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Forget Ocean Liners: These 7 Luxe Air Cruises Will Take You Around the World in Record Time

Converted airliners with luxurious seating, gourmet cuisine, and open lounges are becoming the preferred means of transport for multi-week, global travel. their biggest attraction: time savings., jaclyn trop, jaclyn trop's most recent stories.

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By flying in small groups, say the organizers, guests dramatically cut the costs of private flight but enjoy similar perks of enhanced service and cuisine. These cruises are often connected to five-star hotels, have their own doctors and private chefs, and sometimes include private limousines and drivers for each couple or family—so if the airplane feels crowded, an escape is available on landing.

Private Jet Trips crossing multiple time zones have become extremely popular among wealthy travelers who want to see the world on their terms.

The trips use midsized business jets for regional travel or, for traversing time zones, “bizliners.” These are converted commercial jets with luxe interiors that feature a smaller number of seats (often recliners for sleeping) as well as open areas, a serious galley and larger bathrooms.

The Four Seasons Private Jet, for instance, is an Airbus A321 with just 48 seats to accommodate roughly a quarter of the passengers of the A321’s commercial configuration. The aircraft travels with an executive chef, doctor, a Four Seasons concierge, a journey manager, and an assistant journey manager. The jet also has a lounge.

The itinerary includes stargazing in Costa Rica with Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz, visiting the world’s largest waterfall system at Argentina’s Iguazú National Park, and taking a four-night cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard a luxurious polar ship. There will also be a cocktail party at Machu Picchu and a private concert by the Bogotá Philharmonic, among other insider-access events.

Not everyone can clear three weeks to join a standard tour. For the time-strapped, the brand is debuting more family-friendly programs for 2024 and 2025 that cover more ground in less time.

Its African Wonders tour takes travelers across a wide swath of geography in 13 days, starting in Athens with a visit to the Parthenon, before heading south through the African continent to see Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, and attractions in Rwanda, Mauritius, Zambia, and South Africa.

There are also smaller group trips closer to home. Starting at $227,000 for two adults, Four Seasons Resorts Hawaii is partnering with VistaJet and Lanai Air to curate a four-island journey showcasing Hawaii’s history, culture, and natural beauty for private parties of up to eight.

VistaJet has fashioned its own Private World tours that range from single destinations to longer, multi-stop itineraries. Its three-week tour of Southeast Asia , in association with Ariodante, begins in Jakarta before heading to Sangiran and Cambodia to explore the remnants of the Khmer Empire, including the temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm. Following that is a helicopter trip into Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park for a four-day trek through the jungle with a team of experts into the world’s largest cave, Hang Son Doong.

Abercrombie & Kent’s Wings Over Europe’s Iconic Capitals is an air adventure that spends 11 days experiencing the best of London, Paris, Rome, and Athens.

Limited to 13 guests, the tour takes you by private charter to the changing of the Mounted Guard in London, breakfast atop the Eiffel Tower, and a secret passage that connects Rome’s Castel Sant’Angelo with the Vatican. Afterward, you’ll travel along the Athenian Riviera by electric trike.

Private Jet Trips crossing multiple time zones have become extremely popular among wealthy travelers who want to see the world on their terms.

By contrast, the company’s Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet is a 22-day trip that explores the continent’s natural and manmade treasures, from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the Serengeti to the mountain gorillas of Rwanda to the medina of Marrakech.

Starting at $134,000 per person, the aircraft is a converted Boeing 757 with just 48 recliners for crisscrossing Africa. The journey includes exclusive access to many of the sites, including the Sphinx in Egypt, a hot-air balloon trip over the Serengeti, luxury safari camps in the bush, and glamping in the Sahara. Helicopter trips, wine-tastings and even a voodoo ceremony are also options.

“This is the next best thing to having your own private jet,” says Stefanie Schmudde, vice president of product development at Abercrombie & Kent. “Guests enjoy the benefits of private air, while on an itinerary that makes the most of each day.” Put another way: Maximizing time is why these air cruises work.

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11 epic around-the-world cruises that will check off all your bucket list travel destinations

Janice Wald Henderson

Imagine the joys of traveling seamlessly from one bucket list country to another without packing and unpacking, switching hotels, boarding countless flights or even doing laundry.

Think it's a fantasy? It's actually a world cruise, the nirvana of many ocean-going devotees. As a bonus, most of these around-the-world voyages include enviable perks, like pre-cruise hotel stays, alcohol, shipboard credit, exclusive-access shore excursions — and, yes, laundry service.

Retired, taking a job hiatus or working remotely? A world cruise is a safe, easy and exhilarating way to score a global adventure beyond compare. You might even make new lifelong friends sharing similar interests.

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So, pull out your travel wish list and find an itinerary for those coveted destinations.

Here, you can learn more about what's involved in an around-the-world cruise and drool over 11 terrific choices across a range of fares for an incredible monthslong voyage at sea.

What is a world cruise?

Never mind the moniker, a world cruise may visit several continents but not circumnavigate the globe. Cruise lines usually designate one ship (a few offer two) to sail about 100 days or longer — some even sail more than 200 days — without repeating ports.

World cruises traditionally start in January and end around April or May. They sail round-trip from one American city, such as San Francisco or Miami, or offer a choice of starting points on both coasts, making access easy.

What to know about world cruises

With so few world cruises available, book far in advance. Bookings open roughly two years in advance, and some small-ship cruises sell out within hours. You'll need the extra time to make arrangements to leave your home for months. For that reason, this story will focus on 2025 world cruises.

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Around-the-world cruise cost

Such lengthy sailings cost plenty. The bigger ship lines offer the lowest fares, although extra fees for what's not included (such as shore excursions and alcohol) can add up quickly. If contemplating a big-ship voyage, read the inclusions carefully, as they vary among lines.

Luxury vessels bundle many costly amenities into the fare, like business- or first-class plane tickets and luxury hotel stays, and charge the most. They also deliver fine dining, pampering service, glam surroundings and impressive special events. (Silversea Cruises has previously rented out an entire island to entertain its world cruise guests.)

Thus, expect considerable price differences. Count on spending about $20,000 per person minimum to score an entry-level accommodation on the bigger ships and approximately $80,000 to $90,000 per person for an ultraluxury vessel.

Note that for the poshest lines, "entry-level" may mean a spacious, elegant suite with a veranda. For other lines, the most basic cabin is a small, windowless room.

Read on to discover where you can sail to in 2025 on a world cruise.

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World Voyage

Thanks to an overwhelming response to its 2024 world cruise (which is currently waitlisted), Azamara announced itineraries for both 2025 and 2026, both aboard the 684-passenger Azamara Onward.

