Around-the-World Cruise Guide: Everything You Need to Know About These Far-Reaching Voyages

By Mark Ellwood and Scott Laird

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An around-the-world cruise is often thought of as the pinnacle of a sailing vacation . Some cruisers embark on it as a single trip of a lifetime, while others are frequent repeat guests, working a world cruise into their annual travel plans. There are also enduring urban legends about older travelers who elect for extended world voyages as a retirement plan .  

Whatever the reason, the allure is strong. Why not unpack once, enjoying fairy godmother-like service, exemplary amenities, and always changing views for months on end? Plenty of retired cruisers with time and money on their hands do exactly that, choosing an extended at-sea lifestyle for at least a portion of the year (around-the-world cruises often run from December or early January through March or April). 

Here's everything travelers need to know about taking an around-the-world cruise, including tricks from veteran world cruisers, booking tips, and some of the best itineraries in 2023 and beyond. 

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Advice from frequent world cruisers

Roger Foenander and his partner David Mutton—loyalists to Viking Cruises—note the lack of pressure to see and do things on longer journeys, which provides plenty of freedom to relax. That might mean attending onboard enrichment lectures, spending the afternoon playing cards with fellow passengers, or dipping into the onboard spa and sauna before cocktail hour.

Linda Wiseman, who’s traveled with Cunard, suggests new faces can help get ahead of any monotony: “In the dining room, we tell the maître d’ not to seat us with another couple who is sailing the whole thing—that way, our seat mates switch every few weeks, and we can meet different people.”

New Orleans-based philanthropist Phyllis Taylor observes that world cruises are a class set apart, without the frenzied pace of shorter sailings: 

"The difference between a short cruise and a  world cruise  is night and day, storm and calm, fleeting thought and thoughtfulness. I enter the bar in the evening, in no time my favorite song is being played, my favorite drinks sit before me. I go to dinner and my favorite table is waiting for me, and my waiter has already served the iced water with lemon just as I like it."

But the real value of a world cruise, she says, is the chance to fully immerse in and savor the experience: “With an extended cruise you absorb the lifestyle of life at sea; with the great advantage of having a crew and staff that treats you like royalty.”

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The best around-the-world cruises to book in 2023 and 2024

An homage to the first world cruise with cunard.

This year marked the centennial of what is generally regarded as the first World Cruise: a 1922 roundtrip New York sailing lasting 130 days by the Cunarder  Laconia . The sailing was actually a full ship charter to American Express, who took full responsibility for marketing and selling the voyage. 

Since the original world cruise departed in November 1922 and sailed through the winter season, Cunard is celebrating the milestone in 2023 with several Centenary World Voyages, with departures on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria that will call at many of the same ports as the first world voyages a hundred years ago.

While the 2023 itineraries are nearly sold out, there are similar options to book in 2024 as well. Queen Mary 2 departs New York January 3, 2024 for a 123-night sailing to Australia, traveling eastbound via Portugal and the Canary Islands, Namibia , South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore , Malaysia, and Thailand, returning via the Persian Gulf, Greece, and Spain, before reaching New York via a second Transatlantic crossing.

Queen Victoria departs Southampton, England, on January 11, 2024, for a 107-night sailing with calls at Bermuda, Florida, and the Caribbean before transiting the Panama Canal and visiting Guatemala, Mexico, the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia, the Canary Islands, and Portugal , returning to Southampton in late April. 

Travelers not wishing to undertake the full voyage can book segments of the World Voyages, such as Southampton to Sydney on Queen Victoria (60 nights) or Sydney to New York on Queen Mary 2 (49 nights), although Cunard throws in extra perks like free gratuities, cocktail receptions, and a gala dinner ashore for guests taking the full World Cruise. 

Cunard advertises Britannia Inside cabins on the 123-night Queen Mary 2 sailing from just under $21,000 before taxes and port fees, or just under $180 per person per night (based on double occupancy). 

Cross the Panama and Suez canals with Holland America

Holland America Line’s 2024 Grand World Voyage is a 128-day roundtrip sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, departing January 3, 2024, onboard the Zuiderdam . Passengers will visit several islands in the Caribbean, and cross the Amazon River to navigate through several ports in Brazil before exiting via the Panama Canal. Then it's off to Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Hawaiian Islands. From there, the ship crosses the International Dateline and calls upon Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands before stopping at several ports in Japan—including Kobe and Tokyo—as well as Hong Kong, mainland China, Vietnam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and India. A tour through the Persian Gulf is followed by a Suez Canal crossing and visits to Israel and Turkey. On the final leg of the trip passengers will visit Greece, Italy, Spain, and the Azores, before crossing the Atlantic back to Fort Lauderdale in mid-May.

Fares start at $23,000 before taxes and port fees—also just under $180 per person per night. Holland America offers full-cruise guests additional amenities such as complimentary laundry, dry cleaning and pressing, plus in-suite bottled water and soft drinks. 

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Silversea operates smaller ships than other world cruises 

Book even farther ahead for a mid-size or smaller ship

Smaller ships like those operated by Viking and Silversea have a devoted following and require further advance booking. Silversea’s World Cruises are currently waitlisted through 2024, and the January 2025 sailing has a few suites remaining. 

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Viking’s December 2023 cruises still have limited space. The 138-day itinerary from Fort Lauderdale to London transits the Panama Canal, calls in Hawaii French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, India, and the Mediterranean. Fares start just under $60,000 per person before taxes and port fees and include special World Cruise exclusives like Business Class air, onboard gratuities, virtually all drinks on board, and free luggage shipping to embarkation.

Booking tips for around-the-world cruises

How much is a cruise to go around the world.

World cruises, which may not actually circumnavigate the globe entirely, but are generally in a category that covers at least three continents and lasts from 90 to 150 days generally start around $180 per passenger per night based on double occupancy.

Is an around the world cruise worth it?

That’s certainly subjective, but travelers already accustomed to cruising who appreciate the amenities of a ship and the lifestyle of a new port to view through the window every few days will likely consider world cruises a good value.

How much does a 180 day cruise around the world cost?

The longest world voyages we found generally lasted up to 140 to 150 days at their upper limits, although it’s not uncommon for devoted cruise fans to string together several voyages to remain onboard as long as they wish—but they'll need to book each concurrent voyage before one of them sells out.

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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World Cruise

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.

Cunard Line

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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.

Holland America

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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.

Oceania Cruises

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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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Navigate the World

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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Controtempo

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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Around-the-World Cruises: 10 Must-Know Things About These Trips of a Lifetime

Imagine seeing the planet — the entire planet — all in one journey. That’s exactly what an around-the-world cruise can offer.

Around the world cruise ship

Forget sailing for a week to the Caribbean. These trips can be gone for weeks, and sometimes months, as they sail from port to port, cross oceans, and explore ports of call that are almost never visited by other cruise ships.

As the popularity of cruising has boomed, so too has interest in these trips. Passengers now have their choice of a surprising amount of sailings across multiple cruise lines.

Of course, more sailings means more choices. You can now take sailings ranging anywhere from a few weeks (for a partial around-the-world journey) all the way to 200-day trips that circumnavigate the globe.

Of course, as you would expect taking one of these cruises, it’s a very different experience than what you’d get from a more traditional cruise. Even if you’d taken lots of sailings across multiple lines, the nature of sailing for such an extended period means that some things are extremely different.

Here are several things you should keep in mind about sailing on a worldwide cruise.

Expect to Be Gone for 100+ Days to Truly Go Around-the-World

If there’s one thing to know about a worldwide cruise, it’s that you should expect to clear your schedule. A full around-the-world trip will take at least 100 days, give or take two weeks. We’ve even found some trips of 200 days. During that trip you’ll make stops in dozens of ports as you trek from continent to continent and ocean to ocean.

Want a shorter trip? Around-the-world trips usually have shorter segments that you can also book. So while the complete cruise might take 110 days to circumnavigate, there could be an 18-day segment or a 45-day segment that you could book during that larger trip.

If you’ve never sailed for longer than a week, these shorter segments might be a good way to “dip your toe in the water” to see if such a cruise is right for you.

Only a Handful of Cruise Lines Offer Around-the-World Cruises

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Don’t think that taking an around-the-world cruise is going to be on just any cruise line. Most of the big lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean don’t offer these cruises. Instead, you’re most likely going to be on smaller, luxury lines like Oceania, Regent, and Crystal Cruises.

One larger line that does offer extended worldwide trips is Princess. If you’re worried about how the experience will be aboard a particular cruise line, Princess offers shorter trips that you can take to get a feel for the experience without committing to going on a full around-the-world cruise.

You’re Going to Visit Smaller Ports

Is stopping in Cozumel or Nassau not really you cup of tea? If not, then you might love taking an extended worldwide trip. While some major ports are visited, many are smaller, out of the way places that aren’t as heavily visited by cruise ships.

For instance, a trip that visits South America will visit Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, but it also Porto Belo, Puerto Madryn, Buzios.

Never heard of these spots? That’s exactly the point. Around-the-world cruises give you the opportunity to explore places where few other travelers visit, giving you a real view of the culture of a region instead of just catering to cruise ships.

Some Cruise Lines Included Lots of Extras

Depending on the cruise line and your specific deal, worldwide cruises often throw in a lot of extras. Of course, these extended trips aren’t cheap but getting freebies can make your cruise a lot more comfortable. It’s also nice not to have to worry about being nickeled and dimed when you’re on a cruise ship for a month or two.

For instance, we found deals on Oceania Cruises that include your choice of free shore excursions, free beverage package, or free onboard credit with your cruise. Their deal also took care of gratuities, onboard medical care, free Internet, and more.

Not every line will have these free, but these sorts of deals are out there.

Be Prepared for Smaller Ships

Many of the headlines about cruising revolve around the newest — and biggest — ships. If you’re used to the mega-ships, know that around-the-world cruises are going to be on smaller vessels. After all, there aren’t near as many people taking 60-day cruises across the Pacific as people taking a week to sail the Caribbean.

For example, Princess Cruises sails the Pacific Princess, which is “only” about 600-feet long and carries about 700 passengers. Oceania’s Insignia, which sails a 200-day cruise, is about the same size.

Now, not every cruise ships that sails worldwide cruises is this size, but in general the ships are much smaller than the new mega-ships that are introduced each year. This will give you a better opportunity to get to know your other passengers as you’ll be spending lots of time with just a few hundred people.

Worldwide Cruises Can Help Handle Visas

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If you were traveling on your own to a country requiring a visa, then it’s up to you to figure everything out that you need. On a worldwide cruise, you at least have some help. The cruise line will be knowledgeable on what you need to do to get all squared away before you travel.

That makes it much easier to navigate the complex web of rules and requirements for visiting so many countries on a worldwide trip.

Worldwide Cruises Are A Great Way to See Tons of Different Places (Without Getting Exhausted)

Even if you were to book a land-based tour that lasted the same length of time as an around-the-world cruise, there’s no way that you’d be able to visit the wide variety of places you’ll see when you sail.

The biggest issue with traveling around the world is transportation. Flights, buses, and trains are an exhausting way to get from place to place. But with a ship, you can move from port to port without the same hassles.

While you dine, visit with other passengers, or sleep comfortably in your bed, you’re taken to your next destination. That’s much better than having to try to sleep in an airplane seat as you fly from country to country. It leaves you feeling refreshed as you greet each day with a new port of call.

Worldwide Cruises Are Expensive, But Can Be a Great Value

First things first, don’t think that your around-the-world cruise is going to be light on your pocketbook. An Owner’s Suite on a 200-day trip aboard Oceania Cruises can run upwards of $160,000 — per person — before taxes and fees. Obviously there are cheaper cabins available, as well as less expensive cruise lines.

As a rule of thumb, you can expect to spend at least $10,000 for two people to sail on a cruise that’s at least a month long. Prices can rise dramatically from there depending on cabin type, cruise line, and length of trip.

There’s no denying that the cruises are pricey, but when you compare them to the cost of airline tickets, hotels, food, and more that it would cost you to replicate the trip on your own, it’s actually not that bad of a deal.

In fact, if you want to truly travel the world, it’s likely among the cheapest ways to do so while still being in comfort.

Homesickness Can Be a Real Thing

The good news is that the Internet has made communicating back home easier than ever. Meanwhile, Internet service is available on the ship, as well as in port. That makes it easier than ever to keep in touch back home.

Even so, you should be prepared to have some homesickness when you’re on an extended worldwide cruise. Away for so long means you will inevitably miss some of the people back home. And even if you can keep in touch, don’t forget about the comforts of home. Sometimes you miss your favorite shows, or your neighborhood restaurant, or even the taste of your coffee at home.

Keep this in mind and realize that bringing some creature comforts with you on your cruise can make you feel a little better and not so far from home when you’re on the other side of the world.

You Should Definitely Get Help With Booking

So many things today are done completely online, including buying a cruise. And while you might have booked a shorter cruise completely online, we’d suggest having a travel agent or speaking with a booking agent with the cruise line to get your trip scheduled.

Around-the-world cruises are a much bigger investment of time and money than a traditional trip and there’s a lot that you might have questions about.

The good news is that every cruise line and booking agency will have people that can help guide you through the booking process, tell you more about the trip, and answer any questions you might have. We suggest getting help before you booking to make sure you know what to expect before you book that ticket.

Have more questions about what it’s like to sail around the world on a cruise? Let us know in the comments below.

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Want to island hop around French Polynesia, visit Africa's incredible cities, and cruise through Asia without ever switching hotels or repacking your bags? An around-the-world cruise provides the ultimate itinerary, packed with exciting international destinations (some even visit hard-to-reach destinations like Easter Island and Antarctica), and luxury cruise lines provide comfortable accommodations, specialty restaurants, and plenty to do on and off the ship.

There are two main things you need before booking a world cruise: plenty of time and some spare cash. Prices range from around $20,000 to upwards of $100,000 per person, and all our top picks are more than 100 days (one is even a whopping 275 days), so they're ideal for retired travelers looking for their next big adventure. Pack wisely for a range of destinations and climates, and get ready for the journey of a lifetime, filled with postcard-perfect destinations and new friends (because you're bound to meet a travel buddy or two after 100-plus days on a ship). If an around-the-world cruise is at the top of your travel list, you'll want to book sooner rather than later — these journeys frequently sell out because many cruise lines only offer a limited number of sailings.

Here are ten of the best around-the-world cruises you can take in 2023 and 2024.

Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking world cruise.

See 28 countries on the 138-day Viking World Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to London. After departing from Florida, the Viking Sky will sail the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, stopping in sunny destinations before crossing the Panama Canal to reach the Pacific. From there, the ship will visit destinations in Mexico and the continental United States, continuing on to Hawaii, French Polynesia, New Zealand, and Australia. Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and India are among the ports in Asia, then it's on to the Middle East before traveling to Europe, where final destinations include Italy, Spain, and Portugal en route to London. Fares start at $59,995.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Moments in time: world cruise 2024.

Sail around the world in 132 nights aboard the Seven Seas Mariner on a round-trip journey from Miami. You'll spend the days at sea enjoying the luxury ship's amenities, including the spa and several restaurants and lounges, between stops in destinations like Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, UAE, Israel, and Italy, among others. This 2024 world cruise , with fares starting at $73,499, is officially sold out , but you can join a waitlist to be notified of cancellations.

Royal Caribbean

The ultimate world cruise.

Royal Caribbean pulls out all the stops — and there are more than 150 of them — on this 274-night cruise to all seven continents. The itinerary aboard the Serenade of the Seas begins in Miami on December 10, 2023, and visits more than 60 countries, including Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, French Polynesia, the Philippines, South Korea, India, Romania, and Greenland, before ending in Miami on September 10, 2024. Travelers who don't want to commit to the entire cruise can book shorter segments. Fares start at $59,999 for this cruise that gives travelers the opportunity to visit 11 of the great wonders of the world, including the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, and Chichen Itza.

World Cruise 2024

Enjoy 133 days on Silversea's Silver Shadow with this round-trip sailing from San Francisco. During that time, the ship will visit 65 ports in 14 countries, including Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Japan, and Canada. Fares start at $66,000 for this 2024 sailing, which currently has waitlist availability.

2024 World Cruise: Extraordinary Horizons

Climb aboard the Seabourn Sojourn for a 145-day world cruise from Los Angeles to Athens, visiting 72 ports in 28 countries. The cruise departs Los Angeles and goes to Hawaii, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, and China — just to name a few places — before ending in Greece. Visit the website for booking details and shorter segments.

Oceania Cruises

Around the world in 180 days.

Travelers on Oceania's 180-day round-trip cruise from Los Angeles to New York aboard the Insignia will see some of the world's most impressive sights. Highlights include stops in stunning French Polynesia, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Spain, France, and Iceland. Fares start at $48,499 for the 2024 sailing .

MSC Cruises

Msc world cruise 2024.

The MSC Poesia will take guests to 56 destinations on this 120-day cruise starting in Rome. Countries visited during this journey include Argentina, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, and Jordan. When you're not exploring each port, you can relax in the swimming pools and hot tubs, visit the many restaurants, bars, and lounges, or go to the spa. Fares start at $17,199 per person; find booking details on the MSC website.

Princess Cruises

111-day world cruise.

This round-trip cruise from Los Angeles on the Island Princess will visit 47 ports in beautiful places like New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Sri Lanka, UAE, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Bermuda, Mexico, and more. Fares for this 2024 sailing start at $19,497.

Holland America Line

128-day grand world voyage.

Explore the world on this 128-day round-trip journey from Fort Lauderdale on the Zuiderdam . This cruise's itinerary includes a trip down the Amazon River, stops in the Caribbean, a Panama Canal crossing, and stops in cities like Honolulu, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, and more. Fares start at $23,599 for this 2024 cruise .

Azamara World Cruise

This 155-night itinerary to more than 40 countries kicks off in Fort Lauderdale and finishes in Barcelona. The itinerary features ports for experiencing some of the great wonders of the world, including the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, as well as Petra in Jordan and the Colosseum in Rome. Travelers can also choose to join segments of the cruise aboard the Azamara Onward for as few as 10 nights. Fares for this 2024 sailing start at $36,379.

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The Expert’s Guide to World Cruises – Costs, Itineraries, Ships, Tips, and More

In our expert's guide to world cruises, we discuss the costs, itineraries, ships, tips, and more to help you decide if one is right for you.

The Expert's Guide to World Cruises

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World cruises have long been a huge bucket-list item for travelers who want to visit many cities and countries in a seamless and comfortable way. Visiting multiple continents and dozens of ports while only unpacking once sounds like a far-fetched idea, but that’s exactly the opportunity that a world cruise affords.

Here, we have a full guide to world cruises including how long they are, where they go, how much they cost, and lists of world cruises departing in 2024 and 2025.

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What is a world cruise?

When you think about a traditional cruise, you would typically think of a week-long voyage to a specific region like the Caribbean , Alaska , or Mediterranean . Maybe a short weekend getaway to a place like the Bahamas , or perhaps a 10+ day adventure through the Panama Canal or to Hawaii.

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The vast majority of cruises are two weeks or less — getaways that most people with typical careers can easily take with some of their designated vacation time.

But what if you want to go all-out with your top bucket list trip, sailing on the sea and visiting dozens of ports for months on end? This is where world cruises come in. A world cruise is a months-long sailing that visits dozens of ports across multiple continents. Certainly not for everyone, world cruises tend to attract mostly retired travelers and those who can work remotely via the ship’s wifi.

Cruise lines usually deploy their smaller, older vessels for the task because these types of voyages are much more about the itinerary than the ship (therefore not as many flashy, new amenities on the ship are needed). And a smaller vessel means fewer guests and an easier time getting around — very helpful for a sailing that skews much older than the typical cruise passenger demographic.

Plus, these smaller ships can also visit more remote ports of call that can not accommodate larger vessels.

How long are world cruises?

A cruise typically isn’t billed as a full “world cruise” unless it’s at least a couple months long. The majority of world cruises range from 90 to 150 days. Though, it’s common to find some that are shorter or longer as well.

When searching for a world cruise, you may notice that there are many itineraries that are shorter than two months… and some that may even be shorter than one month. This brings us to a great option for sampling a world cruise without the full time and cost commitment: world cruise segments.

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These shorter segments offer a portion of the world cruise itinerary and experience to more people and often attract a bit more of a diverse crowd . You won’t find every world cruise divided into segments, but many do have them as a booking option.

These segments typically focus on one region/continent. For example, if a 100+ day world cruise is traversing northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, and the South Pacific, there may also be segmented booking options for each of those regions.

If you really want to visit lots of ports in Asia and spend many weeks on a cruise ship doing so, you can look into boarding the ship just for the Asia segment of the world cruise.

This is a great option for those who want a taste of a world cruise without committing to the entire trip.

Where do world cruises go?

Where cruise ships can go, world cruises can (and pretty much will) go. Each world cruise is different. The exact itinerary is dependent entirely on the cruise line operating it, with considerations including the ship, its size, and environmental limitations; which destinations the cruise line’s guests most desire; costs and time constraints; as well as other factors.

