What a Cruise!

What a Cruise!

I’m now finally home after four months and a nine days and what a cruise! I have been around the world on a cruise ship and I am so pleased I started this blog to share my experiences. I was in two minds whether to do it as I thought no one would be interested! 

In this time I have been to 38 ports, 26 countries, 6 continents, sailed 10 seas and 3 oceans. It has been a fantastic experience and I have loved every minute. I have enjoyed sharing my experiences with you all and I hope you have enjoyed reading. 

Thank you to everyone that has been reading and supporting me. I am going to continue writing this blog and give you more information about all the places I have visited over the years as I have so much more information to offer.

Even though I am at home now, I am always on the go and visiting places in my local area and I still go away on land vacations. So I will give you the low down on my time in the UK and in Italy my second home.

I know I will be visiting Lake Como and Sardinia and anywhere else I end up I will share! Also, I will be giving you more travel and packing tips, as you learn new things every time you travel and there are always new gadgets that make travel easier. 

I would love to hear from you! Is there anything you would like me to share on cruising, packing, ports, tours, products, photos, travel, etc? Please leave a comment or fill in the contact form and I will get back to you.

Thank you & Happy Travels! 

Love Lucy x

P.S. If you are enjoying following me, please subscribe to my newsletter. That way you will never miss a blog post! Click here to subscribe.

The World Cruise in Photos

The World Cruise in Photos (1)

After 111 days on the World Cruise, I wanted to share with you the best photos. You have read the blogs but here were the bests bits!

Los Angeles – USA

The luggage, flying out and sailing out to sea.

Bora Bora – French Polynesia

After eight days at sea it was magical to arrive in Bora Bora! I went to the beach and drank coconut water.

Tahiti – French Polynesia

Driving up to view-point to look out to Moorea and the reef. Exploring the bamboo and waterfall.

Bay of Islands – New Zealand

Exploring the glowworm caves and walking through the rainforest.

Auckland – New Zealand

Drinking pink champagne, eating seafood and walking around the city.

Sydney – Australia

Sailing under the Harbour Bridge, the water front and the Opera House.

Cairns – Australia

Holding Koalas, touching kangaroos and watching an Aboriginal show.

Rabaul – Papua New Guinea

Seeing how coconut oil is made, drinking coconut water and viewing the volcanoes and bubbling pit.

Guam – Micronesia

The view-point to see the reef at Two Lovers Point cliff, the statue and the heart padlocks.

Kaohsiung – Taiwan

The Spring and Autumn Pavilions and the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas and inside the temple.

Hong Kong – China

Hong Kong by night, the Big Buddha and the view from Victoria Peak and a junk boat.

Sanya – China

The three faced Buddha, the port and the lucky ribbons.

Singapore

The National Orchid Garden, Chinatown and the Jurong Bird Park.

Phuket – Thailand

Relaxing by the pool at a hotel and the garden.

Cochin – India

The view from onboard and drinking cocktails as I had no visa!

Mumbai – India

The view from onboard again as I had no visa!

Dubai – UAE

From the desert to the biggest mall in the world to the tallest building in the world!

Aqaba – Jordan

Visiting Petra the Lost City.

Suez Canal – Egypt

Sailing through the Suez Canal.

Rhodes – Greece

The crystal clear water and the old town.

Chania – Greece

The local children dancing in traditional costume, the colourful walls and of course the wine!

Zathynthos – Greece

The view, the cute little house and the olive oil.

Bari – Italy

Alberobello Trulli the town of cone-shaped houses.

Hvar – Croatia

The morning view.

Venice – Italy

Visiting Villa Sandi Vine Yard and the centre of Venice.

Sibenik – Croatia

Walking around Krka National Park.

Valletta – Malta

The view of the harbour and visiting the city of Mdina.

Trapani – Italy

Trapani in Sicily had amazing views.

Ceuta – Spanish Morocco

A day in the blue city at Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Portimao – Portugal

IMG_0547

Me by the painted wall.

Hamilton – Bermuda

Cruising around the Bermudan Islands.

Fort Lauderdale – USA

Sunrise, Starbucks and sail away.

Aruba – Caribbean

The beautiful beaches.

Santa Marta – Colombia

The harbour and in the town centre.

Panama Canal – Panama

Transiting through the locks.

San Juan Del Sur – Nicaragua

The crater and colourful Granada.

Acajutla – El Salvador

The pyramids.

La Paz – Mexico

The beautiful beach in La Paz.

Los Angeles – USA

IMG_1406

The cruise ship terminal in the port of Los Angeles.

Hope you enjoyed the photos.

If you are enjoying following me, please subscribe to my newsletter. That way you will never miss a blog post! Click here to subscribe.

