Around the World for How Much a Day?

If we're reading this correctly, you can go around the world in 180 days on the Oceania Insignia — that's 44 countries and 89 ports —  in an all-in cruise that includes 2-for-1 fares, first-class airfare, pre-paid gratuities, free luggage valet and free medical service on the ship.

For $40,000.

Now before you choke on your oatmeal, think about what you would spend if you didn't go around the world in 180 days.

May we hypothesize…

Food: Two people for six months? In our house, that's about $600 a month. Savings for six months…$3,600.

Accommodation: More assumptions to make, and these will vary wildly by where you live. But let's say your mortgage payment is $2,000 a month and that you can rent out your home for the same amount. Or if you happen to be "between homes" you would save all of that plus maintenance, minus the cost of storing your furniture. Either way, projected savings for six months…$12,000. 

Transportation: It's reasonable to assume that driving your car costs $500 a month for gas, $100 a month for insurance. Even with no repairs, savings for six months…$3,600.

Entertainment: Again, everybody is different. Restaurant meals, green fees, the odd theater or concert ticket…would $300 a month be reasonable? Savings for six months…$1,800.

Medical: Depending on the depth of Oceania's medical coverage, you could cancel that travel insurance that's costing you $100 a month. Savings for six months…$600.

Vacation: Perhaps you'd take a two-week holiday once every six months and a rough guess us you'd spend a couple of hundred dollars a day more than you would spend if you stayed home. Savings for six months…$2,800.

Yes, it's highly subjective. Highly speculative. Highly unlikely those exact figures would apply to you. But it doesn't take a mathematician to figure it out for yourself.

Using these hypothetical savings, you're at more than $24,000. Now the price tag for that all-world cruise is suddenly $16,000 a couple ($8,000 each)…to see 44 countries and 89 ports.

That's less than $50 per day, per person.

The Insignia leaves Lisbon on January 10, 2015, and all those extra apply only if you book it by the end of August, six weeks from now.

Yes, there are shore excursions, but you can control that. There may even be some costs that aren't readily identified by Oceania.  However, when you look at the bang for your buck, this cruise has great appeal.

It just means doing a 180…for a 180.

Celebrity Millennium
7 nights
September 6, 2013
Anchorage, Hubbard Glacier, JuneauSkagway, Icy Strait Point, KetchikanVancouver
Inside: $499
Cost per day: $71
www.celebritycruises.com

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