Last weekend, we were visiting out-of-town family and as we sat on their sunny deck overlooking the kids playing in the pool, we talked about what would our Dream Vacation look like. It was one of those thought-provoking questions; “If you could choose one trip, what would it be?”. A variety of dream vacations were proposed, including Bora Bora, Hawaii and Europe. I have always dreamed of visiting so many beautiful places and thus found it difficult to decide on just one.
The challenge was simple, choosing a single trip, but I had all these wonderful locations floating around in my mind and found myself trying to figure out how many I could fit into a single trip. Taking dozens of flights seemed like it was kind of cheating, so I needed to think of something else. Driving to these locations is not possible, but what about a cruise I thought.
Although we are not regular Cruiseship vacationers, we’ve loved the ones we have done. I knew there were World cruises available, but never really looked into them. As the group continued to debate whether Hawaii or an African Safari would be a better choice, I pulled out my iPhone and asked Mr. Google about ‘World cruises’. The results showed that there were more options than I thought, but after only clicking on a couple of the suggested links, there it was – The perfect cruise itinerary. Within a few minutes, I could tell that this was indeed my ‘Dream trip’.
It starts in Genoa, Italy, heads west and travels right around the earth before returning back to the same port, 117 days later! As I reviewed the itinerary and read the list of ports, I was really impressed. You’d be hard-pressed to be able to visit all of these places in a lifetime.
I announced to the group, that I had chosen my dream vacation and although there were some initial nay-sayers, they quickly changed their opinion once they heard the list of places they could visit in a single trip. Before long, they all agreed with me. We all get along really well and I would actually enjoy taking this trip with them. Unfortunately, I fear that a trip of this magnitude would be incredibly difficult to do as a couple, much less as a large group.
If you are curious about the itinerary, here it is:
|10||Mindelo, Cape Verde|
|17||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|18||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|21||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|22||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|25||Puerto Madryn, Argentina|
|31||Punta Arenas, Chile|
|34||Puerto Montt, Chile|
|48||Hanga Roa/Rapa Nui, Chile|
|51||Bounty Bay Passage, Pitcairn|
|57||Rarotonga, Cook Islands|
|58||Aiutaki, Cook Islands|
|63||Auckland, New Zealand|
|64||Tauranga, New Zealand|
|65||Napier, New Zealand|
|66||Wellington, New Zealand|
|67||Cruising Milford Sound, New Zealand|
|73||Wollongong – Port Kembla, Australia|
|76||Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia|
|77||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|82||Alotau, Papua New Guinea|
|83||Doini Island, Papua New Guinea|
|94||Singapore, Republic of Singapore|
|95||Port Kelang, Malaysia|
|99||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|112||Suez Canal (transit), Egypt|
|113||Suez Canal (transit), Egypt|
G and I are big travel buffs and love a great adventure, so visiting all these places would be amazing, but the truth is that seeing all these places will just make our bucket list grow. The most likely outcome is that we will visit a specific port for a day or two and then want to go back at some point to spend additional time there. Regardless, even if we were limited to only a single trip, we would be more than ecstatic to have this opportunity.
There are other cruise lines offering World cruises with a variety of itineraries and durations. This particular cruise is offered by MSC Cruise line and it is on their MSC Magnifica ship. I can’t really say how good the ship or cruise line is, because I’ve never cruised with them, but it was the itinerary that got me. If anyone from MSC happens to read this, please be advised that I would most happily volunteer to attend this cruise to provide an accurate and extensive review (I’ll be waiting by the phone – LOL).
So there it is, if I have to pick a single dream trip, this cruise would be it. I might as well dream big. One day, I need to make this a reality, but I really need to start saving and saving hard.
Would love to hear what your Dream trip would look like.