To put it simply, if there’s a region you want to visit where there are facilities for cruise ships, chances are you’ll be able to find a world cruise that includes it. Some of the most popular places featured on world cruises are the Mediterranean, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Asia, Australia, South America, Northern Europe, and the Panama Canal. Some also include visits to Antarctica .

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Which cruise lines offer world cruises?

You may be surprised to learn that there are actually quite a few cruise lines that operate world cruises. If you’re loyal to a specific line, it’s worth keeping an eye out if you’re interested in their longest sailings.

Mainstream cruise lines that offer world cruises include Princess Cruises , Holland America Line , MSC Cruises , P&O Cruises, Costa Cruises, and AIDA Cruises. Even Royal Caribbean has gotten into the game, as it’s currently operating its first-ever world cruise aboard Serenade of the Seas.

More premium and luxury lines tend to offer world cruises than mainstream ones. These include Azamara, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Viking, Silversea Cruises, and Seabourn.

British line Cunard also offers world cruises, including a 111-night one in 2025 that breaks the mold with its newest upcoming ship, Queen Anne, embarking on the adventure rather than an older ship.

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How much does a world cruise cost?

The cost of a world cruise depends heavily on a few main factors: the cruise line, the length of the voyage, and the type of accommodation you choose. For the cheapest cabin on a mainstream or premium cruise line, expect to pay somewhere between $10,000 and $30,000 for the base fare per person. This means an interior stateroom with no windows or balcony. For an oceanview, balcony, or suite, the price goes up from there.

For a luxury cruise line, expect to pay between $30,000 and $125,000 per person for the cheapest cabin. This could be an interior, but many luxury ships are balcony or suite-only, so that would be the cheapest/lowest option.

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Here’s a tip: if you’re looking for the best deal on a world cruise, go to a cruise aggregate website that allows you to search for a cruise from many different cruise lines. You’ll be able to sort based on your preferences and see options from mainstream to luxury all in one place.

Once there, narrow your preferences to ‘world cruise’ and then sort by ‘price per night, low to high.’ Cruiseline.com is a great place to do this. Keep in mind, though, that different cruise lines include different extras and amenities on their world cruises, so look into what’s included in the fare to help determine the value.

What’s included on world cruises?

Since we’re on the topic, you may be wondering what’s usually included in the base fare on a world cruise. It might be a pleasant surprise to learn that pretty much all world cruises include more in the fare than you’d get taking a regular cruise with the same company.

Each line varies slightly in their inclusions, but in general you can expect your world cruise fare to include these extras on top of what’s usually included in a mainstream cruise:

  • Airfare to and from the cruise homeport (often in business class)
  • A pre-cruise hotel stay and gala
  • Transfers between the airport, hotel, and ship
  • Laundry service and/or free use of self-service launderettes
  • WiFi package
  • Beverage package

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Some world cruises even include shore excursions , which can be an enormous added value for those who like to take tours and do organized activities while in port.

Are world cruises worth it?

Asking whether a world cruise is worth it is highly subjective. First of all, you’re likely asking whether it’s worth the cost and/or time commitment. And like with most vacation bookings and extras, whether or not it’s worth it is entirely up to you.

The majority of people — and even many die-hard cruisers — are not willing to part with such a large amount of money at once for a trip. Although it is the adventure of a lifetime, it’s certainly not necessary to see different parts of the world. Along the same lines, many people flat-out can’t quit their jobs or work remotely, and not many have enough vacation time to take off work for several months in a row.

But if your situation is such that you can afford it both in terms of money and time, sit down with a digital spreadsheet or piece of paper and do the math to determine the price per night for the world cruises you’re interested in. Also, think about your everyday situation and determine if it would be feasible for you to leave your home, family/friends, etc. for an extended period of time.

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If it doesn’t work now, consider whether you could do a world cruise a few years down the road. There are lots of considerations to be made when it comes to taking a very extended trip that could easily cost a good chunk of a year’s salary (or more!).

If the time commitment isn’t an issue and you see the value for the cost, it’s worth it to you… and that’s what matters most.

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World Cruises Sailing in 2024

Here’s a list of world cruises that are departing in 2024:

Holland America

  • 43-night Grand World Voyage on Zuiderdam from Honolulu to Singapore departing February 8th

Princess Cruises

  • Roundtrip from Auckland on April 26th
  • Roundtrip from Sydney on April 30th
  • Roundtrip from Brisbane on May 2nd

Costa Cruises

  • 130 nights roundtrip from Trieste on December 7th
  • 122 nights roundtrip from Rome on December 11th
  • 120 nights roundtrip from Savona on December 12th
  • 118 nights roundtrip from Marseille on December 13th
  • 116 nights roundtrip from Barcelona on December 14th

AIDA Cruises

  • 117-night World Cruise on AIDAsol roundtrip from Hamburg departing on October 23rd (with segments available)

Crystal Cruises

  • 125 nights from San Diego to Miami on February 3rd
  • 141 nights roundtrip from San Diego on February 3rd
  • 42-night Grand Journey on Crystal Serenity from Vancouver to Quebec City departing August 13th

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  • 123-night World Voyage on Queen Mary 2 roundtrip from New York City, departed on January 3rd (with segments available)
  • 107-night World Voyage on Queen Victoria roundtrip from Southampton, departed on January 11th (with segments available)

Oceania Cruises

  • 51-night Epic Northern Hemisphere on Insignia roundtrip from New York City departing July 12th
  • 79-night Ultimate Pacific Traveler on Regatta from Los Angeles to Sydney departing October 3rd

P&O Cruises

  • 99-night Western Circumnavigation on Arcadia roundtrip from Southampton, departed January 6th
  • 116-night World Cruise on Seabourn Sojourn from Auckland to Piraeus (Athens) departing February 10th (with segments available)

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  • 137 nights from Fort Lauderdale to Greenwich
  • 179 nights from Fort Lauderdale to New York City
  • 61-night Longitudinal World Cruise on Viking Polaris from Milwaukee to Ushuaia departing October 1st

World Cruises Sailing in 2025

Here’s a list of world cruises that are departing in 2025:

  • 124-night Grand World Voyage on Zuiderdam roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale departing January 4th
  • 133-night Grand Voyage 2025: Pole to Pole on Volendam roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale departing on January 25th

MSC Cruises

  • Roundtrip from Rome on January 4th
  • Roundtrip from Genoa on January 5th
  • Roundtrip from Marseille on January 6th
  • Roundtrip from Barcelona on January 7th

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  • Roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on January 5th
  • Roundtrip from Los Angeles on January 20th
  • Roundtrip from Auckland on May 31st
  • Roundtrip from Sydney on June 4th
  • Roundtrip from Brisbane on June 6th
  • 155-night World Voyage on Azamara Onward from San Diego to Southampton departing January 6th
  • 123-night World Voyage on Crystal Serenity from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona departing January 7th
  • 111 nights roundtrip from Hamburg on January 7th
  • 107 nights roundtrip from Southampton on January 9th
  • 196-night Global Horizons roundtrip from Miami
  • 180-night Around the World in 180 Days from Miami to San Diego
  • 200-night Kaleidoscope of Your World from Miami to New York City
  • 111-night Epic Continental Explorer on Nautica from Papeete to Barcelona departing on February 25th

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  • 99-night Western Circumnavigation on Arcadia roundtrip from Southampton departing January 3rd

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

  • 150 nights from Miami to San Francisco
  • 168 nights roundtrip from Miami
  • 116-night Grand Cultural Quest on Seven Seas Mariner from New York City to Barcelona departing July 10th (with a segment available)
  • 84-night Grand Continental Sojourn on Seven Seas Navigator from Barcelona to Sydney departing October 31st

Silversea Cruises

  • 136-night Controtrempo World Voyage on Silver Dawn from Tokyo to New York City departing January 13th
  • 83-night Grand North Atlantic & Northern Europe on Silver Shadow roundtrip from New York City departing June 11th
  • 120-night Viking World Journeys from Los Angeles to Greenwich
  • 162-night Viking World Voyage from Los Angeles to New York City
  • 68-night Longitudinal World Cruise on Viking Octantis from Buenos Aires to Mikwaukee departing on February 20th
  • 61-night Longitudinal World Cruise on Viking Polaris from Milwaukee to Ushuaia departing September 15th

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The ultimate guide to world cruises

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The thought of spending three or four months as a passenger on a world cruise is an exciting prospect for many cruise enthusiasts. Although costly, the experiences you have and the memories you make can last a lifetime. I was lucky enough to work on board the P&O Cruises ship Arcadia, during her 2011 world cruise. It was by far my most memorable contract in terms of an itinerary, and I got to visit places I’d never even heard of before.

World cruise season is now upon us, with lots cruise ships departing on circumnavigations to far-flung, exotic destinations. From Fred Olsen, Princess and P&O Cruises to the more luxurious Viking Ocean Cruises, Cunard and Silversea, more and more cruise lines are embarking on these exciting voyages.

Whether you are thinking about booking a world cruise, or are just curious about them, here are a few need-to-know cruising tips.

What is a world cruise?

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A round-the-world cruise is a circumnavigation around the globe on a cruise ship. This normally takes a minimum of 90 days and can last up to four months. Traditionally, a world cruise takes in a number of countries and continents as the ship navigates its way across the globe. But a growing number of cruise lines are offering grand voyages, which take a similar amount of time but tend to stick to a particular hemisphere. Some brands will still call these world cruises. Ships tend to set sail on these adventures in January, with most departing from major cruise ports such as Southampton and Miami.

Packing for a round-the-world cruise

I’ve met passengers who insist on taking a different outfit for every night of a cruise. This is very difficult when you are spending 90+ nights on the same ship. Well, it’s a lot of washing anyway! If you are a UK citizen departing from Southampton, you can bring as much luggage with you as you like. But remember that you need to have somewhere to store everything in your cabin.

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Stock up on essential toiletries, but don’t go mad. After all, many westernised cruise ports will have places to purchase branded toiletries. You’ll also have the option to buy things in the shops on board, which I have found very useful from time to time. It’s unlikely you will use up your toiletries as quickly as you expect. This is something that still baffles me when I pack for three months away with my husband. One lot of shampoo and conditioner will easily last me the three months, even though I wash my hair every other day! Washing powder is something I always pack a lot of, as do many seasoned cruisers. I don’t like the powder you buy on board and most ships don’t sell fabric softener.

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Remember you’ll be visiting differing climates and sea days can be much cooler. So if you are stopping at lots of hot places, make sure you pack warmer clothes too. Ships can be cool inside, so always make sure you have a warm jumper or cardigan to hand. You’ll also be departing and returning from the ship’s home port at different times of the year.

Finally, make sure you have a decent pair of walking shoes or trainers. These are the one essential item you’ll need whatever the weather. It may sound obvious, but you’ll be walking over different terrain in a range of climates. I have come across people who didn’t pack this essential item and it limited what they could do ashore.

Pre-book shore excursions

If there is one bit of advice I really must stress, it is to pre-book your excursions before you cruise. So many of the excursions sell out before the cruise even starts. I lost track of the number of irate people wanting to book trips to places like Pearl Harbour or an evening at Sydney Opera House, when these tours sold out months prior to the cruise departure date.

Me climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

Each cruise line will have different payment rules for excursions on world cruises. At the time, P&O Cruises took full payment for pre-booked excursions before the ship sailed. I’m not sure if this is still the case though. You can still book some things when you board, but numbers may be limited. If you want to do an overland tour off the ship (a great experience), you have to book these well in advance.

If you have a budget and don’t really know what excursions to do, I would suggest booking only those you think are essential. Read advice online and ask questions in cruise forums to find out more information. You can learn about the other excursions once you get on board. Many ships will have port lecturers who will tell you more information about the destinations you are stopping at.

Sydney Harbour

Remember that you can explore many ports independently, but do your research before you go. For example, if you end up visiting somewhere like Luxor, there is nothing near the port area so excursions are really the only option. Many cruise lines also charge for a shuttle service in ports, so make sure you establish which places you’ll need the shuttle, and which have a local bus service you can use. Internet is often very poor (and expensive) on board, so don’t get caught out unnecessarily. Use your excursions team as a tool to find out more about each place. We were happy to tell passengers about independent options and sometimes it was refreshing not talking about tours!

There are a lot of sea days

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There are lots of sea days on a world cruise, particularly when crossing the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Be prepared for rough weather and lots of time changes (clocks going forward or back). We went for seven days without seeing land in the South Pacific and we lost an entire day coming back from Australia. Make sure you take something to entertain you and, if you like reading, invest in a Kindle. I always travel with one now.

It might sound obvious but exercise is the best way to stave off the lethargy of sea days. A walk around the promenade deck or half an hour in the gym might not sound appealing, but it’s a great way to keep yourself active.

You can be the biggest fan of sea days, but by the end of a circumnavigation even the keenest cruiser will be tired of them. Passengers also start to get bored early on, which can result in lots of people complaining (which I experienced first-hand as a crew member).

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Not everyone sails for the full duration

You may be surprised to hear this, but the percentage of people sailing on a full world cruise is often very low. In 2011, around a quarter of the passengers sailing on board Arcadia were travelling for the full three months. The rest joined during different sectors of the cruise. These sectors are split in to chunks and can last two weeks or more. This has its pros and cons. It’s inevitable that passengers get to know each other on a long cruise, but don’t be surprised if you become friendly with someone who is only on board for a short time. Alternatively, if you are doing a sector of a world cruise, don’t be surprised if the ‘world cruisers’ are a bit cliquey with each other.

Arcadia on her world cruise in 2011

The different sectors also mean that the atmosphere on board shifts regularly and if sectors are sold off cheaply, this can also change the type of clientele. Many people who travel on world cruises are retired or freelancers, due to the nature of the voyage. So you are likely to find an older passenger base compared to your average two week cruise. But the average age will fluctuate when each sector changes, particularly during the shorter two week segments closer to home.

Injections and Visas

Make sure you know whether you need to have any injections or visas before you sail. Your cruise line should keep you informed of the necessary precautions, but it’s good to know these yourself. When I travelled to Africa in the past, I needed a yellow fever vaccination. When I sailed to Australia and Vietnam, many passengers needed visas and not everyone had them in advance. This was then a headache for the officers to organise on board. If you don’t have the right documentation, you won’t be getting off and the ship could be fined or refused entry in to port.

Most rumours start in the launderette

Experienced cruisers will already know this, but most of the rumours you hear on ships are started by passengers talking in the launderette. These are maximised on a world cruise, when people become bored and tempers begin to flare. You have to remember that three months on a ship with the same people (albeit maybe only 25%) can take its toll. I’ve heard all sorts of stories which have evolved like Chinese Whispers. Take what you hear with a pinch of salt and don’t believe any of it!

You’ll be craving simple food by the end

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This might sound silly but after three to four months of lovely, rich ship food, you are likely to be craving the simpler things in life. If you are on a large ship, you will have a wider choice of food options. But on smaller ships, the eating choices are more restricted. A lot of cruise lines will rotate their menus roughly every 30 days, so you will are guaranteed to have the same meal again at some stage. I came home craving simple things like beans on toast (and not the ship’s version). Don’t be afraid to try local cuisine ashore. After all, it could be your only time travelling the world and it’s a great opportunity to try new things.

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Really informative post, we would love to do a world cruise at some point. I worked as a nurse on Celebrity, many years ago and can totally relate to the craving baked beans lol! Being able to amuse yourselves on sea days is important too as you say there are plenty of them. Great post!

Thanks for your kind comments Paul and Carole. I’d love to try a Celebrity ship, I’ve heard very positive things. I’m sure you got to see a lot of the world as a nurse. Hopefully you’ll get to do a world cruise one day!

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Tips for planning a world cruise or extended voyage

15 ways to get the most from a long cruising vacation.

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Gary Bembridge

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Have you ever wanted to go on a world cruise or multi-country extended voyage? I have taken a number of long cruising vacations lasting up to two months at a time — there's nothing like them!

Based on my travels I thought I'd share with you the following tips on how to prepare, plan and get the most out of a trip where you'll be heading out to sea for weeks or months at a time.  you are going to head out to sea for several weeks or months. The whole process can be complex and daunting, but if you take advantage of this advice the process should go a lot smoother!

Traveling around the world by cruise ship takes around three months and usually takes place between January and April.

Planning & preparation tips

Be prepared for everyday events at home.

In addition to planning the details of the cruise, you must plan for events that may occur at home while you are away.

As soon as you green-light your trip, start a list of everyday things that happen and could reoccur while you are away. My list contained things like ad hoc costs and charges, meter readings and contact details for repairmen. Use yours to compile a to-do list, or small manual, to leave with whomever is keeping an eye on your property while you're traveling.

Make sure your passport is valid and has at least six months to run after you get back from the trip.

Get your passports ready

Ensure that your passport is valid and has at least six months to run after you get back from the trip, as many countries and cruise lines require this. You should have a number of consecutive blank pages, as this is a requirement for entry into some countries.

You are likely to need to get visas for some countries. The cruise line should alert you to which ones you need and how to get them. But do your own research, as it is your responsibility to have the correct ones. Some can take a while to apply for and may require visits to the country’s embassy in your home country.

Get ready with your medications & vaccinations

While you need to ensure that you have the right vaccinations, if they are recommended or required, it is also advisable to have a medical and dental check-up to pre-empt any issues that might otherwise arise while you're away.

If you take medicines for any health issues, get copies of the prescriptions and ensure you have enough to cover the trip. Some countries ban bringing certain medicines across the border, such as the United Arab Emirates, and so checking these limitations and having copies of prescriptions is essential.

I recommend taking your own personalized first aid kit with all the treatments for ailments you regularly suffer or think you many encounter. You can then self-treat minor issues without incurring high medical center charges or having to work through foreign medical systems. Note : The on-board shops cannot sell over-the-counter medicines that you usually get from your local drugstore or pharmacy.

If you are from Europe, and some of your cruise is in the European Union, apply for and take your EU Medical Card, which will ensure that you can access free healthcare in those countries.

Prepare for the worst

Things can go wrong — so plan for it. Ensure that you have an up-to-date will and scan in key documents, like your passport, and email them to yourself and a friend (or keep them in Dropbox or Google Drive). Alternatively you could make paper copies and share these.

Provide a detailed itinerary to close friends with details on how to contact you at various stages if needed, and include how they contact each other. Check in with them at various points on the trip via social media, Skype or phone calls.

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Be security conscious

Consider having someone "house sit" your property. We found these via TrustedHouseSitters.com  (you don't need a pet to use it!), and this gave us added security at home. Other sites include Mind My House and House Sitters America . 

I developed a detailed manual of how the house worked along with copies of the instruction guides for devices and various contact details. I notified the insurance company so they were aware. If you do not have anyone staying in your property then have lights on timers and someone check and clear any telltale signs, like promotional flyers or free newspapers, that signal it is unoccupied.

Check the U.S. State Department (or your local government’s) advice on travel to the destinations you are visiting. Then you can make considered decisions about what you do there and ensure your insurance is not at risk by ignoring the advice.

Notify key services

You should let your bank and credit card company know you will be traveling and that they will see charges from various parts of the world. Also ensure that your mobile phone operator has enabled you to receive and make calls from overseas.

Strolling the streets of Cosala, Mexico. Be careful with your valuables in public places, no matter the port or destination.

Plan your insurance needs

It's essential to take out travel insurance. Even if you have an annual policy, check with your provider, as many policies restrict coverage to individual trips of less than 30 days. You are likely to need specific coverage for a long trip. Cruise lines usually require you to have such insurance for world voyages, but even if they don't, it's important to have it as you will be a long way from home for an extended period of time. The costs can be significant if you have to be evacuated off the ship, spend periods in a foreign hospital or have to be flown back home.

In addition to medical insurance, ensure that you are covered if you have to cut your trip short due to problems at home and for loss and theft. Pick-pocketing is common in many ports and you might damage or lose value items like your camera.

Bring some favorite home comforts

Make a note of things that you really like about home. It could be your pillow or perhaps a certain brand of tea, biscuits or TV show. As you prepare to pack, see how many of them are reasonable to bring along with you.

Crystal Serenity sails by lovely misty waterfalls in North Cape Geiranger, Norway.

Advice & tips for during your trip

Begin by choosing the right cruise line.

The most important thing of all is to choose the right cruise line to begin with. The difference between those who loved the voyage I was on and those who hated it were that the former were on the right cruise line. It is essential for a short trip, but critical if you are going to invest thousands of dollars cruising for an extended period of time.

You'll want to have cruised with your chosen cruise line before — ideally also on the specific ship — before going on an extended trip so you know what you're getting, and that you like it.

Bangkok at night, as seen from the top of the Banyan Tree Hotel.

Understand the details of the itinerary

10 When looking at the itinerary, understand what ports you are actually going to be calling on — and how far they are from the destinations you want to visit. Some of the major cities are not always at the port. For example, on my voyage we called at Port Kelang for Kuala Lumpur, Laem Chabang for Bangkok and Port Phu My for Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) that were all some significant distance and time from the dock. Same for traveling to Beijing from Tianjin, a 90-mile trip. 

As you look at your options, compare the ports of call and where large ships and small ships doing similar routes are docking. For example, when I was in Vietnam, a smaller Silversea ship was docked right in Port Saigon near the center of Ho Chi Minh City while the Queen Mary 2 had to dock over an hour away.

