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10 Around-the-world Cruises for the Trip of a Lifetime

These world cruises offer the ultimate itineraries.

Elizabeth Rhodes is a special projects editor at Travel + Leisure , covering everything from luxury hotels to theme parks to must-pack travel products. Originally from South Carolina, Elizabeth moved to New York City from London, where she started her career as a travel blogger and writer.

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Want to island hop around French Polynesia, visit Africa's incredible cities, and cruise through Asia without ever switching hotels or repacking your bags? An around-the-world cruise provides the ultimate itinerary, packed with exciting international destinations (some even visit hard-to-reach destinations like Easter Island and Antarctica), and luxury cruise lines provide comfortable accommodations, specialty restaurants, and plenty to do on and off the ship.

There are two main things you need before booking a world cruise: plenty of time and some spare cash. Prices range from around $20,000 to upwards of $100,000 per person, and all our top picks are more than 100 days (one is even a whopping 275 days), so they're ideal for retired travelers looking for their next big adventure. Pack wisely for a range of destinations and climates, and get ready for the journey of a lifetime, filled with postcard-perfect destinations and new friends (because you're bound to meet a travel buddy or two after 100-plus days on a ship). If an around-the-world cruise is at the top of your travel list, you'll want to book sooner rather than later — these journeys frequently sell out because many cruise lines only offer a limited number of sailings.

Here are ten of the best around-the-world cruises you can take in 2023 and 2024.

Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking world cruise.

See 28 countries on the 138-day Viking World Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to London. After departing from Florida, the Viking Sky will sail the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, stopping in sunny destinations before crossing the Panama Canal to reach the Pacific. From there, the ship will visit destinations in Mexico and the continental United States, continuing on to Hawaii, French Polynesia, New Zealand, and Australia. Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and India are among the ports in Asia, then it's on to the Middle East before traveling to Europe, where final destinations include Italy, Spain, and Portugal en route to London. Fares start at $59,995.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Moments in time: world cruise 2024.

Sail around the world in 132 nights aboard the Seven Seas Mariner on a round-trip journey from Miami. You'll spend the days at sea enjoying the luxury ship's amenities, including the spa and several restaurants and lounges, between stops in destinations like Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, UAE, Israel, and Italy, among others. This 2024 world cruise , with fares starting at $73,499, is officially sold out , but you can join a waitlist to be notified of cancellations.

Royal Caribbean

The ultimate world cruise.

Royal Caribbean pulls out all the stops — and there are more than 150 of them — on this 274-night cruise to all seven continents. The itinerary aboard the Serenade of the Seas begins in Miami on December 10, 2023, and visits more than 60 countries, including Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, French Polynesia, the Philippines, South Korea, India, Romania, and Greenland, before ending in Miami on September 10, 2024. Travelers who don't want to commit to the entire cruise can book shorter segments. Fares start at $59,999 for this cruise that gives travelers the opportunity to visit 11 of the great wonders of the world, including the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, and Chichen Itza.

World Cruise 2024

Enjoy 133 days on Silversea's Silver Shadow with this round-trip sailing from San Francisco. During that time, the ship will visit 65 ports in 14 countries, including Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Japan, and Canada. Fares start at $66,000 for this 2024 sailing, which currently has waitlist availability.

2024 World Cruise: Extraordinary Horizons

Climb aboard the Seabourn Sojourn for a 145-day world cruise from Los Angeles to Athens, visiting 72 ports in 28 countries. The cruise departs Los Angeles and goes to Hawaii, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, and China — just to name a few places — before ending in Greece. Visit the website for booking details and shorter segments.

Oceania Cruises

Around the world in 180 days.

Travelers on Oceania's 180-day round-trip cruise from Los Angeles to New York aboard the Insignia will see some of the world's most impressive sights. Highlights include stops in stunning French Polynesia, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Spain, France, and Iceland. Fares start at $48,499 for the 2024 sailing .

MSC Cruises

Msc world cruise 2024.

The MSC Poesia will take guests to 56 destinations on this 120-day cruise starting in Rome. Countries visited during this journey include Argentina, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, and Jordan. When you're not exploring each port, you can relax in the swimming pools and hot tubs, visit the many restaurants, bars, and lounges, or go to the spa. Fares start at $17,199 per person; find booking details on the MSC website.

Princess Cruises

111-day world cruise.

This round-trip cruise from Los Angeles on the Island Princess will visit 47 ports in beautiful places like New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Sri Lanka, UAE, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Bermuda, Mexico, and more. Fares for this 2024 sailing start at $19,497.

Holland America Line

128-day grand world voyage.

Explore the world on this 128-day round-trip journey from Fort Lauderdale on the Zuiderdam . This cruise's itinerary includes a trip down the Amazon River, stops in the Caribbean, a Panama Canal crossing, and stops in cities like Honolulu, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, and more. Fares start at $23,599 for this 2024 cruise .

Azamara World Cruise

This 155-night itinerary to more than 40 countries kicks off in Fort Lauderdale and finishes in Barcelona. The itinerary features ports for experiencing some of the great wonders of the world, including the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, as well as Petra in Jordan and the Colosseum in Rome. Travelers can also choose to join segments of the cruise aboard the Azamara Onward for as few as 10 nights. Fares for this 2024 sailing start at $36,379.

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Royal caribbean introduces ultimate world tour, the farthest-reaching cruise to all seven continents.

MIAMI, Oct. 20, 2021* – Adventurers seeking to travel far and wide can now set off on a world tour of their own. Royal Caribbean International is raising the bar for world cruises with the debut of the inaugural Ultimate World Cruise , an epic 274-night adventure that visits all seven continents , more than 150 destinations in 65 countries and 11 great wonders of the world . This rich, immersive experience on Serenade of the Seas is the longest and most comprehensive world cruise out there, sailing roundtrip from Miami on Dec. 10, 2023 and through Sept. 10, 2024. Bookings for the full Ultimate World Cruise can be made by phone starting today , with an exclusive one-week window through Oct. 26 for Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society Diamond status members and above.

Travelers will sail to 57 destinations new to the cruise line and exclusive to the cruise itself. Highlights include Casablanca, Morocco; Qaqortoq, Greenland; and Shimizu, Japan – the gateway to Mount Fuji. Guests can delve deep into many of the world’s breathtaking wonders, from Peru’s Machu Picchu to the Taj Mahal in India, and experience distinct cultures and picturesque shores at every corner of the world all in one spectacular adventure – only on Royal Caribbean.

“This is the world cruise of world cruises,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International “Now more than ever, people have resolved to travel the world and make up for lost time. Royal Caribbean is making that a reality with the ultimate vacation that welcomes those seeking adventure and exploration to taste, dance and dream with us around the world. To travelers asking themselves where they should go next, we say everywhere.”

Guests ready to traverse the world can book the full Ultimate World Cruise today or choose from any of the four expeditions that will offer a wide range of destinations as soon as December 2021 – the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe:

  • Ultimate Americas Dec. 10, 2023 - Feb. 11, 2024 – Three continents, 36 destinations, four wonders The once-in-a-lifetime journey begins in Miami, the cruise capital of the world, and sets course for postcard-perfect Caribbean destinations – like the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) – before heading to glacier-studded Antarctica and around Cape Horn. Travelers can take in four of the world’s stunning wonders along the way in Central and South America, including Chichen Itza in Cozumel, Mexico; the largest art deco sculpture in the world, Christ the Redeemer , in Rio de Janeiro – where they’ll celebrate New Year’s Eve – and the largest waterfall system on the planet, Iguazu Falls near Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of the most iconic symbols of ancient Inca civilization and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu , awaits in Peru, while sunshine and glamour will welcome guests in Los Angeles.
  • Ultimate Asia-Pacific Feb. 11 - May 9, 2024 – Three continents, 40 destinations, three wonders Guests will venture miles from the ordinary in Oceania, Asia and beyond on the cruise’s next showstopping leg. They can discover the beauty and adventure throughout the Hawaiian Islands’ world-renowned mountainous landscapes and black sand beaches before sailing south to Moorea and Tahiti, French Polynesia, for sapphire blue skies and crystal-clear waters. The thrills continue with an exploration of New Zealand, before a deep-dive into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – the only living thing on the planet that’s visible from space. Pristine natural beauty in Bali, Indonesia, is soon followed by two of the most iconic manmade world wonders, the Great Wall of China and India’s Taj Mahal , and gems of the South Pacific – from Vietnam to Malaysia. Rounding out the expedition are endless possibilities in Japan, with unparalleled culture in Tokyo, street food in Osaka and the tropical beaches of Okinawa.
  • Ultimate Middle East and Med May 9 - July 10, 2024 – Three continents, 44 destinations, four wonders This expedition begins in glamorous Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and brings many of history’s greatest mysteries, myths and legends to life. Adventurers can uncover ancient sites and more world wonders from the times of emperors and pharaohs, like Jordan’s lost city of Petra , the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey, and the Colosseum in Rome. There are also less-traveled places to explore, such as Greece’s Olympia, once a sanctuary site to honor Zeus and the location of the first Olympic games. The journey only continues to even more destinations known for their storied history — like Split, Croatia, and Cannes and Provence in France.
  • Ultimate Europe and Beyond July 10 - Sept. 10, 2024 – Three continents, 40 destinations The final leg of the Ultimate World Cruise is an immersive, cultural experience that begins in the Mediterranean and heads north. At travelers’ fingertips is the opportunity to discover Barcelona’s brilliant architecture, including Antoni Gaudi’s famed Sagrada Familia and whimsical Park Guell , and savor new flavors across continents — such as an indulgent lunch in a Parisian bistro and a dinner of tagine and mint tea in Morocco. Museums, theaters and galleries line the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia, while larger-than-life fjords await in Norway. Guests can reflect on their epic voyage in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before visiting New York on their way back to Miami.

Globetrotters will explore the world in style on board Serenade , thanks to Royal Caribbean’s award-winning experiences and amenities. And adventurers can stay close to the action with the ship’s acres of glass, which offer panoramic views, as they cruise from one destination, continent and world wonder to the next. From start to finish, guests who book the full Ultimate World Cruise can expect a seamless, world-class travel experience that includes business class airfare, premium transportation as well as an evening of festivities and accommodations at a five-star hotel before setting sail. Plus, Crown & Anchor Society Platinum status members and above will receive a bonus Seven New World Wonders shore excursion package in addition to other perks, including a Deluxe Beverage package, VOOM Wi-Fi, laundry service and more.

Bookings for the entire Ultimate World Cruise open today for Diamond and above Crown & Anchor Society members. Guests interested in booking can call Royal Caribbean’s dedicated line for the Ultimate World Cruise at 800-423-2100 (US toll free) or their travel advisor.

About Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel featuring the latest technology and guest experiences for today’s adventurous traveller. The cruise line continues to revolutionize vacations with itineraries to more than 270 destinations in 72 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas,  Perfect Day at CocoCay,  the first in the Perfect Day Island Collection. Royal Caribbean has also been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 18 consecutive years in the  Travel Weekly  Readers’ Choice Awards.

Media can stay up to date by following  @RoyalCaribPR on Twitter and visiting RoyalCaribbeanPressCenter.com. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers can call their travel advisor; visit RoyalCaribbean.com; or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

Royal Caribbean International is applying the recommendations of its  Healthy Sail Panel  of public health and scientific experts to provide a safer and healthier cruise vacation on all of its sailings. Health and safety protocols, regional travel restrictions and clearance to visit ports of call, are subject to change based on ongoing evaluation, public health standards, and government requirements. U.S. cruises and guests: For more information on the latest health and travel alerts, U.S. government travel advisories, please visit  www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates  or consult travel advisories, warnings or recommendations relating to cruise travel on applicable government websites.

*February 2022 update

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12 epic around-the-world cruises that will check off all your bucket list travel destinations

Janice Wald Henderson

Imagine the joys of traveling seamlessly from one bucket list country to another without packing and unpacking, switching hotels, boarding countless flights or even doing laundry.

