Seeing the world is something that many people dream of doing but aren’t always sure of how to make that dream a reality. If you find yourself with some money in the bank and a few months to spare then why not consider a world cruise?
Cruising round the globe is an incredible travel experience and one that will stay with you forever, but it is no small feat. The average world cruise ranges from 90 to 120 days – that’s 3 or 4 months at sea, and some are even longer. For such a big commitment both financially and time-wise, it is worth knowing what to expect and how to find the right itinerary for you.
The most common mistake people make when booking world cruises is overlooking just how much time they will spend out at sea. The world is not small and it takes time to cross vast open stretches of water. It is not unusual to go for 6 or 7 days between ports without seeing a single patch of land on full-circumnavigation cruises, where you literally sail all the way around the Earth.
If this is something that appeals to you then a complete round-the-world trip could be for you. If not, then there are plenty of other options.
As cruise lines split their cruises into different sectors, it is possible to book just a couple of weeks or a month or even two months to test the water, so to speak. This is a popular way of booking long cruises and is ideal for anyone unsure about going the whole hog. It also means you can choose a sector that includes destinations you’d prefer to visit.
Another alternative to a full world cruise is to opt for a long voyage instead. These are mid-length trips, usually around 2 months in duration and tend to sail around a continent such as South America, rather than going far out to sea. This means more stops and less sea days but focusing on one particular corner of the world.
If the thought of cohabiting an enormous ship with a thousand strangers for several months gets your head in a spin then maybe a smaller ship would be a better choice. These are less daunting and more intimate, but inevitably have less onboard facilities. Their route too, will be limited to staying closer to shore so full-circumnavigation is off the cards. Their smaller size does mean they can get into the nooks and crannies of more interesting coastal ports and canals though… swings and roundabouts!
Choosing Your Cabin
Whatever the itinerary, the ship will become your home for the duration so it is important that you choose a vessel that meets your preferences. Research everything from the onboard entertainment, to the various dining options and all the facilities available. Most important of all is your cabin. Three or four months is a long time to occupy a room so consider splashing out as much as you can for a space that you will be comfortable in.
Once you’ve decided on the right itinerary for your world cruise, investigate our cruise travel insurance options.