To their friends and followers on social media it seemed like a dream come true, a round-the-world luxury cruise taking in sights that you normally only see in holiday brochures.
But the two Canadian women involved are now living more of a nightmare after Australian police found 95 kilos of cocaine in their suitcases.
Isabelle Lagacé, 28, and Mélina Roberge, 23, certainly made no secret of their trip, which started in Southampton in the UK en route to Ireland, New York, Bermuda, Colombia, Equador, Peru, Chile, Tahiti and New Zealand; they wasted no time documenting their voyage on Facebook and Instagram.
There was no hint of the drama that awaited them at their final destination, Australia. The two women, along with a 63-year-old man, André Tamine, who is also Canadian, were arrested after police sniffer dogs discovered the cocaine in their bags.
According to Canadian media the three suspects had been identified as “high-risk travellers” by several border agencies. They are yet to enter a plea but have been denied a release on bail. They are due again in court in Sydney in October and if found guilty face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.