Just when I thought things were returning to cruising the unexpected Omnicron variant hits the world hard and the cruise lines decide to do another temporary hold for January. So, here I go again with the cancellation announced in December 2021 for the Antartica cruise from Buenos Aires. This one I already had booked my tours and dining reservations for not.
Now I wait for the next opportunity to cruise to new places as most of the cruises reestablished for February and March 2022 seem to be close to the USA and Mexico, which do not interest me because of my previous cruises. I had already booked for May 2022 European cruise from Barcelona, Spain to London, England with stops along all the coasts of Spain, Portugal, and France. These include the ports of Cartagena, Granada, and Seville in Spain. Then stops at Lisbon and Oporto in Portugal; then Bourdeaux, France and finally back to Southampton/London. I look forward to this because of the opportunity to see Gibraltar and pass through the Straits of Gibraltar with Africa just a short distance away!
Meanwhile, I keep dreaming, planning, and taking advantage of deals I can find in 2023 and have booked several more cruises especially to canceled locations from 2020 and 2021. So, at the end of January 2023, I plan my first Asian trip from Hong Kong, China to Bangkok, Thailand with stops in places like Manila, Philippines; Coron, Philippines; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Maura, Brunei; Ho Chin Min City, Vietnam; and Ko Sumui, Thailand.
Spring of 2023 in March, I will go to Europe again with a different twist from Athens, Greece into the Black Sea. This cruise stops in places like Kusadasi, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey; Constanta, Romania; Odessa, Ukraine; Varna, Bulgaria; Nessebar, Bulgaria; Mykonos, Greece; and Santorini, Greece. Several of these are repeats for me, but the opportunity to enter ports inside the Black Sea is very exciting!
And finally at the end of 2023…….(so far) I plan to head back into the Caribbean on the new NCL Viva ship from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the far southern islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. This will be my first New Years Eve cruise and includes several other repeat islands; but knocks off my list the A, B, C islands as they are referred to, and the last of the Caribbean Islands that I have visited.
Keeping my fingers crossed, but as of today I see good progress with mask mandates getting lifted on board and less testing. The rest of 2022 should be back on track! I HOPE!