While the majority of cruise packages range in the $2,000 to $7,000 price range, and many enjoy searching for cruise bargains, there are times when bargain-hunting is not a consideration. Here are five fantastic experiences which are nothing like the average cruise. These are the perhaps once-in-a-lifetime explorations which bend minds within the ultimate adventure… when nothing but the most expensive cruise will do… and why not? It’s incredible out there.
Silversea’s World Cruise 2020 Legends of Cruising
In 2013, the Silversea World Cruise booked in the Owner’s Suite, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two verandas, was priced at $346,500. Pricing for 2020 is available through your travel agent.
It will be the first time that 380 travelers will set foot on seven continents and swim in the world’s oceans during a world cruise. Silversea acknowledges that only 1% of those who cruise will experience this kind of cruise, and it is their premise that this 1% are the cruising Legends. The World Cruise is comprised of 9 distinct Episodes:
- Episode 1, Ancient America, begins in Fort Lauderdale and sails southward along the eastern coast of South America, to arrive in Buenos Aires.
- Episode 2, The End of the World, heads from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, rounding the southernmost tip of South America. Along the way, an Expedition Team will lead voyagers on a 3-day exploration of Antarctica. Episode 3, A Tapestry of Blue, begins in Valparaiso and journeys to Papeete. Robinson Crusoe Island, Easter Island, and Pitcairn Island are ports of call.
- Episode 4, Land of 1000 Islands, visits Moorea, Bora Bora and other enchanting islands on the way to Sydney.
- Episode 5, Wild NewWorld, includes Kangaroo Island, Perth, and Singapore.
- Episode 6, Inside the East Indies, travels from Singapore to Mumbai.
- Episode 7, Wonders of the Near East, explores Muscat, Petra, and Taormina on the way to Rome.
- Episode 8, Old World, New Vision, gathers in Barcelona and Lisbon on the way to Dublin, Ireland.
- Episode 9, North of Beauty, visits the fjords of Norway, Edinburgh, Scotland, and sails to the final port of Amsterdam to end the World Cruise.
The cruise includes complimentary roundtrip business class air, private transfers, a bon voyage pre-departure dinner and overnight hotel stay, baggage valet between home and ship in Fort Lauderdale and Amsterdam, exclusive events during the cruise, bespoke Silversea experiences, a per suite onboard spending credit of $4,000, an expedition parka, unlimited wifi, laundry services, medical services, and a Visa package. All suites include butler service, a refrigerator and bar stocked according to your preferences, choices of luxury bath amenities and many other features.
Seabourn’s 146-Night 2020 World Cruise: Extraordinary Destinations
Book a Penthouse Suite from $142,999 per person.
The Sojourn departs from Miami on January 2 and disembarks in San Francisco. Ports of Call include favorite locations such as Cape Town, Hong Kong, Oahu, and San Francisco, but also reaches exotic destinations such as Zanzibar, Takoradi, Praslin, Mombasa, Komodo, Hundred Islands, Darwin, and Banjul. For the traveler seeking both the well-known and the unknown, this cruise offers an array of incredible experiences. The Sojourn debuted on the River Thames, London on June 6, 2010. The vessel offers open-seating dining, daily onboard activities, six outdoor whirlpools and two swimming pools, a 9-hole putting course, a fitness center, card rooms, and entertainment. The Penthouse Suites feature approximately 436 square feet of luxurious indoor living space and a veranda, dining tables, separate bedrooms, two flat-screen TVs, a fully stocked bar according to the travelers’ preferences, fine soaps, bath products and linens, and 24-hour complimentary room service.
Viking Ultimate World Cruise 2019
Book a Veranda Suite from $89,990. The Owner’s Suite, priced at $269,990, is sold out.
This new London to London cruise includes six continents, 59 countries, 113 tours, and lasts for 245 days. The voyage departs on August 31, 2019 and returns on May 2, 2020. The booking includes free business air class air and transfers, provides credits per person on board for $2,000 and applied to shore excursions for $4,000, and much more, for patrons who book before September 30, 2018.
Viking offers the youngest fleet in the world of luxury cruising. The cruise line offers shore experiences which allow travelers to learn more about the places visited, and a curated library onboard to enhance the visits. Guest lecturers and resident historians, cooking classes and wine tastings add to the local experiences. All staterooms have beds which are king size, heated floors in the bathrooms, showers which are large, excellent TVs, verandas which are private to each stateroom, and room service available around the clock. The vessels include theaters, heated swimming pools, jazz lounges for music and vintage cocktails, wellness spas and saunas, fitness centers and snow grottos. The lounges are comfortable places to enjoy the scenery while traveling and enjoy a bite to eat.
Holland America’s 128-Day Grand World Voyage 2020
Book the Neptune Suite from $82,094.
The Grand World Voyage itinerary begins in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 4, 2020. The voyage visits highlight ports in the Caribbean, along the Eastern Coast of South America and round its tip to travel up the Western coast to access Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, and then head toward Rarotonga, New Zealand and Australia. The vessel sets course for Bali and Indonesia, Singapore, and then heads toward Colombo, the Seychelles, and then skirts around the coast of Africa with key stops in Durban, and Cape Town before returning across the Atlantic to return to Florida. These are just a few of the 46 ports of call along this all-encompassing sea voyage.
Cruise the world in your own private and spacious home away from home on the Amsterdam. The vessel includes the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, Fitness Center, specialty restaurants, hands-on workshops, and a three-story atrium outfitted with an amazing astrolabe.
Lodgings are a 500-plus square foot cabin which features a private veranda, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bath with dual-sink vanity and a whirlpool bath and shower, with an additional shower stall. The large sitting area is complemented with two beds which can convert o a king-sized one. Private concierge, a wide array of complimentary services and Neptune Lounge use are just a few of the exclusive amenities.
Cunard’s 107 Night World Voyage 2019
Book the Queens Grill from $70,532.
Circumnavigate the globe on Cunard’s World Voyage. The Queen Victoria sails to six continents and visits 24 countries on the cruise of a lifetime. The vessel embarks from Southampton, United Kingdom on Thursday 10 January and returns to Southampton on Sunday 28 April. The voyage itinerary includes Bermuda, Orland and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Aruba, Cartagena, a full transit of the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Mexico, San Francisco, Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Whitsunday Islands, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malacca, Sri Lanka, Port Victoria in the Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. A full range of port excursions are available.
The Queens Grill suites include butler and concierge service, 24-hour room service, private balcony, whirlpool baths and marble bathrooms, reserved tables for single-seating dining and satellite TV with multi-language music and film channels.