Tour
Day 69 Feb 22, 2018 Cruise the Timor Sea
Day 70 Feb 23, 2018 Komodo, Indonesia
Komodo National Park Visit
Day 71 Feb 24, 2018 Bali, Indonesia
Denpasar Tour with a Market and Temple Visit
Day 72 Feb 25, 2018 Cruise the Java Sea
Day 73 Feb 26, 2018 Java (Semarang), Indonesia
Borobudur Temple Tour
Day 74 Feb 27, 2018 Cruise the Java Sea
Day 75 Feb 28, 2018 Cruise the South China Sea
Day 76 Mar 1, 2018 Bandar Seri Begawan (Muara), Brunei
Water Village Market Walk
Day 77 Mar 2, 2018 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Visit Mari Mari Cultural Village
Day 78 Mar 3, 2018 Cruise the South China Sea
Day 79 Mar 4, 2018 Manila, Philippines
City Tour, Fort Santiago & San Agustin Church, a UNESCO Site
Day 80 Mar 5, 2018 Manila, Philippines, Pagsanjan Falls Tour
Day 81 Mar 6, 2018 Cruise the South China Sea
Day 82 Mar 7, 2018 Cruise the East China Sea
Day 83 Mar 8, 2018 Shanghai, China
City Tour & Shanghai Museum Visit, Acrobatic Show
Day 84 Mar 9, 2018 Shanghai, China, The Garden City of Suzhou, Bruce; Jewish Heritage, Susan
Day 85 Mar 10, 2018 Cruise the East China Sea
Day 86 Mar 11, 2018 Cruise the South China Sea
Day 87 Mar 12, 2018 Hong Kong, China
City Tour including Victoria Peak & Aberdeen
Day 88 Mar 13, 2018 Hong Kong, China; Bamboo Monestery Tour
Day 89 Mar 14, 2018 Haikou, China
Panoramic City Tour; Cultural Hainan including Five Officials’ Temple and a History Museum
Day 90 Mar 15, 2018 Scenic Cruising: Ha Long Bay
Day 91 Mar 16, 2018 Cruise the South China Sea
Day 92 Mar 17, 2018 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
City Tour & National History Museum
Day 93 Mar 18, 2018 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Monuments of Vung Tau Tour
Day 94 Mar 19, 2018 Cruise the Gulf of Thailand
Day 95 Mar 20, 2018 Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Panoramic City Tour with visit to Wat Krom Temple; Ream National Park Tour
Day 96 Mar 21, 2018 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand
City Tour with Grand Palace Visit
Day 97 Mar 22, 2018 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand;  Pattaya & The Sanctuary of Truth
Day 98 Mar 23, 2018 Koh Samui (Nathon), Thailand
Beach Excursion
Day 99 Mar 24, 2018 Cruise the Gulf of Thailand
Day 100 Mar 25, 2018 Singapore, Singapore
City Tour & National Orchid Garden Visit; Peranakan Culture Tour
Day 101 Mar 26, 2018 Singapore, Singapore;  Gardens by the Bay and Sands Sky Observation Deck
Day 102 Mar 27, 2018 Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia
City Tour with Petronas Towers Photo Stop
Day 103 Mar 28, 2018 George Town, Malaysia
City & Colonial Architecture Tour, a UNESCO Site
Day 104 Mar 29, 2018 Phuket (Patong Beach), Thailand
Panoramic Tour
Days 105-106 Mar 30-31, 2018 Cruise the Bay of Bengal
Day 107 Apr 1, 2018 Chennai, India
City Tour & Fort St. George Visit;  Mylapore Heritage Walk
Day 108-109 Apr 2-3, 2018 Cruise the Laccadive Sea
Day 110 Apr 4, 2018 Cochin, India
City Tour & Mattancherry Palace Visit
Day 111 Apr 5, 2018 Cruise the Arabian Sea
Day 112 Apr 6, 2018 Goa (Mormugao), India
City Tour; visit Sé Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus
Day 113 Apr 7, 2018 Mumbai, India
City Tour; Gandhi Museum Visit;  Elephanta Caves Tour
Day 114-115 Apr 8-9, 2018 Cruise the Arabian Sea
Day 116 Apr 10, 2018 Muscat, Oman
City Tour including Grand Mosque & Old Town
Day 117-122 Apr 11-16, 2018 Cruise the Red Sea
Day 123 Apr 17, 2018 Aqaba, Jordan
City Tour with Mamluk Fort Visit; Wadi Rum Tour
Day 124 Apr 18, 2018 Luxor (Safaga), Egypt
Luxor & Karnak Temple Complex
Day 125 Apr 19, 2018 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Red Sea Snorkeling
Day 126 Apr 20, 2018 Cruise the Suez Canal
Day 127 Apr 21, 2018 Alexandria, Egypt
City Tour with Ancient Library & Roman Amphitheater
Days 128-129 Apr 22-23, 2018 Cruise the Mediterranean Sea
Day 130 Apr 24, 2018 Valletta, Malta
Historic City Tour, a UNESCO Site; Palazzo Parisio & Prosecco
Day 131 Apr 25, 2018 Tunis (La Goulette), Tunisia
City Tour with a visit to the Souk; Ancient Carthage & Moorish Village
Day 132 Apr 26, 2018 Sardinia (Cagliari), Italy
Walking Tour of the Old Town
Day 133 Apr 27, 2018 Algiers, Algeria
City Tour with Basilica of Notre Dame d’Afrique Visit; Treasures of Algiers Tour
Day 134 Apr 28, 2018 Murcia (Cartagena), Spain
City Tour & Cathedral of Santa Maria
Day 135 Apr 29, 2018 Granada (Málaga), Spain
Málaga City Tour with Picasso Museum Visit; Mountainside Village of Mijas Tour
Day 136 Apr 30, 2018 Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
Day 137 May 1, 2018 Porto (Leixões), Portugal
City Tour & Port Wine Tasting
Day 138-139 May 2-3, 2018 Cruise the Atlantic Ocean
Day 140 May 4, 2018 London (Greenwich), England
Panoramic City Tour, The Tower of London Tour
Day 141 May 5, 2018 London (Greenwich), England

