Around the World in 21st Century

When we were kids, there was a movie called “Around The World in 80 Days” that was as SciFi to us as Star Trek is today because, frankly, it wasn’t ever going to happen. The movie included 41 stars, was based on a book of the same name by Jules Verne and was called an “epic” — which has nothing to do with a cruise ship having the same name today.

But we digress. Around the world in 80 days is no longer a pipe dream, it’s a reality. Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly 80 days.

However, it will happen in somewhere between 86 and 103 days, according to the “company of Queens” that pioneered the idea of sailing ’round the world, Cunard. Today’s version of the World Voyage that Cunard ships launched 90 years ago is actually four trips around the world — one on the Queen Mary 2 and one on the new Queen Elizabeth in each of the next two years.

So why is this significant now?

Now, because Cunard has a sale, and it starts next week (July 15). Among the perks are a 10% early-booking discount, a $3,000 per stateroom on-board credit and complimentary hotel and dining charges… not sure what that is. And if 86 to 103 days is too much for you, Cunard breaks it down into “segment voyages” of varying lengths.

The main ports are New York, Fort Lauderdale and Southampton, England, and there’s a zillion or so ports and things to do in three months on the ships. It’s a far cry from that initial voyage on the Laconia in 1922.

Even if it isn’t a far cry from “80 days.”

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