Azamara Onward is the newest ship to join the Miami-based line's four-vessel fleet. The ship's size provides an intimate experience and allows it to call on small towns bigger ships can't access.

For 2025, the 155-night, 37-country voyage begins in San Diego and ends in Southampton, England, with visits to exciting locales in French Polynesia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy, France and others.

Along the way, world cruisers can sample authentic Hawaiian cuisine; explore the unspoiled beaches and the lush rainforest on Stewart Island, New Zealand; and visit the world's largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia.

The itinerary will include a pre-sailing welcome party, exclusive cultural events, concierge service and other upscale perks.

The 2026 world cruise sets sail from Miami and concludes in Barcelona. The itinerary for this 155-night expedition features some of the world's most iconic landmarks and sites.

Cruisers will have the opportunity to explore the great pyramid of Kukulcan and other ancient Mayan sites in Chichen Itza, Mexico; wander among Rio de Janeiro's architectural gems and experience the awe of Iguazu Falls in Brazil; sample Peruvian cuisine and soak in the landscape of Machu Picchu in Cusco; scale the Great Wall of China; and enjoy other bucket-list worthy adventures.

The 2025 world cruise departs Jan. 6, 2025. Prices start from $89,001 per person.

The 2026 world cruise departs Jan. 6, 2026. Prices start from $85,141 per person.

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If luxury and unparalleled personal service are important to you, consider Crystal 's 2025 world cruise aboard Crystal Serenity .

The beloved upscale line went bankrupt and stopped sailing in 2022. However, luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent acquired it and brought it back to life with a $150 million glow-up, starting with 740-passenger Crystal Serenity.

With newly renovated expansive suites, an array of social areas and nearly one staff member per guest, Crystal Serenity offers ultimate comfort, quality and personalization. Every cabin comes with a butler ready to assist with reservations, laundry and any other needs you have during your global odyssey.

Beginning in Fort Lauderdale and concluding in Barcelona, the sailing spans 123 nights with visits to 31 countries. The cruise kicks off with a welcome celebration, and guests can enjoy themed onboard and shoreside events and gala dinners throughout the sailing.

Exciting destinations along the way include Belize, Honduras, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Jordan. Passengers can get a close-up look at Argentine tango through performances, enjoy street food in Sri Lanka's capital city and celebrate like a Greek god on Mount Olympus, among other events.

Custom excursions and pre- and post-cruise tours organized by Abercrombie & Kent are available along the way (for an additional cost).

Departs Jan. 7, 2025. Prices start from $66,200 per person.

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Be among the first to explore the world aboard Queen Anne, the line's first new ship in 12 years. Scheduled to launch in May 2024, the 2,996-passenger ship will take over Cunard 's world cruise duties in January 2025.

Queen Anne's maiden World Voyage in 2025 will span 111 nights, beginning and ending in Hamburg, Germany. Along the way, guests can explore historic churches in the Old Town of Lubeck, Germany, a UNESCO World Heritage site; visit the historic city of Antigua, Guatemala's original capital; and indulge in retail therapy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's bustling shopping hub.

Passengers will enjoy spectacular new elements on this ship. The vessel's main pool area, The Pavilion, is topped with a gorgeous retractable glass roof that will act as a showpiece and also a functional structure to keep poolgoers dry on rainy days.

If you're seeking the most luxurious accommodations and exclusive experiences on board, book Princess or Queens Grill suites. Fares include outstanding amenities such as private dining rooms, coffee and specialty tea service, priority boarding, and a private outdoor lounge area.

Queens Grill suite passengers receive butler service, too. However, many lovely inclusions, such as white-gloved servers presenting complimentary daily tea, are available for all guests.

Departs Jan. 7, 2025. Prices start from $17,799 per person.

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Grand World Voyage

Holland America 's 124-day Grand World Voyage on the 1,964-passenger Zuiderdam cruises round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. The enticing itinerary ventures far from Florida to must-visit cities such as Tokyo, Mumbai, Singapore and Istanbul. The ship will also traverse the Panama Canal.

Many included overnights allow opportunities to dive deep into local cultures and experiences. Spend extra time in Kobe, Japan; Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; and Singapore. As a bonus, Zuiderdam will take guests to incredibly remote locales, such as the Amazon.

On board, relish music venues like Billboard Onboard and BBC Earth in Concert, where a live orchestra plays before a huge backdrop of spectacular wildlife footage. Step One Dance Company presents works by noted choreographers. Count on a buzzy casino, fine dining at specialty restaurants and a professionally staffed fitness center.

Departs Jan. 4, 2025. Prices start from $24,999 per person.

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MSC Cruises

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MSC Cruises is doing something a little different with its 2025 world cruise. It's offering a choice of four embarkation ports — Rome and Genoa in Italy; Marseille, France; and Barcelona. Passengers will return to the same port they left from.

The 2,550-passenger MSC Magnifica is the home base for the 116-night journey. The itinerary features port calls at 50 destinations across 21 countries in the Mediterranean, South America, the South Pacific, Australia and Asia. Among the cities you'll explore are Puerto Madryn, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro; Casablanca, Morocco; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Phuket, Thailand; Broome, Australia; and Auckland.

Spend your port days ogling at Genoa's majestic Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Lawrence and Doge's Palace; exploring the peaceful mountaintop monastery in Montserrat, Spain; and wandering through the restored ceremonial village of Orongo, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), a World Heritage Site.

Departs Jan. 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2025 (depending on your embarkation port). Prices start from $14,469 per person.

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Around the World Cruise

The lovely 656-passenger Insignia sails a whopping 200 days from Miami to New York for Oceania Cruises ' 2025 world cruise. It might seem a long way away, but inside cabins and some suites are already waitlisted for the sailing.

Prepare to tear up any bucket list on a cruise this long. The ship begins in the balmy Caribbean islands, ventures to the Brazilian Amazon, explores more of South America and then heads off to Africa and Asia. Australia and New Zealand, Hawaii and Latin America round out the itinerary before Insignia circles back to the Caribbean (different ports on this end) and sails triumphantly back to Miami.

Oceania Cruises is renowned for fine dining. Expect to eat and drink exceptionally well on board.

Departs Jan. 5, 2025. Prices start from $54,099 per person.

Princess Cruises

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Princess Cruises promises an unforgettable journey on its 116-day world cruise sailing from Fort Lauderdale (or Los Angeles, as an alternative embarkation port) on the 2,200-passenger Island Princess.