Think it's a fantasy? It's actually a world cruise, the nirvana of many ocean-going devotees. As a bonus, most of these around-the-world voyages include enviable perks, like pre-cruise hotel stays, alcohol, shipboard credit, exclusive-access shore excursions — and, yes, laundry service.

Retired, taking a job hiatus or working remotely? A world cruise is a safe, easy and exhilarating way to score a global adventure beyond compare. You might even make new lifelong friends sharing similar interests.

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So, pull out your travel wish list and find an itinerary for those coveted destinations.

Here, you can learn more about what's involved in an around-the-world cruise and drool over 12 terrific choices across a range of fares for an incredible monthslong voyage at sea.

What is a world cruise?

Never mind the moniker, a world cruise may visit several continents but not circumnavigate the globe. Cruise lines usually designate one ship (a few offer two) to sail about 100 days or longer — some even sail more than 200 days — without repeating ports.

World cruises traditionally start in January and end around April or May. They sail round-trip from one American city, such as San Francisco or Miami, or offer a choice of starting points on both coasts, making access easy.

What to know about world cruises

With so few world cruises available, book far in advance. Bookings open roughly two years in advance, and some small-ship cruises sell out within hours. You'll need the extra time to make arrangements to leave your home for months. For that reason, this story will focus on 2025 world cruises.

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Around-the-world cruise cost

Such lengthy sailings cost plenty. The bigger ship lines offer the lowest fares, although extra fees for what's not included (such as shore excursions and alcohol) can add up quickly. If contemplating a big-ship voyage, read the inclusions carefully, as they vary among lines.

Luxury vessels bundle many costly amenities into the fare, like business- or first-class plane tickets and luxury hotel stays, and charge the most. They also deliver fine dining, pampering service, glam surroundings and impressive special events. (Silversea Cruises has previously rented out an entire island to entertain its world cruise guests.)

Thus, expect considerable price differences. Count on spending about $20,000 per person minimum to score an entry-level accommodation on the bigger ships and approximately $80,000 to $90,000 per person for an ultraluxury vessel.

Note that for the poshest lines, "entry-level" may mean a spacious, elegant suite with a veranda. For other lines, the most basic cabin is a small, windowless room.

Read on to discover where you can sail to in 2025 on a world cruise.

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World Voyage

Thanks to an overwhelming response to its 2024 world cruise (which is currently waitlisted), Azamara announced itineraries for both 2025 and 2026, both aboard the 684-passenger Azamara Onward.

Azamara Onward is the newest ship to join the Miami-based line's four-vessel fleet. The ship's size provides an intimate experience and allows it to call on small towns bigger ships can't access.

For 2025, the 155-night, 37-country voyage begins in San Diego and ends in Southampton, England, with visits to exciting locales in French Polynesia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy, France and others.

Along the way, world cruisers can sample authentic Hawaiian cuisine; explore the unspoiled beaches and the lush rainforest on Stewart Island, New Zealand; and visit the world's largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia.

The itinerary will include a pre-sailing welcome party, exclusive cultural events, concierge service and other upscale perks.

The 2026 world cruise sets sail from Miami and concludes in Barcelona. The itinerary for this 155-night expedition features some of the world's most iconic landmarks and sites.

Cruisers will have the opportunity to explore the great pyramid of Kukulcan and other ancient Mayan sites in Chichen Itza, Mexico; wander among Rio de Janeiro's architectural gems and experience the awe of Iguazu Falls in Brazil; sample Peruvian cuisine and soak in the landscape of Machu Picchu in Cusco; scale the Great Wall of China; and enjoy other bucket-list worthy adventures.

The 2025 world cruise departs Jan. 6, 2025. Prices start from $89,001 per person.

The 2026 world cruise departs Jan. 6, 2026. Prices start from $85,141 per person.

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World Cruise

If luxury and unparalleled personal service are important to you, consider Crystal 's 2025 world cruise aboard Crystal Serenity .

The beloved upscale line went bankrupt and stopped sailing in 2022. However, luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent acquired it and brought it back to life with a $150 million glow-up, starting with 740-passenger Crystal Serenity.

With newly renovated expansive suites, an array of social areas and nearly one staff member per guest, Crystal Serenity offers ultimate comfort, quality and personalization. Every cabin comes with a butler ready to assist with reservations, laundry and any other needs you have during your global odyssey.

Beginning in Fort Lauderdale and concluding in Barcelona, the sailing spans 123 nights with visits to 31 countries. The cruise kicks off with a welcome celebration, and guests can enjoy themed onboard and shoreside events and gala dinners throughout the sailing.

Exciting destinations along the way include Belize, Honduras, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Jordan. Passengers can get a close-up look at Argentine tango through performances, enjoy street food in Sri Lanka's capital city and celebrate like a Greek god on Mount Olympus, among other events.

Custom excursions and pre- and post-cruise tours organized by Abercrombie & Kent are available along the way (for an additional cost).

Departs Jan. 7, 2025. Prices start from $66,200 per person.

Cunard Line

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Be among the first to explore the world aboard Queen Anne, the line's first new ship in 12 years. Scheduled to launch in May 2024, the 2,996-passenger ship will take over Cunard 's world cruise duties in January 2025.

Queen Anne's maiden World Voyage in 2025 will span 111 nights, beginning and ending in Hamburg, Germany. Along the way, guests can explore historic churches in the Old Town of Lubeck, Germany, a UNESCO World Heritage site; visit the historic city of Antigua, Guatemala's original capital; and indulge in retail therapy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's bustling shopping hub.

Passengers will enjoy spectacular new elements on this ship. The vessel's main pool area, The Pavilion, is topped with a gorgeous retractable glass roof that will act as a showpiece and also a functional structure to keep poolgoers dry on rainy days.

If you're seeking the most luxurious accommodations and exclusive experiences on board, book Princess or Queens Grill suites. Fares include outstanding amenities such as private dining rooms, coffee and specialty tea service, priority boarding, and a private outdoor lounge area.

Queens Grill suite passengers receive butler service, too. However, many lovely inclusions, such as white-gloved servers presenting complimentary daily tea, are available for all guests.

Departs Jan. 7, 2025. Prices start from $17,799 per person.

Holland America

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Grand World Voyage

Holland America 's 124-day Grand World Voyage on the 1,964-passenger Zuiderdam cruises round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. The enticing itinerary ventures far from Florida to must-visit cities such as Tokyo, Mumbai, Singapore and Istanbul. The ship will also traverse the Panama Canal.

Many included overnights allow opportunities to dive deep into local cultures and experiences. Spend extra time in Kobe, Japan; Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; and Singapore. As a bonus, Zuiderdam will take guests to incredibly remote locales, such as the Amazon.

On board, relish music venues like Billboard Onboard and BBC Earth in Concert, where a live orchestra plays before a huge backdrop of spectacular wildlife footage. Step One Dance Company presents works by noted choreographers. Count on a buzzy casino, fine dining at specialty restaurants and a professionally staffed fitness center.

Departs Jan. 4, 2025. Prices start from $24,999 per person.

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MSC Cruises

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MSC Cruises is doing something a little different with its 2025 world cruise. It's offering a choice of four embarkation ports — Rome and Genoa in Italy; Marseille, France; and Barcelona. Passengers will return to the same port they left from.

The 2,550-passenger MSC Magnifica is the home base for the 116-night journey. The itinerary features port calls at 50 destinations across 21 countries in the Mediterranean, South America, the South Pacific, Australia and Asia. Among the cities you'll explore are Puerto Madryn, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro; Casablanca, Morocco; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Phuket, Thailand; Broome, Australia; and Auckland.

Spend your port days ogling at Genoa's majestic Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Lawrence and Doge's Palace; exploring the peaceful mountaintop monastery in Montserrat, Spain; and wandering through the restored ceremonial village of Orongo, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), a World Heritage Site.

Departs Jan. 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2025 (depending on your embarkation port). Prices start from $14,469 per person.

Oceania Cruises

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Around the World Cruise

The lovely 656-passenger Insignia sails a whopping 200 days from Miami to New York for Oceania Cruises ' 2025 world cruise. It might seem a long way away, but inside cabins and some suites are already waitlisted for the sailing.

Prepare to tear up any bucket list on a cruise this long. The ship begins in the balmy Caribbean islands, ventures to the Brazilian Amazon, explores more of South America and then heads off to Africa and Asia. Australia and New Zealand, Hawaii and Latin America round out the itinerary before Insignia circles back to the Caribbean (different ports on this end) and sails triumphantly back to Miami.

Oceania Cruises is renowned for fine dining. Expect to eat and drink exceptionally well on board.

Departs Jan. 5, 2025. Prices start from $54,099 per person.

Princess Cruises

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Princess Cruises promises an unforgettable journey on its 116-day world cruise sailing from Fort Lauderdale (or Los Angeles, as an alternative embarkation port) on the 2,200-passenger Island Princess.

This ship delivers many onboard activities like cooking and dance classes, trivia contests, enrichment programs and games of basketball, volleyball and tennis on the sports court. A putting green ensures golf games stay sharp.

You can also expect outdoor movies, original musical productions and onboard wellness features such as a spa and fitness center.

World cruisers can visit 26 countries with 51 destinations across six continents; the exciting port of call include Lisbon; Bali; Naples, Italy; Milan; and Haifa, Israel. With late-night stays in 11 ports of call and a Dubai overnight, you can relish multiple opportunities to wine, dine and enjoy the nightlife ashore.

For 2025, Princess offers two 116-day world cruise itinerary options on Island Princess, one round-trip from Fort Lauderdale and the other round-trip from Los Angeles.

From Fort Lauderdale: Departs Jan. 5, 2025. Prices start from $16,225 per person.

From Los Angeles: Departs Jan. 20, 2025. Prices start from $16,298 per person.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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Navigate the World

World cruises prove perpetually popular on this ultraluxe line. They often sell out in the blink of an eye.

Availability is limited on the 2025 150-night world cruise on the 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner, sailing round-trip from Miami to San Francisco. This itinerary includes cruising in Antarctica, the Chilean fjords, French Polynesia, Taipei and Bali.

Perhaps because its 2025 sailing is nearly sold out, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is one of the first cruise lines to announce its 2026 world voyage, also on Seven Seas Mariner.

This journey will be the line's longest, sailing for 154 nights and visiting 77 ports in 41 countries across six continents. The itinerary includes three new ports of call for Regent, including Lifou Island and Mare of the Loyalty Islands in the New Caledonia archipelago. Count on visiting 47 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Robben Island in South Africa.

For all its around-the-world cruises, Regent piles on primo inclusions — first-class flights, unlimited shore excursions, luggage service, an open bar and a visa package are among countless amenities.

The 2025 world cruise departs Jan. 7, 2025. Prices start from $87,999 per person.

The 2026 world cruise departs Jan. 10, 2026. Prices start from $94,999 per person.

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Grand Africa Voyage

Wander the majestic Grandmaster's Palace in Malta. Snorkel the pristine waters along the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Ogle the tropical beauty of the 115-island archipelago of the Seychelles. Soak up the beauty of Cape Town from atop Table Mountain.

You'll find many pinch-me moments on Seabourn 's 90-day, 26-country Grand Africa cruise in late 2024 and early 2025. It takes place onboard the 450-passenger all-suite Seabourn Sojourn and sails round-trip from Barcelona. (The line is not currently offering a more traditional world cruise in 2025.)

On the ultraluxurious vessel, you can expect exclusive VIP celebrations, like a Caviar in the Surf party. (Note that complimentary Champagne and caviar flow freely on board, too, adding to the happy vibe.)

There's much to love about Seabourn Sojourn. Its intimate size allows truly personalized service from a polished, attentive crew. Seabourn Square, a living room-like venue, is a magnet for affable passengers who quickly make new friends. Count on superb dining and 24-hour room service among a slew of upscale amenities.

Departs Nov. 30, 2024. Prices start from $38,999 per person.

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Silversea Cruises

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Silversea Cruises ' 2025 world cruise aboard the ultraluxurious, 596-passenger Silver Dawn looks amazing. The around-the-world cruise is designed to visit far-flung and more remote ports, often out of season, to avoid the touristy crowds.

