When it comes to World Cruising, the term, ‘the world’s your oyster’ definitely springs to mind.
With such a diverse choice of different itineraries, cruise lines are certainly seeing the virtues of sending ships on world cruises and passengers are certainly relishing the opportunity to visit some of the world’s most famous sites and experiences on a world cruise. Whether it be based on budget, itinerary, cruise line or size of cruise ship, there is quite a choice to choose from and there will be a world cruise to suit each taste.
The fact you only have to un-pack once, tells a story. Whereas a land based world itinerary you will be packing and un-packing constantly and physically having to move from A to B to get to your next destination on the itinerary. On a world cruise, you let the ship take the strain and those sailing from Southampton, you’ll be able to relax in the knowledge that a visit to the airport is not needed.
2018 will see again another diverse choice of world cruises on offer. There will be a ship to suit different tastes and that is certainly important for the passengers; plenty of choice.
Fred Olsen will be sending the revitalised Black Watch on an 108 Wonders of the World itinerary on 5th January 2018. Passengers will have the chance to visit places such as Hamilton, Bermuda, Havana, Cuba, Paracas, Peru to the likes of Bora Bora, French Polynesia, Auckland, New Zealand, Yangon, Mynamar, Mumbai, India, Alexandria, Egypt and Malaga, Spain. This itinerary on a smaller ship will suit an older clintiele that like the classic principles of cruising. None of the glitz and glamour of a larger ship but the familiarity of a smaller ship which meets the individual needs rather than the large crowds on a mega ship.
For those who like style, panache and a sense of history, then Cunard is the cruise line to embark a world cruise on. Offering world cruises since 1922, Cunard will be sending all three vessels in the fleet on varying world itineraries in January 2018. The flagship of the fleet, Queen Mary 2, will depart Southampton on 10th January and will navigate in an easterly direction. The mammoth 120 night itinerary will visit ports of call including Madiera, Portugal, Walvis Bay, Namibia, Cape Town, South Africa, Perth, Australia, Adelaide, Australia, Sydney, Australia, Akaroa, New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Phuket, Thailand, Muscat, Oman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Naples, Italy and Barcelona, Spain.
Queen Victoria will depart on a shorter 75 night itinerary to South America on 7th January. Ports of call will include, Hamilton, Bermuda, Barbados, Fortaleza, Brazil, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Montevideo, Uruguay, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Puenta Arenas, Chile, Amalia Glacier, Chile, Coquimbo, Chile, Panama Canal, Belize City, Belize, Costa Maya, Mexico, Port Canaveral, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina.
Queen Elizabeth will undertake a an entire ’round the globe’ itinerary of mammoth proportions. Departing Southampton on 7th January, she will embark on an 122 night itinerary which will see her cruise around the world and will call to New York, USA, Aruba, San Fransisco, USA, Honolulu, Hawaii, Bora Bora, French Polynesia, Auckland, New Zealand, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, Osaka, Japan, Shanghai, China, Penang, Malaysia, Cape Town, South Africa and Madeira, Portugal.
The relative ‘new kids on the block’, Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) also have a world cruise penciled in for 2018. They will be using their newest ship, Columbus, to embark on a 121 night itinerary from Tilbury. Ports of call will include, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Madiera, Portugal, Bridgetown, Barbados, Cartagena, Columbia, Papeete, Tahiti (French Polynesia), Tauranga, New Zealand, Sydney, Australia, Komodo Island, Indonesia, Manila, The Philippines, Shanghai, China, Ko Samui, Thailand, Port Klang, Malayisa, Cochin, India, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Safaga, Egypt, Valletta, Malta and Gibraltar. For a 121 night cruise, the prices advertised are very reasonable and is one of the least expensive world cruises you can undertake. They were advertising a category IG Voyager Inside cabin for £14999 per person but because it’s part of their buy one get one free offer, that means the total cost for two passengers on the full world cruise in that grade of cabin was going to be £14999! Just short of £7500 per person! No wonder that grade of cabin has sold out for the cruise!
Other cruise lines such as P&O Cruises operate world cruises from Southampton but there are other lines that offer world cruises too that don’t depart from Southampton, including Regent Seven Seas who will be deploying Seven Seas Navigator on an epic 137 night world itinerary from Los Angeles to Los Angeles. However, the base price for the full itinerary is £47,819pp reduced from £61,219pp on the standard fare. For six star luxury, you will get:
All-Inclusive Fares, FREE Business Class Flights in All Suite Categories, FREE Pre-Cruise Gala Event and One-Night Hotel, FREE Shoreside Event in Adelaide, FREE Shoreside Event in Richards Bay, FREE Shoreside Event in Buenos Aires, FREE Door-to-Door Luggage Service, FREE Comprehensive Visa Package, FREE Unlimited Laundry, Dry Cleaning and Pressing, FREE Phone Time Per Suite, FREE Commemorative Gift, FREE Onboard Medical Service, FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions, FREE Unlimited WiFi throughout the ship, FREE Unlimited Beverages, Including Fine Wines and Spirits, Throughout the Ship, FREE Specialty Restaurants, FREE Transfers Between Airport and Ship, FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities.
So as you can see there is quite a diverse choice out there for the discerning traveller. Whether that be with a classic smaller ship which aims to please the individual rather than the large numbers of Fred Olsen, a rather reasonable priced budget range experience with Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) or experience the luxury, history and prestige of Cunard’s three Queens or the ultimate in luxury with Regent Seven Seas. There is a ship, itinerary and budget to suit each individual, so it’s a case of which one and when! Now, where’s those brochures……?
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Sources: Fred Olsen, Cunard, Cruise and Martime Voyages and Regent Seven Seas Cruises