This ship delivers many onboard activities like cooking and dance classes, trivia contests, enrichment programs and games of basketball, volleyball and tennis on the sports court. A putting green ensures golf games stay sharp.

You can also expect outdoor movies, original musical productions and onboard wellness features such as a spa and fitness center.

World cruisers can visit 26 countries with 51 destinations across six continents; the exciting port of call include Lisbon; Bali; Naples, Italy; Milan; and Haifa, Israel. With late-night stays in 11 ports of call and a Dubai overnight, you can relish multiple opportunities to wine, dine and enjoy the nightlife ashore.

For 2025, Princess offers two 116-day world cruise itinerary options on Island Princess, one round-trip from Fort Lauderdale and the other round-trip from Los Angeles.

From Fort Lauderdale: Departs Jan. 5, 2025. Prices start from $16,225 per person.

From Los Angeles: Departs Jan. 20, 2025. Prices start from $16,298 per person.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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World cruises prove perpetually popular on this ultraluxe line. They often sell out in the blink of an eye.

Availability is limited on the 2025 150-night world cruise on the 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner, sailing round-trip from Miami to San Francisco. This itinerary includes cruising in Antarctica, the Chilean fjords, French Polynesia, Taipei and Bali.

Perhaps because its 2025 sailing is nearly sold out, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is one of the first cruise lines to announce its 2026 world voyage, also on Seven Seas Mariner.

This journey will be the line's longest, sailing for 154 nights and visiting 77 ports in 41 countries across six continents. The itinerary includes three new ports of call for Regent, including Lifou Island and Mare of the Loyalty Islands in the New Caledonia archipelago. Count on visiting 47 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Robben Island in South Africa.

For all its around-the-world cruises, Regent piles on primo inclusions — first-class flights, unlimited shore excursions, luggage service, an open bar and a visa package are among countless amenities.

The 2025 world cruise departs Jan. 7, 2025. Prices start from $87,999 per person.

The 2026 world cruise departs Jan. 10, 2026. Prices start from $94,999 per person.

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Grand Africa Voyage

Wander the majestic Grandmaster's Palace in Malta. Snorkel the pristine waters along the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Ogle the tropical beauty of the 115-island archipelago of the Seychelles. Soak up the beauty of Cape Town from atop Table Mountain.

You'll find many pinch-me moments on Seabourn 's 90-day, 26-country Grand Africa cruise in late 2024 and early 2025. It takes place onboard the 450-passenger all-suite Seabourn Sojourn and sails round-trip from Barcelona. (The line is not currently offering a more traditional world cruise in 2025.)

On the ultraluxurious vessel, you can expect exclusive VIP celebrations, like a Caviar in the Surf party. (Note that complimentary Champagne and caviar flow freely on board, too, adding to the happy vibe.)

There's much to love about Seabourn Sojourn. Its intimate size allows truly personalized service from a polished, attentive crew. Seabourn Square, a living room-like venue, is a magnet for affable passengers who quickly make new friends. Count on superb dining and 24-hour room service among a slew of upscale amenities.

Departs Nov. 30, 2024. Prices start from $38,999 per person.

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Silversea Cruises

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Silversea Cruises ' 2025 world cruise aboard the ultraluxurious, 596-passenger Silver Dawn looks amazing. The around-the-world cruise is designed to visit far-flung and more remote ports, often out of season, to avoid the touristy crowds.

This 136-day voyage sails from Tokyo to New York and explores 59 ports in 30 countries. Count on visiting enchanting cities, including Istanbul, Naples and Stockholm. Wonderfully remote ports, like Cochin, India; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Nuuk, Greenland, tempt travelers to come aboard for the long haul.

Silversea's world cruises are known for showcasing exceptional special-access events, and this sailing is no different. On this cruise, applause goes to a private tour of Cairo's 500-room Abdeen Palace and an inimitable evening at Versailles in lavish Marie Antoinette style (pre-guillotine, of course).

Silver Dawn is a wowser with a game-changer spa , all-suite accommodations, tux-clad butlers for all passengers and complimentary caviar service anytime, anywhere. Expect many fare inclusions, such as business-class flights, shore excursions and private transfers.

Departs Jan. 13, 2025. Prices start from $81,900 per person.

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Viking World Voyage II

Imagine the joy of ticking many bucket list boxes on Viking World Voyage II, Viking 's 163-day world cruise on board the 930-passenger Viking Sky in 2025. Book quickly; availability is extremely limited, with many suites and penthouses already sold out.

The Los Angeles-to-New York voyage visits 29 countries and 78 ports.

Palm-tree ports are plentiful, including Moorea, French Polynesia; Bay of Islands, New Zealand; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You'll cross many seas, such as the Tasman, Arafura and Arabian, and take your pick of a plethora of possible excursions, including a visit to a Balinese Hindu temple in Indonesia and a tour of the ancient Elephanta Caves in India. You can pretty much do it all on this world cruise.

Departs Jan. 5, 2025. Prices start from $74,995 per person.

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  • Luxury brands such as Four Seasons and Abercrombie & Kent sell around-the-world "air cruises."
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In March 1923, over 400 deep-pocket travelers arrived back in New York City after spending 130 days at sea aboard the world's first around-the-globe cruise .

One hundred years later, the ultrawealthy are still voyaging around the world in style — but many have traded in the half-year boat ride for three weeks on a private jet.

Luxury brands including Abercrombie & Kent, Safrans du Monde , TCS World Travel, National Geographic, and Four Seasons all offer multi-day "air cruises" that fly to nearly every corner of the globe.

And, for the most part, these companies aren't using purpose-built private planes from manufacturers like Gulfstream and Bombardier — but rather large Boeing and Airbus jetliners complete with first-class accommodations for every passenger.

These high-end experiences aren't cheap, though. Customers are spending six figures on the all-inclusive tours , which include flights, meals, excursions, and upscale hotels.

The niche market has been growing thanks to a post-pandemic rise in private aviation — and people are willing to pay up to avoid the hassles of commercial travel .

According to A&K, its September 2023 tour to Africa , which starts at $134,500, is completely sold out. Global tours operated by TCS and Four Seasons and scheduled to depart this fall are also waitlisted.

Granted, the specially-modified aircraft can only carry a few dozen people at one time, jacking up the price.

But, the exclusivity is part of the allure. Take a look at five of these private planes.

The Airbus A321neo is already a fan-favorite plane for airlines, but it is particularly popular for air cruises.

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Companies including Four Seasons and TCS use the Airbus A321neos for their jet expeditions, favoring the twin-engine airliner for its low-cost operation and efficiency.

