A round-the-world voyage is the cruise for passengers who want it all; it is the perfect opportunity to explore the most beautiful landscapes and diverse cultures on earth. Lasting as long as 110 days and docking at upwards of 30 ports, a luxury round-the-world cruise will take passengers to some of the finest destinations across the globe, in complete comfort and style. Tavellers who find this too much time at sea have the option to cruise just a section of the itinerary, so as to fully explore one region specifically.
Travellers looking for histories, fine beaches, stunning landscapes, exotic wildlife, first class cuisine or charismatic cultures are certain to find the perfect destination on a round-the-world itinerary.
The beauty of a round-the-world cruise is that the itineraries combine all the highlights of every region across the globe, so after some long sea voyages passengers are greeted with the finest attractions each destination has to offer.
As ships cruise round Australia, passengers will visit the iconic Sydney Harbour and then sail up the coast to explore tropical Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, one of the finest natural attractions in the world.
Ships cruising the Pacific generally make stops at the picturesque, palm fringed Pacific islands. The islands of Fiji, French Polynesia and Hawaii are commonly visited ports, and the laidback island culture is a perfect fit with the leisurely pace of cruise life.
Up in Asia, the coastline of Vietnam is an ideal spot for cruise passengers looking for some more diverse cultures, rich with temples and monuments.
Some cruises meander along the coastlines of the Middle East, and head west through the Suez Canal at Egypt; passengers taking such a cruise will can enjoy the bustling cities and ancient ruins of destinations such as Aqaba, Muscat and Luxor. The alternative route is down the east coast of Africa; stops at Mombasa, or Cape Town are ideal for passengers to experience the majestic wildlife and stunning landscapes this continent has to offer.
West in the Americas, the great, cosmopolitan cities of the USA remain popular attractions on any cruise itinerary and many cruises make stops at the ports of Mexico, allowing passengers time to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan cultures. Some cruises will journey down to South America; passengers on these cruises will be lucky enough to explore the Brazilian rainforest and the fabulous city of Rio de Janeiro.
European highlights that feature on world cruise itineraries include the ancient capital of Athens and the architecturally stunning Barcelona.
Popular ports of call on a luxury round-the-world include Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart (Tasmania), Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; Muara, Brunei; Kompong Som, Cambodia; Rarotonga, Cook Islands; Limon, Costa Rica; Safaga, Sharm El-Sheikh, Sokhna and Suez Canal, Egypt; Lautoka, Fiji; Bora Bora and Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia; Takoradi, Ghana; Athens and Piraeus, Greece; Hong Kong; Cochin and Mumbai, India; Bali and Padang, Indonesia; Haifa, Israel; Civitavecchia, Italy; Nagasaki and Yokohama, Japan; Aqaba, Jordan; Mombasa, Kenya; Kota Kinabula, Malaysia; Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Walvis Bay, Namibia; Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand; Salalah, Oman; Rabaul, Papua New Guinea; Lisbon, Portugal; Dakar, Senegal; Barcelona, Spain; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand; Lome, Togo; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Southampton, United Kingdom; Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco, United States of America; Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Luxury round-the-world cruises typically run from the major port cities round the world such as Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Southampton, Singapore and Cape Town. Many cruises run from Sydney or Singapore to the Pacific islands, round the Asian ports and west to Europe, either through the Suez Canal or round Africa via Cape Town. Some lines takes passengers west, down the coast of the USA and through the Panama Canal, then across to Dubai.
Azamara Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Star Clippers cruises and Yachts of Seabourn cruises all offer a selection of fine round-the-world voyages.
Queen Elizabeth sets out on her second global adventure in 2012, cruising roundtrip from Southampton and visiting port some 40 times during her 107-night world cruise odyssey.
Queen Elizabeth World Cruise Highlights:
The grandest ocean liner at sea, Queen Mary 2 will sail around the world on her World Cruise roundtrip from Southampton to exciting destinations that inspire the imagination.
Queen Mary 2 World Cruise Highlights:
Cunard is delighted to announce the 2013 World Cruise programme: between January and April 2013, the Cunard fleet will trace three epic routes on Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth to an array of enticing, world wide cruise destinations.
The Cunard 2013 World Cruise programme offers opportunity to join Cunard’s elegant ships on an array of different sections of their grand World Cruise adventures, from 8 to 106 nights Queen Victoria will follow the curve of the world to the west in 105 nights on her 2013 Cunard World Cruise, weaving around North and Central America, the Panama Canal, Pacific Isles, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, Suez Canal and the Mediterranean. Her programme will feature overnight stays in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney and Dubai.
For her 2013 World Cruise, Queen Mary 2 will set off east, across four continents in 106 nights, through the Mediterranean and Red Sea, Arabia, Asia's southern shore, Australia and looping round New Zealand before returning via southern Africa. Her programme will feature overnight stays in Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Cape Town.
Queen Elizabeth will follow her own extended route to Oceania and home again on her 2013 Cunard World Cruise. In 91 nights she will cross the Atlantic and the Caribbean, transits the Panama Canal, visit Central America, Pacific isles before exploring four calls in New Zealand ahead of her journey home.
Although intriguingly different, these three itineraries have a common thread, each ventures to Australasia and home again thereby offering the tantalizing possibility to glide Down Under aboard one elegant Cunard liner, and return home in the company of another.
The Cunard 2013 World Cruises are on sale from 14 July 2011.
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