8 World Cruises You Won't Want to Miss

By Ensemble Travel Group  ·  September 2021

After long months of lockdown, you might be feeling an urge to start traveling the world again. But if you’re like us, you probably have a hard time choosing which destination to explore first. But why choose at all? A cruise around the world might be the once-in-a-lifetime experience you need to treat yourself and check many of the world’s most beautiful destinations off your bucket list in a single extended trip. And, with revenge travel emerging and limited availability, now may be just the right time to book your 2023 or 2024 world cruise before they start selling out (yes, some already are!). Here are eight of the best world cruises to make your post-pandemic dream trip a reality.

1  |  Holland America Line’s 2023 Grand World Voyage

World cruises give you longer itineraries so you truly connect with each place. Every Holland America Line world cruise itinerary is carefully crafted with a range of destinations, from bustling capitals to seldom-visited jewels. The discovery continues onboard with an enhanced enrichment program. While you’re sailing to your next destination, you can learn new brush strokes with artists in residence or attend live cooking demonstrations. Each day on your cruise will be a brand-new adventure. Circle the globe on an ambitious, immersive expedition where you’ll explore the cascading waterfalls of Eidfjord, Isle of Skye’s glens and gullies, wildlife-filled Hobart, and the idyllic shores of Durban, South Africa on overnights. One word encapsulates this around the world cruise: transformative.

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2  |  Cunard’s Centenary World Voyage 2023

Queen Mary 2® will call at 31 ports in 18 countries in 2023, on a 117-night round-trip Centenary World Voyage from New York, with in-depth explorations of Australia, Asia and Africa. Discover ancient civilizations in Egypt and cities less than a century old in the United Arab Emirates. See rhinos and elephants on a wildlife reserve from Port Elizabeth, or savor the iconic design of Sydney’s opera house on a visit to New South Wales’ cosmopolitan capital. Overnight port calls in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Cape Town are complemented by late evening departures from Safaga, Colombo, Sydney and Port Elizabeth, while stops in Mauritius, Reunion and Airlie Beach bring salt-white sands, gently swaying palms, and spellbinding blue seas.

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3  |  Seabourn’s 2023 World Cruise: Extraordinary Discoveries

In January 2023, Seabourn Sojourn will depart Miami for a once-in-a-lifetime, 140-day voyage. She will sail across three great oceans exploring 61 fascinating ports in 32 countries. Enjoy more time ashore with ten overnight stays in Easter Island, Bali, Tahiti, Cape Town and more. Two nights in Mombasa provide the opportunity for optional two- or three-day mid-voyage Seabourn Journeys to world-famous game parks.

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4  |  Crystal Cruises’  Wild Kingdoms & Exotic Discoveries 2023

From idyllic discoveries in Tahiti, Seychelles and the Maldives, to Papua New Guinea’s eco-diversities and Africa’s Big Five safaris, Crystal Cruises’ 28th annual World Cruise is an epic odyssey exploring kingdoms both ancient and wild, landscapes both iconic and secluded, and monuments both natural and manmade. The cruise line’s 2023 World Cruise begins in Miami on January 11th. Guests have the option of disembarking in Athens, Venice or Barcelona for the full 140 nights. Fine wines, premium spirits, champagne, specialty coffees, private town car transfers to and from the ship on embarkation and debarkation days, a robust enrichment program including culinary experiences and celebrity entertainment and more also complement your experience on board and on shore.

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5  |  Viking’s 2023-2024 World Cruise

Set sail onboard Viking Neptune as she traverses the globe from Fort Lauderdale on a 138-day journey. During this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you’ll get a chance to explore the world’s most majestic cities, immerse yourself in local cultures during overnight stays in 11 ports, and discover the idyllic isles and the faraway lands of the South Pacific, as well as the colonial treasures of Asia. From the Arabian Peninsula to the Red Sea, witness several millennia of history and revel in the romance of Paris before arriving in London, England’s iconic capital.

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6  |  Princess Cruises’ 111-Day 2023 World Cruise

With carefully crafted itineraries to the most sought-after destinations, Princess Cruises – the cruise line voted “Best Cruise Itineraries” 12 times by Recommend Magazine – will guide you through your travel bucket list better than you can ever imagine. When embarking on a Princess World Cruise, you’ll experience the globe’s marquis ports and hidden gems, and explore the far corners of the world without the hassle of airport travel, constant unpacking, and expensive meals. On this 111-day world cruise from Fort Lauderdale, you’ll enjoy top destinations on six continents while sailing through the equator twice. Ten More Ashore late-night calls make for more exploration before a return to Florida. Plus, a MedallionClass® vacation offers the ultimate in effortless, personalized cruising so you can explore your destinations easily and enjoy more time to connect with the places you sail.

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7  |  Silversea’s Far East – West, Broaden Your Horizons 2024

How far will you go to broaden your horizons? Silversea’s 2024 World Cruise is a journey that will push your travel boundaries farther than ever before. This 132-night voyage explores our planet’s most extraordinary destinations, weaving a story of Pacific heritage as it unfolds. On this cruise, you’ll learn how east and west have fused together for millennia through their changing customs, cuisines and cultures. This is a voyage for those who want to experience the very extremes of the planet. It’s time to get out there and go beyond what you thought possible. It’s time to broaden your horizons.

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8  |  Oceania’s 2023 Around the World in 180 Days

The ultimate port collector’s treasure, this journey is the fulfillment of an epic travel dream: circumnavigating the globe on the voyage of a lifetime. From exotic cities and coastal villages to soaring mountains and breathtaking islands, the many facets of this globe-roaming masterpiece will intrigue even the most seasoned travelers. On an eastward route, Insignia’s course weaves together an exotic tapestry of South America, Africa, the United Arab Emirates, India, East and Southeast Asia, Alaska and even Antarctica’s pristine islands and bays. The voyage opens along the golden Pacific Riviera before exploring top South American wonders. Across the Atlantic, Insignia charts Africa’s beguiling coastline and the Arabian Peninsula before exploring desirable Indian Ocean destinations. Further east, off-the-beaten-path adventures come to life in ports across Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and beyond. As a memorable finale, Insignia sails the legendary Bering Sea, illuminating the breadth of Alaska from the Aleutian Islands to the Inside Passage.

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