This 136-day voyage sails from Tokyo to New York and explores 59 ports in 30 countries. Count on visiting enchanting cities, including Istanbul, Naples and Stockholm. Wonderfully remote ports, like Cochin, India; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Nuuk, Greenland, tempt travelers to come aboard for the long haul.

Silversea's world cruises are known for showcasing exceptional special-access events, and this sailing is no different. On this cruise, applause goes to a private tour of Cairo's 500-room Abdeen Palace and an inimitable evening at Versailles in lavish Marie Antoinette style (pre-guillotine, of course).

Silver Dawn is a wowser with a game-changer spa , all-suite accommodations, tux-clad butlers for all passengers and complimentary caviar service anytime, anywhere. Expect many fare inclusions, such as business-class flights, shore excursions and private transfers.

Controtempo departs Jan. 13, 2025. Prices start from $81,900 per person.

The Three Oceans

Silversea recently announced a new 80-destination world cruise for 2027, also aboard Silver Dawn.

Departing from Los Angeles for a 149-night voyage, the ship will visit 35 countries and five continents before ending in Copenhagen. The itinerary features 80 port calls, more than any sailing in Silversea's history, and it will also include 20 new destinations for the line.

Passengers can enjoy extended time in select ports with 11 overnight calls in Honolulu; Cairns, Australia; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Cape Town, South Africa; and Bordeaux, France, among others.

The Three Oceans cruise departs Jan. 8, 2027. Prices will be available beginning from June 10, 2024.

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Viking World Voyage II

Imagine the joy of ticking many bucket list boxes on Viking World Voyage II, Viking 's 163-day world cruise on board the 930-passenger Viking Sky in 2025. Book quickly; availability is extremely limited, with many suites and penthouses already sold out.

The Los Angeles-to-New York voyage visits 29 countries and 78 ports.

Palm-tree ports are plentiful, including Moorea, French Polynesia; Bay of Islands, New Zealand; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You'll cross many seas, such as the Tasman, Arafura and Arabian, and take your pick of a plethora of possible excursions, including a visit to a Balinese Hindu temple in Indonesia and a tour of the ancient Elephanta Caves in India. You can pretty much do it all on this world cruise.

Departs Jan. 5, 2025. Prices start from $74,995 per person.

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2026 World Cruise: Ring of Fire

We invite you to step into a world where luxury and comfort meet adventure and enchanting exploration. This World Cruise is a masterful mosaic of moments, weaving together 63 destinations in 14 countries, featuring 7 overnights; focused on uncovering the natural treasures and hidden gems of the Ring of Fire.

What's Included

New! For 2026

A Seabourn World Cruise has an extensive list of ultra-luxury amenities and inclusions and for 2026, we're excited to add even more:

  • Upgraded WiFi package, powered by Starlink
  • $2,000USD Shipboard Credit Increase, up to $10,000USD per suite
  • Medical Services Package
  • 2-Night pre-cruise hotel stay

Full Amenities Exclusively for World Cruise guests include:

Gala Bon Voyage Dinner

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Ring of Fire: Hidden Gems

This voyage will explore the lush volcanic islands and atolls of the South Pacific, circumnavigate the wild coasts of Australia, and weave through the beguiling islands of Japan at the cusp of spring flowers season before crossing the North Pacific to Glacier Bay National Park to usher in the Alaskan summer.


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Los Angeles to Sydney

Savor a picture-perfect start as you cruise through the stunning volcanic landscapes of Hawaii and French Polynesia, before diving deep into a trove of 8 New Zealand ports. Enjoy extended stays in Honolulu, Bora Bora, and Tahiti (Papeete), and an overnight in Auckland, New Zealand before visiting the untouched Fiordland National Park, where lush, emerald forests meet pristine fjords.

Easo, Lifou, New Caledonia

The warm embrace of the Loyalty Islands awaits your exploration in this seaside settlement with breathtaking, panoramic views of jewel-toned Santal Bay. Featured Shore Excursion: Cliffs of Jokin Experience the towering Cliffs of Jokin, whose walls were once the island's barrier reef. The breathtaking 120-foot-tall cliffs consist of layers of ancient, fossilized corals and marine life -- a fascinating glimpse of pre-history.

Suva, Vitu Levu, Fiji

The vibrant heart of Viti Levu's southeastern coast, beckons with tropical allure. Suva stands as a dynamic metropolis that harmoniously blends history, culture, and commerce. Featured Shore Excursions: The Jewel Of Fiji A longboat cruise takes you past Fiji’s lush tropical rain forest and up a gorge to see cascading waterfalls. Witness a kava ceremony in an authentic village. Take advantage of the chance to swim in the "Magic Waterfall."

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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Russell, Bay of Islands is as historic as it is charming. It is the country's first seaport and first European settlement, and home to New Zealand's first licensed hotel and bar. Featured Shore Excursion: Glowworms, Giants & Wine Visit the magical Kawiti Glow-Worm Caves accompanied by a guide from the Kawiti family. In the Puketi kauri forest, encounter New Zealand's sleeping giants. Complete your experience with a wine tasting at an award-winning vineyard.

Coral Coast: Circumnavigation & Sapphire Seas

Sydney to hong kong.

Next, embark on unforgettable adventure as Seabourn Sojourn circumnavigates Australia; visiting all six states and the Northern Territory, before following a trail of tropical gems leading North to the vibrant destination of Hong Kong. With overnights in Sydney, and Melbourne, as well as late evening departures from Hobart, Broome, Lombok, and Bali (Benoa), this segment of the journey urges you to slow down and step off the beaten path.

Melbourne, Australia

This is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums, plus a dizzying range of eateries, markets and bars. Featured Shore Excursion: Bruny Island Explorer This picturesque isthmus is home to elusive fairy penguins that sleep in the sand dunes, and lookout points with sweeping 360 degree views of the sea and sand. Enjoy a chance to savor an oyster straight from the sea.

Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

Once a humble fishing hamlet, Benoa has transformed into a favorite for tourists, thanks to its Its tranquil waters and pristine white sand beaches.  Featured Shore Excursions: Royal Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Visit the former Royal Temple, and the iconic Tanah Lot, which sits perched precariously on a huge rock resting just off of the coastline. You'll also explore Alas Kedaton— It is home to Bali’s cheekiest inhabitants—macaque monkeys. 

Puerto Princesa, Philippines

This hidden gem is an unspoiled paradise in the vibrant archipelago. Bask in tropical splendor, marvel at the Underground River's natural wonders, and encounter unique wildlife. Featured Shore Excursion: Subterranean River National Park This park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with an underground river—one of the longest in the world. . Experience a full "mountain-to-sea" ecosystem, and some of the most important forests in Asia.

Isle of Jade & Beyond

Hong kong to tokyo (yokohama).

From overnights in the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Busan, and Tokyo, to the tranquil beauty of hidden Japanese ports like Ishigaki, Miyako, and Aomori, each destination tells you an exciting new tale, offering nuanced glimpses of their culture, cuisine, and crafts. You will begin with your mesmerizing circumnavigation of Japan with scenic cruises of the historic Japan Inland Sea and Kanmon Strait.  

Hong Kong is a world of contrasts. Immerse yourself in bustling streets beneath towering skyscrapers, and explore tranquil temples hidden amidst the urban landscape. Featured Shore Excursion: Evening Harbor Cruise At night, Hong Kong's skyline becomes a dazzling neon cityscape. A traditional-style Chinese floating pagoda takes you through a narrated cruise around Victoria Harbour.

Hualien, Taiwan

Often known as the gateway to the breathtaking Taroko Gorge, Hualien’s glistening lakes, pristine beaches, picturesque rice terraces, and vibrant night markets have a presence all their own. Featured Shore Excursions: Taroko Gorge & Kang-Ten Temple Explore natural and manmade wonders as you make your way through Taiwan's Pacific Coast. Witness the world's deepest marble canyon, marvel at the Swallow's Grotto, and experience the Taoist Kang-Ten Temple.

Busan, South Korea

This port city is a clash of lifestyles, where skyscrapers meet tranquil beaches. Busan is the second largest city in South Korea, and often considered a microcosm of the nation.  Featured Shore Excursion: Korean Cuisine This is your hands-on chance to help make some local Korean food. At the Cooking Institute, an instructor will guide you in the creation of several Korean dishes—you’ll learn to make Bulgogi or Kimchi.

Tokyo (Yokohama) to Vancouver

After an overnight in Tokyo, you’ll set sail on a golden transpacific voyage, transporting you from the gleaming energy of Golden Week, through the sparkling blue waters for the Pacific before greeting Alaska in all its summer glory. The world feels smaller as you discover that the cultures on both sides of the Pacific have more in common than you thought: including a gold rush, indigenous cultures, and love of seafood.

Hitachinaka, Japan

Often hailed as the “Flower & Seaside town”, this quaint village's serene atmosphere and close connection to nature create an ideal setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Featured Shore Excursion: Local Sake Brewery & Hitachi Seaside Park Drive to Hitachi Seaside Park, covering nearly 870 acres. The colors and species of the flowers in the park beautifully reflect the changing seasons. Continue to a local Sake Brewery, originally established by samurai warriors with a mission to revitalize the economy.

Kushiro, Japan

The city is well known for Japan's largest marshland. Dedicated as a national park, the marshland is home to rare, wild Japanese red-crown cranes during the winter months. Featured Shore Excursions: Lake Mashu and Onsen (natural baths) Lake Mashu, and its transparent emerald-colored waters, has been revered since ancient time as the "lake of the gods" by the Anui people. After lunch experience Kawayu Onsen, which has numerous natural ashiyu (foot baths) where travelers can soak their tired feet.

Sitka, Alaska

Sitka is the only Inside Passage community that fronts the Pacific Ocean. It is known for its Tlingit culture and picturesque remnants of its Russian heritage. Featured Shore Excursion: Raptor Center & Native Tales Explore an open bird habitat where eagles fly free, followed by an exploration of the captivating native tales and ancient rain forest of Alaska's oldest National Park. On this tour, Sitka's Russian, Tlingit and American culture, past and present, comes alive.

Sitka is the only Inside Passage community that fronts the Pacific Ocean, hugging Baranof Island's west shore in the shadow of the impressive Mount Edgecumbe. Located on Sitka Sound, the city of about 8,500 residents is known for its Tlingit culture and picturesque remnants of its Russian heritage, including the onion-shaped domes and gold-colored crosses of the beloved Saint Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. 

Featured Shore Excursion: Raptor Center & Native Tales Explore an open bird habitat where eagles fly free, as well as stunning examples of Russian Colonial architecture, captivating native tales and the ancient rain forest of Alaska's oldest National Park. On this tour, Sitka's Russian, Tlingit and American culture, past and present, comes alive.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could discover the world, from America to Asia, without having to plan it all yourself? If you discovered the most diverse cultures and breathtaking landscapes on seven continents, without even changing the hotel? With a cruise world trip, these fantasies become reality. Cruise the seven seas and discover vibrant metropolises, fascinating landscapes and extraordinary cultures during your world cruise.

Taking a world tour by cruise is a unique experience. Not only do you discover the most diverse landscapes in a relatively short time, but you also travel through different climatic zones and encounter multifaceted cultures. At first glance, world travel may seem expensive, but it has many advantages that you may not have considered.

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Itinerary: Hamburg, Lisbon, Arrecife, Sta. Cruz, Mindelo, Praia, Natal, Recife, Salvador de Bahia, Ilhéus, Armação dos Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Ilhabela, Portobelo, Rio Grande, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas, Castro, Puerto Montt, San Antonio, Robinson Crusoe Island, Hangaroa, Bounty Bay, Fakarava, Papeete, Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora, Rarotonga, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Gisborne, Napier, Picton, Akaroa, Timaru, Port Chalmers, Hobart, Port Arthur, Eden, Sydney, Burnie, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kingscote, Esperance, Bunbury, Fremantle, Geraldton, Exmouth, Broome, Waikelo, Komodo, Benoa, Pare Pare, Tolitoli, Kota Kinabalu, Muara, Terempa, Singapore, Port Klang, Penang, Sabang, Kochi, Mumbai, Muscat, Khasab, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Muscat, Salalah, Jeddah, Yanbu al Bahr, Hurghada, Aqaba, Eilat, Port Said, Giardini Naxos, Savona

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Experience more as a World Crusader!

