Why take a world cruise? It’s simply a spectacular way to go. Most world cruises take a leisurely three to four months: some actually circumnavigate the globe, while others explore a significant part of it.
Most of the cruise lines that offer world cruises are premium or luxury lines. They use mid-size ships that carry about 600 to 1,500 guests, offering a nice social experience on days at sea.
Luxurious as they are, world cruises provide tremendous value: consider that a land-based around-the-world itinerary would include multiple flights, others forms of transport, and a variety of lodging. Plus, with a world cruise, you board the ship, unpack and settle in; there’s no need to repack until your cruise is finished.
Most world cruises depart in January (a wonderful way to start a new year). So, what do the cruise lines have in store for world cruises in 2017? There’s more variety than you may think! Some examples:
- · Crystal Cruises has a 94-night round-trip world cruise from Miami, with an emphasis on South America. For a more in-depth experience in major cities, the ship will dock overnight in ports like Lima, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro.
- · Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth will circumnavigate the globe from Southhampton, England, calling on 25 countries on a 120-night cruise. There will be overnight stays in New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Cape Town. (The line’s two other ships will sail their own world cruise itineraries, too.)
- · Holland America’s 111-night cruise, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, begins with a transit of the Panama Canal. That’s followed by exploration of the South Pacific, Asia, India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
- · Princess Cruises gives passengers the option of joining the ship in either Fort Lauderdale or Los Angeles for a 111-night cruise. This cruise calls on Australia and New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Croatia, Malta, Bermuda and more.
- · Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers a 128-night voyage roundtrip from Miami. Highlights include stops in Fiji, Indonesia, India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
If you don’t have the time for a full world cruise, note that most itineraries can be split up into segments of about 10- to 30-days. Taking a segment cruise will give you a fantastic, exotic experience without committing to the full world cruise.
To make your plans to cruise the world, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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