Overview

There was a time back in the early 20th century when only the richest of the rich took advantage of world cruises offered by the likes of Cunard. In fact, in 1922 Cunard’s RMS Laconia was the very first ship to make such a trip. Popularity for the concept—sailing nearly 100 or more nights to see the most fascinating destinations around the globe—grew over time.

Today, cruise lines like Princess Cruises, Cunard, P&O UK, Holland America, Silversea Regent Seven Seas and Oceania offer world cruises as well as world voyage sectors—shorter one week to month long segments of the complete voyage—that can be booked by travellers who can’t be away from home for the entire world cruise. While world cruises are still a considerable investment of money and time, they are now within reach of many travellers. They are a popular retirement splurge and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the majority of world voyage cruisers are older, retired individuals who aren’t tied to work or other day-to-day obligations at home.

Most world cruises embark in January in the northern hemisphere and conclude in March, April, or even May, however Princess offers an annual world cruise from Australia departing in June. World cruises often kick off with a gala at a hotel in the embarkation city or onboard the ship so guests can toast to the adventure and start forming friendships. This isn’t the only perk world cruisers can expect. Throughout the extended journey each cruise line schedules special events, excursions, or experiences and welcome aboard a variety of celebrities, musicians, and expert guest lecturers. There are also enrichment programs that include lectures, classes, hands-on workshops as well as shore excursions whose themes dovetail with what you’ve learned onboard. Some cruise lines also offer things like door-to-door luggage service, complimentary and unlimited Internet access, and laundry service as well as onboard spending credits on world cruises.

You’ll want to determine what’s most important to you onboard as well as what ports you’re most interested in visiting. Then compare each line carefully to see which may be the best option. The team at Cruise Guru have accumulated over 1000 nights at sea and are experts in world cruises. Please contact us for expert advice.

In the meantime, here are a few options for world cruises:

Princess World Cruises

Sea Princess 2019 World Cruise

Round trip from Sydney (106 nights)
14 May to 29 August 2019

Round trip from Brisbane (106 nights)
16 May to 31 August 2019

Highlights: Witness the Komodo dragons of Komodo Island in Indonesia; cruise the Suez Canal; experience the midnight sun of Iceland and stunning foliage of Canada; transit the Panama Canal; immerse yourself in the vibrancy of South America’s western coastline; stand in awe at the relics of Easter Island; bask in the paradise that is French Polynesia.

Not interested in the full 106 night voyage? View all available Sea Princess 2019 World Cruise sectors.

Pacific Princess 2019 World Cruise

Round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (111 nights)
5 January to 27 April 2019

Round trip from Los Angeles (111 nights)
20 January to 12 May 2019

Highlights: Transit the Panama Canal; dance to Mariachi music in Mexico and central America; experience the culture and cuisine of Polynesia in Hawaii, French Polynesia, Tonga and New Zealand; cruise Australia’s eastern coastline; explore the historical sites of Asia and the orient; bask in the tranquillity of the Seychelles Islands and Maldives; discover the wild of Africa and the Skeleton Coast; samba your way through the streets in Brazil; soak up the sun in the Caribbean.

Not interested in the full 111 night voyage? View all available Pacific Princess 2019 World Cruise sectors.

Pacific Princess 2020 World Cruise

Round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (111 nights)
5 January to 26 April 2019

Round trip from Los Angeles (111 nights)
20 January to 11 May 2019

Highlights: Transit the Panama Canal; dance to Mariachi music in Mexico and central America; experience the culture and cuisine of Polynesia in Hawaii, French Polynesia, Tonga and New Zealand; cruise Australia’s southern states; explore the markets and beaches of Thailand and Indonesia; bask in the tranquillity of the Seychelles Islands and Maldives; cruise the islands off Africa’s eastern coastline; discover the wild of Africa’s Skeleton Coast; complete the iconic crossing of the Atlantic ocean; soak up the sun in the Caribbean.

Not interested in the full 111 night voyage?  View all available Pacific Princess 2020 World Cruise sectors.

 

Cunard World Cruises (World Voyages)

Queen Mary 2 2019 World Voyage

Round trip from New York (108 nights)
3 January to 21 April 2019

Highlights: Take a traditional Cunard voyage across the Atlantic; wander the luscious gardens of Haifa, Israel; transit the Suez Canal after getting a taste of Egypt;   visit the towering cities of the United Arab Emirates;  immerse yourself in the culture of Asia – highlights include Malaysia, China, Vietnam and India; discover more of Egypt featuring a second transit of the Suez Canal; visit the iconic Rome and Barcelona as you make your way to Southampton; return across the Atlantic to New York.

