Round the World Cruise Introduction


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October 11th 2007
Published: October 29th 2018
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Welcome to Mandi (M) and David's (D) first blog. Our first East to West world cruise departed at 16.30 pm on the 12th October 2007 but when we return in about 3 months time we will stay aboard and circumnavigate the globe again - but this time travelling from West to East. The maps show the route and the ports of call are listed underneath. Hopefully, this will be the trip of a lifetime. We will be gone for nearly six months. The ship we are travelling on is called the MV Van Gogh (pictured). It is a small cruise ship without many facilities . The ship does not have much in the way of communications (apart from a satellite phone for emergencies) so we will need to spend some time in internet cafes keeping in touch with friends and family via email and this blog.




World Ports of Call - East to West 2007

1. Falmouth, 2. Gibraltar, 3. Valletta, Malta, 4. Port Said for Cairo, 5. Transit Suez Canal, 6. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 7. Salalah, Oman, 8. Cochin, India, 9. Columbo, Sri Lanka, 10. Phuket, Thailand, 11. Penang, Malaysia, 12. Singapore, 13. Pandang Bay, Bali, 14. Darwin, Australia, 15. Cairns, Australia, 16. Noumea, New Caledonia, 17. Suva, Fiji,. 18. Alofi, Niue, 19. Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 20. Papeette, Tahiti, 21. Nuka Hiva, Marquesas Islands, 22. Guayaquil, Ecuador, 23. Transit Panama Canal, 24. Oranjestad, Aruba, 25. Castries, St Lucia, 26. Bridgetown, Barbados
27. Funchal, Madeira.




World Ports of Call - West to East 2008

1. Falmouth, 2. Ponta Delgada, Azores, 3. St John's, Antigua, 4. Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe French Caribbean, 5. Willemstad, Curaau, Dutch Caribbean, 6. San Blas Islands, Panama, 7. Transit Panama Canal, 8. Manta, Ecuador, 9. Cruise Past Galapagos Islands, 10. Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, 11. Papeete, Tahiti, 12. Bora Bora, French Polynesia, 13. Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 14. Suva, Fiji, 15. Auckland, New Zealand, 16. Bay of Islands, New Zealand, 17. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 18. Devonport, Tasmania, 19. Freemantle for Perth, Western Australia, 20. Port Louis, Mauritius, 21. St. Denis, Reunion, 22. Durban, South Africa, 23. Cape Town, South Africa, 24. Jamestown, St Helena, 25. Georgetown, Ascension Island, 26. Praia, So Tiago, Cape Verde, 27. Funchal, Madeira.

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