The luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises has announced that one of their two ships will be circumnavigating the earth in the beginning of 2015.
The 1,070 passenger cruise ship will take 108 days to travel all around the world, starting and ending in the same place in Miami, Florida.
Although the cruise line already offers “world cruises”, transatlantic cruises, and cruises that sail to Europe, South America, and all around Africa, this is the first time Crystal Cruises is offering a single sailing that can allow cruise passengers to say they circumnavigated the earth, just like Ferdinand Magellan (with a few more luxuries to enjoy).
Crystal Serenity will visit 14 countries and visit 44 ports, reaching every continent on the planet except Antartica. Besides hitting some of the major ports around the world, Serenity will visit more rare sites for cruise ships like the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar, Easter Island, the Panama Canal, and many more. From the Americas to Australia, New Zealand, and Cape Town, Africa, this cruise is the chance of a lifetime to see the world from one ship.
How much will this cost? The price for the full 108 cruise will start at $34,445.
The world cruise will be broken up into 6 segments, which will allow cruisers to purchase just a leg of the journey if they cannot afford the cost or time of the full length tour.
Here are the six voyages that will make up the entire world cruise:
January 15th, 2015 – Miami to Callao – 16 days
January 31st, 2015 – Callao to Auckland – 19 days
Februrary 20th 2015 – Auckland to Fremantle – 21 days
March 13th 2015 – Fremantle to Cape Town – 21 days
April 3rd 2015 – Cape Town to Rio De Janeiro – 15 days
April 18th 2015 – Rio De Janeiro to Miami – 16 days
Each of these segments will be visiting many different ports along the way and these options allow cruisers to buy just one or even a few legs of the journey for around $5,000 to $9000 for one segment, depending on which one is chosen.
This is from Crystal Cruises website:
“Balancing blissful days at sea with enriching discovery ashore, the journey is accentuated with rare opportunities for exploration including UNESCO sites such as the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador); Machu Picchu, the Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca, and Pampas de Jumana (Peru); Easter Island’s Rapa Nui National Park (Chile); Iguazu National Park (Argentina); the Carioca Landscapes and Corcovado (Brazil); the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve (Madagascar); Aapravasi Ghat (Mauritius); and, Table Mountain National Park & Robben Island (South Africa).
The journey will also explore the Amazon rainforest, the stunning fjords of New Zealand’s Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds, the Panama Canal, and isles in the South Pacific and Caribbean.
This grand itinerary includes six maiden calls to less-frequented and little-known places like Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Albany, Australia; Ambodifotatra and Tolanaro, Madagascar; Richards Bay, South Africa; and, Macapá, Brazil. You’ll also enjoy overnight stays in fascinating cities such as Lima, Peru; Auckland (two overnights) and Tauranga, New Zealand; Melbourne and Perth/Fremantle, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa (two overnights); Buenos Aires, Argentina; and, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”
So what do you think of a world cruise that circumnavigates the earth? Sounds like a dream for us, but we would love to hear what our readers think of it. Is there any such thing as too much time at sea?