Not interested in the full 108 night voyage? View all available Queen Mary 2 2019 World Cruise segments.

Queen Victoria 2019 World Voyage

Round trip from Southampton (107 nights)
10 January to 28 April 2019

Highlights: Cross the Atlantic and cruise down America’s west coast into the Caribbean; transit the Panama Canal; sun yourself as you make your way up the Mexican Riviera; relax in the idyllic islands of the South Pacific; witness the natural wonder of the north island of New Zealand; cruise up the eastern coastline of Australia; discover the culture of Asia featuring Vietnam and Hong Kong; back in paradise as you explore the pristine islands of the Indian Ocean; navigate your way around Africa’s coastline.

Not interested in the full 107 night voyage?  View all available  Queen Victoria 2019 World Cruise segments.

Queen Mary 2 2020 World Voyage

Round trip from New York (113 nights)
3 January to 25 April 2020

Highlights: Take a traditional Cunard voyage across the Atlantic; wander the luscious gardens of Haifa, Israel; transit the Suez Canal after getting a taste of Egypt;   visit the towering cities of the United Arab Emirates;  immerse yourself in the culture of Asia – highlights include Malaysia, China, Vietnam and Indonesia; cruise down Australia’s golden east coast; experience Australia’s southern states including visits to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth; cross the Indian Ocean via the idyllic islands of Mauritius and Reunion; navigate your way around Africa’s coastline into Southampton; return across the Atlantic to New York.

discover more of Egypt featuring a second transit of the Suez Canal; visit the iconic Rome and Barcelona as you make your way to Southampton; return across the Atlantic to New York.

Not interested in the full 113 night voyage? View all available Queen Mary 2 2020 World Cruise segments.

 

P&O UK World Cruises

P&O Arcadia 2019 World Cruise

Round trip from Southampton (99 nights)
6 January to 16 April 2019

Highlights: Start your cruise journey with some time at sea to relax as you make your way across the Atlantic via Portugal and tropical islands of the Caribbean; transit the Panama Canal and sail up Mexico’s Riviera; bask in the sun of a tropical island paradise as you make your way across the Pacific to Australia – highlights include Hawaii, Samoa and Fiji; sail up Australia’s eastern coast via Papua New Guinea into Asia; experience a smorgasbord of Asian cultures with visits to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia; witness the grand cityscapes of the United Arab Emirates; transit the Suez Canal; soak your toes in the coastal cities of the Mediterranean before making your way to Southampton.

Not interested in the full 99 night voyage? View all available P&O Arcadia 2019 World Cruise sectors. 

P&O Arcadia 2020 World Cruise

Round trip from Southampton (99 nights)
3 January to 12 April 2020

Highlights: Start your cruise journey with some time at sea to relax as you make your way across the Atlantic via Portugal and tropical islands of the Caribbean; transit the Panama Canal and sail up Mexico’s Riviera; bask in the sun of a tropical island paradise as you make your way across the Pacific to Australia – highlights include Hawaii, Samoa and Tonga; immerse yourself in the natural wonder of New Zealand; sail up Australia’s eastern coast into Asia; experience a smorgasbord of Asian cultures with visits to China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia; witness the grand cityscapes of the United Arab Emirates; transit the Suez Canal; soak your toes in the coastal cities of the Mediterranean before making your way to Southampton.

Not interested in the full 99 night voyage? View all available P&O Arcadia 2020 World Cruise sectors. 

 

Holland America Line World Cruises (Grand Voyages)

Amsterdam 2019 Grand World Voyage 

Round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (113 nights)
22 January to 16 May 2019

Highlights: Transit the Panama Canal; taste-test the unique cuisines of Peru; witness the awe-inspiring monoliths of Easter Island; scrunch your toes in the pristine white sands of the South Pacific islands including French Polynesia and Tonga; see nature and culture combine in New Zealand; make your way up Australia’s eastern coastline; explore the temples of Indonesia; immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of India; cruise through the United Arab Emirates and transit the Suez Canal; kick up your heels in vibrant Portugal; feel like you’re part of something greater as you’re surrounded by Norway’s fjords; discover every colour of green on the spectrum in the rolling landscapes of Ireland.

Not interested in the full 113 night voyage?  View all available Amsterdam 2019 World cruise sectors. 

Amsterdam 2020 Grand World Voyage 

Round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (128 nights)
4 January to 12 May 2020

Highlights: Shake off the New York winter as you voyage through the islands of the Caribbean; city-hop your way down the western coastline of South America with stops in Brazil and Argentina; tick Antarctica off your bucket list with the opportunity to cruise by the massive continent (weather pending); loop around Cape Horn and cruise the icy passages of the Chilean Fjords; surround yourself with ancient architecture on Easter Island; bask in the beauty of the South Pacific islands; see nature and culture combine in New Zealand; make your way up Australia’s eastern coastline; explore the temples of Indonesia;  experience paradise on the islands of the Indian Ocean including Maldives and Seychelles; immerse yourself in the wilderness and vibrant coastal cities of Africa with highlights including Kenya, South Africa and Namibia; cross the Atlantic for a final jaunt through the Caribbean.

Not interested in the full 128 night voyage?  Sectors for Amsterdam‘s 2020 World cruise are not yet available.  Please check back later. 

 

Silversea World Cruises 

Silver Whisper 2019 World Cruise

San Francisco to Greenwich, London (133 nights*)
6 January to 19 May 2019

*Combine back-to-back voyages to create the full world itinerary.

Highlights: Book on just one of the world segments, or combine them all to create the full journey from San Francisco to London. Cruise from San Francisco to Papeete via the idyllic islands of French Polynesia.  Take a voyage between Papeete and Sydney and enjoy the iconic islands of the South Pacific including Tonga and New Zealand. Sail the east coast of Australia as you make your way from Sydney to Benoa, Bali. Adventure into Asia via the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan as you make your way from Benoa to Tokyo. Enjoy overnight stays onboard in China and Vietnam as you cruise between Tokyo and Singapore. Discover pristine islands of the Indian Ocean on your journey from Singapore to Mombasa, Kenya. Let your exploration between Mombasa and Cape Town allow you to immerse yourself in the beauty of Africa’s eastern coastline. Traverse Africa’s western coastline including the Skeleton Coast as you voyage to Lisbon. Explore France and sip a glass of wine in Bordeaux as you finish your voyage between Lisbon and Greenwich, London.

View all available Silver Whisper 2019 World cruise sectors.

Silver Whisper 2020 World Cruise

Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Amsterdam (140 nights*)
6 January to 25 May 2020

*Combine back-to-back voyages to create the full world itinerary.

Highlights: Book on just one of the world segments, or combine them all to create the full journey from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam.  Relax in the Caribbean before being surrounded by the vibrancy of Brazil as you sail south from Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires.  Tick Antarctica off your bucket-list as you loop under the South American continent between Buenos Aires and Valparaiso, Chile.  Stand in awe at the monoliths of Easter Island on the sector between Valparaiso and Papeete. Bask in paradise on the idyllic islands of the South Pacific including French Polynesia, Tonga and Vanuatu as you journey from Papeete to Sydney.  Cruise up Australia’s eastern coastline and into Asia as you navigate between Sydney and Singapore.  Adventure to Mumbai from Singapore via Thailand and Sri Lanka. Discover the beauty of Oman and Egypt featuring a transit of the Suez Canal on your voyage between Mumbai and Rome. Whisk through the Mediterranean via Spain and Portugal on your way to Dublin. Explore the United Kingdom and fjords of Norway as you finish your voyage between Dublin and Amsterdam.

View all available Silver Whisper 2020 World cruise sectors.

 

Regent Seven Seas World Cruises 

Seven Seas Navigator 2019 World Cruise

Los Angeles to New York (131 nights)
4 January to 15 May 2019

Highlights: Island hop the tropical Hawaiian archipelago; bask in the paradise of the Pacific islands including French Polynesia and Fiji; discover the natural wonder of New Zealand’s north island; cruise the eastern coastline of Australia; immerse yourself in the cultural smorgasbord of Asia with featured visits to Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand; enjoy extra time to discover the wonder of Myanmar with overnight stays onboard; let the vibrancy of India inspire you; stand in awe at the towering cities of the United Arab Emirates; take a walk with ancient kings in Luxor, Egypt; transit the Suez Canal; visit the holy city of Israel; cruise iconic ports in the Mediterranean sea including Greece, Italy and Spain; cross the Atlantic and get lost in Bermuda.

Not interested in the full 131 night voyage?  View all available Seven Seas Navigator 2019 World cruise sectors

Seven Seas Mariner 2020 World Cruise

Round trip from San Francisco (131 nights)
24 January to 4 June 2020

Highlights: Island hop the tropical Hawaiian archipelago; bask in the paradise of the Pacific islands including French Polynesia and Fiji; cruise the eastern coastline of Australia and experience the beauty of the iconic Great Barrier Reef; immerse yourself in the cultural smorgasbord of Asia with featured visits to Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India; stand in awe at the towering cities of the United Arab Emirates; take a walk with ancient kings in Luxor, Egypt; transit the Suez Canal; visit the holy city of Israel; cruise iconic ports in the Mediterranean sea including Greece, Italy and Spain; cross the Atlantic and get lost in Bermuda; transit the Panama Canal; let the flavour of Mexico’s beautiful riviera excite you.