TCS introduced its A321neoLR in 2021, which is designed to be a "calming oasis" for passengers.

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Features include leather-lined seats, wood-like floors, stone countertops, and mood lighting — all to "elicit feelings of tranquility and serenity."

TCS says  the next-generation aircraft — which is the LR 0r "long-range" version — will emit 20% fewer emissions compared to the Boeing 757 private jet it's replacing.

The 52-seater plane is fitted with lie-flat recliners, "extra large" lavatories, and a self-serve minibar.

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The premium seats do not have direct aisle access, however, meaning window-seat passengers need to climb over the aisle when the seat is in bed mode.

This is a common problem on single-aisle planes with business-class seating and is present on most of these VIP jets — though most guests are likely traveling together, so it's not a dealbreaker.

On board, travelers are set to be accompanied by 18 crew members, including a physician.

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TCS says  an "emergency room-trained physician" will be with guests during the entire trip, including in the air and on the ground.

Meanwhile, customers have access to WiFi, when available, and can pass the time video streaming on a provided tablet.

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Tours typically start and end in Florida, but can cover several continents all in one trip.

The aircraft's smaller size coupled with its 4,000-mile range gives TCS a lot of route flexibility because it can travel to a larger variety of airports.

Similar to TCS, the hotel giant Four Seasons operates a branded A321neo on world tours — its most glamorous costing over $200,000.

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An April 2024 trip, which spans countries like the Seychelles in Africa and the Galapagos in Ecuador, starts at $215,000 per person, according to Four Seasons .

On board, there are 48 recliners, each with lie-flat capabilities and more than six feet of legroom.

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Accompanying guests are a physician and a chef who can cook meals on board using local ingredients collected at each destination along the trip.

A chef is someone guests can expect across most of these luxury tour operators.

Also available is a dedicated lounge space, as well as lavatories that double as changing rooms.

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The lounge has high-top tables, snacks, and a staff member serving drinks — creating a perfect space for chatting or stretching your legs.

Another common twin-engine airliner used for around-the-world air cruises is the Boeing 757.

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Although older and less efficient than the A321neo, the 757 has been a workhorse for medium-haul travel, particularly across the Atlantic .

Carriers like Icelandair and United Airlines have flown the plane between the US and Europe for years, though both are replacing it with the A321neoXLR — the type's longest-ranged variant. As previously mentioned, TCS has already done the same for its air cruises.

National Geographic is probably the most recognizable brand operating the dual-engine plane, with most of its trips only costing five figures.

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The company's cheapest trip treks through Central and South America and starts at $88,000, while its most expensive tour visits Europe, Africa, and Asia and starts at $108,000.

But, unlike competitors, the 75-seater jet features large recliners instead of lie-flat beds.

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The seats still come with amenities like inflight power and an adjustable leg rest, with the design more comparable to premium economy compared to business or first class.

Also on board will be flight attendants, a chef, a doctor, an engineer, a dedicated luggage handler, and three pilots, National Geographic says.

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The VIP perks such as the chef and luggage handler contribute to the cost of that six-figure price tag, though they appear to be the standard for luxury air-cruise travel.

Also using the Boeing 757 on world trips is the luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent.

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Tours start at $135,000, though A&K's next scheduled trip in September is already sold out.

The company's plane features plush loungers in a 2×2 layout, each with a massage and lie-flat function.

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A&K leases the plane , as well as its pilots and cabin crew, from Icelandair — a common practice among tour companies.

For example, Titan Airways operates the aircraft on behalf of both TCS and Four Seasons, though the latter says it trains its own flight attendants.

Guests can also expect premium onboard catering, an iPad loaded with entertainment, and noise-canceling headphones to match.

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The seats themselves do not have inflight TVs attached, and passengers can expect a customized design instead of Icelandair branding.

While most companies use narrowbody jets for these VIP tours, the French company Safrans du Monde uses an Airbus A340 quad-jet — meaning it sports four engines instead of two.

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The Airbus A321 and the Boeing 757 are both single-aisle planes, while widebodies like the A340 are primarily used for long-haul international flying.

The Airbus plane is favorable for its range and capacity, though its fuel-hungry engines make it less efficient than next-generation narrowbodies like the A321.

Safran du Monde leases the aircraft from the Maltese private charter airline AirX Charter, recognizable by its white and green livery.

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The plane flew for SriLankan Airlines up until 2016 and have also been used during the pandemic .

On board, there are 100 lie-flat seats in a 2×2×2 layout. Again, not all passengers will have direct-aisle access — but the layout means a majority will.

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Safrans' Airbus A340 only has premium seats, but the aircraft was originally designed to accommodate up to 440 people in an all-economy layout.

In the back of the plane, guests will find a few rows of more private seats, as well as couches.

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There's a lot of space for people to socialize and relax without having to be confined to their seats.

"We can have a real conversation sitting on the sofa, having a drink," Safrans du Monde CEO Guy Bigiaoui said in an April video tour of the jet.

Travelers can expect premium meals, tray tables, linens, and power.

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Photos of the interior show high-end plating for gourmet meals and premium drinks, such as Champagne and wine.

The company says guests can expect to travel between four and eight hours, though some flights can trek up to 13 hours.

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The lie-flat beds are essential for these long-haul treks, especially since Safrans says it is targeting "super VIP" individuals, like heads of state, sports teams, and orchestras.

While not an around-the-world tour, one honorable mention flies a customized widebody to the remote continent of Antarctica.

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People already spend thousands of dollars to sail to the seventh continent by boat , but the superrich can shave off time — and avoid the nauseating Drake Passage — using planes.

Starting at $14,500, the luxury tour operator White Desert is set to transfer people from South Africa to Antarctica on an A340 private jet complete with business and first-class seats.

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The A340 formerly flew for Emirates , but now treks five hours each way and lands on an icy runway in Antarctica. 

The company's cheapest tours spend only three hours on the seventh continent , while the most expensive can last over a week and cost six figures.

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This Private Jet Trip Takes You Around the World in 22 Days in Lie-flat Seats

Luxury tour operator Safrans du Monde brings French flair to around-the-world private jet trips.

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With around-the-world private jet tours drawing plenty of attention from well-heeled travelers, French luxury travel operator Safrans du Monde is offering a brand-new Grand Classiques World Tour, a 22-day journey that begins and ends in Paris this fall.

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It's a true around-the-world trip, with multiple days spent at each destination. The first stop is Rio de Janeiro, where guests will visit the famed Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, as well as Sugarloaf Mountain. Next up is Cusco, Peru, the gateway to Machu Picchu, followed by Chile's Easter Island for a double dose of ancient history. 