World cruises lasting a full year are rare. In most cases, your stay on board is 100 to 200 days. Enough time to get to know the most beautiful places on earth!

How much is a world cruise?

Real world cruises cost on average about 10,000 EUR. World cruise sectors are cheaper and can be booked for about half the price. In addition, there are costs for tips, trips and services that you use (for example, cleaning).

Benefits of a world cruise cruise  

Cruises are a great way to travel around the world, because on average, with between 100 and 200 days on board, you do not have to worry about travel arrangements such as check-in and check-out, which would be on the agenda for air travel with hotel stays. Other benefits include:

1 - No travel planning  

If you organised a world tour on your own, you would have to do a lot of planning and numerous bookings. Where should the journey begin and end? In which order should which places be visited? How do you get from A to B and when do you book the transfers? This is just a small selection of the questions that need to be clarified. On a world cruise you can sit back and relax , because all these questions have already been answered. You just choose the route with the most interesting places for you and organise your journey to the starting harbour.  

2 - The hotel goes with you!  

Forget constantly packing, with your world cruise you won’t need to waste time changing hotel for each new destination. You can also pack more because you do not have to carry your luggage with you every day.

3 - Numerous Landscapes, Metropolises & Cultures  

You will experience much more cruising on a world cruise than on a week's tour of the Mediterranean. Although you invest more time, you have seen the world in one go and know which places are worthwhile for a second visit. So you can quickly find your favourite place in the world to visit time and time again.  

4 - No household chores!  

What a treat! During the weeks at sea the household activities simply disappear! No cleaning and no cooking - all this is done by the staff on board the ships for you.

5 - Cheaper prices  

Although a trip around the world seems expensive at first glance, the daily prices are often below the daily prices of a short cruise. Although you pay a lot of money for your trip around the world, if you were to tour all the places you see on individual tours every year, that would cost you a lot more in the end. So world cruises are not as expensive as you think at first sight.

What is included during your cruise?

Now the question arises: What is included in a world tour by ship and what additional costs do I have to expect? Good question! The included services of each trip always depends on the cruise line, but this is always included:  

  • All meals on board
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Use of most on-board facilities
  • Entertainment program on board
  • Table drinks (often only certain drinks possible)
  • Baggage transport at embarkation and disembarkation  

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  • 24-hour room service
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Fruit basket on the cabin
  • Unlimited number of land excursions
  • Transfers to and from the ship

The additional included services can be found on most luxury cruise lines. If you’re unsure which cruise line is for you, we are happy to advise you!

Packing list for the world tour

For a cruise around the world you should expect 120 to 140 days - a very long time! What do you need in your case for such a long journey?

World travel packing list for carry-on luggage  

  • Valid passport
  • Credit Card & Cash
  • Valuables: Smartphone, laptop, camera etc. incl. Charging cable
  • Travel documents: air ticket, train ticket etc.
  • Medicines, vaccination certificate, allergy passport
  • Book, game etc.
  • List of emergency contacts
  • Bathing suits
  • Changing clothes for the first hours on board
  • Comfortable and lightweight shoes  

World travel packing list for the suitcase  

  • Comfortable clothing (for cold and warm temperatures)
  • Sports clothes
  • First-aid kit
  • Small sewing box
  • Small backpack for day trips
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses  

Popular ports during a world trip

A world cruise usually lasts between 120 and 140 days. The routes and ports vary depending on the cruise line, but particularly popular ports are the following:

  • New York cruises
  • Cruises from Southampton
  • Lisbon cruises
  • Rome cruises
  • Dubai cruises
  • Singapore cruises
  • Hong Kong Cruises
  • Brisbane cruises
  • Sydney cruises
  • Rio de Janeiro cruises  

Popular cruise lines for world cruise cruises

So if you’ve decided a world cruise is for you, now you just need to choose your cruise line. With Regent Seven Seas you travel the world in a luxurious way. Not only are the meals on board are included, but also a variety of shore excursions. Costa , AIDA Cruises and MSC Cruises allow you to circumnavigate the world on a smaller budget, and Princess Cruises offers fabulous itineraries. There is argueably no better way to experience a world cruise sector than on one of the world famous ships of the Cunard Line (make sure you don’t forget to pack a tuxedo or two!)

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Set sail on an epic journey of discovery as you traverse the globe. Explore the world’s majestic cities and immerse yourself in local cultures during overnight stays in 15 ports. Discover the faraway lands of the South Pacific and the colonial treasures of Asia. Traverse the Indian Ocean and sail to Africa in search of the “Big 5.” Visit intriguing Morocco and call at charming cities on the Iberian Peninsula before exploring London’s royal history.


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More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities. Pre & Post Cruise Extensions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

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The 11 top world cruises for 2025.

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The Top World Cruises

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If your ideal vacation involves spending months sailing around the world – exploring storied, faraway lands and learning the mysteries of ancient civilizations and cultures – then you should consider booking a world cruise. These epic voyages transport guests around the globe to some of the world's top historical and cultural attractions . You'll sample locally inspired cuisines from Asia, Europe, South America and other diverse regions, plus enjoy special events on the ship and in port, including expert guest lectures, cultural programs and memorable themed nights. And best of all: You'll only have to pack and unpack once.

To help you choose which world cruise is right for you, U.S. News has compiled a list of some of the best sailings that are available to book for 2025. Keep in mind: If you're interested in a world cruise that is fully booked, you shouldn't lose hope. When trips are booked this far in advance, there are usually some cancellations; you may be able to get on a waitlist through a travel adviser or by contacting the cruise line directly. Otherwise, if you're ready to book your tickets and set sail on the trip of a lifetime, consider one of these 11 upcoming world voyages. (Note: All starting rates were accurate at the time of writing.)

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Viking Ocean Cruises: Viking World Voyage I

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Dates: Dec. 19, 2024, to June 17, 2025

Duration: 180 days

Starting rate: $85,995 per person (Deluxe Veranda Stateroom, double occupancy)

Viking Ocean Cruises' epic 180-day voyage on Viking Sky departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in December 2024 and ends in New York in June 2025. The cruise is nearly sold out, including the least expensive Veranda Stateroom at $79,995 per person. Guests will visit 37 countries on six continents and have 83 guided tours in far-flung locales, from the South Pacific to Asia to the Middle East. Cruisers will also have overnights in some of the world's most fascinating cities, including London, Istanbul and Singapore.

This world cruise includes Viking 's mostly all-inclusive amenities. Fares cover all meals; wine, beer and soda at lunch and dinner; one complimentary excursion in every port; free Wi-Fi access; access to the spa and fitness center; enrichment lectures and destination performances; and other amenities. The line also runs world cruise promotions that may cover free business airfare and transfers, shore credits, shipboard credits, a beverage package and other perks.

A shorter, 138-day segment of the world cruise is also available. This voyage has the same departure date and port as the 180-day option, but guests will disembark on May 6, 2025, in London. This cruise includes ports of call in 28 countries and 57 guided tours. The lowest fare is $59,995 per person (double occupancy) for a Veranda Stateroom.

Holland America Line: 124-Day Grand World Voyage

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Dates: Jan. 4 to May 9, 2025

Duration: 124 days

Starting rate: $24,999 per person (Inside Stateroom, double occupancy)

In January 2025, Holland America Line will sail simultaneous world cruises of longer than 120 days for the first time in the line's history: this 124-day sailing and a 133-day "Pole-to-Pole" Grand World Voyage. The shorter 124-Day Grand World Voyage sails round-trip from Fort Lauderdale.

The extensive itinerary on the 1,964-passenger Zuiderdam features 32 countries and 10 overnight stays, as well as bucket list destinations like Machu Picchu, Easter Island and the Great Barrier Reef. The voyage includes a Panama Canal transit and stops in exotic destinations such as several islands in French Polynesia. Travelers will also visit ports of call in Australia, Asian countries like Indonesia and Sri Lanka, African destinations such as Madagascar and Tanzania, places in Western Europe like Italy and France, and many others. After traveling to so many incredible destinations on this itinerary, the ship crosses the Atlantic Ocean and returns to Florida.

Holland America offers a limited-time promotion where guests will receive a Surf Wi-Fi package, prepaid gratuities and other amenities when they book this voyage.

MSC Cruises: World Cruise

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Dates: Jan. 5 to May 1, 2025

Duration: 116 nights

Starting rate: $17,239 per person (Interior Stateroom, double occupancy)

The world cruise voyage on the 3,223-passenger MSC Magnifica departs round-trip from Genoa (Portofino), Italy, in January 2025 for a 116-night voyage around the globe. This incredible journey with MSC Cruises includes 52 ports of call, with stops in southern France; Spain; Morocco; ports in South America; Cape Verde, Africa; and more. Guests will also visit the Falkland Islands, the dreamy isles of Tahiti, the Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia, numerous Asian countries and Egypt before returning to Italy.

Cruise fares include 15 complimentary shore excursions, as well as the Dine & Drink package that features a selection of wines, draught beer, sparkling water and other nonalcoholic beverages in the main restaurants and the buffet during lunch and dinner. There is also a 30% discount on laundry services. Cruisers will enjoy themed evenings, guest speakers and language classes while on board.

Oceania Cruises: Around the World in 180 Days

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Dates: Jan. 5 to July 3, 2025

Starting rate: $48,799 per person (Inside Stateroom, double occupancy)

This extensive 180-day world voyage with Oceania Cruises aboard the intimate 670-passenger Insignia embarks from Miami in January 2025. The sailing includes 89 ports in 32 countries across five continents, 46 accessible UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 21 overnight stays.

This cruise, with its unique east-to-west circumnavigation, features incredible cultural and immersive experiences across the globe. Guests will cruise the Amazon River in Brazil and visit bustling South American cities like Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Then, they'll set sail for alluring locales in destinations like Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, the Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, China and more. Other destinations on the long journey include New Caledonia; Mystery Island, Vanuatu; Fiji; American Samoa; French Polynesia; and Hawaii. Guests disembark in San Diego in July 2025.

Oceania's " simply MORE" offer for the world cruise includes two-for-one cruise fares; round-trip airfare and transfers; $8,200 in shore excursion credit; free Champagne, wine and other beverages; complimentary specialty dining; and unlimited Wi-Fi access.

Princess Cruises: 116-Day World Cruise

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Dates: Jan. 5 to May 2, 2025 (round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida) or Jan. 20 to May 17, 2025 (round-trip from Los Angeles)

Duration: 116 days

Starting rate: $18,998 per person (Interior Stateroom, double occupancy)

There are two embarkation options for Princess Cruises ' 116-day cruise in January 2025. Guests can choose the earlier date departing from Fort Lauderdale or join the ship later in the month in Los Angeles. Both voyages aboard the 2,200-passenger Island Princess include 43 ports of call, with the earlier voyage transiting the Panama Canal before reaching Los Angeles.

Highlights include stops in Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia and Cape Verde. Then, it's off to exciting ports in the Mediterranean, such as Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro. After visiting magical European cities like Rome and Florence in Italy, the ship heads to southern France, Spain, Morocco and the Canary Islands before sailing across the Atlantic to Florida. Guests on the later voyage will then transit the Panama Canal and visit Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico before disembarking in Los Angeles.

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Azamara: World Voyage

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Dates: Jan. 6 to June 11, 2025

Duration: 155 days

Starting rate: $39,999 per person (Club Interior Stateroom, double occupancy)

Azamara's 2025 world voyage embarks in January 2025 from San Diego aboard Azamara Onward . The immersive journey includes 10 segments covering 37 countries, 15 overnights and 31 late stays in port before disembarking in Southampton, U.K.

Guests will be treated to a kickoff welcome party in San Diego, 13 exclusive cultural events, round-trip business class airfare, a pre-cruise hotel stay, all transfers and a $4,000 onboard credit. In addition, the price covers the line's Experience More Essentials Package, which offers a $3,000 credit for shore excursions, unlimited Wi-Fi access for one device and an upgraded premium beverage package for two guests. Azamara 's pricing also includes food, drinks, gratuities, concierge service, weekly laundry and more.

