2016 Grand World Voyage

Opunohu Bay Moorea

On January 5, 2016, we embarked on a 115 day Grand Voyage around the World. On this trip we went to 41 Ports in 23 Countries on 4 Continents. During this time we traveled  38,107 miles.  We traveled on Holland American Line’s ms Amsterdam, a 62,735 gross tonnage ship (small by todays standards) with a passenger capacity of 1380, but there was never more than 1,050 on board at any one time. This ship was large enough to be comfortable yet small enough to get into some of the more remote place that we went to. We divided this voyage into segments, with each segment having its own page to explore.

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1st Segment  On our first leg of the journey we went to the port of Puerto Limon, in Costa Rica. We than cruised through the Panama Canal and stopped overnight anchored in Panama City, Panama.  We than spent 8 days at sea and arrived in French Polynesian visiting the ports of Nuku Hiva, AvatoruPapeete, and finishing in Moorea. We then sailed to Rarotonga, Cook Islands. This first segment ended in New Zealand with stops in Waitangi and Auckland on the North Island and Picton on the South Island.



2nd Segment The second part of our voyage took us to the east side of Australia and included the ports of MelbourneSydneyTownsvilleCairns and Darwin. We headed North to Indonesia to the ports of BaliSemarang and Jakarta. We ended this segment with a three day stay in Hong Kong.



3rd Segment The third segment of this voyage starts in Vietnam, with the ports of Da Nang and Phu My. We traveled on to Cambodia and then 3 days in Singapore, before going to Phuket in Thailand. From there we went to Sri Lanka where we visited Hambantota and had an overnight stay in Colombo. We ended this segment with 2 days in Dubai.



4th Segment  Our 4th and final segment began with two ports in Oman, Muscat and Salalah. We then traveled up the Red Sea for 4 days until we reached Aqaba in Jordan. Next we made a transit of the Suez Canal and went to Israel. In Israel we visited the ports of Haifa and Ashdod. We then sailed across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece where we docked in Piraeus, the gateway to Athens and Katakolon. There were two more stops in Italy at Civitavecchia and Livorno (Florence). We continued east to Barcelona in Spain and then to Cadiz on the Atlantic Ocean side of the country. We ended this voyage in Funchal on the Portugese Island of Madeira.