The voyage continues across the Pacific with a stop in French Polynesia before making its way to Sydney, where guests will take a private tour of the Sydney Opera House. Then, guests are flown northwest to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia to see Angkor Wat. And the last leg includes two more ancient wonders: the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and Petra in Jordan, plus the otherworldly desert of Wadi Rum.

When guests aren't on Safrans du Monde's private Airbus A340, where they're treated to fine dining — Champagne included, of course — and luxe lie-flat seats, they're hosted in five-star hotels in each destination.

What sets Safrans du Monde apart from other private jet tour operators is that there are two classes of service: Club Safrans and Première Safrans. While both are all-inclusive, Première Safrans takes the journey to another level, offering first-class seats on the plane rather than business class, exclusive excursions, and ultra-luxurious hotel stays. Club Safrans is, of course, still quite extravagant, but is nearly $40,000 less.

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For the Grand Classiques World Tour, which runs from Oct. 24 to Nov. 14 this fall, Club Safrans costs about $75,000 per person and Première Safrans costs $115,000 per person; make your booking now at .

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A passenger on the world's longest cruise holiday has revealed the things that she dislikes the most about the excursion.

The average cruise ship holiday is going to take up a week or two of your year, with thousands every year taking to the open seas across the planet as a form of rest and recreation.

A particular crowd even opt for what are known as 'spicy' cruises , where they share partners with other passengers .

Well, as unique as a swingers' cruise might be , there's another kind of cruise that might take the biscuit.

We're on about Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise, which sails consistently around the world for nine months .

Lasting for 274 days, it takes thousands of passengers to the likes of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and Sydney Harbour in Australia .

Royal Caribbean's 22-year-old ship, the Serenade of the Seas, is the vessel that is sailing around the globe almost consistently, with it having a capacity of 2,490 paying customers.

Now, one passenger half way through the current tour of the Ultimate World Cruise has revealed the things she thinks are the worst thing about the nine month venture.

Leah Bott is on the RC ship with her husband Steve, having set sail at the start of the year.

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Having a '10 out of 10' time on board Serenade, Leah said it was '100% worth it', and they have been able to do everything they wanted to.

That's included Royal Caribbean coming up with alternative plans when the weather has meant the original excursion plans have had to be scrapped.

"Missing out on Machu Picchu was a big disappointment. But the cultural locations we were able to explore in Cusco and the shows they set up for us in Lima were amazing last-minute substitutes," the American wrote over on

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"For me, the Ultimate World Cruise has been life changing. And I expect this will continue over the next four and a half months."

But there's been one main gripe with the ship itself, despite the good times that have been had. And I suppose after four and a half months at sea, your opinion gains a bit more credibility than those who only cruise for up to a fortnight or so.

Leah said: "If you are following any of the content creators on this ship, you have probably heard this complaint.

"The noise. Everywhere. All the time.

"I do love the layout of the Serenade. I only have one other ship to compare it to – the Adventure of the Seas.

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"But in my opinion, the design of the Serenade is much better. It’s too bad it doesn’t have a Flowrider [surf simulator], but that’s another issue.

"The one bad part about the Serenade design is the openness of the Centrum [the open middle point of the ship where everything comes together].

"The noise that reaches this area flows up from Deck 4 to 12. It is annoying and problematic."

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A cruise holiday isn’t always about setting sail across vast oceans. For an alternative type of break on the water, winding your way inland might sound similar but it’s a vastly different experience.

From crossing deep into the untouched areas of the Amazon rainforest to exploring some of Europe ’s finest cities, the river cruise experience is one that allows tourists to get to grips with the history, culture and tradition of a destination in a slow, immersive fashion.

This could be in the form of sampling Creole cuisine in Mississippi or discovering historic sites in Vietnam , but whatever it is, there’s plenty of choice across Europe , Asia , South America and North America .

Read on for a selection of the best cruises, from the Mississippi to the Mekong.

Europe’s second longest river – and arguably its most famous – river takes you through amazing capital cities and host of charming towns, as well as plenty of scenic countryside in Austria , Hungary , Slovakia and Romania. Cruises along the Danube can vary from a handful of days to almost three weeks, giving you time to explore the elegance of cities like Vienna , Budapest, Bratislava or Belgrade.

Emerald Cruises lets you see the best of the Danube with the addition of a hefty dose of traditional German culture in Munich. Leaving the Bavarian capital, you’ll travel to Passau before a quick cross-border trip to the Unesco-listed Czech city of Cesky Krumlov. Vienna is the next city, replete with opulent architecture, before a quick overnight stay in Bratislava on the sixth night. Guided tours and hikes around the castle are included, before you get three nights to explore Budapest, the Hungarian capital that is blessed with picturesque buildings, relaxed thermal baths and a buzzing nightlife scene. 

From £1,999pp, including nine nights’ accommodation, full board, tours of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and airport transfers. Departing 7 May 2024 to 20 October 2024.

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This famous river runs for over 4,000 miles throughout South America and is a major part of the eponymous rainforest, one of the most biodiverse and important natural areas on the planet. A river cruise remains the best way to reach deeper into the jungle, with many cruises beginning in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus or in the Peruvian city of Lima.

Start in Peru’s enchanting capital with the Peruvian Rivers and Rainforest Discovery cruise from Uniworld. You’ll fly to Iquitos, the largest city in the Amazon as your next stop, before delving into some of the most remote areas in the world as you take to the waters. From here, nature takes centre stage, with a variety of experiences – including jungle walks and kayaking on a lake – added to the enjoyment of natural features such as giant lilies, towering barrigona trees and around 10 per cent of the world’s known animal species.

From £8,799pp, including 10 nights’ accommodation, full board, return flights from London, domestic flights and various excursions. Departing regularly from 17 January until 6 November 2024.

Start in  Cairo  and make your way down to Aswan over a few days (though many shorter routes operate between  Aswan and Luxor  only). For a relaxing way to take in riverside scenery and some of Egypt’s most important historical sites, a river cruise is the ideal choice.

AP Touring’s  Egypt Discovery  trip takes you on a round trip from Cairo. You’ll cross thousands of years of history, starting with West Bank the Valley of the Kings, before a short flight to Aswan to explore Abu Simbel and a sighting of the landmark Pyramids of Giza near the Egyptian capital. The scenery along the route is exceptional, too, with palm trees, green spaces and mini oases dotted in between the yellow-hued rock.