Highlights of the itinerary include ports of call in the stunning islands of Hawaii, French Polynesia, American Samoa and Fiji. You'll also visit New Zealand, Australia and a wide variety of Asian destinations, including Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Thailand and India, before sailing to the Middle East, the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. After an extended time in Europe, the ship will disembark in the U.K.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Navigate the World (Away in Wonder)

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Dates: Jan. 7 to June 6, 2025

Duration: 150 nights

Starting rate: $95,949 per person for the all-inclusive fare (Deluxe Veranda Suite, double occupancy)

In January 2025, 700 guests will call Regent's Seven Seas Mariner home for its 150-night Navigate the World cruise. The ship sails from Miami to San Francisco across three oceans, visiting 97 ports of call in 25 countries over five continents. Stops include enchanting destinations across South America and idyllic islands like Bora Bora and Moorea in French Polynesia. The extensive Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyage will also take guests to places like Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Falkland Islands, Alaska and more.

Two new ports of call for the line are Muroran on the Japanese island of Hokkaido and the remote Robinson Crusoe Island off the coast of Chile. The voyage also includes a crossing of the infamous Drake Passage and three days of scenic cruising along the Antarctic Peninsula . The cruise fare covers up to 395 complimentary excursions, meals, open bars, and other amenities and perks. Guests will also have access to exclusive shoreside experiences in several ports, such as the "Li-Khe & Thai Tradition" in Bangkok and "A Maori Engagement" in Auckland, New Zealand.

Crystal: World Cruise

The Crystal Serenity in New York City.

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Dates: Jan. 7 to May 10, 2025

Duration: 123 nights

Starting rate: $66,500 per person (Double Guest Room with Ocean View, double occupancy)

Crystal's 123-night world cruise embarks from Fort Lauderdale in January 2025 aboard its 740-guest luxury ship, Crystal Serenity . The Crystal voyage will transport passengers to 62 destinations in 31 countries around the globe, including Caribbean islands, Mexico, South American destinations like Argentina and Brazil, and African countries such as Mozambique and Kenya. Guests will also visit far-flung locales like the Seychelles and Maldives before sailing on to destinations in the Middle East, including Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. After visiting Greece and several ports in Italy, the ship will disembark in Barcelona in May 2025.

Exclusive onshore events during the voyage include an evening of "Tango Through the Ages" in Buenos Aires, Argentina; a Sri Lankan extravaganza with dinner and a traditional Kandyan Ves dance performance; and "An Evening with the Gods on Mt. Olympus" in Athens, Greece.

Crystal's cruise fares are all-inclusive and cover meals (including dinner at chef Nobu's Umi Uma); all beverages, including premium wines and spirits; luxurious amenities; butler service and gratuities; and 24-hour in-suite dining. Additional benefits with the world cruise include a business class airfare allowance or credit; $1,500 in shipboard credit; private transfers; luggage valet; exclusive onshore events; themed evenings on the ship; an exclusive gala dinner; a send-off celebration; and other perks.

Cunard Line: Maiden World Voyage (Queen Anne)

The Cunard Line Queen Anne ship on open water.

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Dates: Jan. 7 to April 29, 2025

Duration: 111 nights

Starting rate: $17,519 per person (Britannia Inside Stateroom, double occupancy)

Cunard Line's 111-night Maiden World Voyage aboard the new 3,000-passenger Queen Anne departs round-trip from Hamburg, Germany, in January 2025. The new ship, the 249th vessel to sail under the Cunard flag, debuted in May 2024. The addition of Queen Anne to the fleet marks the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four ships sailing at sea. Highlights of the historic journey include spectacular beaches, dazzling cities and cultural sites, with stops in North and South America (including Mexico and Hawaii), New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and more.

Meals in the main dining room, most onboard entertainment, gala evenings, afternoon tea and other activities are included in the cruise fare. Full World Voyage benefits also encompass a welcome reception, cocktail parties, a special shoreside event, use of a private lounge, the services of a World Voyage concierge, a commemorative gift, onboard credit and prepaid gratuities.

Travelers who are interested in booking a portion of this Cunard Line world cruise can opt for a voyage lasting between 17 and 107 days. These segments include routes like New York to Sydney; San Francisco to Auckland; Sydney to Hong Kong; and more.

Silversea Cruises: Controtempo

The Silversea Silver Dawn ship on open water.

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Dates: Jan. 13 to May 29, 2025

Duration: 136 days

Starting rate: $79,520 per person (Vista Suite, double occupancy)

Silversea's 2025 world cruise, Controtempo, embarks in January 2025 from Tokyo aboard the ultra-luxury 596-guest Silver Dawn . The voyage includes 60 ports in 34 countries on the line's flagship. Guests of the journey from Tokyo to New York will have immersive bespoke events created exclusively for the cruise, including an incredible gala dinner, a "sky-high" extravaganza in Singapore, a Bollywood experience, a Marie Antoinette-inspired evening at Versailles and a private tour of an Egyptian palace.

Highlights of this Silversea Cruises itinerary are numerous ports of call in Asia, including Japan, China, Thailand and India, as well as stops along the west coast of Africa before the ship sails on to Western Europe. In France, guests can sip fine wines in Bordeaux and visit the magical walled city of Saint-Malo in Brittany. After sailing to Northern Europe to visit the cities of Stockholm and Oslo, Norway, Silver Dawn will then call on the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland before heading to Canada and the East Coast of the U.S. The ship will disembark in New York in May 2025.

Silversea's fares are all-inclusive and include luxurious suites, pre-and post-cruise benefits, all food and beverages, butler service, shore excursions, and other perks with the line's door-to-door service.

Holland America Line: 133-Day Grand Voyage: Pole-To-Pole

The Holland America Lina Volendam ship on open water at sunset.

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Dates: Jan. 25 to June 7, 2025

Duration: 133 days

Starting rate: $26,399 per person (Inside Stateroom, double occupancy)

Holland America's 133-day grand voyage is believed to be the first-ever pole-to-pole round-trip sailing from the U.S. The voyage aboard the 1,432-passenger Volendam will sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Costa Rica before transiting the Panama Canal. Other ports of call in South America include Ecuador, Peru and Chile, where guests will get to experience scenic cruising in the Chilean fjords. The journey also offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to cross the infamous Drake Passage and see the surreal beauty of Antarctica.

After a stop in the Falkland Islands, the ship will return to South America with calls in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. After several ports of call in Africa and the Canary Islands, Volendam sails to Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The ship will then navigate the waterways in Northern Europe, the North Cape, Iceland, Greenland and Canada, before sailing along the East Coast of the U.S. toward Florida.

Frequently Asked Questions

Full itineraries for world cruises typically last anywhere from around 100 to 180 days, though Royal Caribbean International 's Serenade of the Seas is currently sailing the longest world cruise at 274 days. If you're not able to set sail for three to five months (or longer), some cruise lines also offer select, shorter segments of their full world cruise itineraries or grand voyages, which are typically two to three months in length.

World cruise fares can vary significantly between cruise lines. Some lines advertise cruise-only fares, which do not include meals at specialty restaurants, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, excursions, some entertainment, or other expenses. On top of that, many cruise lines' base prices exclude port fees and taxes. Given the length of a world cruise, even small expenses can add up after several months on the ship and in ports around the globe. Typically, travelers can expect to spend a base fare of about $15,000 for an inside cabin and as much as $90,000 (or more) for luxury accommodations and an all-inclusive fare.

If you're considering sailing beyond 2025, Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently announced its 140-night 2027 world cruise, World of Splendor, sailing from Miami to New York. The voyage embarks on Jan. 11, 2027, aboard Seven Seas Splendor , and prices start at $91,499 per person. If you want to reserve the over-the-top Regent Suite, you'll need to budget an unheard-of $1.7 million for two guests ($839,999 per person, to be exact).

Regent Seven Seas' all-inclusive fares include almost everything you could need, including door-to-door luggage service, first and business class airfare, pre-cruise gala events, exclusive shoreside experiences, unlimited dry cleaning and laundry, prepaid gratuities, meals, open bars and lounges, unlimited Wi-Fi access, and more. Silversea also offers door-to-door pricing that includes private executive transfers, international business class flights, pre- and post-cruise hotels and transfers, baggage valet, all meals and beverages, butler service, bespoke special events, and other amenities.

Depending on the cruise line, you may receive many additional perks when booking a full world cruise, including shore excursions. All-inclusive luxury lines like Silversea and Regent Seven Seas offer a list of complimentary shore excursions in every port. In addition, Silversea hosts a bon voyage reception, a private dinner and an overnight hotel stay for world cruise guests. It also features exclusive world cruise cultural events in ports around the globe. If you're sailing with Regent Seven Seas, you'll also have pre-cruise gala events and exclusive shoreside experiences throughout the cruise.

Special inclusions, upgrades and other amenities are available with other lines that are not all-inclusive. For example, guests on boutique cruise line Azamara's 2025 world cruise will receive $25,000 in benefits, including $3,000 for shore excursions, 13 exclusive events and much more. Oceania's " simply MORE" offer includes $8,200 in shore excursion credit, as well as many other amenities.

If you're sailing with a larger cruise line, it's also possible to find deals that may include shore excursions or onboard credit you can use for booking tours. Holland America Line offers guests an early booking bonus that includes a list of additional perks, including one complimentary shore excursion, $2,000 per person in onboard credit ($4,000 for solo travelers) and more. MSC Cruises includes 15 free shore excursions and other perks when you book its world cruise.

You may want to consult with a travel agent specializing in cruises to see what additional perks they can offer if you book your world cruise through their agency.

Royal Caribbean International's 274-night Ultimate World Cruise, which set sail in December 2023, will visit all seven continents before guests disembark in September 2024.

Holland America Line's 132-day Grand World Voyage cruise aboard Volendam in 2026 will also visit seven continents, circumnavigating the globe. The epic journey will include a four-day Antarctic experience.

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The World

2024: Unparalleled Discovery Across the Globe

With three extensive expeditions, 11 maiden ports, and over 90 destinations, the remarkable 2024 Journey raises the bar—even by The World’s exceptional standards. January begins with the highly anticipated expedition to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands, delving deep into the region’s rugged natural beauty. The Ship then sails to the sophisticated South American countries of Argentina and Uruguay before landing in Brazil during Carnival. Crossing the Atlantic to Africa, disembark for The World’s first-ever stop in the remote Tristan da Cunha archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located midway between southern Africa and South America.

In March, The World traces the eastern coast of Africa, experiencing rich cultural traditions in Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique. Forge inland on one of many overland journey safaris for an opportunity to encounter the diverse wildlife of the region. Continue east into the Indian Ocean, savoring the idyllic ports of the Seychelles, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. The Southeast Asian adventure continues with an intoxicating mix of timeless traditions, culinary experiences, and lively urban centers in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. After visits to Cambodia and Vietnam, set sail for legendary Hong Kong and Shanghai, China, and fashion-forward Seoul, Korea. In Japan, enriching immersion awaits in historic Nagasaki, cosmopolitan Kobe, and dazzling Tokyo. Then explore the shores of Taiwan, the Philippines, and Indonesia, before embarking on an expedition into Australia’s spectacular last frontier: the Kimberley region. The year’s third expedition immediately follows – a deep exploration of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, revealing smoldering volcanoes, lush mountains, and reefed islands teeming with sea life.

Spend October in the incomparable lands and waterways of New Zealand before sailing into the dreamscapes of the South Pacific and the vibrant Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Kailua-Kona, Oahu, and Kauai. In December, continue east toward Mexico’s alluring west coast, as The World lands in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and La Paz before ringing in the New Year in the one-and-only Cabo San Lucas.

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World cruises with Cunard

Full world cruises in 2024 and 2025.

Traverse the globe in style on one of our epic full World Voyages, with overnight calls in cities that truly come to life after dark. Or, enjoy a shorter Grand Voyage visiting some of the world’s most iconic ports.