Pay attention to how many tender and docking ports there will be. In many of the more remote and unusual destinations ships have to anchor offshore and use tender boats to move passengers onto land. On big ships, like Queen Mary 2, this is a major logistical issue and can led to frustrating lines and delays getting ashore.

Take a journey across the globe aboard the sleek-looking Seven Seas Navigator. The luxury ship holds 490 guests on cruises to Alaska, Canada, New England and the Caribbean.

Mix of sea days and ports

11 Look at the mix of sea and port days when comparing options by taking a careful look at a day-by-day listing of the entire trip. Some published itineraries highlight the date and port but not the sea days in between. There are likely to be periods of many of these at times.

There is a key difference in approach you should be aware of and consider when deciding which type of trip is best suited to your travel preference. World cruises focus on getting around the globe and so there will be many sea days as the ship has to cover vast distances. Lines like Cunard offer these cruises. Other lines, especially those with smaller ships like those from  Seabourn , Silversea , Regent Seven Seas or Oceania , will provide extended voyages that cover a region more intensely and will make frequent stops and cover less total distance.

Budgeting for your trip

12 The cost of the cruise will be significant, but the costs once on board may add up, too, depending on whether you choose an all-inclusive cruise . You need to understand what is included in your fare and budget the add-on costs for your cruise, as well as those you will be incurring at home while away.

The major items on the trip can include excursions and touring, which could be large if calling on many ports, visas, gratuities, drinks, spa, souvenirs, Wi-Fi and mobile roaming charges.

The Big Pink sightseeing bus is an easy way to see the attractions of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Excursions and self-touring

13 Cruise line excursions on an extended trip can leave you significantly out of pocket. It's worth exploring alternatives before committing to them.

Before going on the trip, I recommend you research the ports and decide what you want to see while there and then look at the best way to see them. I use travel guides, port guides on sites like Cruiseable , blogs and even Wikipedia. Once I know what I want to see, I review to see what the cruise line offers, tours from independent excursion providers, what private guide services might be more interesting, and I check to see if the city has hop-on hop-off bus trips. Finally I research whether the attractions are within walking distance or a reasonable cab ride from where the ship will dock.

Visitors on a tour boat sail through Aberdeen, Hong Kong.

In the end I use a combination of these across the trip to offer a varied experience. I am a keen photographer and video maker and find that scheduled excursions tend to jam too many sights into an outing with too little time to explore, and often they allow you to view them only from the outside, so they're not conducive to creating memorable images. Instead, I use options that allow me greater flexibility like hop-on hop-off buses or self-touring options such as taxis and public transport.

Once on board, use the port talks, information sheets and the excursions team members who are on hand to answer questions and provide tips. You are also likely to meet passengers who have visited the destination before and they'll share practical advice, too.

By self exploring and getting out and seeing places first hand by taking public transport and taxis, you'll also get a better feel for the destination than in the throng of a highly organized tour.

The Fitness Center on Silver Spirit hosts complimentary classes in aerobics, yoga, Pilates and circuit training and are led by the onboard fitness trainer.

Say fit and manage your diet

14 Crew members on extended trips have told me they observe their guests putting on weight at a rate they never would at home. I have returned from my extended trips no heavier than when I went just by pacing myself and being more selective about eating. It is possible to eat well and healthily on cruises as most lines offer a Spa or good eating options. I avoid the elevators and use the stairs as much as possible, go on excursions that include more walking and attend the fitness classes.

Use technology to stay in touch

15 If you have a smart phone or tablet, make sure you know how to use applications like Skype or FaceTime. You will find them invaluable for keeping in touch and sharing your experiences with friends and family. You are likely to miss someone back home -- being able to see and chat will be rewarding for both of you. In most ports you will be able to find fast, free Wi-Fi to do this. Just follow or ask the crew, as they will all be doing this as well. And Cruiseable's travel guides often contain information about where to find free Wi-Fi in port.

How about you?

I hope these tips help. The first World Cruise with paying passengers was undertaken by Cunard’s RMS Laconia in 1922. It became a tradition that they and many other lines have continued since then, and many world cruises and grand voyages now sell out.

I loved every minute of my extended trips and will be doing many more. If you have any thoughts and tips to add, please leave a comment and share your ideas with other Cruiseable readers.

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35 Around-the-World Cruises You Can Take Through 2026

W hile Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise , a nine-month voyage that started in December 2023, made a lot of noise on social media, it’s certainly not the only around-the-world cruise on the market right now. Far from it. There are 35 world cruises departing in 2024, 2025, and 2026 across 11 cruise lines, all with varying itineraries, durations, and prices, allowing you to take your pick. Because if you want to take a very long vacation, or travel while working remotely, there are few better ways than boarding a ship that circumnavigates the globe and stops in dozens of destinations, sometimes even covering all seven continents.

Holland America’s Grand World Voyages

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Holland America has two around-the-world cruises (known as Grand World Voyages) scheduled for the next two years:

  • A 124-day sailing on board the Zuiderdam that will start on January 4, 2025, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and end on May 9, 2025, in the same location. The cruise will include stops in 32 countries and will include 10 overnight stays. This around-the-world cruise starts at $24,999.
  • A 132-day voyage on board the Volendam that will depart on January 4, 2026, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and end in the same port. The cruise will include stops in 39 countries across all seven continents, including four days in Antarctica. The starting price is currently unavailable. Bookings for this cruise will open in May 2024.

Viking’s World Cruises

Around-the-world cruises by Viking

Map: Viking

Viking has no less than five world cruises scheduled for the next two years: two departing in December 2024, two in January 2025, and one in January 2026. The longest of the five is the 180-day (nearly six months) V iking World Voyage I which will start on December 19, 2024, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and end on June 17, 2025, in New York City. This voyage will cover 37 countries and include stops in the Arctic, namely in Greenland, Svalbard, and along the coast of Norway. This around-the-world cruise starts at $111,999.

Oceania Cruises’ World Cruises

Around-the-world cruises by Oceania

Map: Oceania

Oceania Cruises currently has a total of six around-the-world cruises scheduled for 2025 and 2026, ranging from 120-day to 200-day sailings. Of those six cruises, three will take place on Insignia, and three will take place on Vista, the cruise line’s newest and most luxurious ship. Both these vessels are small ships: Insignia, refurbished in 2018 can carry up to 670 passengers, while Vista, built in 2023, can carry up to 1,200 passengers. The longest of the world cruises offered by Oceania is a 200-day voyage starting in Miami on January 5, 2025, and ending in New York City on July 23, 2025. The trip will cover 38 countries, make 103 stops, and include sailing around the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas, to reach the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic Ocean, as well as two days in the magical island of Madagascar. This around-the-world cruise starts at $49,799.

Cunard’s Full World Voyages

Around-the-world cruise by Cunard

Map: Cunard

Cunard, the cruise line operating the famous Queen Mary II, the last transatlantic ocean liner in service, offers seven around-the-world cruises scheduled in the next two years. Six of the seven world cruises currently listed will be taking place on board the cruise line’s newest ship, the Queen Anne, launching in May 2024, and one will take place on board the Queen Mary II. The longest of the world cruises (called Full World Voyages by Cunard) is a 116-day sailing on board the Queen Anne that will depart on January 6, 2026, from Hamburg, Germany, and end in the same port on May 2, 2026. The trip will cover 26 countries, make 37 port calls, include several stops in the Middle East, and will take passengers around the southernmost tip of Africa. This around-the-world cruise starts at $20,118.

Silversea’s World Cruises

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Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea currently has two around-the-world cruises scheduled:

  • Controtempo , a 136-day sailing on board the Silver Dawn departing from Tokyo, Japan, on January 13, 2025, and arriving in New York City on May 29, 2025. This cruise will cover 30 countries, make stops in 59 ports, and include port calls in Saudi Arabia and Greenland. The all-inclusive, door-to-door price of this around-the-world cruise starts at $81,900
  • The Curious and the Sea , a 140-day sailing also on board the Silver Dawn, departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 6, 2026, and ending in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 27, 2026. This cruise will cover 37 countries, make a total of 70 port calls, and include a multitude of stops throughout the Mediterranean, in the South Pacific, and on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The all-inclusive, door-to-door price of this around-the-world cruise starts at $89,900

MSC’s World Cruises

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MSC Cruises will take adventurous passengers on two world cruise in the next two years, both of which will take place on MSC Magnifica:

  • A 116-night sailing departing from Civitavecchia (Rome) on January 4, 2025, and ending in the same port. This around-the-world cruise will cover 21 countries on five continents, make 50 port calls, and take passengers across the Atlantic with one stop in Cabo Verde on the way, as well as across the Pacific with multiple stops, including one on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). This around-the-world cruise starts at $11,989.
  • A 119-day sailing from January to May 2026 departing from Civitavecchia (Rome). This around-the-world cruise will cover 32 countries, include a crossing of the Panama Canal, as well as the Suez Canal, and make overnight stops in Honolulu, Auckland, Sydney, Dubai, and Tokyo, among others. This around-the-world cruise starts at $13,439.

Princess’ Around-the-World Cruises

Princess Cruises has five world cruises scheduled, including two in 2024, two in 2025, and one in 2026, the longest of them being a 116-day sailing on board the Island Princess departing in January 2025. This around-the-world cruise will depart and end from both Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Los Angeles, California (you take your pick), making 48 port calls in 26 countries across six continents. Passengers will get to cross both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans during this trip, and will make stops in dreamy destinations like Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and more. This around-the-world cruise starts at $24,298.

Azamara’s World Cruises

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There are two world cruises currently on Azamara Cruises’ schedule: One in 2025 and one in 2026, and both of them are 155-night voyages.

  • The 2025 Azamara World Cruise will start in San Diego, California, on January 6, 2025, and end in Southampton, England, on June 11, 2025. Passengers on board this world cruise will visit 37 countries and spend 46 late nights or overnights in the destinations visited. Port calls include four days in Hawaii, five days in French Polynesia, 10 days in New Zealand, and more. This around-the-world cruise starts at $39,999.
  • The 2026 Azamara World Cruise will start in Miami, Florida, on January 6, 2026, and end in Barcelona, Spain, on June 11, 2026. This sailing covers 36 countries and includes 55 late nights or overnights in the port calls. This voyage includes once-in-a-lifetime destinations such as Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Pitcairn Island, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, and more. This around-the-world cruise starts at $38,999.

Crystal’s World Cruise

Around the world cruise by Crystal Cruises

Map: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises has only one world cruise planned for the next few years, but it’s an extraordinary voyage full of bucket-list destinations and events. The 124-day sailing on board the Crystal Serenity will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 7, 2025, and end in Barcelona, Spain, on May 10, 2025. Passengers on board this around-the-world cruise will get to visit 63 destinations in 31 countries, go through both the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal, visit Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, stop in the remote Atlantic island of St. Helena, and visit Petra, Jordan. The starting price of this around-the-world cruise is not available on Crystal Cruises’ website. We have reached out to Crystal Cruises for more details and will update the piece if we obtain a response.

Fred. Olsen’s World Cruise

Around-the-world cruise by Fred. Olsen

Map: Fred. Olsen Cruises

UK-based cruise line Fred. Olsen Cruises has planned an epic 106-night around-the-world cruise for 2025. The Bolette (the largest ship in the fleet, able to accommodate 1,338 guests) will leave the port of Southampton, England, on January 6, 2025, and circumnavigate the globe westward via Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America, and Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, until it reaches England again on April 22, 2025. During this trip, passengers will be able to visit remote islands such as Robinson Crusoe Island, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Pitcairn Island, and St. Helena. This around-the-world cruise starts at $20,493 for an Ocean View cabin with two portholes. The price for the interior cabins are not currently available.

P&O’ World Cruise Holidays

British cruise line P&O has two around-the-world cruises (known as World Cruise Holidays) on their schedule for 2025 and 2026, both of which are complete circumnavigation of the globe on board Arcadia.

  • Western Circumnavigation , a 99-night sailing that will depart from Southampton, England, on January 3, 2025 and return to the same port on April 13, 2025. The cruise will include stops in the Caribbean, in Hawaii, in islands of the South Pacific, and throughout Oceania, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. This around-the-world cruise starts at $12,295.

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A Cheap World Cruise: Tips & Tricks for How to Afford the Voyage

June 5, 2023 By John Widmer 32 Comments

Is a cheap world cruise actually possible?

That’s the question we asked ourselves.

So we thoroughly investigated this seemingly impossible travel desire and then went on to plan a cruise around the world, filled with a mix of luxury and adventure. Ultimately we were successful in piecing together a cheap round the world cruise that amounted to only $60 per person, per day , all costs included.

We’re now here to show you how you can afford to enjoy an inexpensive world cruise as we also detail what this grand voyage was like.

Cheap world cruise itinerary map and title

Throughout six years of nonstop travels around the world to 100 countries, we’ve made a concerted effort to uncover some of the best travel values in the world , while stretching our travel dollars as far as possible.

We’ve already shown how many seemingly extravagant travel experiences can be affordable. For example, we’ve proven how to visit the Galapagos on a Budget , take an African Safari for $50/Day , or even have a Luxury Trip to Egypt on a Budget .

Yet we gave ourselves the biggest budget travel challenge we’d ever set out on: attempting a cheap around-the-world cruise .

Collage of past experiences

Generally speaking, world cruises are indeed very expensive. But it’s a common misconception that such comprehensive voyages are beyond reach for budget-conscious travelers.

With careful planning and smart strategies, it’s entirely possible to experience the magic of an around-the-world cruise without breaking the bank. There are a number of ways to make world cruising more accessible. This guide will serve as your roadmap to inexpensive world cruises, bringing the dream of budget world cruising closer to reality. So, buckle up and get ready to explore the world on a shoestring budget.

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The Cost of a World Cruise

The base price of a world cruise typically ranges between $10,000-$100,000 per person, based on double occupancy.

Yet a world cruise can easily exceed $200,000 for a multi-month grand voyage around the world. Take this Regent World Cruise for example. Beginning in Miami, in January 2025, this luxurious cruise around the world spanning 5.5 months looks nothing short of incredible. And it has an incredible price tag to match. This world cruise is currently “on sale” for $209,998.00 for two people. Yikes! This is not a cheap world cruise.

The price of this Regent world cruise works out to a daily rate of $1,249.99, or about $37,500 per month of world cruising. And those high prices don’t even factor in additional expenses, such as the many excursion costs and other add-ons. Ultimately, this half-year trip would likely well exceed a quarter million dollars. In other words, this Regent World Cruise is prohibitively expensive and out of reach for most of us.

While the cost of this world cruise may seem like a harsh reality, there are indeed less expensive world cruises . Cheap world cruises can be found for just over $10,000 per person, for the base fare. But taxes, port fees, and gratuities must be added to get the true price of any world cruise.

Realistically, a couple should plan to budget a bare minimum of $30,000 for the cheapest world cruise available. Yet a budget of $50,000-$100,000 (per couple) is a more realistic price range that would allow a nice assortment of world cruises to choose from and a less restrictive budget while on board.

That is still a lot of money to spend. So let’s now review how you can achieve a world cruise on a much lower budget.

Sunsetting over Malaysia as viewed during a world cruise

Understand the Total Costs of World Cruise

When booking a world cruise at a low price, you must understand and budget for additional costs. When searching for cheap world cruises, the low advertised fare usually does not include many obligatory fees and expenses that will add thousands of dollars to the cruise fare.

Taxes and port fees : Taxes and port fees usually aren’t shown in the base cruise fare even though they must be paid as part of the total world cruise price. Be sure to see the total cost with taxes and port fees, which can add thousands of dollars.

Gratuities : Most cruise lines add gratuities to your cruise bill once onboard. Gratuities on world cruises typically range around $14-$16 per person per day. So for a full world cruise, this can easily add over $3,500 to a couple’s budget. Often the gratuities can be adjusted if you wish. But it would be cruel to deprive the hard-working crew of their wages if you’re on a world cruise that uses a tipping system as payment to the crew. If tips are expected on your world cruise, budget accordingly.

Travel insurance  is mandatory on some world cruises. Yet even if it’s not required, all world cruisers should strongly consider travel insurance to avoid financial hardships if unforeseen circumstances do occur. Couples can expect to spend a few thousand dollars extra for decent coverage. To save, don’t book directly with the cruise line. Compare policies that fit your needs.

Visas will likely be required for at least a few of the countries that a world cruise visits. For convenience, most world cruises will handle visas for you, for a fee, of course. To minimize costs, it’s usually possible to secure any necessary visas yourself, before the cruise.

Onshore expenses: Although it may be possible to get by on the world cruise itself without spending anything on the ship, world cruisers will almost certainly want to explore ashore. Whether booking excursions or going ashore independently, you will inevitably incur expenses whenever leaving the ship. The cost for port days can range wildly, depending on your travel style. These expenses can be easy to minimize expenses for those comfortable with independent travel.

Other common world cruise expenses to budget for :

  • Laundry  is usually not included and can be expensive on world cruises.
  • Wifi  is usually not included and is usually expensive on world cruises.
  • Alcohol  is usually not included and can get expensive for those who like to drink.
  • Shopping & souvenirs  you may want to pick up some mementos during your grand voyage
  • Other cruise expenses : Gambling, spa treatments, or specialty dining may be tempting.

outdoor dining on Norwegian bliss cruise ship, used to form a cheap world cruise

3 Methods to Achieve an Inexpensive World Cruise

There are three main ways to consider when attempting to score a cheap world cruise, with approximate starting prices shown, per person, based on double occupancy:

  • Find a low-cost world cruise : ~$25,000/cruise, ~$170 per day
  • Consider a residential world cruise : ~$40,000/year, ~$110 per day
  • Combine multiple one-way cruises to form a grand voyage : ~$19,000/year, ~$60 per day

Option 1: Find a Low-Cost World Cruise

While a Regent world cruise would cost a couple more than $200,000, thankful there are usually a few cheap world cruises each year, with prices under $20,000 per person. As of 2023, budget-friendly cruises start at about $15,000 per person for a 3-4 month world cruise. Again, understand that is just a base price.

Those interested in booking the cheapest world cruise available must budget at least an additional $5,000 per person for expenses such as gratuities, visas, laundry, and exploring ashore on your own. A bare minimum of $20,000 per person would be needed for the absolute cheapest world cruise.

That’s $40,000 for the cabin for a couple, which breaks down to about $10,000 per month. But prospective world cruisers must understand that is for an inside cabin, meaning no outside light in your stateroom for the duration of the world cruise. Those desiring luxuries like a balcony stateroom, wifi, or alcohol, will inevitably need to spend more or try to score perks like a free cruise balcony upgrade .

Pros of a low-cost world cruise:

  • Easiest and most convenient to plan: one world cruise in a single booking
  • Shortest time commitment: starting at 99 days
  • Low-ish cost meets convenience: Book a cabin for less than $30k

Cons of a low-cost world cruise:

  • Ship may be less desirable or a cruise line you’re unfamiliar with (although usually still a pleasant experience)
  • Itinerary: routes may be less desirable, with infrequent stops and many sea days
  • High per-day costs: highest among these three methods
  • To maintain low costs, you’ll need to forgo or minimize extras and luxuries

Despite the drawbacks, low-cost world cruises can be a bargain and absolutely should be considered. Before booking such a lengthy journey, just ensure you’ll be comfortable with the ship and the cabin you’re considering. Review the itinerary closely. Make sure it goes to locations that are desirable to you. Also, look at the total number of sea days, relative to the entire cruise.

If that all checks out, scoring a low-cost world cruise can be an excellent way to cruise around the world for cheap.

Cheapest World Cruises You Can Book for 2024-2025 World Cruises

As of June 2023, here are three of the least expensive world cruises you can book right now :

  • Embarkation Location : Southampton, England
  • Dates : January 6, 2024, and again on January 3, 2025
  • Length : 99 nights
  • Ship : P&O is a British cruise line catering to British passengers. The Arcadia is a 4-star cruise ship, 935 ft in length, built in 2005, with 952 cabins.
  • Itinerary : This world cruise itinerary makes a complete westbound circumnavigation around the world, going from the UK to North America, through the Panama Canal, across the Pacific to Australia, up to Asia, and through the Suez Canal to ultimately return to England.
  • Sea days : Two-thirds of this itinerary are at sea: 66 sea days and 33 days in port.
  • Base starting price per person, interior : $11,734
  • Total stateroom price : $23,417
  • Price per night : $237 ($120 pp)
  • More info : P&O website . Note that outside UK, you may need to call a travel agent to book.
  • Embarkation Locations : Civitavecchia (Rome), Genoa, Marseille, or Barcelona
  • Dates : January 4, 2025 – April 30, 2025
  • Length : 116 nights
  • Ship : The MSC Magnifica is a 3.5-star cruise ship, 964 ft in length, launched in 2010, and has 1,259 cabins.
  • Itinerary : This world cruise itinerary makes a complete westbound circumnavigation around the world, voyaging from Europe around South America, then to Australia, Asia, and through the Suez Canal (and Egypt), before returning to Europe.
  • Sea days : Good split of sea/port days, about half of the itinerary is sea days: 59 sea days and 57 port days.
  • Base starting price per person, interior : $15,199
  • Total stateroom price, including taxes : $31,358 + gratuities (~$3,000) = $34,358
  • Price per night : $296 ($148 pp)
  • Check up-to-date pricing & reserve : Book Magnifica World Cruise here on CruiseDirect
  • Embarkation Locations : New York City (Alternatively, departs Southampton Jan 11)
  • Dates : January 4, 2024 – May 5, 2024
  • Length : 123 nights
  • Ship : Queen Mary 2 is a 5-star luxury ocean liner, one of the most notable ships of its kind. The 1,132-ft ship was launched in 2003 and has 1,360 cabins.
  • Itinerary : This world cruise itinerary is not entirely around the world, as the route goes from NYC to UK, then around Africa, over to Australia, up to Asia, and comes back through the Suez Canal to briefly hit Europe before returning to NYC.
  • Sea days : Over two-thirds of this itinerary are at sea: 83 sea days and 40 days in port.
  • Base starting price per person, interior : $16,599.00
  • Total stateroom price, including taxes : $35,907.06 + gratuities ($3,567) = $39,474.06
  • Price per night : $320 ($160 pp)
  • Check up-to-date pricing & reserve : Book Queen Mary World Cruise on CruiseDirect

Of these three most inexpensive world cruises, which is best ? This is a matter of preference, of course.