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

111 Days Sailing Around the World on a Cruise Ship

111 Days Sailing Around the World on a Cruise Ship - Lucy Williams Global

After 111 days of the world cruise, we have been to 36 ports, 25 countries, 6 continents, transited through 2 canals, sailed 10 seas and crossed 3 oceans and spent 73 days at sea.

I can’t believe the world cruise has come to an end. It seemed like it was never going to, but here we are and I’m sad to see it finish.

It has been an amazing experience and I am so pleased I have blogged about it instead of just posting photos on Facebook!

I have met some fantastic people from all corners of the globe and it has been so nice to get know them over four months. A world cruise is very different to regular cruising as you have so much time, so it has a more relaxed atmosphere.

earth-2191121_640

Where have we been?

Below is the list in order and the ports underlined you can click on to read my blog post about my adventures in that port.

Los Angeles – USA

Bora Bora – French Polynesia

Papeete – French Polynesia

Bay of Islands – New Zealand 

Auckland – New Zealand

Sydney – Australia

Cairns – Australia

Rabaul – Papua New Guinea

Guam – Micronesia – USA

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Kaohsiung – Taiwan

Hong Kong – China

Sanya – China

Singapore – Singapore

Phuket – Thailand

Cochin – India

Mumbai – India

Dubai – UAE

Aqaba – Jordan

Suez Canal – Egypt

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Rhodes – Greece

Chania – Greece

Zakynthos – Greece

Bari – Italy 

Hvar – Croatia

Venice – Italy

Sibenik – Croatia

Valletta – Malta

Trapani – Italy

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Ceuta – Spanish Morocco

Portimao – Portugal

Hamilton – Bermuda

Fort Lauderdale – USA

Oranjestad – Aruba

Santa Marta – Colombia

Panama Canal – Panama

San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

Acajutla – El Salvador

La Paz – Mexico

Los Angeles – USA

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

How many days at sea?

We have crossed three oceans the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean and sailed the Tasmanian Sea, Coral Sea, Philippine Sea, South China, Andaman Sea, Laccadive Sea, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the Caribbean Sea.

We were at sea for 73 days out of 111 days! Normally I really do not like days at sea, but this time I needed them after long days on tour in each port we visited.

Also, if it wasn’t for the days at sea I probably would not have written this blog. So, in a way I’m very happy I committed to doing this and thank you for the sea days!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

What else happened?

Cruising is not just about the ports though, it is about the food, formal nights, champagne waterfalls and the shows.

There were 18 formal nights and 6 champagne waterfalls during the 111 days. Those were the nights to dress up, no jeans and flip-flops!

The champagne waterfall is a cruise ship tradition. The champagne glasses are carefully stacked in rows on top of one another to form a pyramid and then the Maître’s Hotel pours champagne from the top, that makes a champagne waterfall.

I didn’t bring 18 formal dresses! I only brought one suitcase for the world cruise and if you would like to know how I did it read my article ‘The Art of Packing for a Cruise: How to Packing a Capsule Wardrobe’.  Lots of great packing tips and it comes with a free packing checklist.

It hasn’t been plain sailing through the cruise though, we had several very rough days at sea and some rough tender rides!

What was my favourite port?

This is a tricky one! I enjoyed the whole trip, but I especially loved visiting Petra in Jordan, the Big Buddha in Hong Kong, relaxing in Phuket, Thailand, visiting a friend after ten years in Sydney, Australia and going back to Bora Bora, French Polynesia for the beautiful Matira Beach.

I hope you have enjoyed following my adventures around the world. The world cruise may have finished, but I am still onboard! So, I will be writing about more ports I am visiting this week, so stay tuned!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about world cruise, please share on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest so your friends and family can read too. Sharing is caring!

Have you been on a world cruise? What were your favourite ports?

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

P.S. Sign up to the mailing list and never miss a blog post and receive my 15 top packing tips. Click here to subscribe

111 Days Sailing Around the World on a Cruise Ship - Lucy Williams Global

The Mayan Ruins of El Salvador

The Mayan Ruins of El Salvador - Lucy Williams Global

This was my first time to El Salvador and I went back in time to visit the Mayan ruins. I visited two pre-Hispanic archaeological sites. The Mayan Ruins of San Andrés and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Joya de Ceren.

We docked in Acajutla, El Salvador and drove to the archaeologically ruins of San Andrés, deep in the valley of Zapotitan. It took around one and half hours to reach the site from the port.

Mayan Ruins of San Andrés

San Andrés dates back, to 900 BC and it was an important political, cultural and religious centre. In 420 AD, it was covered in ash by the Ilopango volcano. Then between 500 – 600 AD San Andrés was recolonized.

IMG_1268

By the years 850 – 900 AD, it is believed the Mayans abandoned the area because of the eruption of the El Boquerón volcano that covered the area with ash.

Between 600 and 900 AD, the town was an important regional Mayan capital. Many of the ruins reveal the political and ceremonial workings of this town.

