Our last Blog entry was in late May after arriving home from an amazing five-month adventure. This included 134 days on Crystal Serenity followed by a European River Cruise on Crystal Mozart.
Trip Highlights included:
Stops along the California Coast, Hawaii, Australia, Africa and several areas throughout the Mediterranean.
Sailing the World Cruise for the first time since 2015.
Spending time with friends we have known for years and making new friends.
Hosting friends and family on board Serenity in San Francisco and in Sydney respectively.
Spending time with the family in Sydney, Australia.
Celebrating our 100th Crystal Society Milestone on-board Serenity.
Taking our first River Cruise and visiting several European cities and villages for the first time.
Enjoying time with the amazing crew of Serenity and Mozart.
There is a saying all good things must come to an end, and this was the case when this amazing adventure concluded.
We love travel and we love our home & community where we reside.
We have not traveled since May. This was intentional with major surgery for Anne Marie in July followed by months of recovery. Many thanks to those of you who reached out to us.
We are excited to begin this new adventure.
The trip starts with a stay at Walt Disney World in Florida with our family.
This photo was taken in February when we had the family on board Serenity and celebrated daughter Jennifer's birthday over dinner.
From Left to Right:
Son-in Law Gui, Daughter Jennifer, Grandson Andre and Granddaughter Emma who live in Sydney, Australia.
This is a photo of our son Eric and his family.
From Left to Right:
Grandson Jackson, Son Eric, Daughter-In-Law Kara, and Grandson Preston.
We are thrilled to have the family together for this trip.
Our last trip with the entire family was May 2017. This was shortly before our daughter's family moved to Sydney, Australia and five months before Kara gave birth to Grandson Preston. Similarly, Kara and Eric are expecting their third child who is due in February 2020.
As part of the trip we took the family to Disneyland followed by a seven-day California Coastal cruise on-board Crystal Serenity.
We arrive to Disney World December 29 for a six-night stay.
Our first visit to Disney World was in the late 1970s before our children were born. We stayed at the Contemporary Resort. We returned once more before our children accompanied us in 1992.
The 1992 trip was a combination cruise & land trip on the Big Red Boat. The Big Red Boat was part of Premier Cruise Lines and the ship was the Oceanic. This was before Disney established its own cruise line. Disney didn't own the Big Red Boat. Rather, they had a joint business relationship. Ironically, Oceanic used to be part of Home Lines. Keith went on Home Lines as a twelve-year-old with his family sailing on cruise ship Homeric. This was his first cruise. He loved it so much he wanted to return to cruising after we married. He had to wait fifteen years after we married.
We visited Oceanic when it was part of Home Lines to help Anne Marie's Mom settle on the ship in the mid-1970's for a cruise she was on. Fast forward to 1992 and Keith got his wish taking Anne Marie, Jennifer and Eric on their first cruise. We enjoyed the cruise so much two years later we began cruising yearly with the children. As they say the rest is history.
The land portion of the 1992 trip included a stay at the Grand Floridian. Resort.
This will be our first stay at Disney World since March of 1997.
After departing Disney World on January 4 the two of us travel to Southern Florida for a pre-cruise stay.
We board Crystal Serenity on January 7 for the first half of World Cruise 2020 sailing from Miami, Florida to Sydney, Australia. At the conclusion of this cruise we will have sailed the equivalent of four+ years at sea and visited 302 unique ports of call.
After disembarking Serenity we spend one week with the family in Sydney and make one additional stop before arriving home in March.
Look for the next post on December 24 with daily posts starting December 26.
Anne Marie & Keith
Following is a video trailer. We hope you enjoy it. The trip itinerary along with a map follows.
Dec.29, Sun DISNEY WORLD
Dec 30, Mon DISNEY WORLD
Dec 31, Tue DISNEY WORLD
Jan. 01, Wed DISNEY WORLD
Jan. 02, Thu DISNEY WORLD
Jan. 03, Fri DISNEY WORLD
Jan. 04, Sat DISNEY WORLD/MIAMI FLORIDA
Jan. 05, Sun MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA
Jan. 06, Mon MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA
Jan. 07, Tue MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA
Jan. 08, Wed CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN SEA
Jan. 09, Thu CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN SEA
Jan. 10, Fri CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
Jan. 11, Sat PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT
Jan. 11, Sat PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
Jan. 12, Sun PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
Jan. 13, Mon CRUISING CENTRAL AMERICA
Jan. 14, Tue SAN JUAN DEL SUR, NICARAGUA
Jan. 15, Wed CRUISING CENTRAL AMERICA
Jan. 16, Thu HUATULCO, MEXICO
Jan. 17, Fri CRUISING COAST OF MEXICO
Jan. 18, Sat CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO
Jan. 19, Sun CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO
Jan. 20, Mon CRUISING COAST OF MEXICO
Jan. 21, Tue CRUISING WEST COAST OF USA
Jan. 22, Wed LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Jan. 23, The CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Jan. 24, Fri CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Jan. 25, Sat CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Jan. 26, Sun CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Jan. 27, Mon CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Jan. 28, Tue CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Jan. 29, Wed NUKU HIVA/MARQUESAS
Jan. 30, Thu CRUISING THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Jan. 31, Fri RANGIROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Feb. 01, Sat BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Feb. 02, Sun BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Feb. 03, Mon MO'OREA, SOCIETY ISLANDS
Feb. 03, Mon PAPEETE, TAHITI
Feb. 04, Tue PAPEETE, TAHITI
Feb. 05, Wed PAPEETE, TAHITI
Feb. 06, Thu RAIATEA, SOCIETY ISLANDS
Feb. 07, Fri CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC
Feb. 08, Sat RAROTONGA, COOK ISLANDS
Feb. 09, Sun CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC
Feb. 11, Tue CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE
Feb. 12, Wed NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA
Feb. 13, Thu CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC
Feb. 14, Fri LAUTOKA, FIJI
Feb. 15, Sat CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC
Feb. 16, Sun CRUISING THE SOUTH PACIFIC
Feb. 17, Mon WAITANGI, BAY OF ISLANDS, NZ
Feb. 18, Tue AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Feb. 19, Wed AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Feb, 20, Thu ROTORUA (TAURANGA),NZ
Feb. 21, Fri NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND
Feb. 22, Sat NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND
Feb. 23, Sun WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Feb. 24, Mon PICTON, NEW ZEALAND
Feb. 25, Tue AKAROA, NEW ZEALAND
Feb. 26, Wed DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
Feb. 27, Thu CRUISING DOUBTFUL FJORD
Feb. 27, Thu DUSKY SOUND/MILFORD SOUND
Feb. 28, Fri CRUISING THE TASMAN SEA
Feb. 29, Sat HOBART, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
Mar. 01, Sun HOBART, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
Mar. 02, Mon CRUISING THE TASMAN SEA
Mar. 03, Tue SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Mar. 04, Wed SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Mar. 05, Thu SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Mar. 06, Fri SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Mar. 07, Sat SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Mar. 08, Sun SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Mar. 09, Mon SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Mar. 10, Tue SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA