Are you time rich with more than one hundred grand to spare? Then you’ve just over three months to prepare for the world’s most comprehensive cruise — a 357-day odyssey taking in all of the world’s seven continents.
Pitched as “the ultimate bucket list experience,” the World of Travel cruise is no ordinary voyage. Rather, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that ticks off a slew of must-see sights, from the Antarctica and Angkor Wat to Machu Picchu, the Maldives, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Launched by Mundy Cruising, the itinerary will incorporate several of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, including the 264-passenger Le Soleil (part of the Ponant fleet) and the 1,258-berth Maasdam (operated by Holland America Line).
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It’s not non-stop, however. In between continents passengers will have time to go home, do some washing and re-pack.
“It has the appeal of a world cruise but can be done in manageable chunks,” said a spokesperson for Mundy Cruising. “It’s ideal for those who want the opportunity to return home and prepare for the next trip.”
Athens is one of the European ports of call
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Starting in Miami on January 10, 2017 passengers will take in a circumnavigation of the entire South American continent on board the luxurious Crystal Serenity before beginning the next stage in Athens in May on Oceania Cruises’ Nautica.
Bound for Southampton the ship will sail via the Mediterranean, Baltic and North Atlantic. Highlights ashore will include the Amalfi Coast, St Petersburg and the ice-bound landscape of Greenland.
Passengers will see St Petersburg
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On August 30, 2017, it’s back to the Americas, where the luxury Seven Seas Mariner will be docked in Vancouver. This section of the trip scoops up Alaska, San Francisco and the exotic flora and fauna of Costa Rica before transiting the Panama Canal and heading up North America’s eastern seaboard to New England and Québec.
Holland America Line’s ship Maasdam picks up the baton down Under for a circumnavigation of Australia from Sydney to Perth, on October 21. Port calls at Bali and neighbouring Komodo, famous for its giant, carniverous lizards also feature.
Komodo dragons will be sighted
The voyage continues to Africa and The Indian Ocean in December on Silversea’s Silver Spirit. Highlights en route from Dubai to Cape Town include the wildlife of Madagascar, the Maldives and the Seychelles and the Arabian port city of Muscat, in Oman.
What could possibly be left? Penguin colonies, snow-capped peaks and vast tabular icebergs; that’s what. In January 2018 passengers will cross the Antarctic Circle on board Ponant’s luxurious yacht Le Soléal on a cruise of the White Continent.
The final leg of the journey is a cruises of the Far East on board the stylish, 450-passenger Seabourn Sojourn from Singapore to Kobe in Japan, departing on March 19, 2018. Hong Kong and Shanghai, Hiroshima, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and the beaches of Thailand the Philippines bring the world trip to a close.
The temples of Angkor are on the itinerary
The shortest stint on terra firma is 13 days, between the first and second segments, and the longest is 39 days, between Antarctica and Asia.
The itinerary has been put together “in a few weeks,” according to Mundy. "Although there is a short lead time we are confident that it will be of interest, either in its entirety or in segments,” said a spokesperson.
And the price? £125,000 per person, including business class flights (and all overseas transfers). Just don’t expect to be able to walk in a straight line when you get off the ship.
The longest world cruise to date is a 180-day, 94-port cruise from Oceania, also departing in January. It costs £26,299 per person.
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