From £6,995pp, including 12 nights’ accommodation, 30 meals (including unlimited local beer and wine) return flights from London Heathrow, domestic flights within Egypt and activities in each of the 10 destinations. Departing regularly from September 2024 to April 2025.

Exploring this land of castles and fairytales is a worthwhile European trip, with tours often starting in the pretty Dutch capital of Amsterdam and weaving across the German and French countryside, with the route broken up by cities such as Cologne, Dusseldorf and Strasbourg. Many of the towns located on the banks of the Rhine, such as Koblenz, are incredibly picturesque, with a range of medieval castles and natural sites like the Black Forest also featuring.

Ama Waterways provide a seven-night cruise that runs from Basel to Amsterdam. Get your cultural fix at either end of your trip in either of these two cities, before admiring the vistas around the Rhine Valley, the medieval castles that loom over towns like Heidelberg and the timber-framed buildings that line the streets of Riquewihr and Strasbourg. Stops in both Freiburg and Dusseldorf are also included, as well as an optional excursion to Cologne.

From £2,399pp, including seven nights’ accommodation, full board and tours in each destination. Departing regularly between 18 February and 28 December 2024.

The views around the Douro Valley are some of the best in Portugal , whether you’re sitting by the banks in Porto or admiring the verdant hills and vineyards around Pinhao. This region, well-known for its port production, has cruises lasting roughly one week that usually begin and end in Porto – where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean – with a brief crossing over into Spain and Salamanca.

The Riviera Travel package offers an affordable eight-day Douro option starting and ending in Porto , with two nights to explore Portugal’s magnificent second city (and to go on a guided tour of a well-known port producer). Days three and four take you to sleepy Castelo de Rodrigo and the historic Spanish city of Salamanca (with guided tours and time to explore at your leisure) before traversing the cascading vineyards of the valley on your way back to Porto via the beautiful Peso de Regua (and a local wine tasting).

From £1,599pp, including seven nights’ accommodation, full board, flights from a London airport, one excursion one each day and airport transfers. Departing regularly from 7 April 2024.

The Mississippi

Discovering the Deep South is often done by car, but with new routes recently from Viking Cruises, exploring Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota and Tennessee has never been more idyllic. The famed cities of New Orleans and Memphis can bookend your tour, with lesser-known locations such as Baton Rouge, Natchez and Darrow making up the other stops.

Opt for Viking’s ‘Heart of the Delta’ cruise to if you really want to immerse yourself in the Deep South. The cruise begins with a few days exploring the French influences and Creole cuisine of New Orleans , before moving on to Baton Rouge – a haven of Creole and Cajun culture – and then onto Natchez, the oldest city on the river. You’ll travel through other towns on the Mississippi – complete with walking tours or excursions to the Atchafalaya Swamp basin – before reaching Memphis, the atmospheric home of blues music.

From £6,545pp, including 12 nights’ accommodation, full board, return flights from London and one excursion per destination. Departing weekly from March 7 until 13 June, with additional departures on 7 November and 13 November.

The Mekong flows through a host of Asia’s most fascinating countries, including Vietnam , Thailand , China and Cambodia. Most cruises only take in parts of Vietnam and Cambodia , though this mix of floating fishing villages, traditional markets and the two capitals of Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh will be enough for most travellers. With Avalon Waterways , you’ll combine energetic, modern cities with some of the most vibrant culture in Asia and a history that is equal parts sobering and fascinating.

It starts in Siem Reap, site of the Angkor Wat temple, before moving on to the Cambodian capital, where you can learn about the dictatorship of Pol Pot and visit several must-see landmarks. After this, Vietnam beckons, with a visit to the dizzying Ho Chi Minh City to see its admirable architecture. Visits to markets, old Vietnam War tunnels, temples and cooking classes are dotted in between these city trips for good measure, with stops at characterful towns like Vinh Long, too.

From £4,229pp, including seven nights’ accommodation, full board and activities on each day of the trip. Departing regularly from 15 January to 11 March and from 12 August to 2 December 2024.

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American Cruise Lines operates small ship sailing on various waterways around the U.S.

It’s been argued that the U.S. is so diverse and offers so many varying vistas that you could spend a lifetime traveling from coast to coast and still not see it all. From the Rockies to the Smokies, from the desert to the tropics, from skiing to scuba diving, America really does deliver.

And that’s exactly what American Cruise Lines celebrates as it explores the history, heritage, and places behind all that makes America beautiful. The line offers over 50 itineraries ranging from six to 60 days and visits 35 states from Alaska to Florida. It is the only cruise line in the world with a 100 percent American-made fleet—that fleet consists of small ships that hold between 90 and 180 guests, classic paddlewheelers, and a brand new line of coastal catamarans.

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Itineraries within the continental U.S. highlight the Mississippi River, including the Ohio, Cumberland, and Tennessee Rivers; the Columbia and Snake Rivers; the Hudson River; and Florida Rivers (St. John’s and Tolomato). For Americans, ports of call are usually just a short flight away. For those traveling farther, it’s a fully-planned and coordinated way to visit some of the most beautiful parts of the country. And everything is taken care of for you from start to finish.

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Once you arrive, you’ll be thrilled to see your stateroom. While cruise ships are known for making the most of tiny spaces, American Cruise Lines boasts the largest cabins in the industry and more space per passenger for moving around, securing a lounge chair, or selecting your seat at dinner. One hundred percent of cabins face outward, and all new ships have floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to private balconies. Views are unobstructed in rooms as well as dining areas, so these ships are especially appealing to those who have avoided cruises out of fear of claustrophobia. With so much space and light, those fears will be laid to rest.

Perhaps one of the most impressive selling points is that American Cruise Lines’ ships meet the highest emissions standards and have tiny carbon footprints. The line incorporates the latest technology, including a bow that opens like a drawbridge from which a powered passenger gangway emerges. This allows for bow landings and ensures the ship can navigate into areas most ships could never traverse.

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American Cruise Lines is the only line in the U.S. that offers both river and coastal cruises, and the new addition of coastal cats provides adventure opportunities for cruisers who love the idea of getting some wave action. If you’ve only done ocean cruising, it may be a great way to dip your toes into river cruising. But if you’re brave enough to jump all the way in, river cruising can provide a totally different – and totally blissful – experience.

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Endless cruise set to tour the world – and it'll always be summer

U nder a blazing blue sky in the legendary Harland & Wolff shipyard in Northern Ireland, where the Titanic was once built, the modestly sized Villa Vie Odyssey sits in dry dock, dwarfed by the huge 12-deck Caribbean party boat that looms beside it.

