Happy new year and welcome back to Partout with Louis and Doris just in time to share our 2023 New Year’s resolution: around the world in 180 days!
The When, Where and How
Yes, fellow travelers and fans of travel (and our travel blog), after nearly three years on the pandemic leash, we set off two weeks from today to circumnavigate the globe a la Ferdinand Magellan – by sea. For six full months after we steam from the Port of San Francisco on January 15, our home will be a ship named Insignia and the 215 square feet of Deck 6 that are all our own.
Our host is Oceania Cruises. Our destinations: 95 ports, 41 countries, 4 continents (plus an Antarctic drive-by), innumerable UNESCO World Heritage sites and countless calories.
And, no, we are not veteran cruisers. This is our first cruise ever. Baptism by fire, anyone?
Here is our routing (minus Russia and China, which got scratched and replaced with Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan):
That’s the who, what, when, where and how. The why mostly comes down to twin truths: we love seeing the world, and our window of opportunity to see it is not getting any bigger. If the brevity of life is a warning to eat dessert first, going around the world in 180 days was the biggest and bestest dessert we could imagine.
More questions than answers? We share your curiosity! If you post your queries to the comment function, we will do our best to let you know the answers as we steam around the world. (It’s probably more accurate to say “as we diesel around the world,” but that just doesn’t have the same ring as “steam.”)
Until then: 14 days and counting.
In our next (and last) blog from land, we will answer the first question everyone asks when we mention our voyage: How (and what) in the world do we pack for six months besides ourselves?