Travel Round Up 2017

Travel Round Up 2017 - Lucy Williams Global - Travel and Cruising

It has been quite a year of travel for me, so a travel roundup for 2017, I had to write!

This year has been an unusual year, as I have been to so many places in just the space of a year and this is why I started writing this blog.

I started the year in Italy, had a short trip to the UK and then flew to Los Angeles to join the world cruise.

World Cruise

I was very lucky that my husband was put on a ship that had the world cruise as an itinerary. So, of course, I had to tag along!

It was a wonderful experience visiting so many places in the space of 111 days and I met some fantastic people onboard.

On the world cruise, I went to Bora Bora and Tahiti in French Polynesia, Bay of Islands and Auckland in New Zealand, Sydney and Cairns in Australia and Rabaul in Papua New Guinea.

Guam in Micronesia, Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Sanya in China, Singapore, Phuket in Thailand, Cochin and Mumbai in India, Dubai in the UAE and Petra in Jordan.

Rhodes, Chania, Zakynthos in Greece, Bari, Trapani and Venice in Italy, Hvar and Sibenik in Croatia, Valletta in Malta, Chefchaoen in Morocco and Portimao in Portugal.

Hamilton in Bermuda, Fort Lauderdale in the USA, Oranjestad in Aruba, Santa Marta in Colombia, San Juan de Sur in Nicaragua, Acajutla in El Salvador, La Paz in Mexico and Los Angeles in the USA.

We sailed through the Suez Canal in Egypt and the Panama Canal in Panama. I stayed on for one more cruise and also went to Puntarenas in Costa Rica and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

111 Days Sailing Round the World | The World Cruise in Photos

Italy and the UK

After this amazing experience of going to 38 ports and 6 continents, I went back to the UK and then to Italy. I spent a summer in Genoa and visited Sardinia, Lake Como and Camogli.

Genoa | Camogli | Sardinia


Then I flew to Seattle at the end of August to join my husband onboard the ship. While I was onboard we sailed around Alaska to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria in Canada.

Ketchikan | Juneau | Glacier Bay | Skagway

West Coast of Canada and USA

After the Alaska season finished we sailed down to Vancouver in Canada, then Oregon, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in the USA.

Oregon | San Francisco | Santa Barbara

Hawaii and French Polynesia

A quick cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan in Mexico, then on to Hawaii and French Polynesia. We went to Hilo in Hawaii, Honolulu in Oahu, Lahaina in Maui and Nawiliwili in Kauai.

After lots of days at sea, we stopped in Pago Pago in American Samoa. Then on to Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea in French Polynesia and back to LA.

Hawaii | Oahu | Maui | Kauai | French Polynesia


After this lovely long cruise, we sailed around the west coast of Mexico to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Ensenada. We stopped in Catalina Island an island just off LA.

Mexico | Catalina Island

End of Year

I flew back to Italy from LA in December and have spent the last month of the year in Genoa in Italy.

This year I have been to 29 countries and I cannot quite believe it! I know next year will not be like this, but I am looking forward to what the new year will bring.

I would like to thank you for reading and supporting me in my first year of blogging. I have really enjoyed writing and sharing my travel, cruise and packing tips.

Christmas in Lake Como | Christmas in Genoa

I would like to hear from you! What would you like to read about? More behind the scenes onboard? More about Italy or the UK? More cruise tips? Let me know as I like to answer your questions and many of my blog posts have started from a question I have been asked.

I would like to wish you a wonderful new year and I will see you in 2018!

Happy Travels!

Love Lucy x

Travel Round Up 2017 - Lucy Williams Global - Travel and cruising


  1. December 29, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Oh dear! I don’t think that any of our travel years could ever top your 2017! haha… It’s really amazing that you got to experience a world cruise! I didn’t even know that something like this existed. But then again, I’ve never been on a “real” cruise, since we prefer road trips! But I guess we should serioulsy think about it again! haha… May 2018 be as awesome for you as this year! 🙂

    • December 30, 2017 / 10:21 pm

      I have been very lucky this year & have experienced so much. Thank you & happy new year ✨

  2. December 30, 2017 / 2:14 am

    Wow, a 111-day cruise?!? What an incredible experience! We travel with our limited 4 weeks of vacation and 10 days of holiday per year, I can’t even imagine what it’d be like to travel for a third of the year. Looks like you had an awesome 2017, happy new year!

    • December 30, 2017 / 10:22 pm

      It has been a great year and I can’t quite believe how much I have seen! Thank you & happy new year ✨

  3. Anuradha Goyal
    December 30, 2017 / 5:32 am

    Beautiful recap of 2017. Seems the cruise was the highlight of the year – it must have been fun. Happy New year.

  4. December 30, 2017 / 8:43 am

    What a whirlwind year, lady! I grew up in NZ, and it’s so silly that I never visited French Polynesia – they were so close to me! I’ve never been on a cruise, but one that I’d love to do is the Alaskan one – I’ve heard such amazing things about waking up in Alaska 😉 Hope you have an equally amazing 2018!

    • December 30, 2017 / 10:24 pm

      It has! I highly recommend French Polynesia & Alaska both very beautiful in different ways. Happy New Year ✨

  5. December 31, 2017 / 4:27 am

    A world cruise is my absolute DREAM holiday that I hope to take someday. That’s so amazing that you went on one! You went to so many countries – wowww! And then you spent time in Italy, one of my fav countries. What a year!

    • January 2, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      It was quite a year, I was very lucky! I recommend a world cruise as it an amazing experience ashore and onboard.

  6. Nisha
    December 31, 2017 / 7:32 am

    What a fab year! I also travelled a lot this year but we never crossed paths with you. 🙂
    The world cruise of a 111-day would have been so much fun & I am inspired!
    Your pictures are gorgeous too.

    Have a wonderful year ahead and wish you a Happy New Year.

    • January 2, 2018 / 5:15 pm

      We must exchange contacts, maybe we will be in the same places this year! The world cruise was amazing and I still can’t believe how much I saw in a short space of time!

  7. January 3, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    WOW! So jealous of all the places you’ve been. A world cruise would be my absolute DREAM! Hawaii is an awesome trip, we saw lots of turtles snorkeling as well. I also did an Alaska cruise that stopped in the same places when I was much younger and I still remember all the whales we saw! Seems like you had an awesome year, here’s to an even more awesome 2018!
    Cheers, PackingtoPassports

    • January 4, 2018 / 2:49 pm

      Thank you! It was an incredible year and I am very grateful that I got to go on a world cruise as that was the icing on the cake. Happy New Year and I wish you all the best for 2018.

  8. January 7, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    This is my first visit to your site. I didn’t know that crew member’s family could travel on the ship. That’s pretty cool! Do you stay in the staff quarters? What kind of facilities do you have access to on the ship? It also sounds like you can book the excursions?

    Cruise ships aren’t really my cup of tea. I get bored on days at sea, but you sure did get to see some incredible places! Alaska and the South Pacific are on my list for sure. Particularly Alaska. I’ve been dying to see the bears at Katami for years.

    • January 9, 2018 / 10:47 am

      It depends on the crew members rank as they need space to have you onboard. My husband is an officer so this cabin very nice. I have access to the whole ship and I go on the tours as it is the best way to really see a port. I love cruising and I never get bored as keep myself busy. The port days make it worth while.

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