A four-year-old and six-year-old have just made history as the youngest ever world cruisers.
Lorenna D’Amore Nogueira, aged 4, and Henrique D’Amore Nogeuira, aged 6, are on the home stretch of Insignia’s 180-day world voyage, making them Oceania Cruises’ youngest world cruisers.
The children have been sailing with their parents, Drielle D’Amore Nogueira, 30, and Diego Castilho Nogueira, 32.
The cruise departed from Miami on January 6th, calling at 36 countries on six continents, and will return on July 6th where the family will disembark for the last time and return to their home in Brazil.
Drielle said the education from such an extended adventure has been an incredible way to learn about world history, culture and people and, for her, ‘the greatest achievement undoubtedly is English language skills.’
Regarding how her children are finding life on the ship, she said: ‘They have adapted to it all very easily and willingly and are interested in new stories. It will definitely make a difference when studying, learning and understanding matters in school.
How much they have learned on this trip will be uncovered in the future, when some subject will remind us all of what we saw and lived during this time.’
Diego added: ‘It’s fantastic how children are sponges absorbing everything around them … The diversity encountered will certainly help them grow with fewer prejudices because they met so many people from different cultures.’
The oldest of both children, Henrique, spoke out about what he enjoyed most, singling out the ‘on-board games you can play with adults and my dad and my mom, and I love teatime. I like to visit the different countries, but sometimes I wanted to stay longer and we don’t have time. But it’s cool, I already know the places that I want to go back to.
Every time that we leave for excursions, I really like returning to the ship and hearing the crew say, “Welcome back!” I love my house on the ship. I have a high bed that opens and closes and that’s awesome.’
Lorenna, who turned 4 years old while on the voyage, likes to ‘go off the ship and see the cities. I love the chef when he makes brigadeiro (a Brazilian pastry) for me, like for my birthday. I loved my birthday party on the ship.’
As for keeping the children entertained for 180 days, Diego said: ‘We adults have the idea that kids love to have toys, the more elaborate the better, but this journey also made us realize that actually children just want attention.
Without any specific activity, if we give attention telling a story, painting with them, involving them around the environment, in the end they are just happy with that.’
Drielle added: ‘We love this experience and think it should be mandatory for every human being, as personal growth.’
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