If you’re already in (or near) the UK and you’re simply looking for the cheapest world cruise that truly circumnavigates the globe, the P&O Acadia world cruise does just that. But prospective passengers must understand the cruise is geared towards British preferences and it has a rushed itinerary around the world in 99 days, most of that time at sea.

Meanwhile, we suggest the MSC Magnifica for having the best itinerary of any inexpensive world cruise. It’s truly a remarkable route with many interesting stops. Yet MSC receives mixed reviews on its 3-star ships. Although the onboard experience should be just fine for many travelers, choose the Magnifica world cruise for the great ports and itinerary, rather than for the ship.

Conversely, we recommend choosing the Cunard Queen Mary 2 for the incredible ship , rather than for the itinerary. The Queen Mary 2 is the lowest-priced world cruise you can take on a true ocean liner with the opulence of a 5-star ship. That said, prospective passengers will need to be okay with the fact this journey doesn’t completely circumnavigate the globe and is filled with far more sea days than port days.

For a few more options of the cheapest world cruises you can book right now, here are a few more that are priced under $20,000 per person :

  • Crown Princess : departs Sydney on June 4, 2025, 5-star, 113 days, 66 days at sea (58%), $34,486 for cabin + gratuities = $38,102 total ($168 pp/pd), more info .
  • Island Princess : departs from Fort Lauderdale or LA, January 2024, 4.5-star, 111 days, 61 days at sea (54%), $38,083 for cabin + gratuities = $41,635 total ($188 pp/pd), more info .

Relaxing in a cruise lounge with broad windows in the front of the ship is an enjoyable experience on cheap world cruise

Booking Tips to Get the Best Priced World Cruise

Book interior : If wanting the cheapest world cruise, be sure to book an interior cabin . But also be sure to compare the price difference between outside and veranda staterooms. Often times it’s negligibly higher and can be well worth having a window or balcony on such a lengthy voyage.

Book early : World cruises typically go on sale 2-3 years before their sale dates and are often announced in January. Booking these cruises shortly after they go on sale not only ensures your cabin, this early bird booking strategy can often lock in the lowest rates.

Or book last minute : Conversely, if a world cruise happens to have an excess of empty cabins within the months before it’s set to sail, it’s possible for fares to drop to attract prospective passengers. So this can be a consideration for flexible travelers looking to score a cheap world cruise. But be careful and don’t rely on this. It is more likely that world cruise prices will rise or even sell out entirely, closer to the embarkation date.

Book non-refundable fares : Just like booking last minute, booking non-refundable fares is another risky method that will ultimately help to secure the lowest possible price for a world cruise. To mitigate this risk, you can consider booking a non-refundable fare with travel insurance that offers refunds in certain unforeseen circumstances.

Option 2: Live on a Residential World Cruise Ship

For those with a desire to pursue a world cruise beyond their typical length of 4-6 months, living on a residential cruise ship can be a good consideration. While you may have to pay more upfront, the per-day cost on a residential ship can be even less than the cheapest world cruise.

Residential ships start at about $37,000 per person, per year, which includes most of the same amenities as regular cruise ships (meals, entertainment, etc.), plus extras such as wifi and laundry. So additional expenses can be minimized to adventures pursued in port.

Affordable residential ships can offer great value overall, particularly when calculating the per-day cost. If you limit spending ashore to no more than $100 per week, you could reasonably pursue a world cruise on a residential ship for about $42,000 per person per year, or $84,000 per couple per year. That works out to about $7,000 per month for the cabin.

So it’s still not entirely cheap, but this works out to a less expensive rate than the prior method discussed, booking the lowest cost world cruise. So a residential ship is a great option to consider using for a world cruise for those that have the time and want to go all in on the experience.

Pros of taking a residential ship world cruise:

  • Itineraries & Ports: These ships tend to have excellent itineraries and stay in ports longer.
  • Vast Experience: See more of the world, visiting many countries.
  • Community: Living on a residential ship allows you to form a community with fellow residents.
  • Convenience meets cost: Least expensive turn-key world cruise on a per-day basis.

Cons of taking a residential ship world cruise:

  • Committing to live for multiple years on a cruise ship
  • While per-day costs can be quite reasonable, the upfront cost commitment may be prohibitive
  • Limited options: this is a new and untested concept with very few ships/companies to choose

The least expensive world cruise residence we’ve found is Life at Sea Cruises . They require a three-year commitment. Their itinerary over the three years is incredible, spanning 135 countries and all seven continents, with frequent ports and overnight stops. This new residential ship experience begins in November 2023 from Istanbul, Turkey.

While rates are said to start at $33k per year, at last look the cheapest interior cabins still available were listed at $37,398/year, per person. That’s a grand total cost of $224,388 for the cabin for all three years, based on double occupancy. All the details can be found at lifeatseacruises.com .

Option 3: Combine Multiple One-Way Cruises to Form Your Own World Cruise

This is the absolute cheapest way to cruise around the world. This is the method we created to achieve our dream of an affordable world cruise. In its most basic explanation, this method involves combining a series of one-way cruises to form a cheap world cruise route around the world. But it’s not quite that easy to pull off.

It takes careful planning, knowing how/when to book, honing independent travel skills, and taking advantage of repositioning cruises . We’ll show you how to do all of this.

Pros of combining cruises to create a world cruise:

  • Cost: It’s truly the least expensive way to form a cheap world cruise
  • Variety: You get to experience different ships and cruise lines
  • More time ashore: In between cruising segments, you can enjoy more time exploring on land

Cons of combining cruises to create a world cruise:

  • Complexity: It takes a tremendous amount of planning
  • Limited Schedule: One-way cruises are seasonal and rare, limiting options
  • Itinerary gaps: Additional forms of travel and (potentially lengthy) stays on land are required
  • Travel skills: Strong independent travel skills are needed

Three $20 bills showing how you can take a cheap world cruise for $60 per day

Luxury on a Budget: How to Form a Cheap World Cruise

Our secret weapon to accomplishing a cheap world cruise would be to carefully utilize a series of repositioning cruises .

During six years of traveling around the world, we’ve regularly used repositioning cruises as a cost-effective means of transportation to get from one continent to another. This is when cruise lines reposition their fleets using one-way voyages in the spring and fall when the seasons change.

For example, during the fall many cruises will be repositioned from the Mediterranean to Florida and the Caribbean. Rather than floating an empty ship across the ocean, cruises are instead loaded with entertainment and interesting itineraries.

Never heard of these one-way seasonal voyages and want to learn more? Then be sure to read our Ultimate Guide to Repositioning Cruises: Everything You Need to Know .

These lengthy voyages with many sea days typically aren’t popular, so prices often get slashed in attempts to fill the ships with paying passengers. When that happens, we take advantage of astonishingly low rates and set sail across the ocean in luxury. (Example: This 4.5* Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas repositioning cruise , is sailing from Barcelona to Florida on Nov 13, 2023, and is currently priced at $420 per person, for the two-week cruise across the Atlantic.)

Rather than sitting in a cramped coach seat on an overnight flight, you can instead get to enjoy two weeks of island hopping, fine dining, entertainment, and relaxing in a comfy stateroom. Such repositioning cruises have given us a way to afford luxury that is often otherwise unattainable to our travel budget ways. The crazy thing is that these repositioning cruises are often priced less than a flight between two continents.

Over the years, we’ve used repositioning cruises to cross the Atlantic numerous times, in addition to crossing the Pacific, crossing the Indian Ocean, voyaging between Asia and Europe (Suez Canal), from Europe to South Africa, and between North and South America (Panama Canal). Repositioning cruises can be a wonderful and inexpensive way to travel the world, for those who have the time.

Armed with a keen awareness of these different repositioning cruise routes and the corresponding seasonalities, it’s possible to stitch together a series of repositioning cruises in a grand attempt to form a cheap world cruise.

Fall Repositioning Cruise Route Map

Doing so admittedly takes a great degree of planning, a bit of gambling on the ever-changing rate fluctuations, and a little luck to ultimately form a patchwork of a cheap world cruise.

Using this method will not allow for a one sole world cruise residing on a single ship entirely around the world for a 100+ day voyage. Rather, to catch these rare one-way cruise deals, it would require carefully plotted timing, while also traveling overland in between the oceanic cruise segments.

These overland travel segments can be a welcomed concession to make in order to achieve the financial feat of a cheap luxury cruise entirely around the world. Personally, we’ve found it to be nice to break apart all this time at sea with some extended adventures on land.

Taking photos of Ha Long Bay from aboard the Celebrity Millennium as part of our cheap world cruise

In summary, our method involves two components that are absolutely critical to taking a cheap world cruise:

  • Understanding repositioning cruise routes and timing
  • Having the time and desire to spend time on land in between repositioning cruises

We’ll break all that down.

Proof of Concept: Our Cheap Around the World Cruise

While we largely wanted to embark on this journey for our personal travel desires, we also to demonstrate to others that a cheap world cruise can be achieved.

Budget travel in low-cost destinations can be fairly easy to pull off. But our goal for this grand trip around the world was to achieve some level of luxury on a budget while also visiting higher-cost countries that we’d been avoiding.

To up the ante and prove this concept, we decided to plan our cheap world cruise route through some of the most expensive countries to travel to. Lingering in budget travel havens like Thailand and Mexico would be far too easy of a strategy to keep travel costs low.

Instead, our cheap around-the-world cruise route would wind through all three of the world’s top 3 most expensive countries to visit: Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and France (source: BusinessInsider: Most Expensive Countries to Visit ). The journey would further include prolonged stays throughout notorious budget-busting nations like Japan, Canada, and Italy.

We further raised the stakes by visiting many of the world’s most expensive cities , including Singapore (#1), Hong Kong (#4), Seoul (#6), Tokyo (#11), Rome, London, and Beijing. (source:  Economist Worldwide Cost of Living survey )

We would attempt to carry out this seemingly expensive feat by staying in mostly nice hotels and renting out entire homes, which would even include our very own Italian villa on the Mediterranean. Throughout the voyage, we would partake in quintessential high-end culinary experiences from eating Kobe beef in Japan to indulging in fondue in the Swiss Alps, and even some Michelin-stared restaurants in between.

We would go on to have such costly experiences as downhill skiing across South Korea’s Olympic mountains, visiting an international Disney theme park, and sipping on bubbly while touring France’s Champagne region.

Round the World collage showing cheap accommodation, food, and experiences

✅ We did it all.

But to top it all off, our primary form of transportation to get to all these pricey places in the world: luxury cruise ships !

We spent a total of 2½ months cruising entirely around the world on luxury cruises , getting wined and dined each night before taking in an awesome show, retreating to our lavish stateroom, and then being transported to the next exotic port for another day full of adventure on land.

And we accomplished this all on a fairly low budget.

For those with champagne tastes on a beer budget , this is how a cheap world cruise is possible.

Drinking free champagne on a cruise

Our Cheap World Cruise Itinerary & Travel Stats:

Our inexpensive world cruise journey began in somewhat of an unlikely location of Halifax, Canada . This city in Atlantic Canada is a popular cruise port but is rarely (if ever) used as an embarkation point. Yet while spending a summer exploring the Canadian Maritimes, Halifax became our embarkation point to begin this around-the-world journey without flights.

There are arguably better places to begin a pieced-together world cruise. Yet the best place to begin any around-the-world adventure is from wherever you are right now ! And Halifax, Nova Scotia, was where we were when we began concocting this crazy idea.

Part of the reason we spent so much time in Canada was because it acted as a staging ground for us to meticulously plan and plot this complex trip, cruising around the world for so cheap. So we set off from Halifax to travel overland to the other side of Canada, reaching Vancouver, where the cruising portion of our journey would begin.

Our cheap world cruise itinerary :

Route map of our cheap cruise around the world

🚗🚆 Rental cars & train ( Amtrak Empire Builder ): Halifax to Vancouver 🛳️ Cruise 1 : Holland America Volendam – Vancouver, Canada to Japan 🚅 Mostly trains Across Japan, ⛴️ ferry to Korea + more trains, ⛴️ ferry to China + more trains to Hong Kong 🛳️ Cruise 2 : Celebrity Millennium – Hong Kong to Singapore 🛳️ Cruise 3 : Costa Victoria – Singapore to Italy 🚆 Mixed transport: Italy to England 🛳️ Cruise 4 : Norwegian Bliss – England to NYC (Stopping in Halifax to complete our circumnavigation)

Our cheap world cruise journey ultimately took us to:

  • 22 countries ,
  • visiting 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites,
  • sleeping in 74 beds , and
  • through over 100 different cities in the world!

Chart: Countries traveled to during our cheap world cruise, by number of days

The trip from Halifax completely around the globe and back took exactly 300 days , utilizing four repositioning cruises in combination with some overland travels and stays in between the cruises. This effectively formed a world cruise on a budget! We traveled entirely around the world without flights.

Yet much more remarkable than the travel route or a list of countries visited was the vast amount of amazing travel experiences this grand adventure allowed. After all, the low price isn’t the only benefit of piecing together a cheap world cruise. You also have more time to experience so many international wonders!

Highlights during the 10-month trip around the world included :

🇨🇦 Tidal Bore Rafting Across the Most Extreme Tides in the World 🇨🇦 Hiking among Moose in the Canadian Wilderness 🇨🇦 Lobstering in Prince Edward Island 🇺🇸 Taking the Amtrak Empire Builder Across the US 🇺🇸 Cruising through Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park 🇯🇵 Exploring Japan’s Most Atmospheric Ancient Temples 🇯🇵 Hiking Japan’s Ancient Komono Kodo Pilgrimage Route 🇯🇵 Eating Everything in Japan 🇰🇷 Skiing on Downhill Olympic Ski Runs in South Korea 🇰🇷 Attending a local Ice Fishing Festival (and actually catching!) 🇰🇷 Venturing to the DMZ at the North Korean Border  🇰🇵 🇨🇳 Exploring the Great Wall of China without any crowds 🇨🇳 Taking a River Cruise Down the Yangtze 🇨🇳 Hiking Across China’s Fabled Avatar Mountains 🇻🇳 Floating on a Junk Boat Through Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay 🇹🇭 Relaxing on a Tropical Thai Beach 🇮🇳 Experiencing the Wonderful Culture Shock that Incredible India Delivers 🇴🇲 Roaming around the Desert in Oman 🇪🇬 Cruising Through the Suez Canal 🇮🇹 Hiking from Seaside Village to Village in Cinque Terre 🇮🇹 Discovering Just How Delicious Fresh Pasta in Italy Is 🇨🇭 Trekking the Swiss Alps 🇫🇷 Drinking Champagne  within France’s Champagne Region 🇧🇪 Cycling to a Remote Belgian Monastery to Seek the World’s Best Beer 🇬🇧 Pub Crawling around London ‘s River Thames on a Sunny Day 🌊 Taking the Inaugural Cruise on the Brand New Norwegian Bliss to Complete Our Journey

^Phew and that’s just the highlight reel. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

Cruise going under a bridge in the Suez Canal during a world cruise

Detailing the Total Costs of Forming a Cheap World Cruise

Throughout the next several sections we’re going into the deep details to break down the cost of this entire trip around the world, connecting four cruises to travel entirely around the world. This trip budget includes the four cruises in addition to detailing the expenses of our stints traveling overland across the world’s most expensive nations.

We are doing this because we want to show exactly how it is possible to actually afford a trip of this caliber .

Our travel expenses during the ten-month journey can be grouped into four large categories of costs :

  • Accommodation
  • Eating & Drinking
  • Entertainment
  • The cruises themselves

Before drilling down into our detailed financial data , it’s worthwhile to take a second to understand some accounting challenges we faced when tracking our travel expenses.

Many expenses are tricky to categorize because many of these groupings often overlap. For example, we regularly seek out accommodation that includes breakfast, as we’re willing to pay a bit more for that. In such instances, we only allocated the expense to “accommodation,” even though the price we paid for the hotel included breakfasts. As a result, hotel expenses are a bit overinflated since cheaper places were available that didn’t include meals.

We often used taxis and public transport for sightseeing, which could logically be attributed to transportation. Yet given that our intention of using such transport was to pursue activities, local transportation was instead allocated as entertainment. There are many more blurred lines like these aforementioned examples, but you get the point.

Perhaps our biggest accounting challenge is with the cruises themselves. Their costs are all-inclusive of our transportation, dining, onboard entertainment, and accommodation. This is what makes cruises such great value! But it also makes it near impossible to categorize. As such, we’ve separated cruising expenses entirely from our land-based travels in between.

Woman looking at a menu on the waterfront promenade of a cruise ship

This preface is simply to let you know that these allocations may not be a perfect science, but we made a solid effort to categorize expenses the best we could to give you a glimpse into our personal finances of this cheap world cruise route we’ve attempted to achieve.

So let’s take a look!

Minimizing Eating & Drinking Costs on a Cheap World Cruise

Part of the value of taking a world cruise is the ability to indulge in the wonderful dining, which is included in the cost of your world cruise fare. While on the ship, you don’t need to spend a dime on food expenses.

During this cheap world cruise, we indulged in the included fine dining every day while sailing across the world’s oceans. The four-course dinners are an absolute treat that can otherwise be out of reach for budget travelers, with decadent meals such as filet mignon, lobster, chateaubriand, and beef wellington.

Cruise food collage: surf & turf, scallops, and cheesecake

Despite the inclusive nature of dining during a world cruise, there are three potential food & beverage costs that can inflate any world cruise budget :

  • Specialty dining
  • Alcoholic beverages, sodas, and other specialty drinks
  • Local food & beverages when exploring ashore

💡 Tip: Avoid Specialty Dining to Keep World Cruise Costs Low

Those trying to pursue a world cruise on a budget can save by simply avoiding specialty dining, which comes with an upcharge. These shipboard restaurants can easily be avoided. Many people love specialty dining, particularly so on lengthy cruises because returning to the main dining room every night may become monotonous.

There’s no doubt that many of these specialty restaurants are great and some would argue they’re absolutely worth the splurge. Personally, we never find specialty dining experiences to be worth the upcharge, given the excellent meals available for free in the main dining rooms.

Even if returning to the main same dining room each evening, the chefs develop a brand new menu for each night of the cruise. So there’s always something new and interesting to look forward to. For a change of scenery, have a quick and informal meal in the buffet or one of the ship’s other complimentary dining venues.

If you have the extra cash to enjoy the specialty restaurants, go for it! But those pursuing a cheap world cruise should avoid it.

💡 Tip: Do Spend Money to Eat Ashore during a World Cruise

With limited time on land, make the most of the experience by diving into the local cuisine. Although it will certainly add to your world cruise budget, we find it to be very worthwhile for the negligible spending to eat local when on land .

During days in port, we always roam around to try the local cuisine. In Vietnam, we devoured banh mi and pho. In Thailand, we slurped up as much tom yum and pad thai as possible. We chowed on kottu in Sri Lanka, followed by curries in India. We couldn’t possibly stop into a Greece port without stuffing our faces with a traditional Greek salad.

Eating locally is a wonderful way to experience a country’s culture, contribute directly to the local economy, and do so at reasonable costs. Depending on the country, there are many wonderful dining experiences to be had for cheap.

You can see this separate post that details our top nine favorite meals during our cruise around the world from our world cruise journey. And they were all under $25!

Dining while in port

💡 Tips: Use These Hacks to Drink during a Cheap World Cruise

Alcoholic beverages are typically not included during a world cruise. Drinks on these ships are very expensive. For example, a beer typically costs anywhere from $6-$8 and cocktails are around $10 and up. It’s budget-busting prices for anyone who likes to kick back a few. (We do.)