Cape Town and Table Mountain, South Africa

In 2024, Queen Mary 2 will embark on a stunning 108-night World Voyage, visiting Europe, Africa, and Australasia.

Golden Gate Bridge at night, San Francisco, USA

2024 also brings a remarkable 107-night full World Voyage on Queen Victoria that visits ports in all four corners of the globe. With overnight stops in places like San Francisco, Honolulu, and Hong Kong, you’ve plenty of time to see another side to these vibrant destinations.

Cityscape with beautiful park with palm trees in Dubai

Queen Anne embarks on her maiden World Voyage in 2025, visiting more than 30 ports all over the globe. Lose hours sunbathing on white sandy beaches in the South Pacific. Sample perfectly spiced dishes in Singapore. Wander neon-lit streets in ports such as New York, Sydney, and Dubai during overnight calls.

Temple in Okinawa, Japan

Join Queen Elizabeth on one of her superb Grand Voyages, taking in destinations like Egypt, Japan, and Australia.

Chosen as “Best World Cruise” in Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards

Explore the world with Cunard

A Cunard full world cruise or world cruise sector brings the globe's greatest sights to your door, with illuminating guest speakers and gourmet cuisines revealing secrets of the destinations you'll encounter.

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Preparing for a world cruise

Preparing for a world cruise is an exciting experience. From booking your suite to reviewing your itinerary, the start of your adventure has never been simpler.

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What you need to know

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time cruiser, here are some of the most important things you need to know before you sail away on your dream world cruise.

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World Voyage benefits

On full World Voyages and selected world cruise sectors, benefits include a welcome reception, a commemorative gift, cocktail parties, a gala event ashore, the services of a world cruise concierge, use of a private lounge and complimentary daily service charges.

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Browse our articles to find out more about our iconic ships, making the most of your time on board, and how the ocean can bring health benefits to mind, body and soul.

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World cruise special offers.

Enjoy our limited-time offers on our world cruises. Cunard world cruises are epic voyages of discovery visiting multiple continents, always with a choice of shorter options.

2024 World Voyage sectors

Discover stunning ports across the globe, and enjoy serene sea days on board, when you join Queen Mary 2 or Queen Victoria for a World Voyage sector in 2024.

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Dubai To Southampton, 21 nights, 7 Apr 2024

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Singapore To Cape Town, 17 nights, 26 Mar 2024

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San Francisco To Auckland, 17 nights, 7 Feb 2024

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Dubai To New York, 28 nights, 7 Apr 2024

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Hong Kong To Cape Town, 23 nights, 20 Mar 2024

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Cape Town To Sydney, 26 nights, 1 Feb 2024

2025 world voyage sectors.

Become part of Cunard's history as you join Queen Anne for a sector of her maiden World Voyage.

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San Francisco To Auckland, 18 nights, 4 Feb 2025

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Hong Kong To Dubai, 19 nights, 19 Mar 2025

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Sydney To Hong Kong, 19 nights, 28 Feb 2025

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Singapore To Southampton, 33 nights, 25 Mar 2025

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Frequently asked questions about world cruises

A World Voyage (the Cunard version of a world cruise) is one that calls at several continents, offering guests the opportunity to explore a variety of ports in a wealth of countries. Our World Voyages can be experienced in their entirety, but can also be booked as smaller "sectors", so you can choose a voyage that can span either weeks or months at a time.

Some incredible destinations to visit on a world cruise include the Norwegian Fjords, New Zealand's Fiordland, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, The Whitsunday Islands, ancient Petra in Jordan, the Caribbean and South-East Asia. Check our World Voyage itineraries for more exciting destinations.

On a world cruise or world cruise sector, the ship will become your home for several weeks or even months, so it's vital to pack a variety of clothing options for both good and bad weather, as well as daytimes exploring and evenings on board.

Outfits for formal evenings on your ship are a must, as are a couple of pairs of sturdy and comfortable walking shoes. Swimwear and flip flops will ensure you're able to make full use of your ship's pools and spa, plus any beaches you call at on your voyage. A waterproof coat will keep you warm and dry if the weather takes a turn for the worse, while cardigans and shirts are perfect for layering over T-shirts and dresses when you need a lighter cover-up.

Your World Voyage (world cruise) or world cruise sector itinerary will take into account local weather conditions in the ports you're due to call at, timing your voyage to coincide with when temperatures and conditions are at their peak for exploring. That said, it never hurts to prepare for all eventualities. The weather can be changeable in parts of Europe, while Asia can be extremely hot and humid, depending on the season. It's best to be prepared for everything, from intense sun to rain!

There is no currency that will be universally accepted at all destinations on a world cruise or world cruise sector: even within the same continent, currencies can vary from country to country. If you don't want to travel with multiple currency types, or continually withdraw currency in the ports you call at, you could register for a prepaid debit card which would allow you to upload funds in your native currency and pay in the local currency of each country you visit (where such cards are accepted).

While you are on board, the currency will be US Dollars.

Whether you are embarking on a full world cruise or a shorter world cruise sector, you're likely to hear a variety of languages spoken, from Spanish and Arabic to Japanese and Cantonese, depending on where in the world you call. You'll find some level of English is spoken in most ports you call at, and your ship's crew will primarily converse with you in English on board too.

This will depend on your nationality and which ports you call at, but the likelihood is you will need to apply for some visas if you're embarking on a world cruise or world cruise sector. Visa requirements differ from country to country, even within the same continent, and in some countries, those visiting on a cruise ship may need a different visa to those entering the country for longer periods by land or air.  It's best to list out the ports of call included in your itinerary in order and then spend a little time researching the visa stipulations of each.

Be aware that on top of visas, some countries may also require you to have certain vaccinations, so it's best to look into this also. Seek advice from your travel agent or a doctor if you are unsure.

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Explore the rhythms of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and unveil their secrets.

The Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans aren't just geography. Each one is unique collection of cultures, histories, sensations and ideas. Our 2027 World Cruise crosses each one to explore their rhythms and unveil their secrets. Set sail on Silver Dawn to visit more places then ever before, including 20 new destinations for a Silversea world cruise. With curated experiences that take you deeper into the soul of each place you visit, you'll gain a new perspective on these three oceans and our connection to them.

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  • 35 Countries

Sail westward from the Americas in sublime comfort across the Pacific Ocean to north Australia. Savour the sights of south-east Asia and Sri Lanka before crossing the Indian Ocean to reach West and South Africa. Navigate the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, along its coast all the way to the majestic Norwegian Fjords. Take your time as you explore heavenly destinations such as Honolulu, Moorea, and Hilo, with late departures that allow for a quieter pace of travel. Discover new places such as Noumea, New Caledonia, Pago Pago and Langebaan which is an exclusive destination to Silversea. Witness more than 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Simangaliso Wetland Park, Victoria Falls and more.

The luxury of choice

Catering to individual travel preferences, we are pleased to offer our guests the luxury of choice when selecting the perfect fare.

Prices valid until August 31, 2024 but may increase on September 1, 2024 and are subject to availability.

Itinerary & Excursions

Los angeles, california to papeete (tahiti).

Los Angeles, California to Papeete (Tahiti)

The excursions are provided as a sample of what may be offered on this voyage and are subject to change. We are constantly updating our shore excursion programme with immersive and authentic experiences, so please do not hesitate to review your tour programme choice closer to your sail date. We invite guests to visit my.silversea.com for the most updated information.

Silversea is proud to offer full World Cruise guests exclusive cultural experiences to complement their journey of a lifetime.

Bon Voyage Dinner

Bon Voyage Dinner


Hawaiian Treasures

Hawaiian Treasures


Livingstone’s Legacy

Livingstone’s Legacy


Harmonies of the Emerald Isle

Harmonies of the Emerald Isle



  • Private Executive Transfers ¹
  • Business Class Air (From Selected Countries/Gateways)²
  • Meet & Greet³
  • Bon Voyage Reception, Dinner and Overnight Accommodation Pre-embarkation
  • Shore Excursions (One Per Port, Per Day)
  • $1,000 Onboard Spending Credit Per Guest (Up To $2,000 Per Suite)
  • Exclusive World Cruise Events
  • One Otium Spa Treatment Per Guest⁴
  • Special Commemorative Gifts
  • Silver Shore Baggage Valet (Up To 2 Bags, 50lbs Each, Per Guest)
  • Laundry Service
  • Unlimited Premium Wi-Fi (up to 2 devices per person)
  • Medical Service
  • Visa Package⁵

¹ Between home and airport, up to 50 miles per transfer, only with the Door-to-Door fare ² Only with the Door-to-Door fare ³ At the airport of arrival ⁴ Throughout the duration of the World Cruise ⁵ For USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, China, Singapore, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland All other standard inclusions apply.

A new world of luxury is waiting aboard Silver Dawn. Elegant and modern, Silver Dawn is the natural evolution of our fleet. Large enough to offer eight dining options – including the superb Sea and Land Taste (S.A.L.T.) programme – yet small enough for the famed Silversea onboard ambience, Silver Dawn inherits the best features of her sister ships Silver Muse and Silver Moon , but is in a class all of her own. With sumptuous suites, outstanding itineraries, plus cutting-edge design and technology and the outstanding OTIVM wellness concept, Silver Dawn sets new standards of luxury. Wake up to a new dawn with Silversea.

Broad decks, panoramic lounges, gourmet dining options and all-suite accommodations ensure the most comfortable journey – along with the incomparable luxury that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today’s discerning travellers.

Silver Dawn Dining Options : 8 Restaurants

S.A.L.T. Kitchen

S.A.L.T. Kitchen

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Public areas.

S.A.L.T. Bar

S.A.L.T. Bar

S.A.L.T. Lab

S.A.L.T. Lab

Panorama Lounge

Panorama Lounge


Fitness Centre

Otium Spa

Observation Library

Connoisseur’s Corner

Connoisseur’s Corner

Arts Café

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Otium Beauty Salon

Venetian Lounge

Venetian Lounge

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What To Expect From Ultimate World Cruise

Get ready to visit all seven continents, 65 countries, over 150 ports of call, and 11 world wonders..

By Robert Schrader | Published on October 18, 2023

1. Are You The Ideal World Cruise Traveler?

Looking at Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise℠ itinerary, you might be surprised by the sheer volume of bucket-list sites, even if you consider yourself a seasoned traveler. The great explorers of history spent this long — the full cruise lasts 274 days — on a single sailing across the sea, never mind going to all corners of the globe.

Your epic journey around the world, of course, is sure to come with plenty of new-to-you destinations. From world wonders such as the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Wall of China to sun-dappled islands from French Polynesia to Greece, the array and diversity of horizons you sail to is unparalleled. This isn't a cruise — it's the  cruise to top all other cruises.

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2. Do You Want To Minimize Flights?

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3. Is This Trip Too Good To Be True?

It might sound unbelievable that you'll be able to spread your arms out under Argentina's Christ the Redeemer statue and sip cocktails beneath the Sydney Opera House on the same sailing, but on this epic journey around the world, you can. The key to making the most of each port is to pace yourself — this is a long trip, in the best way possible.

Some stops along the Ultimate World Cruise℠ will invite more hiking and exploration (Jordan's ruins of Petra, for example), while the colorful waterfronts of European idylls like Bergen, Norway, are better for sitting down for a meal or drink. What makes this vacation unique is the luxury of time and space, which allow you to truly relax and explore many sides of yourself. You might consider yourself a total beach bum as you reach the sandy shores of Oahu but feel like a history buff as you take in the Taj Mahal. You might feel like an explorer as you explore the ruins of Chichén Itzá in Mexico on foot, then opt to take a camel when you reach the Pyramids of Giza.

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4. How Much Does It Cost?

As you can imagine, this once-in-a-lifetime epic journey around the world is highly customizable. The ticket price for the 274-night journey ranges from $59,999 per person for an interior stateroom to $117,599 for a junior suite on the 2,476-passenger Serenade of the Seas® .

