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Best Dream Cruises If Money Was No Object

One of the most influential deciding factors when choosing the right cruise for you and your family is the usually the price.  However, what if the cost didn’t matter and money was no object?  Let’s take a look at the best dream cruises if money was not a factor for your next vacation.

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108 Night World Cruise on the Crystal Serenity

Crystal Serenity Photo Credit: Anspics Flickr
Crystal Serenity, Photo Credit: Anspics Flickr

This 108 night round trip world cruise out of Miami, Florida on the Crystal Serenity runs from January 15 to May 4, 2015.  The cruise stops in ports in South America, Australia, the South Pacific, Africa, and the Caribbean.  There are overnight stops in the cities of Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne, and Auckland.

The Crystal Serenity is a 1,070 passenger luxury cruise ship that has been voted the number one cruise ship in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

Fares start at $37,000 and go up to $208,000 per person, based on double occupancy.

111 Night World Cruise on the Pacific Princess

Pacific Princess, Photo: Princess Cruises
Pacific Princess, Photo: Princess Cruises

For the first time, a Princess cruise ship will be sailing round trip around the world from North America when the Pacific Princess embarks on an 111 night world cruise out of Los Angeles on January 23, 2015.  The cruise will stop in ports in Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean.  Dubai, Hong Kong, and Barcelona are all over night stops.

The Pacific Princess is a 688 passenger cruise ship and should not be confused with the former Pacific Princess that was made famous on the hit the TV show, The Love Boat.

Fares start at $21,499 and go up to $39,999 per person, based on double occupancy.

19 Night Antarctic Cruise on the Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer, Photo Credit: Silversea Cruises
Silver Explorer, Photo Credit: Silversea Cruises

Follow in the footsteps of the great Antarctic explorers such as Charcot, Ross, Scott, Mawson, and Stomness and Weddell on this 19 night cruise past snow covered mountains, mighty glaciers, and icebergs.  Enjoy watching dolphins, penguins, seals, whales, and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

The cruise leaves and returns to Ushuaia, Argentina and stops in Westpoint, Falkland Islands; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; South Georgia, SGSSI, and Elephant Island.  The final 6 days of the cruise are spent cruising and exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the Drake Passage.

The Silver Explorer is a 132 passenger expedition ship that is operated by the ultra luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises.  The ship visits the Artic in the summer months and Antarctic in the winter.

Fares start at $19,950 per person (based on double occupancy) and passengers are required to purchase an additional air charter package for $1,140.

41 Night Amazon and Antarctica Exploration on Seabourn Quest

Seabourn Deck, Photo Credit: Seabourn
Seabourn Deck, Photo Credit: Seabourn

This unique 41 night cruise on the Seabourn Quest in February 2014 begins in Valparaiso, Chile and concludes with a trip up the Amazon River.  You will visit many of the major cities in South America such as Rio de Janerio, Buenos Aires, and Montevideo.

The highlights of the cruise are the stops in Antarctica and a journey through the Drake Passage.  Routing and landings are dependent on weather and ice conditions.

The Seabourn Quest is a 450 passenger all suite luxury cruise ship that offers one of a kind itineraries around the world.

Fares start at $19,999 for an ocean view suite and $39,999 for the Penthouse Suite.  Prices listed are per person based on double occupancy.

53 Night Cruise on Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas, Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean
Quantum of the Seas, Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is offering a truly unique cruise on their newest ship, the Quantum of the Seas.  This epic journey will leave New York on May 2, 2015 and stop in ports in Europe (Rome, Barcelona, Athens), the Middle East (Dubai), Asia (India, Singapore, Malaysia), before ending in China 53 nights later.

The Quantum of the Seas is one of the most anticipated new cruise ships for 2014 and is bringing many new features to cruising.  The Quantum will be a 4,200 passenger cruise ship and will be the first of the 2nd largest class of cruise ships in the world, only behind the Oasis Class.

Fares will start at approximately $6,500 per person, based on double occupancy.

Are all of these choices just not enough? None of them compare to a cruise that took place a couple years ago.

In 2012, Silversea Cruises offered a 124 day cruise that a UK company called the most luxurious 124 day vacation.  The trip included being picked up at your home by a helicopter and sampling Beluga Caviar that costs $3,000 per pound.  A private Boeing business jet was your mode of transportation to the U.S. for the cruise and the flight included a 10 course tasting menu.  The pampering continued as a Rolls Royce Phantom was waiting for you upon arrival.

The world cruise was on the Silversea Silver Whisper in the 1,000 square foot Royal Suite.  The suite has 2 bedrooms, 2 marble bathrooms, 2 balconies, and a separate dining area.  After your cruise, you could enjoy a 4 night stay in a $11,500 a night apartment located in an exclusive Miami community.

The cost for this luxurious vacation?  A mere $1,500,000.

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Ben Souza
Ben Souza
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  1. I would choose the 108 day cruise on the Serenity, I have always wanted to go to Australia.

  2. I would love to win a cruise! We live in a beautiful world. A cruise would be a great way to see it!

  3. The Crystal Serenity one for 108 days would be my pick. Only in my dreams will it ever happen.

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