Alcohol costs can add up quickly during a world cruise. Consider if a couple had two glasses of $9 wine each night with dinner. That seemingly minor indulgence would ultimately add about $2,500 to your cruises! ($9 per glass x 2 glasses x 2 people x 100 days = $2,520)

Due to high costs, we have to recommend having great restraint from visiting the bars on a cruise ship.  But that doesn’t mean we’re suggesting not to drink during a world cruise. Instead, use some clever hacks and tips to stretch your alcohol budget and even score free drinks while cruising around the world.

For example, most cruises allow you to bring aboard your own wine . So researched the rules in advance and bring the maximum allowance. Attend the Captain’s Toast for more free cocktails. Visit the duty free liquor store during free sampling events. There are lot of tactics to get free booze during a world cruise.

Booking cruises during promotions often give perks such as wine or champagne gifted to your room once onboard. Occasionally, you may even be lucky enough to score a cruise promotion that includes a beverage package. Having a loyalty status is another solid way to get free cocktail hours or more gifted wine.

On one of our world cruise segments, we brought our own wine, got gifted wine from a promo, received gifted wine from loyalty, then we further won bottles of champagne by participating in a shipboard trivia contest. We ultimately had more alcohol in our stateroom than we knew what to do with !

Drinking free champagne won during a game on a cruise

Just as we suggest eating locally on port days, we also recommend drinkers to drink locally while docked. Seek out local breweries or whatever interesting libations are native to the country you’re passing through. And although security won’t let you bring liquor back to your world cruise stateroom, we’ve often found security to be lax about bringing a few cans of beer back onto the ship, even though it was technically not allowed.

To further enjoy some beverages while on the ship, take advantage of any drink promos being offered.

Holland America happy hour beer promotion 2-for-1 craft beers

And although it can be fun to party hard during a 7-day cruise, you may find a lengthy world cruise can be more relaxed, with less temptation to drink. We would purposely give our livers some much-needed breaks during these long voyages since booze was often a costly commodity.

Those aforementioned tips just scratch the surface of our cheap cruise drinking strategies. For even more hacks to drink for cheap on a world cruise, be sure to read our comprehensive article:

  • 25 Best Tips to Get Cheap and Free Alcohol on a Cruise

💵 Cost Breakdown: Total Food & Beverage Expenses during World Cruise Segments

During the four cruises we used to form our cheap world cruise, we managed to keep our food & beverage budget under $500. Between eating & drinking in ports and some very minimal bar bills on the ships, our eating & drinking expenses totaled: $238 per person during the 2½ months aboard the cruises. That’s about $3.45 per cruise day, per person. 

We were very content with this amount

💵 Cost Breakdown: Eating & Drinking Costs When Traveling in Between Cruises

We spent very minimally on food and drink while cruising, given the included dining and our thrifty tricks to drink cheaply onboard.

But during our land-based travels in between cruise segments, we went from gorging ourselves with endless fresh sushi in Japan to sipping French champagne, all in a matter of months. That can’t be cheap!

Chart: Eating & Drinking costs during around the world trip

Well, it wasn’t entirely cheap. Overall, we spent an average of $21.89, per person, per day on eating and drinking around the world , during the days we traveled overland in between cruises. This cost may be slightly overinflated, as it also includes all groceries such as medicine, toiletries, and other knick-knacks we picked up along the way.

This is an area of our budget that could easily be much less for frugal travelers. But we really enjoy eating and drinking!

Given the quality of food we sought out and our penchant for tipping back a few pints, we’re content with our budget here.

Italian Food

Cheap World Cruise Accommodation Costs & Strategies

We spent 2½ months sleeping in luxury on the cruises themselves. It was heavenly waking up to the lapping of rolling swells and the sweet ocean breeze , as we often scheduled a morning pot of coffee to be delivered to our stateroom upon waking up.

Of course, this is included in the cost of the four cruises we used to travel entirely around the world.

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Stateroom

💡 Tip: Cruises with Overnight Ports Contain Excellent Value

Overnight port calls are a nice perk that can be found on some world cruises and other one-way voyages. When ships do stay in port overnight, not only does it give you a chance to explore more and experience the nightlife, but the ship essentially acts as a floating hotel in a prime location .

Our overnight port calls were fantastic cost savings, with stops included both Singapore and Hong Kong. These are two of the most expensive cities in the world! Decent low-end budget accommodation starts at about $100 per night, while hotels easily cost well into the hundreds of dollars. Yet our accommodation cost while in Singapore and Hong Kong was fully covered on the Celebrity Millennium, as it docked in ideal waterfront locations right within these two cities.

Our nightly cost in these most expensive world cities was $59.50 per person for five-star accommodation , which included breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Cruise ship docked overnight in Singapore

💵 Cost Breakdown: Accommodation in Between World Cruise Segments

While piecing together one-way cruises to form a cheap world cruise, you’ll be challenged with finding good value accommodation in between cruise segments. Unless booking a true world cruise, you’ll inevitably need to stay on land for considerable amounts of time in various locations around the world.

During the cheap world cruise we strung together, we spent more time on land than we did on cruises. In doing so, our ability to find inexpensive accommodation was thoroughly tested in expensive destinations like Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and throughout high-priced countries such as Canada, Italy, and France.

During all this time paying for accommodation on land, we spent an average of $39.26 per night ($19.63 per person) while traveling through the most expensive countries in the world. Costs shown here are the total costs paid, including any taxes and cleaning fees.

Chart: Accommodation costs by country

At a nightly rate of less than $20 per person , we were quite happy with this rate, particularly considering the expensive destinations we were traveling across, for such prolonged periods of time, and frequently in nice 3 & 4-⭐ hotels.

💡 Tip: Be Flexible and Open to All Types of Accommodation

A key strategy for keeping accommodation costs low is to be flexible. Don’t completely ignore budget accommodation when there is a significant difference in price. Given the theme of this trip, we attempted to stay in mostly nicer establishments. But that wasn’t always the case.

We readily made occasional concessions to stay at budget hotels and private room Airbnbs whenever passing through high-cost locations, or when it just made sense financially.

Collage of hotels stayed in during our cheap world cruise trip around the world: Luxury hotel in China, Vacation Rental in Italy, and love hotel in Korea

In between the four cruises we used to travel around the world, we stayed in six countries for a week or longer and this is our average nightly costs:

There are different strategies to pursue good value accommodation throughout the world, but it depends on the country, as accommodation prices vary from one region to the next. For example, when in China during the off-season, we enjoyed 4-star hotels for a low cost. But that would have cost us a fortune along the Italian Riviera, where we instead found exceptional value at a beautiful seaside vacation rental (Airbnb).

Meanwhile, in Japan, the best accommodation bargains were at business hotels that had so many nice amenities we could utilize. Having a rental car throughout France afforded us the opportunity to travel to lesser-visited destinations and stay outside of pricy city centers. Perhaps most interestingly, we found bargain rates at Korea’s “love motels,” which turned out to be rather nice.

The key to finding the best accommodation deals is to be flexible with the type of places you stay at. What may be an excellent value in one country, may not be in the next. Cast a wide net, be creative, and find some great places to stay at a low cost!

China Boutique Hotel

World Cruise Costs for Excursion and Activities

Cruising and independent travel are like oil and water. They usually don’t mix together. Yet we enjoy both forms of travel and love to combine the two! Traveling independently was an absolutely critical strategy for keeping our world cruise costs low.

💡 Tip: Forgo Shore Excursions to Explore on Your Own

Shore excursions can be a very expensive proposition for a world cruise, as this is yet another expense that can easily snowball during lengthy voyages. On a weeklong cruise, using a few shore excursions might only add a couple hundred dollars to your portfolio. But using shore excursion at every port on a world cruise will potentially add tens of thousands of dollars to your final bill – yikes!

For budget travelers like us, shore excursions offered by the cruise line are entirely cost-prohibitive. Therefore a critical component to keeping any world cruise within a reasonable budget is to simply step off the ship and explore on your own .

Shore excursions can be an extremely convenient and efficient way to explore ashore, but they’re not cost-efficient.

For those who are comfortable traveling independently, exploring on your own comes easy and saves loads. A little advanced research and planning goes a long way. Look up transportation logistics and things to do nearby wherever the ship is docked. Or find local tour operators and deal directly with them. Or after arriving, negotiate with a taxi driver to take a taxi tour of the city.

Also, be sure to leave yourself some room for error to get back to the ship with plenty of time. Cruises do not wait for late passengers and world cruises are no exception. Minimize this risk by being back in the direct vicinity of your ship with an hour to spare, just in case. If there are any attractions or activities near the ship you wanted to visit, do so at the end so you’ll have quick access to return to the ship.

With over 30 port calls during the four cruises we used to travel around the world, we never once took a single tour that was purchased from the cruise ship. This ultimately saved thousands of dollars (likely tens of thousands) by exploring on our own throughout our cheap world cruise.

Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau Alaska, a DIY cruise excursion that cost much less

For example, when we docked in Juneau, Alaska, most glacier tours were well into the several hundred dollars per person. Instead, we hopped on a $2 public bus, which took us directly to the impressive Mendenhall Glacier.

When we arrived in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, most cruise passengers got on a bus to take them on a boat tour around these most scenic islands, for hundreds of dollars. Instead, we hopped on the back of a scooter taxi, which took us to a boat and a $17 half-day tour of the same famous islands that our fellow cruise passengers were splashing the cash to see.

Ha Long Bay shore excursion in Vietnam during world cruise

Those are just two small examples, but we used these same independent travel tactics in every single port we visited. In many of the ports we pulled into, like Heraklion, Greece, or Kushiro, Japan; the ship docked only steps away from the city center. So we could just walk off the ship and easily sightsee on our own.

⚠️ Don’t Pay for Pricey Taxis during a World Cruise

Given the often exotic itineraries of world cruises, ships will occasionally dock at industrial ports with nothing to walk to. This presents logistical challenges, requiring transportation. These situations often bring out aggressive taxi drivers ready to take advantage of cruise passengers. Unknowing cruisers often pay extremely inflated costs to these money-hungry taxi drivers.

It wouldn’t be entirely uncommon for taxi drivers to ask the equivalent of $100 USD to drive a few miles, looking to take advantage of cruise passengers that don’t have a firm grasp on the exchange rates. Some taxi drivers wouldn’t budge in negotiations, knowing they would be able to get this inflated rate from the next group of cruisers who walked by. It’s all a frustrating situation that we regularly faced while walking into ports from a cruise ship.

Use these strategies to avoid overpriced taxis :

  • Use public transportation if available.
  • Use rideshare apps, like Uber, available in the majority of ports, and keeps drivers honest.
  • Walk away from the cruise port, then catch a taxi.

💵 Cost of World Cruise Shore Excursions: on Your Own

In total, we spent $303 per person during all of our DIY shore  excursions , including all local transport and activity costs. That comes out to about $10 per person in each port visited.

This is an enormous cost savings when attempting a cheap world cruise. It’s not uncommon for a single shore excursion to be priced at $300 or more. Yet we managed to stretch that same amount across all 30 ports that we docked in.

💵 Cost Breakdown: World Cruise Shipboard Entertainment & Activity

Yet again, one of the nice things about taking a cruise around the world is that all that time on the ship is completely inclusive of activities and entertainment . People sometimes wrongly assume repositioning cruises are boring stripped-down versions of a cruise. But we’ve found that usually to be quite the opposite. Often cruise lines add even more lecturers, activities, and entertainment to repositioning cruises, as they want to keep passengers having fun during the additional sea days.

Rock show during world cruise

Broadway-style shows, rock concerts, themed parties, and comedy filled our evenings. While during sea days, we regularly attended enrichment activities like complimentary cooking demonstrations and language classes. It was fun to learn Japanese on the way to Japan!

Some cruise lines, like Norwegian, do have a small fee for certain activities, such as their longest go-cart track at sea ($6). We had to pay it to give that a try. We also paid $25 to see their Prohibition burlesque show, which was actually a good deal because it included 5 craft cocktails during the hilarious performance. Beyond those two minimal expenses, all onboard entertainment was entirely complimentary and included during the 2.5 months of cruising.

So our entire entertainment costs while on all four cruises for 2.5 months was a mere $31 total per person, averaging to $0.44 per day.

💵 Cost Breakdown: Entertainment & Activities in Between World Cruise Segments

Meanwhile, we also incurred entertainment and activity costs while traveling overland too. Local transport, attraction entrance fees, museums, and adventure activities all contributed to this amount.

Chart: Entertainment costs

In places where we traveled slower (Canada), these costs averaged less. In China, when we traveled at a fast pace and incurred some higher expenses like a Yangtze River cruise, expenses averaged more. It was easy to keep costs lower in places like Europe as sightseeing around the historic towns and hiking are free. Our funds were better used on French and Italian cuisine.

After all, many of the best sights and experiences around the world are free!

Three Gorges: Yangtze River cruise in china

Maintaining Low Transportation Costs during a Cheap World Cruise

When stringing together a series of one-way cruises to form a cheap world cruise, it’s nearly inevitable to incur some transportation costs in between these cruise segments. It can turn into a big game of planes , trains, and automobiles. But we switch out the planes for cruises!

When piecing together our cheap cruise around the world, we used the following transport methods:

🚆 71 trains , 🚌 52 buses , ⛴️ 11 ferries + 1 river cruise, 🚗 7 rental cars , 🚕 6 long-distance taxis , and 🚢 4 ocean cruise ships carried us around the world for a total of 2½ months !

Of course, navigating all of this foreign transit does take a knack for independent travel. There are useful transit websites and resources that can help, such as Rome2Rio , Seat61 , and even Google Maps .

During our world cruise segments, the lengthiest overland transportation segments included: (1) Tokyo to Hong Kong, (2) Halifax to Vancouver, and (3) Italy to England.

Those keen on avoiding such lengthy overland segments should know that, while rare, additional cruise routes exist to minimize these stretches of overland segments.

Use the following two cruise routes to effectively eliminate the lengthy overland segments we pursued:

  • Panama Canal cruises can take you between the US east coast (usually Florida) to the US West Coast (usually California, although occasionally Seattle or Vancouver).
  • Infrequent cruises also exist between Tokyo and Singapore.

💵 Cost Breakdown: Transportation to Connect World Cruise Segments

We spent about $2,275 per person on transportation costs while traveling overland clear across North America, Eastern Asia, and finally from Italy to England. That averages out to about $10 per person, per day during our overland travels.

Our itineraries were almost never the most direct, efficient, or cheapest routes to cross the countries. That would be a boring trip. Instead, we carefully planned our itineraries with major points of interest in mind and often spared no expense to divert there.

Here’s what we spent on transport by country:

Chart: transportation costs by country on trip around the world

We always carefully weighed out costs as a leading factor in choosing our form of transport. Taking the easiest or fastest route was not always the cheapest. Also, taking what would be presumedly a cheap form sometimes would not be the most economical.

For example, we chose one-way rental cars over Canada’s more expensive Via Rail. We then rode the US’s Amtrak Empire Builder for only $146 , traversing the US to Seattle in three days.

We circumvented Japan’s pricey bullet trains using cheaper regional trains, buses, and budget rail passes. South Korea’s compact size made bus and rail travel affordable. China, being vast, required us to use the expensive high-speed rail often, which was worth it for us to cover as much of the country as we could during our time there.

China high speed train and mountains: efficient transport during round the world trip

Meanwhile, in Italy, regional rail lines and low-cost buses proved economical. France’s rail strikes necessitated costlier rental cars, with country roads used to avoid pricier toll roads.

A bus to London and train to Southampton concluded our thrifty transport segments, before crossing the Atlantic on our final cheap world cruise segment.

Rental car in France

Cost of Flights during a Cheap World Cruise: $0

One awesome aspect of embarking on an around-the-world trip entirely over land and sea is that there are no flight expenses involved. Nothing. Nada. Zilch!

It’s a huge money-saver not having to account for the cost of flights!

Cost for Flights during a world cruise = $0, image with a cloud and plane

Usually, the cost of flights on a trip around the world would total well into the thousands of dollars!

We instead put this nonexistent flight budget towards the cruises, which can often be priced about the same (often less!) than flights going along the same routes. Yet the cruises offer so much more value since they cover meals, accommodation, and so many luxury amenities all while stopping along into the fascinating destinations you get to explore while traveling from one part of the world to the next.

An added bonus was going the entire year of traveling without having to deal with airport security, baggage fees, shrinking seat space, rude passengers, airplane food, and flight delays , among the many other hassles that come with air travel.

Grand Total Costs of Combining Cruises to Form a Cheap World Cruises

Up to this point, we’ve detailed all our cheap world cruise expenses except the cruise segments themselves. The four cruises we took to form our world cruises were indeed relatively large expenses. So let’s get into it.

Drinking wine on Norwegian Bliss cruise on our final cheap world cruise segment across the Atlantic

💵 Cost Breakdown: One-Way Cruises to Form Cheap World Cruise

The cost of these world cruise segments was a greater expense than we had initially anticipated. Cruise rates do fluctuate. Despite our best efforts, the timing of our cruise bookings didn’t always secure the lowest rates. Prior to this around-the-world journey, we’ve taken repositioning cruises for far less than we paid on these four world cruise segments.

After adding in all port charges, taxes, fees and even adding in gratuities, the grand total of our cheap world cruise came out to $81 per person, per day. These cruise days averaged higher than our overland travels, which helps to bring down our entire trip cost average as we’ll get into in a bit.

First, let’s look at how the world cruise costs shook out: $5,574 total pp for all world cruise segments .

Table: Cruise Costs

Spending over $5,000 per person on cruises may not seem cheap. But this was over the course of 2.5 months of luxury living while being effortlessly transported all around the world. It’s also less than half the cost of even the cheapest world cruise.

Also, consider the cost it would take to fly between all of these locations. It would have likely cost tens of thousands of dollars. Using repositioning cruises to form a cheap world cruise is truly exceptional travel value!

Departing Vancouver on transpacific Cruise, our first cheap world cruise segment

💵 Cost Breakdown: The Grand Total of Entire Cheap World Cruise

Here is the total breakdown by country and by cruise, per person, per day. This includes all of the travel expenses we incurred during this 300-day cheap world cruise. So the cruise costs shown here absorb additional eating, drinking, and entertainment expenses that were incurred onshore during that cruising timeframe.

Cheap World cruise per day per person costs by country & cruise

South Korea was the cheapest due to minimal transport costs, with Canada and Italy following thanks to spread-out transport costs and minimal entertainment expenses. China felt cheap daily but high-speed rail use increased our average costs.

The transpacific cruise was expensive due to heavy port fees, particularly in association with Glacier Bay National Park . Cheaper transpacific alternatives existed but the timing didn’t work for us. The high cost was easily justified by the luxury, having an Alaska cruise on the front end, and a cruise to Japan’s lesser-known ports on the back end.

National Park ranger talk on cruise ship in Glacier Bay National Park Alaska

If anyone really wants to examine our cheap world cruise budget, the table below gives a complete breakdown of every travel expense we incurred over this cheap world cruise journey.

Table: Grand Total Cheap World Cruise Budget

We’re happy with coming in at about $19,000 per person for a luxury trip entirely around the world’s most expensive countries, lasting nearly an entire year!  That averages out to about $1,900 per month or $63 per day.

But the above figures are expenses, as we technically paid less ! Here’s how:

We used just a bit of travel hacking (points) to reduce our spending. We redeemed $382 worth of accommodation using points and travel credits, such as from Hotels.com, SPG, and Priceline. We still accounted for those expenses in all the budgeting we’ve detailed, even though we didn’t actually pay money for them.

Furthermore, we tried to use our Capital One Venture credit card for nearly every expense possible, which earns us 2% cash back that we then used to erase whatever travel expenses we chose. So we racked up enough expenses on that credit card over the course of this trip to erase $639 worth of travel expenses!

This brings our actual out-of-pocket cost to $18,500 per person.

That’s a travel budget of $1,850 per month or just above $60 per day for this around-the-world trip of a lifetime !

It may be worth noting that a few additional expenses were not included in our budget, for example, Christmas/birthday gifts. Healthcare expenses, like a dental check-up in Thailand and our $59/month international phone plan were also omitted. We further didn’t include the cost of running our business (this website), which includes hosting, domain, etc. These regular expenses that have nothing to do with the trip itself were not included in the totals listed above.

Travel Tips: How to Plan a Cheap World Cruise

Now that we’ve shown our finances of how we budget for our cheap world cruise, we want to relay some more tips to get you on your way! If you would like to attempt an unconventional voyage around the world like us, there are a few more details you should know.

Where to Begin Your Cheap World Cruise Journey

As we’ve already mentioned, the best place to start such a voyage is wherever you’re currently located, even if it’s not a port town served by cruise lines. Determine your nearest major cruise port hub and start researching when long-distance cruises depart from there.

Common ports include:

  • North America Atlantic ports : Miami, Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), Port Canaveral (Orlando area), Tampa, New York City, and more.
  • North America Pacific ports : Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver
  • Asia Ports : Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore
  • European Ports : Piraeus (Athens), Civitavecchia (Rome), Barcelona, Copenhagen, Southampton, and more.

If you’re reading this from the southern hemisphere , don’t feel left out. It is also possible to begin a cheap world cruise from international ports such as Sydney, Cape Town, Buenos Aires, and Valparaiso (Santiago). Repositioning cruises exist from each of these cities to some of the other aforementioned hubs, where you can then proceed east or westbound above the equator.

