Here’s one for the bucket list: a world cruise! These cruises of 100 nights or more are an ideal way to see the world in comfort. Some actually circumnavigate the globe; others don’t make a full circle, but take you to four or five continents, seeking out the most historic, cultural and exotic ports along the way.
Of course, not everyone has the time or budget to enjoy an entire world cruise from beginning to end. Fortunately, there is an option: most cruise lines offer world cruise segments as stand-alone cruises. In fact, many of the most exotic cruise itineraries available are actually segments of world cruises. Take a look at these planned world cruise segments for 2016:
Singapore to Shanghai, 18 nights, March 13-30. This segment explores Southeast Asia, taking in Koh Samui and Bangkok, Thailand; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Hong Kong, Xiamen and Shanghai, China. Special features include two nights each in Ho Chi Minh City and Shanghai, plus an overnight stay in Hong Kong.
Holland America Line
Dubai to Fort Lauderdale, 33 nights, March 28-April 30. This segment sails around the Arabian Peninsula, stopping in Muscat and Salalah, Oman; and Safaga, Egypt, before transiting the 120-mile Suez Canal. From there, the ship will sail to Israel, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Spain and Portugal before crossing the Atlantic to Florida.
Papeete to Sydney, 13 nights, Jan. 30-Feb. 13. This segment will take you to some of the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific, beginning with Tahiti and Bora Bora in French Polynesia and continuing to the pristine Cook Islands; New Zealand and its picturesque Bay of Islands; and finally to the island continent of Australia.
Southampton to Cape Town, 17 nights, Jan. 10-27. Three Cunard line ships will depart on world cruises from Southampton on Jan. 10, so the cruise line has a wide variety of segments available. One is Southampton to Cape Town on the Queen Elizabeth, with port calls in Madeira, Portugal; the Canary Islands; St. Helena; and Walvis Bay, Namibia.
If these examples of world cruise segments interest you, there are many more to consider! Be sure to talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert soon to book a world cruise segment.