You might think that if you travel the world for almost a year, you'll need to bring your whole home with you, but this isn't necessarily the case. In fact, you'll want to err on the side of bringing less rather than more. You'll have laundry services (among other complimentary treats)  included in your fare, and can buy almost anything you need at ports. Focus on bringing a basic wardrobe built for laying in different climates, and any special items you know you can't easily buy, as well as medications and other need-to-haves. You won't want forget to pack bathing suits for Mexico, for example, or a coat for colder destinations.

So, is this the best way to travel the world? That's somewhat a matter of personal preference. Sailing the world with many of the same passengers offers an unprecendented bonding experience with like-minded travelers. The guests and crew become very much like a family on a world cruise, which can be a real joy to watch unfold — especially if you follow cruise etiquette and are considerate of others during the voyage. And the itinerary of the Ultimate World Cruise℠ 2023 is so extensive it's almost impossible to imagine. Certainly, if you love cruising and want to see much of the world as possible in one fell swoop, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to check many travel icons off your bucket list.

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5. Do You Really Set Sail For ... Everywhere?

It's important to note that you can opt for the whole cruise, or stay onboard for however long you want. Each of four Ultimate World Cruise℠ segments — Americas, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Med and Europe & Beyond — can be booked a la carte, with business class airfare between your home and wherever you start and end included in the price. Or, pick one of the 17 sailings (ranging from nine to 29 nights) that make up the cruise and visit the sites that are most exciting to you.

Then again, if you can find the time, it's tempting to complete most of your bucket list in a single, epic trip when you circumnavigate the globe onboard a cruise ship. The iconic world wonders you'll see are only the beginning on this epic adventure.

Want to learn more? Check out the thrilling itinerary of the Ultimate World Cruise℠ .

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Avoid These Cruise-Ship Shore Excursions at All Cost

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Think twice before booking that beach break.

What’s appealing about cruise ships is “one-and-done” travel planning. You unpack your suitcase only once. With the exception of port calls, all meals are served onboard this floating hotel. The servers know your name and how you like your coffee. Cruise lines can even arrange your time in port through ship-organized shore excursions.

But wait–not so fast! Some of these shore excursions are canned, cheesy excursions that you may not like or should avoid entirely. You may be better off exploring the destination on your own or booking an activity through an independent company or tour guide instead.

Be wary of any shore excursion that promotes any of the following.

INSIDER TIP The biggest benefit of booking a shore excursion through the cruise line is that the ship absolutely will not leave without you. If you choose a shore excursion not organized by the cruise, it’s imperative you are back to port on time. The captain doesn’t care that your super-cool tour guide just got a flat tire or someone else on your tour is still picking through straw bags to buy for all of her sisters.

Avoid ‘panoramic sightseeing’ tours.

Panoramic may sound romantic and stunning, but—surprise!—what this really means is you and about 50 other passengers will be staring out coach bus windows for the entire tour. Sometimes, these tours include a photo stop, but it’s five minutes at most. There is only one reason to do a tour like this: to ground yourself in the destination. If you have two days in a destination and want a quick summary of what to see and do during your free time, a panoramic sightseeing tour might make sense.

Avoid Trains

In some destinations, a long, leisurely train ride is epic. That includes Alaska—particularly from Anchorage to Fairbanks—and Italy along the Amalfi Coast. But in other parts of the world, you are definitely not interacting with locals in an expensive train car built for tourists. Likely, your seatmates will be the same people you’ve been sailing with since you embarked in Honolulu or Miami. Save a train ride for a city like San Francisco or Rome when it’s a true cultural immersion.

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Avoid long tours.

Port time is precious—and short. Unless it’s a rare overnight stay, chances are the ship pulls in during the morning and departs by the time local restaurants start serving dinner. When mulling over shore excursions, keep in mind that a 10-hour tour means you’ll forego checking out local cafes or shopping for souvenirs unless that time is built in. It likely also means “panoramic sightseeing” and a destination that is really far away. Unless said destination is on your bucket list and truly worth it, choose to spend time in the local port and opt for a shorter shore excursion.

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Avoid Shopping Tours

Do you require a guide to take you down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or New York City’s SoHo? No! So don’t fall for the allure of a guided shopping tour. This is not an excursion to designer boutiques or “off-the-beaten-path” shops. You’re probably going to a craft market (which you can scout out on your own), plus jewelry and duty-free stores. Save the money you would pay for a shopping guide and spend it on items to buy at the shops instead. If you really want to scout out fun, unique stores, just ask the crew. They get on and off so often that they know exactly where to go, and chances are it isn’t a Tommy Hilfiger Sunglass Hut store.

Avoid Any Tour With More Than Three Stops

On the surface, a shore excursion that takes you to a rum distillery, beach, craft market, and museum sounds pretty sweet and a good use of limited time in a port. But few shore excursions are more than four hours. This means you are literally hopping from one place to the next and won’t be spending more than an hour at each stop. Imagine being told, “Hey, time to get back on the bus,” when you’ve only sipped two rums or still haven’t taken that second dip in the ocean yet.

Avoid Beach Breaks

When it’s winter in Wisconsin, and you’re picking out shore excursions for your February cruise in the Caribbean, “beach break” might cause your heart to flutter. But a beach break is cramming into buses with hundreds of other cruise-ship passengers and being shuttled to a beach where lounge chairs are lined up like sardines and the meal is served buffet-style and probably consists of grilled meat. Some ports show off their spiced-meat specialties but hot dogs and hamburgers are a popular fallback to suit the American diet. Especially if you have more than two people in your group, book a private taxi or car-share service instead, head to a recommended beach nearby, and order lunch at a restaurant locals love.

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Avoid Museum Tours

Unless led by a docent who works at the museum (and has knowledge of the artifacts and artwork) or is a cultural expert (who speaks the local language), just experience the museum on your own. Nearly all museums at cruise ship ports feature signage that’s also in English. The caveat of a guided museum tour is that you go at the group’s pace and not your own, which is no fun when there are 15-20 people in your group.

Avoid Discounted or Heavily Promoted Tours

If from day one on the cruise, a certain shore excursion features a price cut or the shore excursions desk can’t stop talking about it, then beware. Savvy cruise-ship passengers know how to read reviews, and seasoned travelers do their research before signing up for shore excursions. There might be a reason why this tour isn’t getting enough sign-ups. But before you rule it out, stop by the shore excursions desk once on board and ask questions. It could be this tour was added at the last minute or is truly niche and not catering to the typical cruise-ship passenger—but maybe you’ll love it.

Avoid Cooking Demonstrations

Foodies get stuck on the words “cooking” and “culinary” and immediately sign up for a cooking or culinary demonstration—especially if the price is under $75. But unless you want to watch a chef cook and not do the chopping, sautéing, and seasoning yourself, look for a cooking class instead. Paying to watch someone else make food is like tuning into the Food Network. It should be free!

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8 Best Cruise Ship Tours

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If you've ever wondered what goes on below decks, cruise ship tours offer an interesting peek behind the curtain. For a fee, passengers can learn how everything works, see who's doing your laundry or washing your dishes, marvel at the logistics of feeding several thousand people and, on some ships, visit the bridge and learn about navigation.

It's important to be organized -- some cruise lines hold only one behind-the-scenes event per sailing, usually on a sea day, so they do tend to book up, despite the relatively high cost. If you want to register an interest, head for Guest Relations as soon as you board.

Note that these tours are not usually suitable for wheelchair users; you may be able to visit some of the areas but probably not all. What's more, the tour may not include the bridge, so check first if that's your main objective; in these times of heightened security, some lines have stopped all passenger visits to the bridge. Don't expect to hang out in the crew bar or see the crew cabins; some areas are sacred and crew privacy and peace need to be respected.

Here are our top picks for the most interesting cruise ship tours.

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  • Princess Cruises' Ultimate Ship Tour
  • Celebrity Cruises' Inside Access Tour
  • Carnival's Behind the Fun Tour
  • Royal Caribbean's Behind the Royal Advantage All Access Tour
  • MSC Cruises' The Big Reveal
  • Norwegian's Behind-the-Scenes Tour
  • Cunard's Behind-the-Scenes Tour
  • Holland America's Back of the House Tour

1. Princess Cruises' Ultimate Ship Tour

Princess Cruises offers, in our opinion, the best and most comprehensive behind-the-scenes tour. Although it's expensive, at $150 per person, a lot of consideration has gone into planning the three-hour onboard "excursion," and you do come away with several decent freebies.

The tour starts backstage in the theater, so you meet the production crew and some of the cast and see the costumes and dressing rooms. In the galley, you enjoy a glass of Champagne with the chef, a canape tasting and a tour of the storage and food preparation areas.

Then it's on to the engine room, the incinerator room -- where you'll meet the ship's environmental officer -- and the print shop, where the daily program is produced, with a set of personalized stationery for each person on the tour. The tour also includes the photo lab, medical center and the laundry room, where you're given a bathrobe to take home.

The tour highlight is a trip to the uppermost deck to look inside the funnel and to get a bird's-eye view over the decks. The tour finishes on the bridge to meet the captain and pose for a photo with him or her by the wheel. Each participant is given the photo and a certificate.

The Ultimate Ship Tour is offered on sea days, once or twice per cruise, and has to be booked via the Passenger Services Desk.

2. Celebrity Cruises' Inside Access Tour

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Celebrity Cruises offers Inside Access tours on each cruise, which are conducted in small groups and last three hours. Prices start at $99 and vary depending upon the tour length. You'll get to stroll down the I-95, the main corridor that runs the length of the ship, named after the main interstate highway on the East Coast of the U.S. because of its motorway-like quality. You'll see the laundry room, galley, provisions area, engine room and finally, the bridge, although this may be subject to change. Arrange one of these tours via the Guest Relations desk.

3. Carnival's Behind the Fun Tour

Carnival Cruises ' Behind the Fun tour has a nice VIP feel about it since, on top of the usual stops (backstage, laundry room, crew galley, bridge, etc.) and the crew training center, there is a cool emphasis on meeting the people behind the cruise. You might meet the captain, chief engineer and/or the chef de cuisine.

There's time set aside to pose for photos with the captain. Tour participants also receive a few commemorative gifts. Bookings are only taken at the Shore Excursion Desk once you have boarded the ship. The price varies upon the length of the tour (which is based upon the length of your itinerary) and ranges from $55 to $95.

4. Royal Caribbean's Behind the Royal Advantage All Access Tour

Royal Caribbean treats its All Access Tour as an excursion, so you can prebook it online, which is handy since space is limited. The tour is an extensive journey through the backstage areas of the ship, from the galley and the stores to the engine control room, the laundry and the I-95 crew corridor. There's also a bridge visit, subject to security levels, and a gift on completion of the tour. The price ($50 to $130) and tour itinerary vary by ship and sailing.

5. MSC Cruises' The Big Reveal

Hats off to MSC Cruises for keeping its behind-the-scenes tours affordable at $63 for adults ($33 for children). The Big Reveal is available on all MSC ships, except Lirica, and can be booked at reception.

You'll get to see backstage in the theater, the laundry room, provisions area and the galley. There's also a sneak peek at the Yacht Club, MSC's exclusive all-suites area, with a chance to chat to the butlers and the concierge there -- a smart move on the part of the cruise line to get passengers to trade up on their next cruise.

Finally, there's a stop in one of the ship's specialty restaurants with a chance to meet the chef and try some of the food, with a chef's apron as a souvenir. Unfortunately, there is no engine room or bridge visit.

The tour is available in five languages, and in addition to the apron, you'll get a discount on the cover charge for one of the specialty restaurants.

6. Norwegian's Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Members of Norwegian 's loyalty club, Latitudes, who have reached Platinum level and above qualify for a free behind-the-scenes tour as one of their perks, but other cruisers can pay $79 to join a tour. These tours operate once per cruise, so you need to book as soon as you can. They can only be reserved onboard.

You'll see the galley, laundry room and stores, and visit the cold storage area, the butchery and the bakery. There's a talk about the ship's environmental systems, a walk along the I-95 and a look backstage at the theater. Passengers are given a commemorative photo of the ship, although there's no bridge visit.