How to Book With the Changing Seasons

To catch these repositioning cruise deals to form a cheap world cruise, you have to be keenly aware of when and where cruise lines are shifting their fleet during the changing of the seasons. Here’s where they flow:

Common fall routes :

  • Transatlantic: Europe to Eastern US and Caribbean (most common)
  • Transatlantic: Europe to South America
  • Transpacific: North America to Asia
  • Transpacific: North America to Australia and South Pacific
  • Europe to Asia (Suez Canal)

Spring Repositioning Cruise Route Map

Common spring routes :

  • Transatlantic: Eastern US to Europe (most common)
  • Transatlantic: South America to Europe
  • Transpacific: Asia to North America
  • Transpacific: Australia or South Pacific to North America
  • Asia to Europe (Suez Canal)

While rare, it’s also possible to find rogue cruises that aren’t seasonal . Occasionally a ship will be moved to/from a dry dock location for refurbishments, which can form a non-seasonal repositioning cruise to utilize.

And when brand new ships launch, they don’t necessarily follow the seasonal shifts either. For example, we caught the brand new Norwegian Bliss eastbound across the Atlantic in the late spring, a time when most cruise ships are being repositioned in the opposite direction.

So it’s certainly worth doing thorough research to see what your options are. Or contact an excellent travel agent that specializes in cruises.

By carefully scouring through every potential cheap repositioning cruise option, we even managed to find two cruises lined up in Singapore on the exact same day. So we cruised from Hong Kong to Singapore on the Celebrity Millennium and were able to step right off and move our luggage onto the Costa Victoria for the remaining voyage from Singapore to Italy. It took a bit of planning, but when it finally happened, this was such a beautiful sight!

Celebrity to Costa in Singapore on back to back cruises strung together as a cheap world cruise

World Cruise Direction: East-to-West or West-to-East?

Pursuing a cheap around-the-world cruise can be accomplished by piecing together repositioning cruises in either direction. But which way is better?

First, that depends on where you’re starting your voyage and the time of year. For example, if you’re beginning in the US in the Fall, your best options are transpacific repositioning cruises heading west. If you were to begin in the US in the Spring, the likely option would be to begin on a transatlantic from the East Coast and head east.

We took a westward route around the world and find that direction to be ideal. You skip a day jumping the International Date Line while crossing the Pacific, which is interesting. But the beautiful part about a westbound itinerary is the frequent rolling back of the clock, which regularly gives you 25-hour days!

Throughout a westbound world cruise, you’ll have 24 nights in which you get an extra hour of sleep ! That’s a great perk about traveling slowly by sea around the world. You won’t experience jet lag!

Meanwhile, it’s the opposite traveling east, as you lose an hour of sleep during each time zone crossing. Doing these time zone transitions little by little does ease the jet lag effect, but you’ll still feel this loss of sleep when having to change the clocks forward multiple nights in a row.

There’s an old travel expression that we found rings very true: “ East is a beast, west is the best. ”

laying on bed of cruise ship balcony on the Norwegian Bliss where we got a free balcony upgrade on the cruise

Planning Tip: Determine Your Asia-Europe Cruise Segment First

In order to form a cheap world cruise, you must rely on three main segments:

  • Crossing the Pacific (North America – Asia)
  • Crossing the Indian Ocean (Asia – Europe)
  • Crossing the Atlantic (Europe – North America)
  • Optional: Across America (Panama Canal cruise)

The Atlantic crossing is the easiest to schedule as there are dozens of transatlantic cruises every spring (eastbound) and fall (westbound), plus the occasional outliers in between. Fewer ships make the Pacific crossing, but there are still enough to choose from, usually at least a half dozen or so.

The Asia-Europe cruise segment that is needed is the rarest and most infrequent route. Typically there are only a few of these Asia-Europe cruises throughout the year. Yet it’s a necessary piece of this puzzle. So we suggest working out the feasibility of this Asia-Europe cruise segment first, then letting the other puzzle pieces fall into place.

The most common hub to search to/from is Singapore , although occasional connections exist from Tokyo and Hong Kong too. In addition to repositioning cruises, it’s also possible to join a segment of a world cruise. Also, find one-way cruises that are heading in your general direction. It’s possible the cruise continues onward in a subsequent cruise.

Here’s A Real Itinerary to Form Your Own Cheap World Cruise 2023-2024

To fully demonstrate how you can form your own cheap world cruise, here are some cruise segments that you can book right now for your own cheap world cruise using a westward approach.

Use these cruises segments to form a one-year world cruise, with stops in Tokyo, Singapore, and Europe . We’ve provided two examples for each of the four segments needed to form a cheap world cruise.

The prices reflected below are per person and not including taxes and gratuities unless noted. Also, understand these prices are current as of the last update to this article (June 2023) and have likely changed (possibly lower) by the time you’re reading this. You can click on each link to confirm up-to-date pricing.

Fall 2023: Transpacific World Cruise Segment – Seattle to Tokyo

Each of these are very cheap transpacific cruises that will get you from Seattle to Tokyo at low rates with stops along the way throughout Alaska and Japan:

  • Norwegian Jewel, 16 nights, Oct 3-19, Seattle to Tokyo: $799 ($50/night)
  • Holland America Westerdam, 13 nights, Oct 1-15, Seattle to Tokyo: $819 ($63/night)

Winter 2023-2024: From Tokyo to Singapore by Cruise or Other Transport

Spend the winter traveling throughout Asia . You can enjoy colder winter climates like we did in Japan, Korea, and China. Or breakaway to warmer climates by catching a cruise or even a series of land transport and ferries to get to Singapore, which you could further use as a gateway to Malaysia and other cheaper destinations around Southeast Asia.

If you prefer to cruise, after spending a month or so in/around Tokyo, consider these one-way cruises from Tokyo to Singapore :

  • Diamond Princess, 15 nights, Dec 1-16, Tokyo to Singapore: $1,138 ($76/night)
  • Celebrity Millennium, 12 nights, Nov 17-29, Tokyo to Singapore: $1,649 ($137/night)

Spring 2024: Singapore to Europe World Cruise Segment

After spending a few months exploring Asia, begin your cruise from Singapore to Europe in the Spring as things start to heat up.

  • Singapore to Dubai, 15 nights, Apr 24-May 9, 2024: $1,903 ($127/night)
  • Dubai to Athens, 18 nights, May 9-27, 2024: $2,188 ($122/night)
  • Note: although priced relatively high – this is a 5.5-star ship that includes gratuities, a beverage package, wifi, and laundry, so it’s an excellent deal!

Summer 2024: Summer in Europe

After arriving in Greece, enjoy the summer in Europe traveling by rail or take some more cruises!  Head to Eastern Europe to get out of the Shenzhen Zone and to linger in cheaper countries to help keep your budget down. Eventually, make your way to the west where you can catch a final transatlantic back to North America. Popular ports to depart from include Copenhagen, London (Southampton, Dover), and Barcelona.

Fall 2024: Transatlantic World Cruise Segment

Exactly one year later, now cruise across the Atlantic Ocean to complete your trip around the world without flights. There will be several cheap cruises making this journey across the Atlantic in the Fall and prices will likely drop from current rates. At present, there are dozens of cruises making the journey for well under $1k and well under $1,000/night. Here are simply two examples, showing (1) what is currently the cheapest transatlantic and (2) an earlier fall transatlantic cruise.

  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas, Barcelona to Miami, Nov 2-14, 2024: $524 ($44/night)
  • Princess Sun (Sphere), Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, Sept 23-Oct 9, 2024: $1,235 ($77/night)

Total Cost of Sample Cheap World Cruise 2023-2024:

If you were to follow the above-suggested itinerary to form a cheap world cruise, you can reasonably spend about $5,000 or so on those cruise segments.

The Asia-Europe segment is the budget-buster of this world cruise equation, at $3k. Typically, there are more economic connections across the Indian Ocean and through the Suez Canal. But prices do fluctuate and there are a handful of other options between Asia and Europe.

By the time you’re reading this, there may already be a far cheaper connection available to book. In 2024-2025 , we expect even more great options all around the world. Yet looking so far ahead, many of those options to build a cheap world cruise have yet to be listed for sale.

Pool deck on a cruise ship during a sunny day with blue seas, a regular scene during a world cruise

More Money-Saving Tips: Form a Cheap World Cruise For Even Less!

There are three areas of our actual travel expenses, where it would be very easy to bring costs down even less. Forming a $50/day cruise around the world isn’t impossible. Here’s how to cut costs even lower than us.

World Cruise for Less: Book Cheaper Cruises

We’ve taken cruises across the Atlantic for as low as $159 per person ($12/day)! More realistically, $500-600 can be a good price to shoot for on a transatlantic. Due to some timing issues, we paid a bit more (~$1K) for our Atlantic crossing on a brand new 5* ship, the Bliss. And it was our high-cost transpacific cruise, on the Volendam, that really rose the budget.

Typically transpacific repositioning cruises are on sale for as low as $600 between Seattle or Vancouver to Japan. Unfortunately, the timing didn’t quite work out for us to grab those deals, as we weren’t able to make it to the Pacific coast in time to take advantage of those low-priced transpacific cruises.

Additionally, we splurged a few hundred dollars extra for two cruises to have a stateroom with a window during these lengthy voyages. If you’re okay with an interior cabin , you can easily shave off even more from the world cruise expenses we’ve shown throughout this post.

Port Hole and Prosecco in an outside stateroom with a window, to have a view during a world cruise

World Cruise for Less: Visit Cheaper Countries

We traveled through the most expensive countries in the world and our daily costs reflect that. It would be easy to plan an itinerary through cheaper countries , which would significantly lower costs.

In Asia, Singapore is the common connection for repositioning cruises. From there, it’s a quick ferry ride into Indonesia or a hop across the land border to Malaysia . Both countries are extremely economical to travel through and Malaysia then opens up to Thailand and all of SE Asia to explore cheaply overland, living off daily budgets closer to $20, rather than the $60 per day we averaged when traveling overland.

Meanwhile, in Europe, instead of passing through the budget-busters of France, Switzerland, and UK, there are two other much more economical approaches. Barcelona is a very common hub for repositioning cruises and Spain (along with Portugal) is the most budget-friendly country to travel in Western Europe. So that’s an easy way to drive down costs. Otherwise, the cheap destinations throughout Eastern Europe are another good idea, and you can sometimes find repositioning cruises, to or from Athens.

Relaxing on a Beach in Thailand, a cheap country to travel through in between world cruise segments

World Cruise for Less: Travel Slower

We often have a bad habit of fast travel, racing around a country while packing in as much as we can. Traveling at a slower pace allows you to spread out transport costs , secure lower long-term accommodation rates, and simply become attuned to the inner rhythms of a locality in which you’ll gain a better understanding of where the value lies.

“Slowmads” could successfully execute a world cruise itinerary similar to ours at a much lower daily average by simply relaxing the pace of travel. Stay in places for longer periods of time and don’t constantly move from one destination to the next as we often did.

Japan Bullet Train to travel fast

When to Book World Cruise Segments: A Tricky Proposition

Cruise prices regularly fluctuate based on demand, cancelations, promotions, and a variety of other factors. Often waiting until the last minute (within a month or so) can be a smart move to get a rock-bottom deal. It’s a strategy that has proven to work very well for us many times.

In other instances, it turned out to be a bad move. Booking last minute can be risky. Cruises can unexpectedly sell out or increase dramatically in price, even at the last minute. It’s high risk, high reward .

When trying to plot out all these different routes & connections to form a world cruise while prices constantly fluctuate, the planning becomes increasingly complicated.

One wrong move or a sold-out cruise can break apart an entire world cruise itinerary being strung together. There are a lot of moving pieces that form one giant puzzle. And it’s a puzzle you may be working on while simultaneously traveling, which makes assembly all the more difficult.

Tip: Make Multiple Reservations and Cancel

Yet one positive aspect to booking cruises is that if you’re willing to place a deposit of a few hundred dollars, such cruise deposits are usually cancelable and refundable up until about two months or so before the cruise is scheduled to disembark.

Therefore what we do, and recommend, is to make refundable reservations on whatever repositioning cruise fares around the world look attractive at any time. Even though we only took four cruises, we had actually made eight reservations. We ended up canceling four reservations for completely different cruises (similar routes) that we never took. We received full refunds.

It was nice to lock in those rates as contingency plans while keeping an eye on the prices of other potential cruises. We booked our cruise on the Celebrity Millennium from Hong Kong to Singapore over a half-year in advance and locked in a rate of $883 with prepaid gratuities. It was a great deal that only lasted two days before the price for that cruise later shot up to $2,500 and never dropped again. So we certainly held that reservation and were really happy we booked the refundable reservation when we did.

Meanwhile, we had booked a particularly expensive cruise from Singapore to Barcelona that we ultimately canceled because a better deal suddenly emerged.

Tip: Monitor Prices of Your World Cruise Bookings

It can prove very wise to regularly keep an eye on cruise prices and promotions since there can be sudden sales and price changes. When planning our world cruise, we checked the prices every day. Some people check the stock market on a daily basis. I check cruise prices.

There are pay sites that will actually monitor this for you and send you emails. Or find an excellent travel agent, who may offer to do this.

Yet a simple approach is to bookmark the cruise fare pages and make it a 1-minute morning routine to see if rates have changed. I make notes on the bookmarks to remind me of what the cost was and what promotions they were offering, so I can easily recall and compare how rates may have changed.

Bookmarks used to help track cruise prices when attempting to piece together many one-way cruises to form a cheap world cruise

Above, you can see my bookmarks and the crazy notes that help me keep track of it all. Being the data geek that I am, I also make spreadsheets. It’s admittedly a bit of work to keep track of. But it’s work that can pay off in the form of a cheap world cruise!

Tip: Mitigating the Risk of Last-Minute Bookings for Cheapest Rates

If you don’t have a booking during the month before sailing, this can be extremely risky. If the cruise sells out, you potentially don’t have passage to the next region when forming your own world cruise. However, taking this risk can often yield extremely low last-minute cruise fares. Here’s a booking strategy to mitigate this risk and score an ultra-low fare.

Once the cancelation period rolls around, make your best guestimate as to whether the rates may rise or fall. If there are other cruises embarking on similar routes at similar time frames at similar price points, you may feel comfortable canceling a booking and holding out for a cheap last-minute rate, knowing there are multiple options to watch and consider.

But if there is only a single cruise on a critical route, it’s best to keep the reservation and pay the remaining balance. Don’t risk it.

The most crucial component to employing this cheap world cruise strategy is to ensure you are well aware of the cancelation periods. You need to meticulously know this so you can cancel on time and get a refund.

Best Cruise Lines to Book with When Forming a Cheap World Cruise

People ask us all the time what’s the best cruise line to attempt this patchwork world cruise with.

Our honest answer is: whatever cruise is currently the cheapest !

We’ve sailed on almost every major cruise line now (Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Celebrity, Costa, Pullmantur, Carnival, Norwegian, Princess, MSC, etc.) and have never had a bad cruise. Each cruise line has its own appeal, novelties, strong points, and drawbacks. Any cruise is a great cruise to us if the price is right.

For us, a cruise ship is a comfy form of transport to amazing destinations. We’re easy to please. Although we very much enjoy the amenities that cruises offer, this isn’t the main draw for us. For others, the cruise ship is the destination and the shipboard experience is a huge part of the appeal.

Most people do have strong preferences towards certain cruise lines . We understand that.

There are some lines we’ve personally enjoyed more than others. Celebrity tends to be one of our favorite cruise lines. So if we can utilize a Celebrity ship to form a world cruise, that’s a big bonus for us. Yet if that Celebrity cruise is hundreds (or thousands) of dollars more than another cruise taking a similar route, it’s usually not worth it for us. Whatever the cruise line is, we’re still going to enjoy our time in ports, the decadent meals, and relaxing at sea.

If you’re taking a one-week vacation on a cruise, it can be worth spending more to go with a cruise line that fits you. But if attempting to piece together a cheap world cruise, we advise booking the least expensive segments that fit your itinerary!

Drinking wine in a ship's spacious lounge, a luxury afforded to us during a cheap world cruise

Best Sites to Book With

Most cruises will be at similar rates between different booking sites. But there can be some variances. Some cruise booking sites do sometimes offer stronger promotions than one others. So when you’re ready to pull the trigger on a cruise, it’s worth cross-checking across a few different cruise booking sites just to ensure you have the best deal and best promos. Or call a travel agent.

Our favorite site to search (not necessarily book) is  CruisePlum . CruisePlum acts as a comprehensive cruise search engine, with many filters to drill down your search when piecing together a cheap world cruise.

Once you find an attractive price on a cruise to build your world cruise itinerary, then determine where to book your best price and promotion. This may vary slightly from one booking platform to the next, so it can be worthwhile to spend a few minutes comparison shopping.

Hence, we’ve typically found the best price/promos for our world cruises segments using   CrusieDirect . Lately, they’ve even been offering generous Visa gift cards (hundreds of dollars) when booking with them, which we essentially view as cash back.

We also like how CruiseDirect shows the total price, cabin availability, and the ability to complete the entire booking transaction online yourself without the need to speak to an agent over the phone. The search functionality of CruiseDirect isn’t the best, so we don’t use it to search but rather to book.

Binoculars on a cruise searching the ocean

Cheap World Cruise Tip: Book Guaranteed Cabins

A “guaranteed cabin” is the least expensive room you can book on a cruise. That’s what we book every time. The only downside to booking this way is that you don’t get to choose the exact location on the cruise. Instead, your exact cabin location is assigned to you a week or so before the cruise departs. (We’ve always been fine with our locations.)

On the upside, you have an off-chance of potentially getting an upgrade. You also are guaranteed to be paying the lowest possible rate within the category you book (inside, outside, balcony). In the past, we’ve booked a guaranteed inside cabin and have gotten an elusive upgrade to a balcony stateroom. It does happen.

We weren’t so lucky on any of these four cruises, although we did indeed get a free balcony upgrade on the brand-new Norwegian Bliss, using a different method.

  • Further Reading: 10 Secrets to Get a Free Balcony Upgrade

Towel animal on bed of free balcony upgrade cabin on Norwegian Bliss

How To Obtain Visas the Cheap Way

During any world cruise, you will likely few different visas to legally enter some countries. Holding a US Passport, we’re fortunate to be able to enter many countries free on arrival. Other countries have a more complicated and bureaucratic approach, which can take some advanced planning to sort out.

One interesting aspect about cruising is that some countries actually waive the required visas and associated fees for cruise passengers as a way to lure cruises to come there. For example, the costs associated with the letter, stamp, and fee to procure a single-entry visa to Vietnam in advance is $100. That fee and the process are waived for cruise passengers. This is yet another way how cruises can really save!

Yet other countries do impose fees on cruise passengers. Sometimes the cruise charges a fair rate for this but other times it is very inflated. So it can be worth inquiring about these fees and determining whether it may be worth it for you to procure your own visas to sustain significant cost savings during your world cruise.

For example, we paid a $32 fee to enter Cambodia, which the cruise handled entirely for us at this fair rate. Meanwhile, a visa was also required for India and the cruise was charging a very inflated rate (hundreds of dollars) to procure. We instead secured the e-visa ourselves electronically for $77. It was still a hefty price to enter the country for only a single day, yet it could have been much more had we not gotten it ourselves.

Visas are always cheaper if you go through the hurdles of obtaining them directly. Just be very careful that you go through the proper channels to procure them correctly.

Bottom line : Research any required visas for any countries being visited. Plan accordingly.

Travel Insurance: A Must-Have for Any World Cruise

Another worthy expense that we strongly urge for any worldly adventurers is travel insurance. If you were to encounter any sort of major disaster along the way, travel insurance will have you covered. Whether a nasty car accident or a violent earthquake, travel insurance can cover your foreign medical expenses and help get you home.

When world cruising, travel insurance can be even more important. Medical services on cruises is notoriously expensive. Visiting a ship doctor for a simple cold can easily be serval hundred, or even thousands, of dollars. Travel insurance can have you covered and reimburse you for such financial burdens.

Unexpected emergencies are our primary reason for having this coverage during a world cruise. But travel insurance has many additional benefits such as rental car insurance, petty theft, minor medical issues that may arise, trip cancelation, missing passports or credit cards, and so much more.

As it relates to cruising, it can be wise to find travel insurance that includes (air) emergency evacuation. If you were to need to be evacuated by helicopter from a cruise ship this would potentially cost hundreds of thousands of dollars that would likely prove financially devastating to anyone that might need such a life-saving service.

It’s best not to book travel insurance with the cruise company directly. Often the rates are very high. It won’t cover any travel in between cruise segments. And if you have any disputes with the cruise company, it’s best to have an independent travel insurance company to help with that fight.

For long-term travel, we use and recommend  World Nomads . They offer a great mix of coverage for the price and include $300k/$500k of emergency evacuation coverage, depending on the plan.

You can’t book a plan for more than 180 days but you can extend or book a new plan mid-trip to cover your entire world cruise. Tip : It’s best to book the longest period possible, as we’ve found that the per-day rate becomes higher, the shorter the coverage length is.

