Winter is a great time to escape the bitter cold and travel to the exotic and warm tropical routes of a world cruise. Even better THIS winter is the perfect time to start planning how you’ll be spending it next year!
Many of our guests tell us a world cruise is their favorite way to spend the winter months.
New to the world cruise idea? Let us break it down for you!
Most world cruises are roughly 100 days long, departing in January and returning in April or May. A few cruise lines also offering summer world cruises departures.
The cruise lines currently offering around the world cruise choices ranging from premium class to ultra luxurious and include:
- Holland America Line
- Cunard Line
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises
- Crystal Cruises
- Seabourn Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Azamara Club Cruises
Benefits of a World Cruise
A world cruise is nothing like a regular cruise!
There is a world cruise out there for everyone who loves travel and loves the examination and education of other cultures and countries.
Depending on the cruise line and itinerary, travelers may have the opportunity to visit all or most of the world’s continents and as many as fifty or sixty countries on their three month odyssey.
The length of time the cruise ship docks at a particular port varies, sometimes staying put for several days to allow extra time for longer inland adventures.
Should you choose to take a world cruise, in addition to the amazing sights you will see and cultures you will experience throughout your travels, you will also gain the camaraderie of the intriguing people you meet and spend time with on the cruise ship.
It’s hard not to form life long bonds with those who now share some very special memories: where you are going, where you’ve been, what you’ve shared and with whom.
This is not an experience that is replicable, it can only happen on a three month voyage with the right balance and mix of extraordinary people, places and events.
Opportunities for Days at Sea
Along with exploring all those interesting and exotic ports you will be visiting, you will also spend a lot of time at sea moving to your next destination.
The most important factor in knowing whether you are ready to embark on a world cruise is an appreciation of and desire for days at sea. If you think you would go stir crazy by the thought of several days at sea, then a world cruise is probably not for you.
Days at sea give you time to anticipate and savor each port and enjoy shipboard life – lectures, relaxing, food and friends.
Most cruise lines offer a full schedule of activities and events you can participate in on the ship including a variety of entertainment options as well as enrichment lectures and programming. For example, some cruise lines feature lectures by world-renowned experts, and offer hands-on instruction covering topics such as food and wine, music, dance, art, golf and much more.
In addition to the daily happenings offered by the cruise lines, many cruisers also look forward to spending time on their days at sea to:
• Plan upcoming port days
• Learn about countries they will be visiting
• Relax with a good book
• Play a game of scrabble with their friends
• Enjoy quiet time for personal reflection
• Keep in touch with family and friends back home
• Focus on their health and well being by hitting the gym or taking a pilates class
Most cruise ships are equipped with impressive fitness centers and offer modern equipment and a selection of classes from kickboxing to yoga. Runners and walkers can take advantage of the outdoor track that typically circles one of the ship’s decks.
If you have the time and zest for exploration, a world cruise just may be a new thrilling adventure for you.