On 17 March 2013, my Canadian friends Sheila McInnis, Barb Hoffos and I set sail on a 15-night repositioning cruise aboard the Celebrity Infinity. We embarked at Valparaiso, bound for Fort Lauderdale via the Panama Canal, sailing a total of 4 364 nautical miles (5 019 land miles). This enabled the cruise company to switch hemispheres in order to accommodate seasonal changes. It also afforded us various shore excursions, whilst visiting ports in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Columbia. Keen to avail ourselves of every travel opportunity that presented itself, given our unique geographic location at that time, we enlisted the services of 'Latin Discover', a tour operator, to custom design a pre-cruise tour to Machu Picchu and environs.
This book is a pictorial account of our wonderful adventures together, and the special memories that they afforded us.
I was born in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. My family moved to Cape Town where I completed my schooling. I later obtained a Bachelor's degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, with majors in Industrial Psychology and Linguistics. Other than a 5-year transfer to Johannesburg fairly early in my career, I have lived most of my life at the tip of the African continent, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful locations globally. In fact, when rounding the Cape during the latter part of the 16th Century, the intrepid explorer Sir Francis Drake named it the "fairest Cape in all the world". I retired from formal employment in September 2011, after a 36-year career with a national retail chain, where I specialised in management and leadership development. My passion for international travel, as well as my love of computing and digital photography, encourage me to record and document my experiences. I sincerely hope that my work will inspire others in a similar vein.