Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Around the World Cruise Information

Thinking of taking a round the world cruise? Okay, I'm envious. I'm sure it will be a long time before I can take off on one of those, but I've done some research for you. Here's some basic information on world cruises:

World Cruise Lowdown
  • Round the world cruises last around 100-115 days.
  • They usually depart in January.
  • Many of these cruises are run by luxury lines, and even when lines like Holland America offer them, they're rolling out their best ships.
  • Entertainment is more sophisticated than you've probably seen on mainstream resort ships (i.e. black-tie galas, themed balls, and specialty parties).
  • The lines that offer world cruises are Cunnard, Crystal Cruises, Holland America, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Silversea Cruises.
  • You can expect to visit 35 to 45 different ports on 6 continents, and world cruises often touch down on ports rarely visited by shorter-term cruises.
  • If the itinerary interests you, but you can't afford the whole trip, you may be able to buy a "segment" and hop on board for 10 days to two weeks.
  • World cruises are increasing in popularity and often fill up quickly, so book early.
  • The average age of world cruises is the mid-60s.
  • All world cruises cross the equator at least twice.
  • Prices often start around $50,000 per person and go up from there (if you just want to see the world and don't care about the luxury lifestyle, check out freighter travel; you can find world cruises for less than $15,000)
  • Since round the world cruises are traditionally taken by the affluent, it is possible to get deals on great ships if you'll settle for inside cabins the rich would scoff at (prices can be as low as $150 a day).

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