9 thoughts on “We Are Off to See the World (Literally)”

  1. Dear Bruce and Susan,
    Even though I have not seen you for quite a while, it has been very interesting following your blog. This sounds like a fabulous trip with so many exciting stops. Have a wonderful time.
    Carol Meldrom

  2. Bruce,
    I have followed your blog for awhile and was thrilled about your plans to set off on this amazing journey. Your photos and comments are informative and insightful and I look forward to following along with you. So I too hope the Wi-Fi is dependable and strong! Safe travels and enjoy it all! Bon voyage!
    Sharon Patocki

  3. Hi, Bruce and Susan,
    Have a great trip on the Viking Sun and we will be visualizing your journey and following your blog. A great ship to be on. When you make the port of call in Brunei, the Midrex plant on Labuan is only 20 miles away. Daily ferries takes you back to our island of paradise. Susan would be impressed. Watch out for the pirates in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden. This adds to the adventure.

  4. Your great adventure is beyond awesome. What an amazing experience this will be. We too follow your travels and look forward to your interesting descriptions and insightful and witty comments. All the best to you both on this most exciting venture.

    Nancy & Dick

  5. Have a wonderful adventure my friends! Stay safe and enjoy your odyssey. As always I’ll be looking forward to following you on the blog.
    Judy

  6. What a fantasy–no grocery shopping or cooking for 5 months!
    Would love to be on the trip with you but will enjoy vicariously.
    Have a wonderful time. Andrea

  7. Wow, this sounds like a terrific trip! I’m not brave enough to sign up for that many days at sea (we’ve only taken 2 cruises so far, and lucked out with calm waters) but so many fascinating stops. Have a wonderful and healthy trip, and Gary & I will look forward to following along and learning about your adventures.

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