In 1100 AD, the valley was reoccupied by migrant groups from Mexico known as Pipiles until the Spanish conquest in 1524.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The site was buried under the ash of the Playón Volcano in 1658 AD until excavation work began in the 1940s.

When we arrived, we walked through the museum and saw artefacts and how the site would have looked before it was covered with ash from a volcanic eruption.

Only a few ceremonial areas have been excavated to date. Mayan lords ruled the land from the “Acropolis” which are the pyramids.

It was amazing to see the green hills with large stone bricks in the shape of pyramids. In the distance, there were views of volcanoes and on the site, there were cocoa and coffee trees.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Joya de Ceren

Next, we went to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Joya de Ceren, which was a Mayan farming village. It is known as the ‘Pompeii of the Americas.’

The town is believed to date back to 1200 BC and was devastated by volcanic eruptions twice. The first in 200 AD by the same eruption of the Ilopango volcano that hit San Andrés.

IMG_1292

After it was repopulated, it thrived for a few hundred more years before another volcano, Laguna Caldera, erupted in 600 AD. It buried the village under four to eight meters of ash over a span of a few hours.

The town was perfectly preserved, but no bodies have been found. It is assumed that the villagers were evacuated in time, but they left in a hurry as they left behind half-eaten food!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

These incredible ruins lay undisturbed until they were discovered accidentally in 1976 by a bulldozer driver who was levelling the ground to build grain storage silos. About 70 structures have been uncovered so far, including storehouses, kitchens, and living quarters.

This site was very interesting as it really has been preserved so well. The site is mainly undercover which is good as it gets hot and humid in this part of the world!

Need help packing for your next cruise? Download a free packing checking list. Click here now to get it in straight to your inbox!

Essential Info

  • Weather: Average temperature all year round 30*C
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Wear lightweight clothing and hat
  • Wear sunscreen and insect repellent

I hope you have enjoyed reading about El Salvador, please share on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest so your friends and family can read too. Sharing is caring!

Have you been to El Salvador? What would you recommend doing?

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

P.S. If you are enjoying reading my blog please subscribe to my newsletter, where you get all my latest blogs straight to your inbox and exclusive info that is not on the blog! Click here now to subscribe

The Mayan Ruins of El Salvador - Lucy Williams Global

(L. Williams is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk, at no extra cost to you).

Joining Two Oceans – The Panama Canal

Joining Two Oceans The Panama Canal (1)

 

I have sailed through the Panama Canal so many times, as I worked many Panama seasons onboard. I find it difficult to get excited about this part of the world! But this time I quite enjoyed just watching.

The Panama Canal was built so it is quicker to transit to the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic Ocean and vice versa. As it takes a lot longer to get to either ocean sailing around South America.

It is an artificial 48 miles (77 km) long waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and it cuts across the Isthmus of Panama.

The Panama Canal is used daily for cargo ships and cruise ships to transit. It has become a very popular cruise with several cruise lines.

Gatun Lake

The Panama Canal was opened in 1914. The building started in 1881 by the French, but due to engineering problems and a high mortality rate stopped building in 1894.

The canal was very difficult to build between the wet season and the dense jungle that had venomous snakes, insects and spiders in it. Then there was yellow fever, malaria and other tropical diseases that killed thousands of workers. In the end 22,000 lives were lost due to disease and accidents.

The United States took over building in 1904 and completed in 1914. In 1999 Panama took control of the canal.

Pedro Miguel Locks

When the canal opened in 1914, 1,000 ships transited through the canal. Now over 15,000 ships transit the canal every year. Since the canal has been open over a million ships have transited the canal.

Pedro Miguel Locks

It takes six to eight hours to transit the canal and ships must go through three locks.

This is how the transit looks like from the Atlantic side:

  • Atlantic Ocean (Caribbean Sea)
  • Transit Cristobel
  • Gatun Locks
  • Gatun Lake
  • Passing Gamboa
  • Passing Centenario Bridge
  • Pedro Miguel Locks
  • Miraflores Locks
  • Pass under the Bridge of Americas
  • Passing Balboa Anchorages
  • Enter Pacific Ocean (Gulf of Panama)

Miraflores Locks

Between the locks and Gatun lake it is interesting watch. Gatun lake has little islands full of lush plants with wildlife living on them.

The locks are the features though seeing the water raising and lowering the ship to pass through. Watching the little trains on each the side of the lock guiding the ship through.

 

Leaving the Miraflores Locks

The canal has now been expanded so larger container ships can transit the canal. So far, no cruise ships have passed through. The new locks are parallel to the old locks.

Passing under the Bridge of Americas

If you are enjoying reading my blog please subscribe to my weekly newsletter, where you get all my latest blogs straight to your inbox and exclusive info that is not on the blog! Click here now to subscribe.

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

Joining Two Oceans The Panama Canal

Follow my blog with Bloglovin