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Zoom Call 4.16.24 Cruisin' 'Round the World with John DL Arendsen

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Zoom Call 4.16.24 Cruisin' 'Round the World with John DL Arendsen

Jules Verne wrote about traveling Around the World in 80 days as a wager amongst 'gentlemen" . The book and the novel captured imaginations and if only for a brief moment, people would wonder what that adventure would offer in the way of delights and sights to nourish the mind.

Technology has evolved and the Zoom call put all within that adventure if only for an hour and through the eyes of AR member John DL Arendsen.   From somewhere aboard the cruise ship Seven Seas Mariner of the Regency lines, John described the pleasures he and his wife, Janis, are experiencing on this 'Once in a lifetime vacation.  

The cruise started from the Port of Miami on the Seven Seas Mariner, which is a mid-sized ship holding 700 passengers which only had 400 passengers on board and serviced by a crew of 500.

His presentation came from his Instagram feed, which not only shared his photos, but also the comments from friends and family as well.

For any of the attendees on the call that may have taken a cruise, it was not hard to put oneself in their place and use the mind to get invested in the call.  

The trip was all inclusive, and started out at the airport in San Diego, CA with the flight that got them into Miami, FL.  

He discussed the activities onboard ship that occupied their time while at sea.  He raved about the services, the food and the attention of the people.

There were excursions available at each port, and at some of the layovers, they were offered a night at a hotel.

Ports of call are not only for sightseeing but also for provisioning the ship with fresh produce and stores.

They made some stops in Central America, one in Costa Rica, during which they did a zip-line adventure through a 2500-acre rain forest. They cruised into Colombia and then went through the Panama Canal to get to the west side of the continent.

Their stop in San Diego allowed then to get home to pick up some forgotten items. They cruised up the CA coast with a stop in San Francisco. They got to appreciate the waves and the surf competition on the North shore of Oahu on the Bonsai Pipeline.

Cruising to Kauai, they enjoyed the island and then continued through to Polynesia.

At some time, we may have seen an offering to stay a night at a room on stilts over water. John and Janis did so and got to appreciate South Pacific life as a native, almost.

The stops were beautiful and whether they chose to take tours was always their choice.

They spent a night in a hotel in Singapore and marveled at the uniqueness of the architecture of the buildings, very few of which would be allowed in our country.

He spoke of being unable to make some of the port stops due to bad weather and as the harbors could not accept a cruise ship, they would have been 'tendered' ashore but high waves made that impossible.

He also spoke of not being able to make some of the ports of Call in the Middle East due to the tensions and instability currently in the region.


The photo on the right shows a portion of his presentation screen share and the running comments from people taking the cruise with them.

Whie Jules Vernes' characters took 80 days to make the trip, John and Janis will complete 155 days when their cruise is done.


He shared a link to the cruise ship website so interested parties can get a better feel for the cruise and maybe do some dream planning as well.

Regency Cruise Lines

It was a most entertaining hour and his shares brought up fond memories of some of our cruise adventures, up to and including the stops in Costa Rica and the Panama Canal.


Zoom Call 4.16.24 Cruisin' 'Round the World with John DL Arendsen

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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

That was pretty cool, talk about the "trip of a lifetime".  I would love to do that.

Apr 18, 2024 12:23 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Michael Elliott   I know I would not want to take one trip that long but have enjoyed several shorter but still wonderful vacations around the world.

Apr 19, 2024 05:35 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed, John did an excellent job with his presentation.  A trip like this would be an amazing experience

Apr 18, 2024 12:40 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

George Souto   There is a big difference between taking a trip that long and thinking about it and the reality doesn't always live up to the dream.

Apr 19, 2024 05:36 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 ,

I'm so sorry I missed this Zoom call..I love cruising and have been on 40 now and would have loved to hear about this exciting cruise. I chipped a front tooth and found myself in the dentist chair..not a fun afternoon!!!

Apr 18, 2024 12:51 PM
Kathy Streib

Yikes Dorie Dillard Austin TX sorry about your tooth!!!

