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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Laura Rothkopf Aug 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM

I just found out.."Concerning the visas for Madagascar and Mozambique, the letter is not necessary. You can actually obtain both visas on board the ship. The ship pre-buys visas to make it easier for travelers upon arrival into each country. The Madagascar visa is available at not charge. For Mozambique, the entrance visa will be $25 USD (subject to change).
Hope this saves some of you from the added expense.
This will be the 4 th cruise with this crew. The Voyager is a great cruise experience. Looking forward to meeting you.
Barbara Shannon Sep 30, 2014 at 09:01 AM

So it sounds like you have traveled on the Voyager. Are you going to be taking the World Academy 2015? I am and would love to know some packing tips for such an extensive trip with so many weather extremes. I know to have layers, etc. I guess it just seems overwhelming with safari clothes to winter in Norway to formal on the ship. Oh my! Thanks for the information about visas. I am now working on getting the necessary vaccines. I have an appointment with the travel clinic at Washinton University.
Laura Rothkopf Sep 30, 2014 at 09:15 AM

Yes, packing is an issue. I plan to only take one large suitcase this time. I plan to bring clothes that I can leave if I buy too many items! Also, many items can be rinsed out I the shower. Good to bring over the door hanger so you can wash and then hang in the cabin. See you in the new year!
Laura Rothkopf Dec 05, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Barbara, please email me at worldtravel48@gmail.com so we can further discuss packing issue. I almost forgot what happened last year! Laura
John Ray Dec 08, 2014 at 01:08 PM

I checked the Zimbabwe website and went to their evisa online visa application. The evisa site only worked in an MS iExplorer browser, then I learned that US citizens don't need a visa ahead of time. It said to get the visa on entry for $30. In the process I learn that the two night stay in Victoria Falls had been changed to only one night. The Road Scholar letter appears to have been misleading and causing unnessary effort.
Laura Rothkopf Dec 08, 2014 at 05:30 PM

Thanks for the info John.
Laura Rothkopf Dec 09, 2014 at 07:25 PM

Also, I checked with the office and we do not return to the dship on our final day for breakfast before we board our planes.
Laura Rothkopf Dec 09, 2014 at 07:26 PM

Better find my glasses...

Carol Gotay Jul 04, 2014 at 09:11 PM

Hi Barbara: I live in New Rochelle, N.Y. That is 25 minute train ride from Manhattan. I am 73, very active and still in good health. I am a retired R.N., so a nurse aboard will be a good thing. Imagine all the single cabins already spoken for. I had hoped to find someone and get to know them a bit before travel. I will still keep trying, as you never know. Yes, you are right small quarters, but I am thinking there will be so much to do we won't be spending too much time there. All of the countries are new to me as well. I can imagine packing for such a trip is challenging LOL. I am hopeful it will work out. Thanks so much for your helpful suggestions. Talk soon. Carol G.
Barbara Shannon Sep 30, 2014 at 09:02 AM

Are you going to be going on the World Academy 2015?

Barbara Shannon Jul 04, 2014 at 09:00 PM

I think there was only one choice on single cabins in the World Academy category. In 2010, I did a RS trip called The Julia Child Voyage and took an assigned roommate. That trip was almost 3 weeks and my roommate and we did fine. The cabin on a ship is small quarters even with people you really know, so it is always a risk. I think if you speak with RS about your concerns they can be of help.
I live in St. Louis, MO. How about you?
I will turn 69 while on this trip and am active, healthy and love learning about our world. I have only been to one of the approximate 23 countries we will be visiting and that is England, so this will be a true adventure in learning.
I hope you decide to take the chance. I think the single cabins may all be spoken for. Barb

Carol Gotay Jul 04, 2014 at 08:51 PM

Hi Barbara, so good to hear from you even though you are a single traveler. Which category cabin did you choose. I am just about in the same boat. I haven't signed up yet, but feel--if not now, when--Where are you located geographically? I just may consider the single cabin if I cannot find a roommate. It is a long long trip, but I think it may be something like my friend's trip some years ago on the Ernestina. That was 6 months long and she has been forever changed since that experience. Please stay in touch, we will no doubt meet more of the "never imagined" travelers as the time nears. Have a great summer. Carol G.

Barbara Shannon Jul 04, 2014 at 07:24 PM

Hi Carol Gotay, I am going to be on this trip and have a single cabin. I hope you do find a compatible roommate and look forward to meeting you. It is a huge trip, one I never imagined I would be doing but just decided I wasn't getting any younger and made the decision. Once you are sure you are going, I think it would be nice to chat on this site or maybe by email as we prepare for this trip of a lifetime.

Carol Gotay Jul 04, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Hi: I am seeking a compatible roommate for the 75 day extravaganza leaving Jan 2, 2015. 75 days is lengthy, but it looks wonderful, as in trip of a lifetime. I am 73, youthful, fit and fun. I am respectful and flexible as well. Any ladies seeking roommates for this special experience. I would really be happy to hear from you. Happy traveling. Carol G.

Barbara Shannon Jun 26, 2014 at 03:14 PM

Carol and others interested in previous travelers experience on the world academy, I was just informed that since the 2014 and 2015 have slightly different itineraries and a different program number, the comments from the 2014 travelers are not availble to us on this post. Too bad.

Barbara Shannon May 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Well I am committed to going and I am really looking forward to hearing about the trip from those who went this year. Let me know if you decide to go. At least we can chat about the nightmare of packing for the hottest hot and coldest cold, etc.

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