But when it sets sail on May 30, after intense refurbishment and cosmetic work, this 31-year-old ship will be one of the hottest new innovations in the cruise industry. It will be one of only two residential cruise ships in operation – and its world tour will have successfully launched where others have very dramatically failed.

Around 300 passengers – or "residents" – will be on board to start the voyage from Belfast which will visit 425 ports in 147 countries across all seven continents, circumnavigating the globe every three-and-a-half years.

For this is to be a cruise without end, where passengers can choose between pay-as-you-go and ownership options, spending as little as 35 days or the whole of their natural life on board, with the ship itself being replaced around every 15 years.

1,301 days of summer

The relatively small size of the 924-capacity vessel means it's capable of docking in the heart of destinations, with port stays ranging from a leisurely two to seven days, rather than the typical "hit and run" cruise ship approach. These long-term cruise residents do, after all, have all the time in the world.

The global itinerary , broken down into 16 "segments" over 1,301 days, has been carefully designed so that it catches the spring-summer seasons in both the northern and summer hemisphere. Residents, if they so choose, may never feel the winter chill again.

There's no commitment to stay on board for the full three and a half years, or to get off when that's over. Residents can pick and choose between segments as they like. South America is the most popular part and the transatlantic section the least, Villa Vie Residences CEO Mikael Petterson told the dry dock press tour Sunday.

Learning from the past

Takeup has been high. Of the 295 cabins available at launch, 270 have been sold, with some residents choosing to join later in the voyage. Petterson expects all cabins to be fully booked by the end of the Northern European segment, which ends in August, and more will be opened up during segment two, which is Greenland to Miami.

"We have a significant amount of people that want to come and see the ship themselves before committing, for obvious reasons," says Petterson. It's been a long journey to this upcoming launch and this is not the first venture of its kind.

In November 2023, Life at Sea Cruises canceled its three-year voyage shortly before departure, having not secured a ship, leaving passengers stranded and pursuing refunds of tens of thousands of dollars.

Villa Vie was started by Petterson and other former members of the Life at Sea executive team who quit when the original team split in May 2022. He says they've been able to learn from the mistakes of those who've gone before.

Conservative option

The ship now known as Villa Vie Odyssey was constructed in 1993 and – as the 495-cabin MS Braemar – was purchased from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines last year for $13 million. A further $12 million has been spent on the refurb and getting it fully recertified and up to standard.

"At $25 million all in, it's less than half of what anyone else has been trying," says Pettersen. "The ship is much cheaper, the financing is in place, the equity's in place, the sales are more than twice what Life at Sea had, so we're just in a completely different position."

The reason the team chose this conservatively sized and priced vessel is "because we wanted to make sure we could pull it through," he says. "The challenge has all been with the technical and getting her from asleep to awake. We're largely there. We're moving onto the hotel and that's the easy bit," he laughs.

The boat is wearing its age well and it's not all been an uphill struggle. In 2009, it was enlarged during a refurb, and was renovated again in 2019, with many of the public areas getting a stylish new face.

"A lot of these spaces were only in service for four months since they were last revitalized, so we haven't had to do anything to them," explains Pettersen. There are plans to keep updating spaces after launch, too – like a lived-in home rather than an off-the-peg hotel.

Under $33,000 a year

As the Odyssey, the ship will have eight decks, a wraparound promenade and an enlarged pool – combining the Braemar's two, so that passengers can swim laps. And when that feels too energetic, there are two Jacuzzis to lounge in.

There will be three restaurants, five bars and lounges, a spa, a fitness center, a library and a medical center. Then there's the spacious business center with sea views, internet from Starlink and Viasat 3, and an "interactive culinary center" for those missing the kitchen, as well as for cooking classes.

There will also be a golf program with a simulator on board and outings to greens around the world.

It's also surprisingly affordable, as round-the-world cruise experiences go. Over on megayacht The World – the other residential cruise ship – prices start at $2 million a year. But on Villa Vie Odyssey, an annual rental works out at less than $32,485, while a three-year stint will set you back $97,455.

An inside cabin is $89 per person per day, outside cabins start at $119 per person per day, and balconies at $199. All food and soft drinks are included, plus alcohol at dinner, as well as Wi-Fi and medical visits (but not procedures or medicines). There'll also be 24/7 room service, weekly housekeeping and bi-weekly laundry service at no extra cost.

Endless Horizons

Meanwhile, buying entails paying outright for a cabin – starting at $99,000 for an internal one, $149,000 for an outdoor and $249,000 for a balcony. Owners must then pay monthly fees starting at $1,750 per person, $2,500 per person, or $4,000 per person respectively – or $21,000, $30,000 or $48,000 per year.

Owners can then rent it out to other people themselves (for no charge) or through Villa Vie for a fee.

Those buying a cabin will be guaranteed it for 15 years, which is the estimated life of the ship. And then there's the newly introduced Endless Horizons program, where residents make a one-time payment of ​​$299,000 for lifetime access to a cabin, transferring ships when the cruise does.

Prices are based on double occupancy. Solo travelers get discounts of 30% for an internal cabin, 20% for an outside one and 10% for a balcony.

There are also a lot more solo travelers than one might expect on a typical vacation cruise – 50% of this first takeup are single. In the under-40s range, there are a lot more single male travelers than female, but post-retirement age, there are more women. The average age of traveler is 58 and 80% are from the United States, with Canadians being the next biggest group.

Floating community

A few of them are on board during the dry dock tour, such as John and Melody Hennessee, flamboyantly coordinated in hats and vests. They've made headlines around the world for selling their worldly goods to live on cruise ships for the rest of their lives, and they were there Sunday to plan out their triple-cabin with the team.

As these are people's homes, there are generous customization options afforded to residents, with requests accommodated where possible. There are a small number of large suites available to the ritziest of passengers – the biggest has a price tag of $900,000.

New Zealand couple Mark and Katrina Howard, in hard hats to get their first look at their home for the next three and a half years, have no problem with the downsizing requiring to fit their belongings into a two-person cabin. "We've done motor-homing," says Katrina.

As for cruise ships, "we met on one in 1994, out of Auckland," she says, and now "we'll be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary on board" Villa Vie Odyssey.

It's just one of the many celebrations, landmark moments and life-changing events that are set to take place among this floating community of strangers who are about to become close and near-permanent neighbors. Whatever waves or storms lie ahead, the summer-led itinerary ensures the sun will largely be shining.

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Some lakes are as big as a small sea, so perhaps it’s little surprise that on these stunning bodies of water, you can take an overnight cruise to better explore their impressive shores..

