John's Retirement Cruises and Holidays

2015

Jan-Mar in 2015 we are circumnavigating South America in the MV Prinsendam. This is a 10-week cruise, the longest we have undertaken, and hits several of the items on our bucket list:

  1. Traversing the Panama Canal
  2. Visiting Antarctica (we visited the Arctic in 2011 and travelled as far north as 81 degrees North).
  3. Travelling up the Amazon - we travel all the way to Manaus to visit the Opera House there.

There are a number of lessons learnt on this cruise that need to be carried forward to the next. These are:

  1. The internet is slow.
  2. Reduce all non-essential email traffic by clearing the decks before you leave, and ensuring that as little spam as possible makes its way to the inbox.
  3. Items for uploading to home servers should be short and few. Investigate ways of trimming photographs down to sending as few as possible.

2014

In 2014 we did the popular European River Cruise, from Amsterdam to Prague. Check out the itinerary and blog at my 2014 River Cruise page.

Some of our friends, like us, are in the "grey nomad" set, and also like us, maintain various blogs. Here's a selection:

2013

In late 2013 we went round-the worlding again, focussing upon the Cinque Terre and Amalfi coasts in Italy, then Jersey, then Seattle, before returning to Australia to undertake the circumnavigation cruise around Australia. Again, the web page where you can read all about it is at my 2013 Round-World and Round-Australia voyage .

2012

In 2012 we did another round-the-world trip, but less hectic than in 2006. Only three major stops: (2 days in Singapore), 2 weeks in France-Alsace, 2 weeks in Seattle, 2 and a bit weeks in Tahiti. Read all about it on my 2012 Round-the-World Page

2011

From 8 Jul 2011 to 2 Sep 2011 my wife and I travelled to Hervey Bay, Dubai, Bordeaux, Saint Pee sur Nivelle, Gravesend, then on MV Prinsendam to Scrabster, Lerwick, Torshavn, Djupivogur, Reykjavik, Ny Alesund, Longyearbyen, Alesund, Bergen, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Kiel Canal, Tallin, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Visby, Copenhagen, Oslo, then Tilbury where we disembarked, transferred to Heathrow and flew home via Dubai again. Read all about it on my 2011 Cruise Page

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