When you first look at a world cruise, you might be instantly turned away by the immediate issue of the price. Albeit a little above most cruiser’s price range, a world cruise could be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. Visiting upwards of 30 ports, travellers can experience many different cultures, dive into hundreds of dishes and, most of all, make life-long friends.
As the main counter-argument to any world cruise, the price can be a make or break factor for a lot of adventures. But before you make up your mind on world cruising, there are a few factors that you should take into account. After all, when you break down the price into cost per night, many itineraries start to look like much better value for money.
For example, prices for Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ Grand Round the World Cruise, setting sail on 6th January 2020, start from around £75 per person per night. This might be for the most basic cabin grade, but if budget is your main concern, it’s a great way to facilitate your trip.
If you consider the luxury lines, such as Silversea or Regent Seven Seas Cruises, you might be looking at a higher price. But this is offset by their unrivalled service and the added extra’s you will receive during your cruise. Butler services, fine dining and even three-night post-cruise extensions could all be included in the price of your fare. Plus, think of the bragging rights that come with sailing aboard one of the world’s most luxurious vessels.
Imagine being able to visit all of your bucket-list destinations in one go, without unpacking multiple times and having the option to see the hidden gems that other tourists might miss. Well…you can. Cruising is about more than just the ship; the destination is essential too, with most world cruises offering upwards of 20 different countries spanning across at least three continents. Even if you pick a shorter world cruise (which could still be up to 55 nights), you will get an in-depth view of many delights in two different continents.
Plus, each port of call brings an abundance of shore excursion choices along too – everything from kayaking the azure waters of the Caribbean, walking city streets marvelling at iconic architecture or just taking your time and blending in with the locals. Most cruise lines allow shore excursions to be pre-booked before the sailing, so you can pre-plan your cruise before it starts or find a detailed list of shore excursions that can be booked day by day.
Finally, let’s clear up a few misconceptions that people may have about world cruises or about cruising in general. Will cruising become boring? Will I get claustrophobic? Will I get seasick? No, no and probably not. Nearly all cruise ships have upwards of three different shows that will be happening each evening and may change performances during your cruise. Plus, vast lounges are ideal places to meet up and enjoy spectacular ocean vistas whilst sipping a few drinks.
Usually, the larger the ship, the less likely you are to feel the ocean sway. Most cruisers forget that they are on a cruise ship thanks to modern stabilising technology and the body’s ability to adapt.
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