Apr 18, 2024 05:26 PM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I echo the Yikes comment from Kathy Streib.  Taking forty cruises under your seafaring belt is quite the accomplishment. Reading recent FB posts from Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker who isn't as active on AR these days makes me think some cruises may qualify as Double Yikes time.  

Apr 18, 2024 05:45 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Dorie Dillard Austin TX   We have been on a few the longest being 16 days and still felt it may have been a little long.

Sorry to hear of the dentist issue. My wife is currently having the front 6 replaced due to a fall

Apr 19, 2024 05:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sounds like a wonderful experience. I've never been on a cruise. I get motion sickness just looking at water... so it's unlikely you'll ever find me on a boat.

Apr 18, 2024 12:56 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Nina Hollander, Broker   There are many land locations that are almost as enjoyable. A cruise is a nice way to pick spots one may want to spend longer time visiting.

Apr 19, 2024 05:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 I thoroughly enjoyed   John DL Arendsen's presentation!!! It's been fun following his cruise on Instagram as well. 

Apr 18, 2024 05:28 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Kathy Streib   As he was describing some of the ports of call I was remembering many as well. some of them the same.

Apr 19, 2024 05:40 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Wow, what an adventure for an adventurer! If I was to go on one of these cruises, it would be the Disco one! Thanks for the fun re-cap, Ed.

Apr 18, 2024 06:10 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!   Almost all the cruise ships have the Disco version as there are musical lounges for all tastes.

Apr 19, 2024 05:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

Thanks for the recap. John and Janis are clearly having a trip of a lifetime and it was fun to see him on the Zoom while cruising. I missed about 25 minutes as I had to leave to get to my AR Meet-up in Carlsbad Village. We are planning another meet-up when Brian England  is back in town and certainly John DL Arendsen  will be invited and we'll likely hear more about the trip!


Apr 18, 2024 07:02 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Jeff Dowler, CRS   If John walks through the door and he's puling a carry one, you'll hear a lot.

Apr 19, 2024 05:42 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks to Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

This week was another excellent Zoom recap, and this time, it was John DL Arendsen's trip cruising around the world.

Being at sea and hearing about his adventures was a treat, if only for an hour. Thank you

Apr 18, 2024 08:16 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400   Thank you. He is so immersed in the trip, and both are creating memories that will stay forever.

Apr 19, 2024 05:44 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It sounds like it was a great presentation that made everybody really want to take a trip! I guess he was a great pitch person! :

Apr 18, 2024 10:30 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Laura Cerrano   It definitely put an idea into the minds of some of the attendees.

Apr 19, 2024 05:44 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Wow! Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 what a fluid and articulate 30,000-foot overview of our journey. You must have really been paying attention.  Thank you so much. May I retain your services to write "My Life I A Book" when I return?


Apr 19, 2024 01:10 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

John DL Arendsen   Even if you had walked to the top of the bridge in Sydney harbor it would not have been 30,000 ft.  Your presentation stirred the memory banks, as we also saw the opera house in Sydney harbor; went to the Shire in Wellington. stayed at the Marriott in the harbor in Kauai , and were in the same rain forest in Costa Rica but not the zip line, we took the stairs both ways.

Apr 19, 2024 05:55 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

It was indeed a blast and I so appreciate and thank all my friends at AR for inviting me to share this special hour with you. I'm just so grateful for Janis' grammatical prowess and mind like a steel trap. Had it not been for her and folks like Ed Silva, 203-206-0754  all would have been one big blur. We moved so fast from port to port it was like trying to navigate all the attractions at Disneyland in a weekend. 

Cruises are a great way to get a taste of many parts of the world. It allows you to briefly see places that you would love to return to and spend some quality time acculturating with the locals and getting to know about the country up close and personal.

Today we are at sea. We departed beautiful and serene Madagascar on our way to Mozambique. From there we'll be visiting 6 more ports including Capetown. We enjoy our days at sea. It allows us to catch up with ourselves and enjoy the true essence of cruising. 