Check World Nomad rates for your trip .

Thankfully during our cheap world cruise, we never had any major incident requiring us to use the travel insurance we purchased, despite being hit by a typhoon in Japan. But we have made claims with World Nomads on previous trips to cover rental car damage, illness, and lost luggage, in which we found the claims process was efficient and fair.

Key Strategies to Pull off a Cheap World Cruise

To keep costs low and actually accomplish a cheap cruise entirely around the world, there are so many critical strategies to success. Here’s a recap of what we found to be the most important to keep in mind:

🚢 Book inexpensive  repositioning cruise deals , rather than pricey world cruises.

🚢 Be comfortable and skilled at independent travel whenever not on the cruise (extremely important). 🚢 Researc h things to do and travel logistics in destinations you’re visiting. 🚢 Use public transportation whenever possible.

🚢 Have a travel partner . Single supplements are usually imposed on solo travelers on cruises.

🚢 Take a digital detox on the cruises, as wifi can be very cost prohibitive. Use Internet on land.

🚢 Don’t run up a high bar bill while onboard the cruises. It’s easy to do, but just as easy to avoid.

🚢 Pack as light as possible, yet for multiple climates. See what we packed here : Ultimate Packing List .

🚢 Take time to research & find low-price accommodation . 🚢 Book far in advance in popular destinations and/or high season. 🚢 Make concessions to stay at budget-friendly places occasionally, when necessary.

🚢 Have fun! This all takes a bit of planning and strategy to organize, which all leads to an adventure of a lifetime, cruising around the world without flights!

Cheap World Cruise collage of champagne, money, and cruise ship

Conclusion: Is a Cheap World Cruise Really Possible?

We hope this post has demonstrated that for a mere $60 per day, a world cruise absolutely is a realistic possibility. We find that to be a very cheap way for such a luxurious and effortless way to travel entirely around the world without flights!

A Cheap World Cruise pin

If you want some further reading about cruise tips, you can check out these related posts:

  • Read: Repositioning Cruises: Your Ultimate Guide & Tips to Know
  • Read: 5 Things We Loved & Hated About Our World Cruise
  • Read: Top 50 Cruise Hacks to Save Money

And if you’d like to save this post or share it, feel free to pin the image to the right to your Pinterest travel boards or share this Facebook video , below.

We’d also love to hear what you think about our cheap world cruise in the comments and any questions you may have about this crazy idea we lived out over the past year.

Otherwise, bon voyage! 🚢

Publishing note: This article was initially written August 2018 and was updated in June 2023 to reflect cruise industry changes and up-to-date pricing information.

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July 16, 2021 at 11:59 AM

Im a senior citizen from India and am shell shocked and wonderstruck,

THIS WAS ALWAYS ONLY A DREAM./

It will remain so. Can I just ask for some suggestions. and advise.

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September 15, 2019 at 11:49 PM

Thanks so much for your indepth article, just amazing. I was actually investigating repositioning cruises when I came across your blog.

You guys are awesome for providing this information and it’s something that I would like to attempt. How do you think a single female traveller may fair? Obviously, things will be a little more expensive as a solo traveller and I’m okay with that. Safety is another issue, but I’ve travelled all over the world, so I’m fairly street smart. But something like what you’ve done, just piqued my adventurous side. I have the time with no limitations….

What you’ve done seems so much more authentic than just jumping on board a “world cruise” and paying c$125K for the privilege. I bet you’ve met some amazing people, had many funny and rewarding experiences that will stay in your memories your entire life. And as they say, the journey itself is the whole point.

I hope I can use your tips & strategies to pull together a trip like this next year.

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October 4, 2019 at 12:39 AM

So glad it’s proven interesting and helpful! You’d likely fair just fine as a solo female traveler with street smarts! 🙂 It will indeed be a bit more expensive since most cruises do charge a hefty single supplement fee that’s often at least 50% or higher. Safety will come down to each locale you’re visiting, but most places shouldn’t warrant much concern at all, with modest precautions. We find most places around the world to be quite safe and most all destinations on the cruise itineraries will be too.

Also, we’re currently on an entire new repositioning cruise trip around the world, this time using a few flights. And we’re posting many more tips along the way from this trip over on Facebook, so be sure to connect with us over there (/RoamingAroundtheWorld) for more strategies you may be able to use on your upcoming trip!

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May 8, 2019 at 10:21 PM

The conclusion I got from this lengthy post is that it’s miserable to be poor.

I m glad I am rich enough to not have to worry about all these and still enjoy everything, plus more.

I suggest you crack your head and think about how to make more money than scrimp and save.

May 9, 2019 at 9:57 AM

Congratulations on your wealth – that’s awesome! If you’ve got several hundreds of thousands of dollars lying around to take a world cruise, that’s definitely the way to go. But most people don’t and we want to show our method of how a cheap world cruise can still be possible, in relative luxury without the associated heavy cost.

Your conclusion strikes me as odd. This cruise around the world was such an awesome experience, that was not at all miserable for us. Also, we’re not poor.

For those who have the money to spend on a world cruise, it’s way easier to simply book one. And we’d recommend that. Yet we prefer to make our money go further and make smart financial decisions that enable us to travel indefinitely at a fairly young age. Thanks for the suggestion to make more money! As we continue to travel, we are indeed hustling hard to do just that. Happy travels! 🙂

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May 24, 2022 at 2:10 PM

What an asinine thing to say. I think they did amazing for the money that they spent, and it shows far more initiative! I want to do a year around the world with my son when he gets older, and hate flying/love cruising. This blog has given me much food for thought. As for “make more money” I’m guessing that you ( the reply) are an entitled prick who thinks that student debt shouldn’t be forgiven bc YOU paid off your college debt when tuition was 4 figures. You probably made a decent wage and we’re able to buy a house when the market wasn’t inflated, either, and probably skimp on your fair share of taxes by money laundering or otherwise finishing loopholes. Go back and play with your MAGA hat. The rest of us appreciate tips to enjoy exploring the world on beer pockets.

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March 7, 2023 at 4:35 PM

What a dick of a comment

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February 27, 2019 at 12:09 AM

So awesome you pulled that off! I always recommend people visit in the shoulder season, since the weather is usually quite good still but there are WAY less tourists and everything is cheaper. Glad you were able to take advantage of that for your trip.

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February 17, 2019 at 7:23 AM

We love cruising, but we haven’t taken a repositioning cruise yet. So I really enjoyed reading about your voyages. Plus, that tip about having the case of beer sent to your stateroom was brilliant!

Kudos to you for researching and executing such a lengthy itinerary! Our dogs at home keep us from taking lengthy cruises, but maybe in the future (retired? in between pups?) we can attempt something similar. You’re inspiring!

– Dana Pittsburgh, PA

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January 10, 2019 at 6:26 PM

You have inspired me! I’ve been seriously thinking about a world cruise when I retire but even the cheap ones are $20,000. This strategy is brilliant. I was thinking about wedging this travel in between selling a house and before buying another….putting my things in storage which saves some money by not paying for housing I’m not living in. I am curious how much you think you spent…all in; including the land travel.

January 15, 2019 at 9:17 AM

Always glad to provide a bit of travel inspiration to show how such an extravagant experience can be an affordable reality! 🙂 Our total costs, including land travel, are outlined in detail in the post. Be sure to check out the section subtitled “What Did The Entire Cheap World Cruise Cost?”

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April 15, 2019 at 6:53 PM

How does one find the time and money to do something like this??

April 18, 2019 at 4:54 PM

Many people could pursue something like this in retirement. That would perhaps be the easiest way. Personally, we take a more unconventional route. We live a nomadic and minimalistic lifestyle with no home, no car, and very few possessions. Hence we have almost no expenses other than travel. And our travel expenses actually cost us less than it would to live “normal lives” back in the US. Meanwhile, we work online which brings us income and fuels our travel expenses. So this is also a way that someone could have the time and money to do something like this, as I hope we have proven it can indeed be a reality.

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November 7, 2018 at 3:38 AM

Hey you two look great together. I am happy that i’ve found this blog it has some interesting posts that i will read this week. Thank you.

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September 4, 2018 at 11:10 AM

I’m so glad to have found this page! I’m a solo traveler who has developed a bit of a cruising bug, and that dreaded solo supplement causes a lot of problems. I’m trying to be more aggressive about finding re-positioning that will work with my schedule (I’m a university professor, so my time “off” is generous, but pretty inflexible).

My question is about Costa cruise lines. One reason I’ve shied away, despite they’re lower prices, is that they have a bad reputation among North American cruises. In your experience, how justified is this? As far as I can tell, the complaints come down to safety and rudeness by the crew. I’ve seen so many reviews that start with something like “COSTA CRUISES DOESN’T CARE ABOUT NON-ITALIAN PASSENGERS!” Obviously, Costa had a well-publicized accident that seems to have been partially due to negligence, but what about crew attitude? My sense is that the complaints I described have a hefty dose of “It wasn’t what I was used to, so I hated it!” hysteria to them.

Many thanks for any info you can provide, and for this great site in general!

September 6, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Personally, we enjoyed our experience with Costa overall. We had read many of those overly negative reviews which made us very reluctant to book an entire month cruise. So we came aboard the Costa Victoria with low expectations, which were easily exceeded. Coming from Asia, we absolutely loved all the Italian food. We never tired of it and found the cuisine to be excellent. And we loved all the Italian flair found throughout the ship. We were clearly in the minority as non-European passengers. (I think there were only a few dozen Americans total). But that never felt like a drawback for us. We found it to be a novelty to experience another culture while on a cruise, instead of being in the Americanized “bubble” that many international cruises sometimes are. We never felt any rudeness by the crew. Most of the crew was Indonesian, Indian, and Philippino anyways. Announcements were always repeated in English and there was a dedicated Guest Relations person from UK for English-speakers. I do think that some of the complaints is from the “It wasn’t what I was used to” sentiment. That said, there were still some negatives that we experienced. Perhaps the biggest is that they began a refurbishment project while in transit back to Italy, of which the construction in common areas justifiably upset a lot of passengers of all nationalities, and there were some safety concerns there too. Besides that, there were just little minor things that we found annoying, like free coffee only being available during breakfast and never any ice available at the buffet. But these are things we can easily look past. Overall, we’d definitely cruise with Costa again and would like to go on a different ship not actively undergoing refurbishment. We may try to write a full review of our experience as an American on Costa in a future post.

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August 23, 2018 at 4:56 AM

It takes some diligent research and planning to string together all that you did. Kudos on making it happen on your terms and budget! It sounds like you really had some amazing adventures during your time traveling. Glad to hear you also splurged on some things like a proper Swiss fondue dinner and bouchons in Lyon – definitely important experiences in my book.

August 23, 2018 at 10:47 AM

It would have been a tragedy to pass through Switzerland without some fondue! 😂 It was one of our splurge spends on food throughout the trip and worth every cent. Eating (and drinking) across Europe was definitely some important experiences for us!

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August 21, 2018 at 3:52 PM

My head is spinning! Shows you that I had no idea such a thing was even possible! So great your repositioning worked out so well! What an amazing experience. Thanks for the breakdown! This post is jam packed with helpful and useful info! Great job 🙂

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August 21, 2018 at 11:57 AM

Wow, this is the first super detailed post that I really appreciate! So much to learn from this! Also, my first time reading about a repositioning cruise! Awesome!

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August 20, 2018 at 3:28 PM

What an amazing idea – I’ve always dreamed of a world cruise but always thought the cost would be far more than that. I’d never heard of a repositioning cruise before, so even if I don’t manage a world cruise, I’m definitely considering booking one of those!

August 20, 2018 at 6:36 PM

It’s certainly an alternative way to be able to accomplish a world cruise much more affordably, that worked well for us! 🙂

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August 19, 2018 at 11:06 PM

Cheapest cabin for a world cruise is $124,998 per couple – OUCH! I’ve heard of repositioning cruises but would never had thought to string them together creatively. Pretty brilliant actually

August 20, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Yeah, $125K… ouch is right! It was fun stringing together these repositioning cruises to form a much more affordable world cruise of our own. 🙂

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August 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Wow you do have some amazing tips to save up on the cost. I just read the part on mathematics of saving and spending on drinks. Need to read others in details too. Saving up this post.

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August 18, 2018 at 2:08 PM

wow, I’ve never heard of a repositioning cruise! What a fabulous idea. I’m off to research right now – you seem to have it so well sussed!

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August 18, 2018 at 10:24 AM

What an interesting read. I would not have believed what you achieved possible, The tip about repositioning is an excellent one that I never knew about. I will definitely make use of that in the future. I have bookmarked this post as I intend to make the most of your fabulous advice.

August 18, 2018 at 10:40 AM

We weren’t sure it was possible either! 😂 But now happy to show that it is. Yes, the repositioning cruises was really a critical component to this whole plan and such a great travel tactic – we love using them!

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August 16, 2018 at 11:05 PM

Thanks for sharing this. Can’t wait to spend more time to read this in detail and really soak it in – this is definitely the way we like to plan our trips, but haven’t planned one this long yet!

August 18, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Yeah, we tried to pack a lot of info into this one big, long post. We hope you may find some helpful nuggets of info or travel tips to use in planning some future adventures of your own. 🙂

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August 16, 2018 at 12:46 PM

Did you come across any language barriers while travelling. The one thing that worries me about travelling to somewhere like Asia is not understanding signs/place names or making yourself understood to taxi drivers. Or was English used in most places?

August 16, 2018 at 2:01 PM

Sure, there were some languages difficulties occasionally, but really never anything to preventative. Having Google Translate on our phone has been a godsend to interpret signs and to communicate with other people. Also, we’ve found that just learning a few very basic phrases (greetings, thank you, etc.) can go a really long way. Also, English has become quite a common second-language around the world, so we’ve been fortunate that many people want to practice their English and are able to speak to us. When there has been a big language barrier, we’ve found miming and smiling can be surprisingly effective to get things sorted out. Among the countries we visited during this voyage around the world, China presented the most significant challenges, as English was rarely spoken there. But we managed to get by just fine between Google Translate and lots of miming. It was definitely a challenge at times but that’s all part of the fun!

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World Cruise Tips – Advice for planning and getting the most from the trip

by Gary Bembridge · August 13, 2014

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The first World Cruise was by Cunard’s RMS Laconia in 1922. It is a tradition that Cunard and other lines have continued since then. Travelling around the world on a ship takes around three months and usually operates between January and April. I travelled on a number of world voyage legs on Queen Mary 2 and developed a series of tips for anyone planning to go on part, or all, of one based on my experiences. The whole process can be complex and daunting, but if you use this advice you should find the process smoother – plan sailing even! Planning Advice and Tips Planning is everything

In addition to planning the cruise, you should plan for events that may occur at home while you are away.

As soon as you have decided to do a trip, start a list of things that happen and may reoccur while you are away. My list included items like ad-hoc costs and charges, meter readings, alarm servicing, refuse collection and contact details for repair men. You can then prepare a manual to leave with whoever is keeping an eye on your property while you are travelling.

Get passport ready

Ensure that it is valid and has at least six months to run after you get back from the trip, as some countries and lines require this. You must make sure you have a number of consecutive blank pages as this is another requirement for entry in some places.

You need to get visas for those countries that require it. The cruise line should alert you to which ones you need and how to get them, but do your own research as it is your responsibility to have the correct ones. Some can take a while to apply for and may require visits to the country’s embassy in your home country.

Get medically ready

While you need to ensure you have the right vaccinations, if they are recommended or required for any of the places you are visiting, it is also advisable to have a medical and dental check-up to pre-empt any issues arising while you are away.

If you take medicines for any health issues, get copies of the prescriptions and ensure you have enough to cover the trip. Some countries ban certain medicines, such as the United Arab Emirates, and so checking these limitations and having copies of prescriptions is essential.

I recommend you take your own personalised first aid kit with all the treatments for ailments you regularly suffer, or think you many encounter. You can then self treat minor issues without incurring medical centre charges or having to work through foreign medical systems. The on-board shops cannot sell over-the-counter medicines that you usually get from your local drugstore or pharmacy.

If you are from Europe, and some of your cruise is in the European Union, apply for and take your EU Medical Card, which will ensure you can access free healthcare in those countries.

Prepare for the worst

I recommend planning for things to go wrong. Ensure you have an up-to-date will and scan in key documents, like your passport, and email them to yourself and a friend. Alternatively you could make paper copies and share these.

Provide a detailed itinerary to close friends with details on how to contact you at various stages if needed, and include how they contact each other. Check in with them at various points on the trip via social media, Skype or phone calls.

Be Security Conscious

Consider having someone house sitting your property. We one some via TrustedHouseSitters.com and this gave us added security at home. I developed a detailed manual of how the house worked along with copies of the instruction guides for devices and various contact details. I notified the insurance company so they were aware. If you do not have anyone staying in your property then have lights on timers and someone check and clear any telltale signs, like promotional flyers or free newspapers, that suggest it is unoccupied.

Check your local government’s advice on travel to the destinations you are visiting. Then you can make considered decisions about what you do there and ensure your insurance is not at risk by ignoring the advice.

Notify Key Services

You should let your bank and credit card company know you will be travelling, and that they will see charges from various parts of the world. Also ensure your mobile phone operator has enabled you to receive and make calls from overseas.

It is essential take out travel insurance. Even if you have an annual policy check with your provider, as many policies restrict coverage to individual trips of less than 30 days. You are likely to need a specific policy for a long trip. Cruise lines usually require the details for world voyages, but even if they do not it is essential to have it as you will be a long way from home for an extended period of time. The costs can be significant if you have to be evacuated off the ship, spend periods in a foreign hospital or have to be repatriated home.

In addition to medical insurance, ensure you are covered if you have to cut your trip short due to problems at home and for loss and theft. Pick pocketing is common in many ports or you might damage or loose value items like your camera.

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Cruising Advice and Tips Choose the Right Cruise Line

The most important thing of all is to choose the right cruise line to travel with. The difference between those who loved the voyage I was on and those that hated it was that the former were on the correct cruise line. The others should have been on a line like Royal Caribbean or Carnival which would have provided the entertainment and facilities they craved. It is essential for a short trip, but critical if you are going to invest thousands of dollars on a world voyage.

Cunard has a certain approach and style. There is a dress code of formal nights and informal nights, which require jackets for men and ladies in smart dresses. You have to follow the codes to get into the dining rooms or have to rely on room service and the buffet.

Cunard focuses on insight lectures, trivia competitions, bingo and dancing at night. They do not have deck parties and non-stop poolside activities. The entertainment is United Kingdom focused linked to the roots of the line. Some passengers were frustrated by the lack of partying and rowdy participation activities they had found on other lines, and had wrongly assumed would be served up on Cunard too. They found the multiple talks through the day and relative quiet and undisturbed time on deck as boring. They were on the wrong line.

Make sure you chose the right line before embarking on a world voyage. Many lines operate them and carefully review their on-board ambience, dress code, dining, facilities and entertainment to ensure it meets your needs before committing. It is advisable to have cruised with them and on the ship before going on an extended trip so you know what you are getting, and that you like it.

Understand the detail of the itinerary

When looking at the itinerary understand what ports you are actually going to be calling on – and how far they are from the destinations you want to visit. Some of the major cities are not always at the port. For example, on my voyage we called at Port Kelang for Kuala Lumpur, Laem Chabang for Bangkok and Port Phu My for Ho Chi Minh City which were all over an hour from the dock.

As you look at your options compare the ports of call and where large ships and small ships doing similar routes are docking. For example when I was in Vietnam, a smaller Silversea ship was docked right in Port Saigon near the centre of Ho Chi Minh City while the Queen Mary 2 had to dock over an hour away.

Pay attention to how many tender and docking ports there will be. In many of the more remote and unusual destinations ships have to anchor offshore and use tender boats to move passengers onto land. On big ships like Queen Mary 2 this is a major logistical issue and can led to frustrating lines and delays getting ashore.

Mix of sea days and ports

Look at the mix of sea and port days when comparing options by taking a careful look at a day-by-day listing of the entire trip. Some published itineraries highlight the date and port but not the sea days in between. There is likely to be periods of many of these at times. For example, when we sailed from Cairns to Kota Kinabalu there were three days at sea followed by six from there to Shanghai. If do not enjoy them this would not be an ideal voyage for you, and it would be better to find another line and route with more frequent stops.

The cost of the cruise will be significant but the costs once on board may be too. You need to ensure you understand what is included in your fare and budget the add-on costs for your cruise, as well as those you will be incurring at home while away.

The major items on the trip can include excursions and touring, which could be large if calling on many ports, visas, gratuities, drinks, spa, souvenirs, Wi-Fi and mobile roaming charges.

Excursions and self-touring

Cruise line excursions on an extended trip can leave you significantly out of pocket. It is worth exploring alternatives before committing to them.

Before going on the trip I recommend you research the ports and decide what you want to see when there and then look at the best way to see them. I use travel guides s, port guides on sites like CruiseCritic.com, blogs and even Wikipedia. Once I know what I want to see I review what the cruise line offers, tours from independent excursion providers like shoretrips.com and viator.com, what private guide services there are, check if the city has hop-on hop-off bus trips and finally if the attractions are within walking distance of where the ship will dock.

