So you want to cruise the world, but you’re worried about costs. Don’t worry about what a once in a lifetime voyage like this might cost as there are many things working in your favor today. Although the first world cruise set sail nearly a century ago carrying some of the wealthiest people on the planet, and its popularity among the younger set never really peaked in the following years, today, cruises are not just for seniors or people with deep pockets anymore. Today, the world cruise theme is experiencing an increase in popularity for people from all educational, income, age, and ethnic backgrounds. Cruising the world has never been more diverse or popular than it is today – for all.
Cruise lines such as Cunard Line, Hapag-Lloyd, and P&O Cruises, that originally offered one world cruise a year, have increased their offerings to two, and in some cases, even three world cruises per year. What does this mean for world cruise newbies? More opportunities to select a schedule that works for you and a variety of price ranges to accommodate just about any budget.
Depending on the cruise line and your departure location, cruising the world may last as little as 80-nights up to as many as 157 days or more. A typical cruise the world voyage lasts around four months as world cruise passengers basically travel along the cruise line’s entire seasonal route. World cruisers remain on the voyage long after most other passengers disembark after traveling a segment. On most four-month cruise the world voyages, full-time passengers may visit more than 50 ports in literally dozens of countries.
The following is the cruise itinerary for the popular Regent Seven Seas 111-night world cruise aboard Seven Seas Voyager.
Trip: Ft. Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro, then east across the Southern Atlantic to Africa, and finally, back to Ft. Lauderdale.
Itinerary Segments: Ft. Lauderdale to Cape Town for 25 nights; Cape Town to Cruise the Straight of Malacca for 21 nights; Singapore to Hong Kong for 14 nights; Hong Kong to Muscat for 21 nights; Muscat to Livorno for 15 nights; Monte Carlo to Ft. Lauderdale for 15 nights
Price: Prices depend on the type of accommodations, but passengers can expect fares to range from $89,070 -$312,270 per person. Segments begin at $8,996.
While cruise the world prices may vary greatly depending on a variety of factors, a typical 80-night world cruise aboard Cunard Lines Queen Mary 2 may range from $21,195 to $184,405 per person (based on double occupancy). A luxury 109-night world cruise aboard Crystal’s Crystal Serenity costs between $45,635 and $227,695 per person. Many of these cruise itineraries do offer segment sails, meaning, passengers can simply sail for a portion of the larger world cruise itinerary. Passengers can expect to pay as little as $3,500 per person up to $10,000 or more per person.
World cruises are rarely available at a discount at the last minute because of the way trip segments are sold. Passengers can earn significant discounts for early payment, early reservations, and even repeat travel.
Booking a world cruise is somewhat different than booking a regular cruise, meaning cancellation penalties are severe (100 percent loss, 74 days or less prior to sailing) and passengers are required to plan far in advance — preferably 8 months or more. In most cases, the option to book online may not be available. It’s best to contact a world cruise travel specialist or professional travel agent to book a world cruise.