If you would like to see the world (or a significant part of it) on a cruise ship, consider a grand voyage or world cruise. These long, luxurious cruises take you away from your usual routine for an extended time. They also introduce you to beautiful and intriguing places, people, and cultures around the globe.
So, what’s the difference between a grand voyage and a world cruise? The answer may depend on which cruise line you’re sailing on. Some lines use these terms interchangeably, while others make a distinction between the two. For this discussion, we’ll define grand voyages as cruises that explore a region of the world, usually for a month or two; and world cruises as voyages that nearly or completely circumnavigate the globe, sailing for three months or longer.
Both types of extended cruises offer you the luxury of unpacking just once, then effortlessly sailing to dozens of interesting ports. Many grand voyages and world cruises have enhanced onboard education, entertainment, and enrichment programs for delightful days at sea; these programs also prepare you to make the most of your time onshore.
As for their differences:
If you would like to immerse yourself in the food, art, customs, and fashions of a certain region of the world, a grand voyage may be the right choice. For example, Regent Seven Seas’ “Grand Asia Exploration” is scheduled to depart in late January 2023 from Sydney, Australia, then spend 60 days visiting ports in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.
If your dream is to visit most or all of the world’s continents on a single cruise, look into world cruises. For example, Viking Ocean Cruises’ “Ultimate World Cruise” will depart in late December 2023 from Fort Lauderdale and call on 28 ports in the Americas, French Polynesia, Oceania, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe over the next 138 days. If you’re looking for, even more, Royal Caribbean’s upcoming 274-night World Cruise, set to begin in December 2023, will touch all seven continents and visit 60 countries.
And, there are even more options for long cruises; ask your professional travel advisor about booking a segment of a world cruise. For example, if you can’t be away from home for 274 nights, you can reserve one of four segments of Royal Caribbean’s World Cruise: choose from Europe, the Americas and Antarctica, Asia and the Pacific, or the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
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