More and more people are converting to cruise holidays every year and, to us, the reason why is obvious. You get to see more of the world. But, if you have the luxury of time to spare, why just settle for seeing more? Why not see it all?
Imagine waking up in a different part of the world every morning and stepping out onto your veranda, greeted by the fresh sea air. Imagine a multitude of cultures, sights, scents, sounds and flavours. Imagine sailing towards the setting sun and travelling in the same direction for so long that you end up back where you started. Imagine all of the people you’ll meet and the memories you’ll make.
The time for imagining is over…
Here we’ve highlighted three of our favourite world cruise itineraries taking place in 2017 and 2018. Between these diverse journeys, whether it’s the destinations, the ship facilities or the enriching experiences on offer, there’s something to suit every traveller.
Around the world in 180 days – Oceania
6th January 2017
The term ‘once in a lifetime experience’ is so overused that it almost loses meaning, but there is no better way to describe Oceania’s 2017 world cruise. At a sensational six months in duration, it’s the longest journey around the world on offer next year. MS Insignia will set sail out of Miami in January, scheduled to visit over 70 ports and cities, in 40 different countries, across all six continents.
Highlights of the trip include visits to New York, Hawaii, Dubai, Sydney, Barcelona, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Goa in India and Bali to name just a few. With several scheduled overnights in the itinerary, there’s boundless time to explore the world, but your time at sea will be every bit as exciting as you reap the rewards of travelling with the cruise line offering the finest cuisine at sea. If you’re retiring this year, or if you’re in the privileged position of having time in abundance, this 180 day adventure promises to be a true once in a lifetime experience.
Southampton to Southampton – Cunard
7th January 2017
Christened by her namesake in 2010, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth sets sail on her 2017 world tour this January from the historic port of Southampton. At 120 days in length, it may not be the longest world cruise, but it’s definitely one of the best. After spending a full week crossing the Atlantic Ocean, Elizabeth will arrive at her first destination for an overnight stay, New York, New York. From there, she’ll travel down through Florida and the Caribbean, up the west coast of Mexico until she reaches San Francisco, where she’ll spend another night before embarking on the transpacific leg of her journey.
After a couple of stops in Hawaii, the voyage continues on to a tour of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands before it embarks on its exploration of Japan, China and Southeast Asia. Once the Queen Elizabeth reaches Sri Lanka, that’s where her itinerary differs from most other world cruises. Instead of taking a shortcut through the Suez Canal, she travels around Africa, visiting the Maldives and Seychelles before days in South Africa and Namibia. During the final leg of the journey, guests will enjoy visits to Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira before eventually looping back round to Southampton.
World Journey – Azamara
7th March 2018
102 days, 61 Ports, 29 countries, 18 late nights, 14 overnights and “8 Azamazing Evenings.” Azamara’s first ever world voyage differs from others, in that it doesn’t circumnavigate the globe, but where you get to see and what’s included definitely sounds like something to look forward to. Sailing from Sydney to London, Azamara are known for their destination driven itineraries, spending more time in port and offering more overnights than other cruise lines.
Azamara Journey will leave Australia for Southeast Asia, reaching Vietnam via the Saigon River, followed by three days in Yangon, Myanmar. Also visiting India, Sri Lanka, the UAE and Egypt, this cruise is perfectly timed, so that when you reach the Mediterranean, you’ll arrive in Europe in time for two of its hottest calendar events. Overnights in Cannes and Monte Carlo mean that you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy the glitz and glamour of Cannes International Film Festival and the famed Monaco Grand Prix. This epic journey ends with a tour of Spain, followed by visits to Lisbon and Amsterdam before ending in London. There are also add-ons available to extend the journey at the beginning or end, with tours around New Zealand and the Baltic Sea.
Obviously, not everybody has 3-6 months to spare but we’d all love to see more of the world, and cruising is one of the best ways to make that happen. Whether you’re looking to circle the globe or scale it down with a continental exploration tour, our cruise experts will ensure that you experience plain sailing on every step of your journey, from booking to boarding, so feel free to get in touch.