We don't like flying...

Its not that we're fearful of flying.  We're not. We both say a prayer upon take-off and landing, asking God to take us to our destination safely and praising God for the minds and skills of those individuals instrumental in creating  and flying these beasts of the sky.

In our earlier discussions of the possibility of world travel upon retirement, we had this brilliant idea (so we thought) that we could avoid flying and cruise from location to location.

In the planning of our first year, we are able to avoid stepping foot in an airport from October 31, 2012 (retirement/departure date) to September 1, 2013 when we will depart from Rome to arrive in Diani Beach in Mombasa, Kenya for our upcoming three month stay.

In looking at a world map, its easy to ascertain that cruising from Italy to Kenya is challenging, if not impossible.  The trip through the Suez Canal is wrought with dangers of political strife and rampant piracy which prevent many cruise lines from sailing through these areas.  

Also, the seaports in Kenya are shallow as described in this link about the difficulty China has in importing goods to African seaports, not only due to its shallow ports,  but also due to a lack of an adequate river system to transport the goods throughout the continent.   As a result, smaller ships travel to Kenya, vulnerable to piracy.  Not an ideal scenario for cruising.

There are a number of cruises that travel through the Mediterranean to Egypt but only a rare few that continue on into the Red Sea to Kenya.  The cruise we have booked for June 4, 2013 doesn't sail to Egypt.  In the future, we will experience a cruise to Egypt.  After all, we will have all the time in the world provided good health prevails.  

We selected this cruise which departs from Barcelona Spain, after our one-month stay in Majorca Spain, to fill a two week lag we had to fill prior to the availability of our rental in Tuscany on June 16, 2013.   The cruise ends in Venice where we'll either take a train to Florence or rent a car and drive to the Tuscany Region to our rental.  

When analyzing the cost of this cruise to the costs of two weeks of transportation through Italy, car rental, hotels and meals, it proved to be slightly more economical.   We'll have plenty of time to tour Italy while staying in Tuscany for almost three months. 
12 nights departing June 4, 2013 on
Norwegian's Norwegian Spirit

Brochure Inside$2,399
Our Inside$1,249
You Save48%
Brochure Oceanview$2,599
Our Oceanview$1,499
You Save42%
Brochure Balcony$3,299
Our Balcony$1,929
You Save42%
Brochure Suite$6,399
Our Suite$3,929
You Save39%
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The prices shown are US dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. They include port charges but do not include airfare or (where applicable) airport or government taxes or fees.
Important Note: Visas are required for this itinerary.
ITINERARY
DAYDATEPORTARRIVE  DEPART
TueJun4Barcelona, Spain7:00pm
WedJun5Toulon, France8:00am6:00pm
ThuJun6Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy8:00am7:00pm
FriJun7Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy8:00am7:00pm
SatJun8Naples (Capri), Italy8:00am7:00am
SunJun9At Sea
MonJun10Mykonos, Greece7:00am3:00pm
TueJun11Istanbul, Turkey9:00am6:00pm
WedJun12Izmir, Turkey11:30am7:00pm
ThuJun13Athens (Piraeus), Greece8:00am6:00pm
FriJun14At Sea
SatJun15Venice, Italy2:00pm
SunJun16Venice, ItalyDisembark

As always, we have booked a Balcony cabin.

And thus, we are limited by our transportation to Kenya.  Train travel through Africa appears interesting and varied but, the uncertainty of train schedules and creature comforts didn't quite fit our goal of "wafting through our world wide travels with ease, joy and simplicity."  

Simplicity and ease would not include dragging our bags through various train stations, often waiting overnight while sitting on a bench awaiting the next train. That, definitely would not be "joyful." After all, we aren't in our 20's any longer. 

We've discovered that careful planning, well in advance, better prepares us to handle the "unknowns" we will encounter along the way.  

Flying to Kenya and three months later to South Africa could result in sleeping on the floor in an airport with our heads on our carry-on luggage due to a delayed or cancelled flight.  It could also result in delays at custom checks or as a result of overweight checked baggage.  It may result in our being unable to sit together on the flight.  We'll take these risks, albeit hesitantly and book the flights as the time nears.

Once we arrive in Diani Beach, unpacked our bags and get situated on the veranda, we'll be quite content.

Photos of the Kenya Coast vacation house rental:
2 bedrooms for 4 people, large patio, beautiful garden, near the beach.

Kenya Coast house rental
Kenya Coast house rental
Kenya Coast house rental
Kenya Coast house rental
Kenya Coast house rental
Kenya Coast house rental
Kenya Coast house rental
Kenya Coast house rental


Kenya Coast house rental
Kenya Coast house rental

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