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Sailing the 7 Seas

On my last cruise(s), the captain mentioned that we had sailed 9 seas.  I was wondering how many of you have sailed the 7 seas or close to that number. 

There is some confusion over which are exactly the seven seas but in Medieval times most agree that they are:



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Contributor Level: Admiral
The Seven Seas Today

Today, the list of "Seven Seas" that is most widely accepted is inclusive of all of the bodies of water on the planet, which are all part of the one global ocean . Each is technically an ocean or section of ocean by definition, but most geographers accept this list to be the actual " Seven Seas ":

1) North Atlantic Ocean
2) South Atlantic Ocean
3) North Pacific Ocean
4) South Pacific Ocean
5) Arctic Ocean
6) Southern Ocean
7) Indian Ocean


Does this make it easier for you? 

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

With respect to the 7 Oceans as the 7 Seas answer, I wonder how many bodies of water with "Sea" in the name there really are? :-)  I list my 9 traveled below, but they don't include some well known seas such as the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Bering Sea, the Beaufort Sea, the Barents Sea, and the Sea of Japan with a few more Pacific rim and Southern Hemisphere seas to add.  Your readers are going to be well prepared for some question in a trivia contest on an upcoming cruise.  I believe that if the context is specifically the "7 Seas" then we should answer with the Oceans as noted. But if the question is "...bodies of water with Sea in the name.." then game on!

Here is my list of seas traveled:

Black Sea and Sea of Marmara.  Sailed in first class on a freight ship from Sinope to Istanbul. (These 2 might be a bit unusual - Uncle Sam helped make these possible.)

Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, Adriatic Sea, and Mediterranean Sea. Cruising from Istanbul, to Kusadasi (Ephesus), to Athens, to Venice, to Naples (Pompeii), to Livorno (Florence), to Monte Carlo, to Barcelona.  

Tyrrhenian Sea, (Naples to Livorno) and Ligurian Sea, (Livorno to Monte Carlo). Do these still count if I had no idea we were sailing across them:-) ?

Balearic Sea.  We sailed into Barcelona, but I cant tell where the boundary for this Sea begins.

So it looks like 8 for sure, knowingly or not, plus 1 that is questionable:-)

Just picking up on the trivia note.  It would give the Cruiseline community an additional attraction if we start winning trivia contest on the 9 or so seas:-)  It might also be fun, good brain exercise, and a distraction from 24" of snow outside, to play trivia while waiting out the dry land exile until the next cruise:-)


Contributor Level: Admiral

I am not a stickler for details.  Even the captain of the ship said that we sailed 9 seas.  He did not say how many were the Seven Seas.  With the discrepancies about EXACTLY which are the 7 seas, it is hard to be too exact.  If repliers want to use the modern version of the 7 Seas, that's OK, too. Your answer was very detailed.  You are well traveled to be sure.   Thanks for answering.  Happy


PS No snow here in FL.  Am going to take a walk on the beach now.  Laugh, laugh!

Contributor Level: Admiral

I think that almost all of us have sailed the Caribbean Sea.

Contributor Level: Captain

I have sailed 3,   Monarch Of The Sea's, Radiance Of The Sea's and Adventure Of The sea's  :-)  I also dahve cruised 3 of the Oceans and 4 of the water body Sea's

Contributor Level: Admiral

Good answer, JustMe. 


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