Get Away With Fran

July 10, 2009

Really get away at sea with Cruise West

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For those who dream of an extreme get away from things like declining stock markets, and Michael Jackson news and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Cruise West’s Voyages of the Great Explorers cruise offers an opportunity to do as the famous mariners of old did, and head off to sea – for a whopping 335 days. You don’t have to book the whole cruise (it’s also being sold in segments), but if you do at the end of the sailing you will have circumnavigated the world. How cool is that?

 (In my photo, above, Cruise West passengers look for whales in Baja.)

The world cruise follows the sea routes of Marco Polo (Asia, India, the Middle East), Odysseus

(Greece, Turkey, the Med), Leif Erikson (Northern Europe, the Baltics), Christopher Columbus (the Americas, Caribbean), Captain James Cook (the South Pacific) and Ferdinand Magellan (the Spice Islands of Indonesia). Departure is from Singapore on March 5, 2010, and returning on Feb. 3, 2011, and you can book the entire voyage from $233,995 (Cruise West is including First Class air).  There are also 10- to 20-day segments priced from $4,995. The cruise heads west on a route that follows the sun.

If you do the entire cruise, you will visit 242 ports of call in 59 countries. And you’ll cross 14 seas and oceans on your way to 89 UNESCO World Heritage sites. You also transit the Suez, Corinth, Kiel and Panama Canals (in years of cruising, I’ve only done three – need to put the Kiel on my to do list).

The cruise is on the all-suite Spirit of Oceanus, which is the soft adventure cruise line’s most luxurious vessel, and carries 120 guests. Each suite has a large marble bathroom and spacious closets – which you’ll need if you’re packing for a year.

During the world cruise, there will be an impressive lineup of speakers as part of the onboard enrichment program, and shore exploration will include the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs, for landings in ports in places that don’t even get visits from the bigger cruise ship crowds.

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