Traveling the world is something that a lot of us have on our bucket list, and now one cruise line has made it possible to crisscross the globe in a single epic vacation. Viking Ocean Cruises is offering the 245-day Ultimate World Cruise, which will sail passengers to 113 ports in 59 countries. It is the longest-ever continual cruise from any company.
The Ultimate World Cruise will depart from London on August 31, 2019, and return there on May 2, 2020.
Stops along the way span six continents and include Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Montreal, Canada; Boston, Massachusetts; New York City; Hamilton, Bermuda; St. John’s, Antigua; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Bridgetown, Barbados; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Amazon River; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Los Angeles, California; Tahiti, French Polynesia; Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; Manila, Philippines; Hong Kong; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Mumbai, India; and many more locations.
The ship, the Viking Sun, has 465 staterooms, all of which have verandas and ocean views. Amenities include an infinity pool, a hot tub, cinemas, a theater, a spa, a salon, several shops and eight dining options. The ship can hold up to 930 passengers.
So, how much will a fabulous trip like this cost you? Rates start at $92,990 per person and go up to $269,990 — although many of the top suites have already sold out!
Included in the price are all service fees and gratuities, shore excursions in each port, unlimited Wi-Fi and business class airfare. The trip is currently available to book, and customers who book before December 31 will receive $4,000 in shore-excursion credit and $2,000 in shipboard credit.
“For more than 20 years we have been offering guests the most culturally immersive journeys available in the industry and we are pleased to announce the most extensive itinerary in our history,” Viking chairperson Torstein Hagen said in a statement. “Our World Cruises offer guests the rare opportunity to unpack once and explore dozens of the best destinations on Earth — at a value that is unprecedented in the travel industry.”
Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise might be the longest continuous cruise but there are other ways to travel the world on the high seas. Another cruise line, MSC Cruises, offers a World Cruise, which will set sail in January 2019 and visit 49 destinations in 32 countries over 119 days.
Viking also offers two other options for long-term cruises. Viking World Treasures is a 127-day sail from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports; prices for it start at $47,995.
Another option is the Viking World Wonders trip, which is a 119-day cruise from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports; prices for that one start at $45,995.
If you’ve got tens of thousands of dollars to spare, any of these cruises look like incredible ways to see the world!