In the end I use a combination of these across the trip to offer a varied experience. I am a keen photographer and video maker and find that scheduled excursions tend to give a quick overview of as many sights as possible, often only viewing them from the outside and are not conducive to creating memorable images. So I use options that allow me greater flexibility like hop-on hop-off busses and self-touring using taxis and public transport.

Once on board there will often be port talks, information sheets and the excursions team who will answer questions and provide tips. You are also likely to meet passengers who have visited the destination before and can give practical advice too.

By self exploring and getting out and seeing places first hand through experiencing public transport and taxis you will also get a better feel for the destination than in the bubble of highly organised tour.

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For those who want to swim and lie on the beach, visit several countries for a short vacation, they have long come up with such a type of vacation as sea cruises. Initially, only rich people could afford to travel on snow-white liners and ferries, but those days are already in the past. Nowadays, there are more than 150 sea cruise companies in the world, and their number is growing every year.

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Everyone knows what a sea cruise is. But where and how long you can go on the round trip for senior dating is still the question. By duration, cruises are divided into:

  • short-term (from several hours to several days);
  • medium-term (from 5 to 13 days);
  • long-term (up to 2 months).

Most of the cruise lines are in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Baltic Seas, as well as through the countries of Asia.

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  • Mediterranean cruises cover several European countries: Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Croatia, etc., and North African countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco.
  • Baltic Sea cruises pass through Scandinavia and the Baltics and may include the following countries: Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
  • During a Caribbean cruise, you will visit countries such as the United States, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, and, of course, many islands: the Bahamas, Haiti, Antigua, Roatan, and other exotic corners of the planet.
  • Asian cruises cover Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as China and Japan.

The cost of the voyage depends on the class of the cruise company and the liner itself, the cabin you choose, onboard service, the region of sailing, and the season. Also, you can purchase only a bare cruise, without excursions, or buy the “cruise + excursions” package.

The prestige of the hotel is estimated by the number of stars, and the quality of rest on a cruise ship — by the class of service:

  • Standard (Mass Market) — a wide range of services and entertainment onboard, comfort, and standard service quality at affordable prices. Standard class companies: Costa Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Premium — the golden mean between luxury and standard, exquisite interiors, comfort and luxury onboard, high-level service, excellent cuisine. Premium companies: Holland America Line, Star Clippers, Windstar Cruises.
  • Luxury — absolute magnificence, small liners, well-trained staff, ready to satisfy every client’s whim, impeccable service. Luxury Companies: Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Silversea Cruises, The Yachts of Seabourn, Sea Dream Yacht Club.

Cabins on ships are also divided into several types.

The most general classification is :

  • economical (interior) — without a window, with artificial lighting;
  • standard (ocean view) — with windows;
  • premium (verandah) — with balconies.

The higher the class of the cabin, the higher its cost.

What to take with you on the cruise :

  • Documents — a passport with the necessary visas, a travel voucher, medical insurance;
  • watch to get back on the ship in time after walking around the city;
  • gadgets and chargers for them (by the way, the number of sockets in the cabin is limited);
  • first aid kit — medicines in the medical center on the ship are usually paid for and very expensive;
  • tanning products and cosmetics — the heat is not so strong at the seaside, and you may not notice how you are burnt;
  • thread with a needle and scissors;
  • foldable shopping bag if you plan on shopping;
  • a small backpack — it is convenient to put everything you need for walking around the city in it;
  • umbrella — the weather is unpredictable.

If you have travel sickness, take the necessary medicines with you! And choose a cabin in the middle of the ship and on the lower decks, as it shakes a lot more upstairs.

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The final leg of the Ultimate World Cruise is an immersive cultural exploration starting in the Med heading north. Discover Barcelona’s brilliant architecture, including Gaudi’s Sagrada Família. Savor flavors across continents — like a dinner of tagine and mint tea in Morocco.

Go from taking in fjords in Norway to biking through Copenhagen. Finally, experience another natural marvel — the other-worldly geothermal seawater at The Blue Lagoon in Iceland before stopping in New York and Perfect Day at CocoCay on your way back to Miami.

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Amenities Included in your entire adventure

Join us for the entire Ultimate World Cruise, you’ll enjoy exclusive perks and amenities — all included in your adventure. So you can complement back-to-back discoveries onshore with all your favorite comforts onboard, plus thoughtful touches to elevate every moment.

*New World Wonders Shore Excursions included for Crown & Anchor® Society Platinum members & above

Business Class Airfare

Premium Transportation Between Airport, Hotel and Ship

Pre-cruise Hotel & Gala

New World Wonders Shore Excursion*

Deluxe Beverage Package

Wash & Fold Laundry Service

VOOM Surf & Stream

A World Wandering Fleet Favorite

Designed with acres of glass offering panoramic vistas of sea, sky and land, Serenade of the Seas® is the perfect ship for scenery-scoping. Take in captivating views of Norway’s majestic fjords, gaze at glaciers in Antarctica, and soak up the sun and the sights while cruising through French Polynesia. In between adventures onshore, you can unwind poolside or tee off on the mini golf green. Settle in for dazzling entertainment or dance until dawn beneath the stars. And with top-notch restaurants onboard, every meal turns into a global taste-tour that’s as immersive as your Ultimate World Cruise.

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What is the Ultimate World Cruise?

The Ultimate World Cruise is a never-before-offered Royal Caribbean adventure that takes you on a 274-night journey around the world from December 10, 2023 – September 10, 2024. The adventure begins and ends in Miami, Florida, visiting all 7 continents, 65 countries, 150 ports of call, with 16 overnights and 8 World Wonders. More than 40 of the ports you’ll visit are either rarely available on our other itineraries or brand new to Royal Caribbean, so get ready for the exploration of a lifetime. Book The Ultimate World Cruise early to ensure the best accommodation throughout the entire voyage.

What is the starting price for the Ultimate World Cruise and its 4 individual segments?

Ultimate World Cruise Starting Price

Considering all that’s included in your 274-night Ultimate World Cruise fare, you’ll enjoy an incredible value. No matter which stateroom you choose, your fare includes Ultimate World Cruise complimentary amenities like business class airfare, pre-cruise hotel and gala, Deluxe Beverage Package, gratuities, VOOM internet package, wash and fold laundry service, and more.

*Taxes, fees, and port expenses of $4,667 USD per person are additional and are subject to change at any time. All starting prices listed are per person, in USD, cruise only, based on double occupancy and are subject to change at any time.

Ultimate World Cruise Segments Starting Price

Considering all that’s included in your Ultimate Cruise segment fare, you’ll enjoy an incredible value. No matter which stateroom you choose, your fare includes Ultimate Cruise segment complimentary amenities like Deluxe Beverage Package, gratuities, VOOM internet package, and wash and fold laundry service.

*Taxes, fees, and port expenses are additional and are subject to change at any time. All starting prices listed are per person, in USD, cruise only, based on double occupancy and are subject to change at any time.

What are the 8 World Wonders the Ultimate World Cruise and the four Ultimate Cruise segments will visit, and on what dates?

Ultimate Americas Cruise: December 10, 2023 – February 11, 2024

Chichen Itza: via Cozumel Dec 13, 2023

Christ the Redeemer: via Rio de Janeiro Dec 31, 2023

Iguazu Falls: via Buenos Aires Jan 5, 2024

Machu Picchu: via Lima Jan 29-30, 2024

Ultimate Asia Pacific Cruise: February 11, 2024 – May 9, 2024

Great Barrier Reef: via Airlie Beach and Cairns March 13-14, 2024

Great Wall of China: via Beijing April 7-8, 2024

Taj Mahal: via Cochin May 1, 2024

Ultimate Africa & Med Cruise: May 9, 2024 – July 10, 2024

Colosseum: via Rome July 1, 2024

Ultimate Europe & Beyond Cruise: July 10, 2024 – September 10, 2024

There are no World Wonders visited during this Ultimate Cruise segment.

What benefits are included when booking the Ultimate World Cruise or one of the four Ultimate Cruise segments?

Guests who join us for the entire Ultimate World Cruise will receive the following inclusions:

Embarkation Amenities

Round-trip business class airfare

Pre-cruise hotel and gala

Premium transfers between airport, hotel and ship

Onboard Amenities

Deluxe Beverage Package for entire voyage

VOOM Wi-Fi internet for entire voyage

Gratuities for entire voyage

Wash and fold laundry service

Our Crown & Anchor Society guests who hold Platinum status and above will also receive the exclusive benefit of included excursions to the 7 New World Wonders.

Guests who join us for one of the four Ultimate Cruise segments will receive the following inclusions:

Deluxe Beverage Package for entire segment

VOOM Wi-Fi for entire segment

Gratuities for entire segment

Wash and fold laundry service for entire segment

Will I receive the same stateroom for the entire duration of my Ultimate World Cruise or Ultimate Cruise segment?

Our Ultimate World Cruise team will ensure that you get the same stateroom for the entirety of the cruise when purchased within the exclusive booking window through November 2021. If you are purchasing your Ultimate World Cruise after the Ultimate Cruise segments have opened for sale, our team will work with you to make every effort to secure the same stateroom for your entire time onboard, based on the remaining available inventory.

What is the payment schedule for the Ultimate World Cruise and the four Ultimate Cruise segments?

To reserve a stateroom on the Ultimate World Cruise or one of the four Ultimate Cruise segments a non-refundable deposit is required. Final payment must be received by Royal Caribbean 180 days prior to cruise departure. For bookings created within 180 days prior to cruise departure, final payment must be received within 48 hours of booking.

How long do I have to place my deposit for the Ultimate World Cruise or one of the four Ultimate Cruise segments?

If outside of final payment, our Ultimate World Cruise and Ultimate Cruise segment guests are able to place a two-week hold to lock in their preferred stateroom and price before deposit is required. Your deposit must be placed within the two-week offer period to secure your selected stateroom.

Are there travel insurance options available on the Ultimate World Cruise or the four Ultimate Cruise segments?

There are travel insurance options available to guests who meet certain qualifications. For more information, please call 800-423-2100 or contact your Travel Advisor.

Why are the Ultimate World Cruise and the four Ultimate Cruise segments only offered as nonrefundable?

Our Ultimate World Cruise and the four Ultimate Cruise segments are a unique adventure that has never before been offered by Royal Caribbean and we want to ensure that our guests who are committed to sharing this experience with us receive priority placement. To preserve this unique experience, all sailings onboard Serenade of the Seas from December 10, 2023 – September 10, 2024, will be offered as exclusively nonrefundable.

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Cruise Vets Offer Up Helpful Hacks For Finding Your Way Around The Ship

M odern cruise ships are often like floating cities. When visiting a new place on land, most of us rely on a map app to get around, but, sadly, Google Maps is MIA on cruise ships. New cruisers often find themselves lost in the labyrinth of mysterious hallways that all look the same, and pass the same restaurant four times in their desperate attempt to find their intended destination.

You can take small comfort in the fact that you won't be alone in this, as you'll bump into many souls lost at sea as you circle the ship. However, you'll also see veteran cruisers striding around confidently, disappearing through doorways you hadn't noticed, and mounting the staircases assuredly. Luckily, these veteran cruises aren't gatekeeping their navigational secrets; they're happy to help novice cruisers turn up on time for their spa appointment and find hidden lounges and tucked-away bars with stunning views.

Preparation Is Key

Let's start with what seems to be many cruisers' favorite tip: watch YouTube. In the Reddit r/royalcaribbean forum, posters recommend watching YouTube videos that have a full walkthrough tour of the ship to get a feel for the layout, with several mentioning the Harr Travel channel as a good place to start. Another piece of advice is to download the cruise line's smartphone app before you go. Many cruise lines have one, and often the app will include deck plans and/or still photos so you can study up. Most of the apps also allow you to browse activities, restaurant menus, and more so you can plan out your days at sea.

Even after watching the videos and checking diagrams, you might still get lost onboard the ship. So you can just ask for directions from helpful crew members, right? Yes, but the nautical terms they use can sound like a foreign language that you never learned. Part of your preparation, say experienced cruisers Don and Heidi of Eat Sleep Cruise , is learning the lingo. Get to know your bow from your stern and your port from your starboard.

Once You're Aboard

Ahoy! You've boarded the ship and you're ready to explore. Even with all the preparation you've done, you might still end up a little (or a lot) disoriented on a cruise ship. Veteran cruisers come to the rescue again! First, there are maps and deck plans all over the place. Blogger Cruiser at Heart says the crew often passes out paper maps when you board, and advises that there are deck plans on the back of your cabin door (these show emergency exits — very important — but can also help orient you.) If you get turned around, head for an elevator or staircase, assuming you can find one. There are usually deck plans, often interactive, near these places.

Speaking of stairways, it's a good idea to get to know the ones near your cabin and others that are close by places you're going to visit frequently. Blogger My Cruise Stories says that there is usually some artwork between decks, and often it's themed so you know which stairway you're on. There are often other helpful navigational elements baked into the ship's decor, too. Cruiser at Heart has a ton of tips like looking for arrows or swimming fish in the carpeting that point to the front of the ship on Disney Cruise Lines and Norwegian respectively.

Lastly, almost all veteran cruisers recommend embracing getting a little lost on the ship. You never know what you might stumble across. Just make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes, and you can happily pound the hallways for hours.

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A TikToker Shares A Day At Sea On The Viral 9-Month World Cruise

Madison Schwetje is living the Suite Life on Deck.

It’s one thing to go on a cruise for four or five nights, but guests currently traveling on the Serenade of the Seas have committed themselves to sailing around the world for nine months straight. Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise, which set sail on Dec. 10, has taken over TikTok — or CruiseTok — with users following those on board like they’re cast members in a reality show.

A fan favorite among the Ultimate World Cruise guests is Madison Schwetje ( @madisonworldtravler ), who is cruising with her entire family, including her sister Brooklyn . Not only is she seeing the world while sailing the seas, but Madison is also studying online as a full-time student at the University of Central Florida (UCF). For those with wanderlust, she’s living the dream.

I enjoy having others online share these once-in-a-lifetime experiences with me.

When the Serenade of the Seas first set sail, the 274-night itinerary included seeing 11 World Wonders and more than 60 countries. Though the ship has had to make a few schedule changes along the way, Madison tells Elite Daily, “This trip is already such an amazing experience.”

Getting to share her travels with everyone on TikTok through daily vlogs with more than 4.5 million views has only made Madison love the Ultimate World Cruise more. The Pi Beta Phi sorority sister says, “I pride myself on making positive content, and I enjoy having others online share these once-in-a-lifetime experiences with me.”

Below, Madison shares what a typical (and not-as-dramatic-as-you-may-think ) day is like on the Serenade of the Seas , from waking up to the sun rising over the Pacific Ocean to studying for classes in one of the ship’s cafes.

A Typical Sea Day Morning Filled With Working Out & Sunbathing

6 a.m.: I enjoy getting an early start to my day and catching the sunrise. My first alarm goes off at 6 a.m., and by 6:30 a.m., I am out the door and ready to start my day. I am obsessed with skin care, so I’ve been trying to add new products from around the world into my morning routine.

Madison Schwetje shares a day in the life on the Ultimate World Cruise, including seeing the sunrise...

Every stop so far has been filled with its own experiences that have made it extremely special. The Caribbean was filled with fun days in the sea, and South America was a region of the world that I had never visited before. Experiencing the beautiful cultures, delicious food, and kind people has been priceless, but today, we aren’t stopping in any ports.

It’s a sea day, and my first stop on the ship is to head up to Deck 12 to watch the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean.

7 a.m. : About an hour after I wake up, it’s time for my daily workout, which is mainly a mix of lifting and cardio. What I love the most about exercising on the ship is the view from the gym. It is surrounded by windows, so you can see the water.

Madison shares what it's like going to the gym on the nine-month world cruise.

8:30 a.m.: After my workout, I fuel up at the coffee shop with a vanilla latte, then head back to my stateroom to change into my bathing suit.

Once I’m ready, I head up to Windjammer, the buffet on the ship, to eat breakfast. I normally have an omelet and yogurt with fresh juice. It’s sooo refreshing.

9 a.m.: Every sea day morning, there is a 45-minute Zumba class out on the pool deck, which is an amazing energy booster. Once I’m sufficiently warmed up and sweaty , I jump into the pool to cool off.

10 a.m.: I spend about an hour and a half reading out on the pool deck. This has easily become one of my favorite sea day activities.

Madison shares her day in the life on the Ultimate World Cruise, including reading on the pool deck....

As a souvenir, I will go into a bookstore when we’re in port and ask the bookseller their favorite book. I take their recommendation and ask them to sign their name along with where we are in the world. This has become a tradition for me that I love.

On one of our stops, I visited a used bookstore. I asked the bookseller for any recommendations they had. With it being a used bookstore, everything was pretty random, but the first novel she pulled off the shelf was my favorite book of all time: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin .

Over the summer, I visited the Greek island where the movie was filmed. It is a very special film for me and my family. The cover of the book was different from my original copy, so I had to get it. I am now able to reread one of my favorite stories, and I have a very special memory of finding this copy.

11:30 a.m.: Lunchtime! I eat lunch with my family and friends while we talk about all the different topics that fill our time together. Through this experience, other guests and crew have become like our new family.

Editor’s note: Meet cute alert! Through this trip, Madison and her sister frequently run into fellow creators, like Christian Hull , Little Rat Brain, and Brandee Lake .

Madison shares her day on the nine-month world cruise, and getting lunch.

A special moment we all shared was when we were in Rio for New Year’s Eve, and we got to experience ringing in 2024 together. Meal times have become one of my favorite times, because I spend it with the people I am closest with.

An Afternoon Spent Studying For Class In One Of The Ship’s Coffee Shops

Madison shares going to the Windjammer at the Ultimate World Cruise.

12:30 p.m.: After lunch, it’s back to my room for a shower before getting ready for the rest of the afternoon. I love to use Glossier, Patrick Ta, and Charlotte Tilbury for my everyday makeup routine (not #sponcon).

1 p.m.: Ah, yes, another latte run at the coffee shop (the caffeine obsession is real). Then it’s full speed ahead to find one of the open tables around the ship to begin my workload. I am currently a full-time student at the University of Central Florida.

I enjoy being in school, and doing it while seeing the world has been one of the most incredible experiences.

I am majoring in health sciences, and I plan on starting nursing school in the fall; I would like to become a travel nurse. I enjoy being in school, and doing it while seeing the world has been one of the most incredible experiences. If I can use my nursing degree to help others while continuing to travel, that would be the dream.

Despite being away from campus and working remotely, I don’t have any FOMO for things going on at UCF. I am so eager and excited to be on this journey with my family, who are the closest people to me.

Madison shares how she's able to go to UCF while on Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise.

Plus, I can study with friends who are also in school on the ship. We handle our workload while also looking forward to our upcoming ports of call. I cannot wait to see Asia, Africa, and Europe.

2 p.m.: During this time, I can usually be found wrapping up school assignments, creating videos, or dealing with logistics back home. The Wi-Fi on board the Serenade has never failed me (so far).

4:30 p.m.: I return to my cabin to change again. Tonight is extra special because it’s a formal night on board, which calls for suits, ties, cocktail dresses, or even evening gowns if you’d prefer.

Editor’s note: On a typical three- to five-day cruise, there might be one formal night; on a seven-day cruise, there are usually two; on ~two-week cruises, there are usually three or four.

5 p.m.: Snacking before dinner is a must. My sister and I love to spend this time in the lounge chatting with other passengers on board.

One of the largest accomplishments of this trip so far was making it to Antarctica, and I will never forget going into Paradise Bay and enjoying the scenery with everyone else.

A Fun Formal Night With Dinner, Dance Parties, & Shows

6 p.m.: One of the best times on the ship is when dinner opens. There is a small dance party with a song relating to the theme for the night. One night, we had an ’ 80s-themed party , where the guests all dressed up. It is so much fun to dance with the crew and chefs before we eat dinner.

Madison shares what it's like during formal night on Royal Caribbean's cruise ship.

Another reason this is one of my favorite times on board is the food. It’s amazing, and I have been able to try and eat a variety of dishes every day.

7:30 p.m.: There is a Broadway-style show in the theater after dinner. As a family, we have enjoyed attending these shows throughout our voyage. We look forward to show times and love to support the cast.

8:15 p.m.: My sister and I head to the pub and a few of the other bars around the ship to enjoy the formal night festivities.

Madison shares what the activities are like on one of Royal Caribbean's sea day.

9 p.m.: There is always something going on around the ship, such as live music in the centrum, so my sister and I join our friends for yet another fun night.

11 p.m.: As the night ends, I head back to my stateroom once more and get ready for bed. I am excited to some rest in before another sea day tomorrow.

I have met so many people, experienced numerous cultures, and had the most amazing time.

This entire trip has been such a learning experience. I have met so many people, experienced numerous cultures, and had the most amazing times in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru... all the way to the end of the world in Ushuaia.

We’ve had such an enriching time so far — and we’re not even halfway through the entire experience.

This as-told-to has been condensed and edited for clarity.

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