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At the cross-section of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada, cruise passengers will see photogenic shorelines like the Grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

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When dreaming of a cruise getaway, the first options that come to mind for most people are ocean, river, or even expedition sailings. We tend to imagine that lakes are reserved for a tranquil day of picnicking with family or dropping a fishing line. But, in fact, there are some overnight lake cruises around the world. On these cruises, you can linger longer and travel far deeper than you could during an afternoon on the shore of these vast and impressive bodies of water.

Overnight lake cruises run anywhere from a three-night jaunt to a two-week journey, depending on the size of the body or bodies of water on which you are sailing. Along the way, you’ll see sights ranging from the Great Lakes’ charming shoreside villages, towns, and natural landscapes to the Nubian Desert in Egypt. All of these cruises allow you to visit sights difficult to get to by land. You’ll stop most days, though the pace may be slow at times. And don’t assume the water will be smooth as silk; as someone who spends time in a cottage on Lake Erie, I can attest to the fact that lakes get waves, sometimes big ones, formed by the friction between wind and surface water. No matter the conditions, passengers are bound to be pleasantly surprised by these lesser-known lake cruise itineraries.

Here are our choices for the best overnight lake cruises around the world.

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Book a Great Lakes cruise on the Viking Octantis expedition ship and these could be your digs during the sailing.

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The Great Lakes, North America

Cruises on the five Great Lakes of North America—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario—are offered from May to October and include such great Midwestern cities as Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee as well as areas of Ontario, Canada. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Motown Museum, and Niagara Falls are among big-hitter attractions, along with sightings of birds and other wildlife, boreal forests, boulder-filled natural landscapes, and quaint lakeside towns such as Mackinac Island in Michigan. Some sailings include the UNESCO-recognized Georgian Bay Biosphere, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago.

To book: Ruling the region with their breadth of itineraries are Viking’s sleek 348-passenger expedition vessels Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris , done up in attractive Scandinavian decor and featuring science labs where you may run into a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist testing water quality, examining plankton composition, and doing other experiments. Viking’s Great Lakes sailings start at seven nights; to see all five lakes, book a 14-night cruise between Minnesota’s Duluth and Ontario’s Toronto, from $13,995 per person.

Other lines to consider include Pearl Seas Cruises , with exploration via a 210-passenger classic coastal cruiser, Pearl Mist, on 7- to 14-night sailings (from $8,980 per person for an 11-night, four-lake itinerary that skips Lake Superior). On its upscale, 184-passenger Le Champlain , French line Ponant offers two seven-night, four-lake (again missing Lake Superior) cruises in partnership with Smithsonian Journeys. Guest speakers onboard include Frederick Stonehouse, author of the best-selling book The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Avery Color Studios, 2006), about the famous and tragic 1975 shipwreck on Lake Superior. (Fares for the Ponant/Smithsonian Journeys cruise start at $8,250 per person.)

Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior in Michigan with pine trees all along the coastline

Isle Royale National Park is among the natural wonders along Lake Superior in Michigan.

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Lake Superior, North America

Lake Superior, which borders Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan in the United States and Ontario in Canada and encompasses some 31,700 square miles, is worthy of an entire trip. Nature-focused sailings include a complete crossing of the width of the lake and a tour through the Soo Locks into Lake Michigan. Lake Superior is home to five national parks, including the Isle Royale National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Passengers will also have a chance to behold Kakabeka Falls and the towering cliffs of Sleeping Giant in Thunder Bay.

To book: Viking’s seven-night “Undiscovered Great Lakes” itinerary between Milwaukee and Thunder Bay is priced from $6,495 per person. Ponant also focuses on Lake Superior with two new 10-night sailings on Le Champlain (from $8,930 per person).

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On Lake Nasser, view sweeping desert landscapes en route to one of the most impressive ancient Egyptian sites: Abu Simbel.

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Lake Nasser, Egypt

Many tour operators in Egypt will offer visitors the option of flying on a small plane from Aswan to spend a day visiting the astounding temples of Abu Simbel, near Egypt’s southern border. Or you can get there at a more leisurely pace via a three- or four-night cruise on Lake Nasser, with the advantage of visiting lower-trafficked antiquities such as the rock-cut Tomb of Pennut, which honors a viceroy of Nubia under the king Ramses VI, and seeing more of the dry, hilly Nubian desert landscape. The lake, a vast reservoir created as part of the Aswan High Dam project, is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes.

The key attraction is the towering, rock-carved temple at Abu Simbel, built by King Ramesses II (the Great) around 1264 B.C.E., with breathtaking 65-foot-high seated statues of the king on the façade and standing statues indoors, plus a smaller temple that pays tribute to Queen Nefertari. The temples were moved in 1968 when the dam was under construction so that they wouldn’t be drowned in water, an engineering feat that only makes the site more impressive.

To book: You can cruise on Lake Nasser on hotel ships (such as the MS Steigenberger Omar El Khayam operated by Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts) complete with swimming pools for cooling off in the desert sun, or more intimately on the SAÏ , a traditional, handcrafted wooden boat (about $270 per person, per night).

A small elephant in the grassy shallows of Lake Kariba on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe

Combine a relaxing lake cruise with incredible wildlife viewing on Lake Kariba on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Lake Kariba, Zambia and Zimbabwe

While cruising on Lake Kariba, which borders Zambia and Zimbabwe, keep an eye out for hippos and crocodiles in the water and elephants and lions on the shore. French river cruise company CroisiEurope explores the 2,154-square-mile waterway, the world’s largest man-made lake in terms of water volume, for three nights as part of an eight-night cruise and safari experience. The trip also includes three nights in a safari lodge from which you can explore Chobe National Park. The cruise, flights, and hotel stays start at $6,986 per person, as you travel from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls.

To book: The CroisiEurope Lake Kariba sailing is on board either the 16-passenger RV Zimbabwean Dream or RV African Dream , each decked out attractively in wood and local fabrics, with a big hot tub on an upper deck, plus a pampering crew of 15.

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  10. 24-Day Around-the-World Trip by Private Jet

    Phileas Fogg famously traveled around the world in 80 days in the novel by Jules Verne—but on this Around the World Private Jet Expedition from TCS World Travel, you'll easily beat his record. In just 24 days, you'll circumnavigate the globe and set foot on five of seven continents. This trip, which departs on either October 10, 2021 or ...

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  12. Around the World by Private Jet

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  17. The Ultimate World Cruise

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  18. Private Jet Journeys

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  21. Grand World Voyages

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  27. The best river cruises around the world for 2024

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