The couple, who are chronicling their journey at www.TrekkingthePlanet.net , were inspired to plan their trek after they saw first-hand what a positive impact a previous family trip around the globe had on their two daughters' lives. Their full travel itinerary incorporates five different Princess Cruises voyages, totaling 96 days at sea. Both the first and last legs of their journey, plus three legs in between, will be aboard a Princess cruise ship.
"Our dream is to educate children about geography and world cultures so we've planned the ultimate trek around the world to do just that," said Sandy Van Soye. "We wanted to use cruise ships as part of our travel method because they offer an efficient way to reach all the different stops on our voyage while minimizing our global footprint. Once we decided to cruise for part of our trip, it only made sense to book our sea travel with Princess Cruises based on our previous travel experience with them and the fact that their ships go everywhere in the world. Our five cruise itineraries will enable us to reach all the destinations on our list while also giving us the opportunity to relax onboard between our land treks."
A video capturing some of the excitement of their first day on board Pacific Princess is available at http://youtu.be/xcFH5RWZ1bk .
In total, the Van Soyes' journey will cover 50 countries on six continents over the course of the 424-day world tour. Throughout their travels, the couple will share 60 different geography education modules they have created as well as pictures and videos of their travels for anyone in the world to use. So far more than 700 classrooms around the world will be following their travels, representing 50,000 students.
"We frequently hear stories from travelers who cruise to accomplish a goal - from celebrating milestones with family members to crossing something off their bucket list," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "Sandy and Darren are a great example of how cruise travel can be both relaxing and rewarding. We're inspired by their story and we're honored they've chosen Princess to help them achieve their trekking goals."
In addition to creating educational materials and providing live updates from their travels, the Van Soyes will also be presenting lectures for Princess Cruises passengers interested in geography. Like any world travelers, they're looking forward to visiting some "bucket list" worthy destinations including The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Bali in Indonesia, Casablanca in Morocco and The Amazon River in Brazil.
The Van Soyes' cruising plans include:
Jan. 28 to Feb. 27, 2012: San Diego to Sydney aboard Pacific PrincessMarch 17 to April 6, 2012: Sydney to Singapore aboard Ocean PrincessDec. 2-20, 2012: Rome to Fort Lauderdale aboard Pacific PrincessDec. 20, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013: Fort Lauderdale to Manaus aboard Pacific PrincessMarch 10-26, 2013: Santiago to Los Angeles aboard Star Princess
Their full 424-day itinerary is available on their website, where they will be journaling their trip ( www.trekkingtheplanet.net ) and fans can also follow them on Facebook.com/TrekkingPlanet. Princess will also be providing updates on Facebook.com/PrincessCruises. The Van Soyes will complete their global journey in March 2013.
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com .
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