7. Cunard's Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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Cunard offers one Behind-the-Scenes tour per voyage on cruises of more than seven days. It takes about three hours to show no more than 16 passengers the workings of a Cunard Queen. The tour costs $120.

You're issued with a cool "access all areas" pass and then whisked down to see the mooring deck where you can marvel at the massive anchor winches, followed by a visit to the medical center. You'll check out waste management, inspect the engine control room with the chief engineer and visit the food stores. Then it's off to the galley with the executive chef and backstage with the production staff.

A stop for refreshments and canapes and a detailed visit to the bridge, to meet the captain and navigational officers, are also included. The tour finishes with a take-home goody bag and commemorative pin.

Our tip? Although all three Cunard Queens are impressive vessels, there's something special about getting behind the scenes on Queen Mary 2, given its global fame and enormous size. Reserve your tour via the Guest Relations desk.

8. Holland America's Back of the House Tour

Getting backstage in the entertainment areas (including the incredible wardrobe) is a highlight of Holland America 's Back of the House Tour. You'll also check out the navigation bridge, engine control room, laundry, waste management room, marshalling area and a selection of storerooms.

While this tour is expensive at $150 per person, tours of just the galley and kitchen are often offered free of charge. The Back of the House Tour is offered once on a seven-night cruise and twice on cruises of 14 nights or more. These can be booked at reception once onboard.

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Where the world wants to cruise: Fascinating map reveals that the Caribbean is the globe's No.1 destination for a trip on a ship (but NOT for Americans... )

  • The map is colour-coded to indicate the cruise destination each country's residents like the most 
  • The results were generated by an analysis of the cruise routes people are searching for the most on Google
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A fascinating reworked world map reveals the most popular destination for a cruise for every country - and it's the Caribbean that's the globe's favourite place for a trip on a ship.

The map is colour-coded to indicate each country’s favourite voyage and country names have been supplemented with the names of the place their residents most want to cruise to. The results were generated by an analysis of the cruise routes people were searching for the most on  Google  between March 2023 and April 2024, using a master list of 100 popular cruise destinations.

The Caribbean is the most popular cruise destination thanks to 2.8million searches overall. It tops the wish lists of 44 different countries around the globe, including the UK, Mexico , Jamaica and Sweden .

The Mediterranean is the second most sought-after destination, with 2.1million searches in the past 12 months.  Spain , France , and Croatia are among the countries searching for this destination the most. 

An Alaskan cruise comes third, with 1.8million searches, and is the top cruise choice for the residents of America and Canada . 

A cruise along the River Nile places fourth (one million searches), with Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic among the countries wanting to discover Egypt's ancient temples and tombs with a ship as their HQ. 

The fifth-most-searched cruise destination, according to the study, conducted by cruise travel Insurance specialists  AllClear , is Antarctica. The frigid spot has 969,670 searches overall, coming top in Australia, Brazil and New Zealand. 

In sixth place is a Seine River Cruise (695,040 searches), top for people in Ireland, Vietnam and India.

Sailing across the Norwegian fjords comes seventh with 674,230 searches, and a Danube River Cruise - top in Romania and Slovakia - ranks eighth with 548,840 searches. 

The rest of the top ten comprises a Mississippi River Cruise (462,580 searches) and a Hawaiian Cruise (454,670 searches). 

However, not all countries can decide on their dream destination. Such is the case for the Japanese. For them,  'around the world' cruises (11th, 424,920 searches) pique their attention the most. 

Letitia Smith, Head of Communications at AllClear, shares: 'It's fascinating to see the number of travellers eager to set sail on unforgettable journeys around the world's oceans, seas, and rivers. 

'From the beautiful islands of Greece to chilly Antarctica, it's been fantastic to see such a rise in interest in cruising holidays taking place all over the world in recent years.

'Cruising offers a unique alternative to your usual land-based trips away, with a completely different set of things for travellers to consider and be aware of. For example, always remember your cruise-specific travel insurance rather than general travel insurance, when buying a policy ahead of your sailing adventure.

'Unlike standard travel insurance, cruise travel insurance includes essential cover specific to your cruise holiday, including onboard medical emergencies, cruise interruptions and cancellations, cabin confinement and even missed port departure.'

To find out more about the research and the most popular cruise destination in each country, visit:  www.allcleartravel.co.uk/blog/where-the-world-wants-to-cruise/ .


1. Caribbean Cruise - 2,824,180 (number of searches between April 2023 and March 2024)

2. Mediterranean Cruise - 2,146,670

3. Alaska Cruise - 1,804,940

4. Nile River Cruise - 1,025,830

5. Antarctica Cruise - 969,670

6. Seine River Cruise - 695,040

7. Norwegian Fjords Cruise - 674,230

8. Danube River Cruise - 548,840 

9. Mississippi River Cruise - 462,580

10. Hawaii Cruise - 454, 670 

11. Around The World Cruises - 424,920

12. Rhine River Cruise - 416,320

13. Greek Isles Cruise - 409,470 

14. Douro River Cruise - 363,030

15. Panama Canal Cruise - 342,420

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World's Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail for the First Time in Initial Sea Trial — See Photos!

Royal Caribbean's "Icon of the Seas" is slated to embark on its maiden voyage out of South Florida in January 2024

Royal Caribbean's record-breaking Icon of the Seas is drawing closer to its debut in January 2024 after completing its first phase of sea trials in Europe.

Set to be the world’s largest cruise ship and the company's first Icon-class ship, the vessel has been under construction at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, according to an official release .

The cruise will offer vacationers the world’s largest waterpark at sea, dubbed Category 6 and featuring six water slides. Icon of the Seas also offers a "resort getaway," a "beach escape," a theme park and over "40 ways to dine, drink and be entertained," according to the company.

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Inside, it will feature a one-of-a-kind accommodation: the "Ultimate Family Townhouse," which Royal Caribbean describes as a three-story "sprawling adventure-filled pad" with an in-suite slide, a karaoke station, and hidden areas to discover.

The ship's 20 decks will include Royal Caribbean's first-ever dueling piano bar, eight "neighborhoods," the largest pool at sea and experiences for thrill-seekers like Crown's Edge, described as "a fear-inducing challenge that’s part skywalk, part ropes course, part thrill ride and an all-out test of your courage."

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The ship weighs in at an estimated 250,800 tons and measures close to 1,200 feet long. It also holds about 5,610 passengers and 2,350 crew members, according to CNN .

Over 450 specialists have run four days of preliminary tests on the ship’s main engines, bow and propellers, as well as checking noise and vibration levels, a release shared.

"Between preparations and the trials, the important step in the journey to bring  Icon  to life involved more than 2,000 specialists, hundreds of miles traveled, four 37- to 67-ton tugboats and more than 350 hours of work," according to the release.

All of that will prepare the cruise for its second round of sea trials later this year, ahead of its debut out of South Florida in January 2024.

The Icon of the Seas will set sail from Miami on 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations all year round, where passengers can visit popular tropical destinations like the Bahamas, Mexico, St. Maarten and Honduras, as well as Royal Caribbean's private island, CocoCay.

At a press panel earlier this year, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley described the ship as “literally the best-performing new product launch we’ve ever had," according to CNN.

Royal Caribbean will be ousting themselves from the top spot. It's Wonder of the Seas is currently the world’s largest cruise ship.

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    Scheduled to launch in May 2024, the 2,996-passenger ship will take over Cunard's world cruise duties in January 2025. Queen Anne's maiden World Voyage in 2025 will span 111 nights, beginning and ending in Hamburg, Germany. ... On this cruise, applause goes to a private tour of Cairo's 500-room Abdeen Palace and an inimitable evening at ...

  8. Best World Cruises of 2024 and 2025

    Azamara. The Trip: Azamara's 2024 World Voyage aboard Azamara Onward starts in Fort Lauderdale on January 5, 2024. Passengers will sail for 155 nights through more than 40 countries, with 27 ...

  9. World Cruises 2024-2025

    Our longest voyage ever sets sails in January 2025 as Island Princess embarks on an epic 116-day roundtrip World Cruise from both Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles, visiting 51 destinations in 26 countries across 6 continents. This adventure includes our first ever visits to historic Bar, Montenegro, and Taranto, Italy.

  10. 2026 World Cruises

    New! For 2026. A Seabourn World Cruise has an extensive list of ultra-luxury amenities and inclusions and for 2026, we're excited to add even more: Upgraded WiFi package, powered by Starlink. $2,000USD Shipboard Credit Increase, up to $10,000USD per suite. Medical Services Package. 2-Night pre-cruise hotel stay.

  11. World Trip Cruise Deals 2024-2025

    Go on a world cruise & get to know the world by ship Discover the world's greatest cities & exotic locations Various cruise lines like Cunard, Princess Cruises, AIDA & MSC Book your world cruise today! ... Taking a world tour by cruise is a unique experience. Not only do you discover the most diverse landscapes in a relatively short time, but ...

  12. Azamara World Cruise 2024

    Experience bucket-list destinations from your suite or stateroom, and a wide range of inclusions valued at over $22,000 - all in one price. Sold Out. CLUB WORLD OWNER'S SUITE: $143,799. CLUB OCEAN SUITE: $129,499. CLUB SPA SUITE: $106,799. CLUB CONTINENT SUITE: $82,500. CLUB VERANDA PLUS: $61,200. CLUB VERANDA: $53,499.

  13. Cunard luxury world cruises and world cruise sectors 2024 & 2025

    In 2024, Queen Mary 2 will embark on a stunning 108-night World Voyage, visiting Europe, Africa, and Australasia. 2024 also brings a remarkable 107-night full World Voyage on Queen Victoria that visits ports in all four corners of the globe. With overnight stops in places like San Francisco, Honolulu, and Hong Kong, you've plenty of time to ...

  14. Viking World Cruise

    360° Ship Tour. Ocean Ships. Viking Jupiter Viking Mars ... Viking World Cruise Set sail on an epic journey of discovery as you traverse the globe. Explore the world's majestic cities and immerse yourself in local cultures during overnight stays in 15 ports. Discover the faraway lands of the South Pacific and the colonial treasures of Asia.

  15. The 11 Top World Cruises for 2025

    The world cruise voyage on the 3,223-passenger MSC ... home for its 150-night Navigate the World cruise. The ship sails from Miami to San Francisco across three oceans, visiting 97 ports of call ...

  16. The World

    2024: Unparalleled Discovery Across the Globe. With three extensive expeditions, 11 maiden ports, and over 90 destinations, the remarkable 2024 Journey raises the bar—even by The World'sexceptional standards. January begins with the highly anticipated expedition to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands, delving deep into the region's rugged ...

  17. Cunard luxury world cruises and world cruise sectors 2024 & 2025

    Full world cruises in 2024 and 2025. Traverse the globe in style on one of our epic full World Voyages, with overnight calls in cities that truly come to life after dark. Or, enjoy a shorter Grand Voyage visiting some of the world's most iconic ports. In 2024, Queen Mary 2 will embark on a stunning 108-night World Voyage, visiting Europe ...

  18. The Three Oceans

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  19. What To Expect From Ultimate World Cruise

    As you can imagine, this once-in-a-lifetime epic journey around the world is highly customizable. The ticket price for the 274-night journey ranges from $59,999 per person for an interior stateroom to $117,599 for a junior suite on the 2,476-passenger Serenade of the Seas®. You might think that if you travel the world for almost a year, you'll ...

  20. Around the World Cruises

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  21. New Itinerary Confirmed for Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise

    It's official, Serenade of the Seas will be visiting 15 different ports of call along the southern and western coasts of Africa as the ship continues her 274-night Ultimate World Cruise.

  22. What It's Like on the Viral Royal Ultimate World Cruise

    Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise is a nine-month, 274-day voyage that visits seven continents, 65 countries, 11 Wonders of the World and over 150 individual ports of call.

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    2026 World Cruises. Travel to 52 destinations in 28 countries across 6 continents and only unpack once. For a limited time, enjoy an unbeatable offer. Let Princess take you on a cruise vacation to the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe & many more destinations. View our best cruise deals and offers.

  25. 6 Best Cruise Ship Tours

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