Round the World Cruising

Jul 4, 2018


Thanks to Phil Hoffmann Travel.

History shows, some of the greatest places on Earth were discovered by sea. It’s no surprise then, that cruising remains one of the most evocative ways to travel today. Like the Holy Grail of cruising, circumnavigating the globe on a world voyage is the ultimate cruise experience. 

Most the world's most popular cruise lines offer their own version of a world voyage, generally ranging from 90 nights to an epic 180 nights at sea. Imagine visiting 36 ports in 28 countries as you escape the daily grind for 15 weeks at sea, unpacking once and relaxing while your every want and need is taken care of.

From the smaller ultra-luxurious ships of Oceania and Regent Seven Seas, to traditional cruising on Cunard's iconic ships or P&O UK's classic ships. Holland America Line and Princess Cruises' offer world voyages, while CMV offers an economical option on their new ship, Columbus. If it's your dream to experience a world cruise, there's a style of ship to suit your taste and budget.

While the ports of call and sheer number of countries you visit on a world voyage are of great appeal, it's worth considering the lengthy run of sea days that will inevitably be encountered. Nearly a third of the total cruise can often be spent at sea which, for die-hard cruise fans, is part of the allure. For months on end there's no cooking or cleaning to do. Your biggest concern is which onboard restaurant you are going to dine in, what you are going to do at port and whether you'll have a quiet night in your cabin or head out to enjoy the onboard entertainment. 

Traditionally, world voyages begin in January though more cruise lines are introducing alternatives to this. A world voyage is often made up of two sectors - sometimes using different ships from the same cruise line. For those with a little less time, there's the option to take a sector of a world voyage, or a grand voyage which works in with your timeframe. A grand voyage is a lengthy cruise of around 70 days, that focuses on a continent or hemisphere. 

If you've done a lot of cruising, it's worth considering a smaller ship for a world voyage, simply because they can access lesser-visited ports that the bigger ships can't. While bigger ships offer more entertainment options they often need to dock outside of a city centre. With smaller ships come fewer passengers – you'll need to consider how you feel spending months at sea with a smaller number of the same people. These are all important considerations when you’re going to be spending months at sea.

To find the perfect round the world cruise to suit you, contact Phil Hoffmann Travel.