Around the World Cruises

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Around the world cruises are a special type of cruise. They are perfect for people who are retired and have the time and money to take this kind of voyage. I see these types of cruise vacations as a kind of celebratory cruise.  One takes this type of long journey in celebration of a very special event, such as a 50th anniversary, or a longing to see all the wonders of the world we live in. Sort of a bucket list type of vacation. Cruises are the perfect vacation for seniors, it’s the easiest and most luxurious way of traveling – in elegance and style. Packing and unpacking of suitcases, booking in and out of hotels, rushing to airports, checking in and checking out is not the theme of the day. A cruise that traverses the world is the “world brought to you.”

Several cruise lines offer this type of cruise. Princess Cruises is offering one in 2015 and 2016.  This cruise is 111 days on board their Pacific Princess ship. It departs from port of Los Angeles and returns to Los Angeles. You can tell it’s a special cruise – all of the top-end suites are already sold out for the January 23rd sailing. From Los Angeles to Hawaii to the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Dubai – crossing the Arabian Sea and the Suez Canal to the Greek Isles, Venice to Western European ports. Sailing across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. With ports of call at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to return to Los Angeles. Fares for this magnificent Princess worldwide cruise start at $18,999 for an interior cabin, but if you book early, you can save a bundle of cash. This is a special cruise to celebrate the world.

Oceania Cruises is also offering an Around the World in 180 Days in 2016. The departure date for this cruise is January 4, 2016 from Miami to Miami. However, it is almost sold out, so if you’re interested in this cruise, you must act quickly to secure a cabin. Cabin fares range from $39,999 per person but you can save up 70% of early booking savings by booking early. Free on board medical services and a night in a luxury hotel the night before the cruise sets sail are a part of the Oceania cruise.

Silver Sea, Holland America, Crystal Cruises and Cunard cruise lines also offer around the world cruises. The Silver Sea Around the World cruise prices begin at $58,950 for a “Vista Suite” to $173,250 for the best suites on board.  This cruise departs from Los Angeles, returning to the port of Fort Lauderdale. The Silver Seas cruise is 115 days in length, departing January 5th, returning on the May 1st. Included in the price is roundtrip business class airfare, private car transfers and on board spending credits of $4,000 based on double occupancy.

Crystal Cruises is another cruise line offering an around the world cruise on the Crystal Serenity ship. January 14th to May 4th, 2015. Prices start at $41,000 if one books this cruise early. All beverages, gratuities, a complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining. The Crystal Serenity sails from Miami to Miami.

The Holland-America cruise line offers their “Grand World Voyages” on the MS Amsterdam ship.  You’ll traverse the globe visiting five continents and many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Prices begin at $21,784.41 for the 114 day Grand World Voyage sailing on January 5th from Fort Lauderdale and returning to Fort Lauderdale on April 30. Holland America also offers 30 and 35 day Grand World Voyages, embarking from Fort Lauderdale and disembarking at Auckland, New Zealand.

The Cunard Line has been offering around the world cruises since 1922 and are currently offering three around the world cruises on three different ships. Departing January 15th to May 3rd, a cruise aboard the Queen Victoria, embarks at South Hampton for 103 nights but this cruise has already sold out. Likewise for Cunard’s world cruise on the Queen Mary. There are still cabins on the Queen Mary 2 ship, boarding at South Hampton January 10th, for 113 nights.  Prices range from $32,999 for balconies (interior cabins are already sold out).

As you can see, many of the 2015 around the world cruises are already sold out because the dream of seeing the world is in the hearts of many. It’s a journey of discovery, a very unforgettable one at that. If you’re dreaming of a cruise around the world, plan ahead and take advantage of early booking bonuses to save on the price of the total fare.