What: Pathway to the Explorers World Cruise – A 106-day, around-the-world excursion on the Queen Victoria, the brand new super-ship from the makers of the Queen Mary 2.
Why: Because the world is the last great frontier. I’ve been to many great places like
For example, I’ve never eaten Indonesian food. I don’t even know what it is or where to get it. I could probably just order it from www.indonesianfood.com, but that’s part of the problem: The world has gotten so small that no one feels the need to conquer it anymore. Why travel to
But 106 days at sea? Living like a pirate? With an eye patch and a bird, shouting things like “AVAST!” and “I’M THE KING OF THE WORLD” (with a pirate accent), but with amenities and toiletries? If nothing else, it’s a 106-day long open bar. If I didn’t return from this trip with a chest of gold and an exotic disease, I would be surprised and disappointed in myself.
How: How much would you pay for that experience? $200,000,000? $300,000,000? Well then won’t you be surprised to learn that ticket prices start at $21,586. That’s over $199,978,414 off the suggested retail price! When you look at it that way, it’s a total bargain. Except that you’re probably sleeping below deck and sharing a bathroom with the workers or people from
Or you could just upgrade to a penthouse for the deeply discounted price of $89,604. With that, you get luxurious amenities like a towel warmer and windows. But at the end of the day, can you really put a price tag on the vast endlessness of the horizon? The sun setting over the cusp of the sea? Having definitive proof that the world is round? And most importantly, sharing a truly unique adventure with your best friend in the whole world, that neither of you will forget for the rest of your life?*
(I’m not sure you can. But if I had to hazard a guess, it would be $203,404 – the price of the ship’s grand suite.)
This year’s ultimate gift giving guide will be spread out over the coming weeks. Keep coming back to stay current on all the awesome gifts for you and your family and me this holiday season.
* Actually, Puppy would likely forget the entire trip the second we got home. After all, this is the same dog who once forgot halfway through that he was peeing and put his leg down, only realizing what he had done once he started peeing on himself, at which point he hastily lifted his leg again and looked at my embarrassedly, as though to say, “Duh!”