Jules Verne’s character Phileas Fogg circumnavigated the world in 80 days, but australiancruisingnews.comnotes that today’s cruise ships prefer a far slower pace.
Viking Cruises has just announced what has to be the longest ever world cruise, a 245-day continuous journey that will visit 59 countries with calls into 113 ports. (The full itinerary is seen on the map below.)
The cruise on the 930-passenger Viking Sunwill take in every continent except Antarctica, and will even circumnavigate South America on a path that is rarely taken by cruise ships. Capital cities and lesser known places around the world are on the itinerary as well as remoter islands and tropical getaways. There will be 22 overnight port stays to take in must-do sightseeing further afield.
Leaving London (Greenwich) on August 31 next year, the Viking Sun cruise will also end in London on May 2 the following year.
And the cruise cost?
From $US92,990 – or $US380 a day – including a business class international airfare, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, and even free alcohol on board.
For those who cannot spare 245 days at sea, there is the option of joining the cruise from London to Los Angeles (sector covers 127 days) from $US47,995 or a 119-day cruise from Los Angeles to the UK from $US45,995.
Interestingly, Viking’s last world cruise ended on May 5 this year in London after a mere 141 days at sea.
THERE is no disputing the cruise industry is buoyant around the world with passenger numbers continuing to grow. Even those who consider themselves landlubbers are now dipping their toes into international waters.
Most cruise lines are opting for larger ships to meet demand, turning them into lively resorts at sea with onboard attractions to suit all-comers.
australiancruisingnews.com notes that the latest arrival to Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Symphony of the Seas, (zip-lining is one of a myriad of onboard activities) has instantly become the world’s largest cruise ship as she sails her maiden voyage in the Mediterranean from the increasingly popular Spanish port of Barcelona.
So which are the mega giants of the seas, and what are their vital statistics?
Symphony of the Seas, launched just weeks ago, tonnage 228,081, carrying 5,518 passengers.
Harmony of the Seas, launched 2016, tonnage 226,963, carrying 5479 passengers.
Allure of the Seas, launched 2010, tonnage 225,282, carrying 5492 passengers.
Oasis of the Seas, launched 2009, tonnage 225,282, carrying 5400 passengers.
Quantum of the Seas, launched 2014, tonnage 168,666, carrying 4180 passengers.
Anthem of the Seas, launched 2015, tonnage 168,666, carrying 4180 passengers.
Ovation of the Seas, launched 2016, tonnage 167,666, carrying 4180 passengers.
Cruising international waters is no longer the sole domain of “the nearly dead, the over-fed, and the newly-wed” so it is crucial that travelers know what is happening on the cruise scene on the world’s mighty oceans and rivers.
With that focus in mind, Australiancruisingnews.com has returned.
As a seasoned travel writer who stumbled on the joys of cruising years ago, I am now addicted to life on board a ship, be it big or small. I constantly dream of sea-going adventures and hope that my sharing these days at sea will inspire my readers.
Right now a fleet of international cruise ships are navigating the Southern Hemisphere tempting Australians and New Zealanders to stretch their ‘sea legs’ with a vast array of cruise choices.
Not that those Down Under need much convincing as cruising is the fastest growing area on the travel scene.
The South Pacific remains the most popular overseas destination for Aussie cruisers due to the proximity of those island. But, the place to watch is across “the ditch” – the Tasman Sea with over 100,000 passengers cruising to New Zealand annually.
It is the preferred destination of the super liners such as Ovation of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean’s fleet, which carries around 8,000 passengers and crew. Ovation, and other cruise ships of its size, need deep harbors and have no trouble finding those around New Zealand’s North and South Islands.
Within months, a fleet of cruise ships will be leaving Australasian waters for summer ports in the Northern Hemisphere.
Australiancruisingnews.com will keep readers posted, so keep on checking in…