For those of you who would like to know more about our adventure we invite you to join us on Instagram at johnandjanisworldcruise2024. Miss you all and will be logging onto the Tuesday ZOOM calls as much as possible. 

Apr 19, 2024 01:54 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

The nights at sea help to break up the boredom but on any cruise ship there is no reason to be bored, or hungry.

Apr 19, 2024 05:57 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such an amazing presentation, I loved hearing all about the cruise that John DL Arendsen and his beautiful bride are on!  It certainly makes me want to look into doing something like that myself eventually.  We sure did miss him at the Carlsbad meetup though and I hope that I will get to see him in Oceanside in October.

Apr 19, 2024 05:15 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Brian England   When you do see him next, he will certainly put that urge to travel in your body as he recounts some of the fantastic sights he visited.

Apr 19, 2024 06:00 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It was an amazing overview of a once in a lifetime cruise. It sounded wonderful and perhaps some day....

Apr 19, 2024 05:32 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Kat Palmiotti   We are living that someday with a different spot or two each year. Our goal is to not have any regrets.

Apr 19, 2024 06:01 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Sounds like a really Fun and interesting Zoom meeting Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 Sorry I missed it John DL Arendsen always tells a great story and presentation

Apr 19, 2024 09:33 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Hannah Williams   He did an outstanding job and the photos of the ports they were in were special as well.

Apr 20, 2024 09:34 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Ed,
I thoroughly enjoyed John DL Arendsen's presentation. What a trip!

Apr 19, 2024 10:10 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Carol Williams   It has its appeal, but I could not imagine a cruise that long.   We were itching to stop and get out after 2 weeks in Australia.

Apr 20, 2024 09:35 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

I must add that all-inclusive cruises on small ships like this one are the best IMHO. You're not being nickel and dimed to death at every turn and you don't have to dig in your pocket for every shore excursion unless you want to do something the ship doesn't include. However, should you choose a non ship sanctioned offshore venture and there are any complications or mishaps i.e. accident, missing the ship departure time, etc. you're on your own and don't expect any help from the cruise line.

We've taken our Kids and Grandkiddies on some Disney, Norwegian, Princess, and Carnival cruises in the past. They are non-inclusive for the most part albeit some have all-inclusive options available. However, at the end of the day, you end up spending as much if not more on a per-person basis.

Also, the large ships with thousands of passengers can be a very frustrating experience. In some cases, it feels like you're on a cattle barge. The long buffet lines with a lot of rude pushing and shoving, getting on and off the boat for shore excursions or hikes, especially if you have to tender, can be an excruciating and frustrating ordeal. 

After several cruise experiences on Regent, we've concluded that aside from owning your own multi-hundred million dollar yacht this is the best option overall. We met some folks on this cruise that have a large yacht that can quite comfortably circumnavigate the world and we asked them why they opted for this cruise. Said simply it's all about socialization. You can have the biggest yacht in the world with the best-ever crew and chef but if you don't have anyone to share it with it can be a pretty lonely and boring experience. 

Apr 20, 2024 01:30 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

John DL Arendsen   I have seen some of those 6,000+ ships and cannot even fathom getting a pleasant cruise on them.

The smallest ship we were on was a 150-passenger ship that was perfect for doing the Greek Isles.  No tenders

Apr 20, 2024 09:38 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Spot on Ed Silva, 203-206-0754. The beauty of the smaller ships is their ability to navigate into areas that the big ships can't. We had the same experience in the Greek Isles, the Fjords of Norway, and Alaska. Couldn't believe how up close and personal we got to the glaciers.

Apr 20, 2024 12:00 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thank you for the excellent recap, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754. I joined a little late but I got to hear and see most of the presentation. John and Janis are certainly enjoying a wonderful experience. I am jealous!

Apr 20, 2024 06:34 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for your report on the Zoom session.

Have an outstanding week.

Apr 21, 2024 08:17 AM