Not interested in the full 131 night voyage?  View all available Seven Seas Mariner 2020 World cruise sectors

 

Oceania World Cruises

Insignia 2019 World Cruise

Round Trip from New York (174 nights)
11 January to 5 July 2019

Round Trip from Miami (177 nights)
14 January to 11 July 2019

Highlights: Let yourself be entranced by the vibrancy of central America and the Caribbean, featuring a daylight Panama Canal transit; visit the island highlights of the South Pacific including Hawaii, French Polynesia and Samoa; explore the north island of New Zealand; make your way via Australia into Indonesia, where you will be met with rugged landscapes and traditional architecture; circumnavigate Japan – if you’re lucky you might spot some Cherry Blossoms; cruise down the coast of mainland Asia with stops in China, Vietnam and Thailand, among others; discover the entrancing landscapes of Myanmar; immerse yourself in the culture of India; cruise the Arabian Sea into the United Arab Emirates; take a stroll with the kings in Luxor, Egypt; transit the Suez Canal into the holy city of Jerusalem; visit iconic ports in the Mediterranean including Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal; frolic in the rolling landscapes of Ireland; cross the Atlantic – the traditional cruising voyage; bask in the scenery of Canada and New England.

Not interested in the full voyage?  View all available Insignia 2019 World cruise sectora.

Insignia 2020 World Cruise

Round Trip from Miami (195 nights)
8 January to 20 July 2020

Round Trip from San Francisco (162 nights)
26 January to 5 July 2020

Highlights: Get hypnotised by the music and flair of central America; tick the Panama Canal off your bucket list; cruise up and down the Mexican and Californian Rivieras; experience the varying cultures of the countries of eastern South America; witness the beauty of the Chilean fjords and cruise around Cape Horn; try your hand at Samba or Salsa in Argentina and Brazil; visit the bleak but stunningly beautiful Skeleton Coast of Africa; cruise into the bustling harbour of Cape Town; bask in paradise as you relax on the tropical islands of the Indian Ocean; immerse yourself in the culture of India; discover the entrancing landscapes of Myanmar; experience iconic Asian cities including those in Thailand, Vietnam, China and Japan; cruise the Aleutian Basin as you make your way into the rugged terrain of Alaska;  make your way back down the Californian and Mexican Riviera’s and complete a second transit of the Panama Canal.

Not interested in the full voyage?  View all available Insignia 2020 World cruise sectors.

 

MSC World Cruises 

MSC Magnifica 2020 World Cruise

Round trip from Genoa, Italy (116 nights)
5 January to 30 April 2020

Round trip from Marseille, France (116 nights)
6 January to 1 May 2020

Round trip from Barcelona, Spain (116 nights)
7 January to 2 May 2020

Highlights: Cruise the rivieras of Italy, France and Spain; explore the medieval cities of Portugal; take an iconic crossing of the Atlantic; immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures of South America as you cruise from east to west coast, around Cape Horn – plus enjoy numerous overnight stays onboard in iconic South American cities to experience the cities as they come alive at night; allow yourself to be mesmerised by the monoliths of Easter Island; hop through tropical Polynesian islands including Tahiti, the Cook Islands and New Zealand; uncover the highlights of Australia’s eastern coastline; journey into Southeast Asia where you will be met by stunning traditional architecture and delicious local food; get up close to the culture of India, Oman and Jordan; transit the Suez Canal.

Not interested in the full 116 night voyage?  View all available MSC Magnifica 2020 World cruise sectors.

 

Costa World Cruises 

Costa Luminosa 2019 World Cruise

Round trip from Venice, Italy (112 nights)
5 January to 27 April 2019

Highlights: Cruise iconic ports in the western Mediterranean; cross the Atlantic – the classic cruise journey; explore the coast of South America including stops in Brazil, Argentina and Chile; stand in awe at the ancient monuments of Easter Island; discover idyllic island beaches in the South Pacific; sail up Australia’s eastern coastline; enjoy overnight stays onboard in Asia to experience the cultural cities as they wake for the night; immerse yourself in the vibrant coastal metropolises of India; take an adventure through the United Arab Emirates; transit the Suez Canal.

Not interested in the full 112 night voyage?  View all available Costa Luminosa 2019 World cruise sectors.

 

For more information on these world cruises please contact us.

*Itineraries and ports of call are all subject to change. Cruise Guru reserves the right to correct any errors inaccuracies or omissions and to change offers, fares and surcharges at any time without notice.