For those born under a wandering star, taking a Round the World cruise is a dream come true. However, the choice of cruise tour operator, destinations covered, port-stops offered and on-board facilities and entertainment on the ship are all important features to consider for cruise vacationers looking for the ultimate world travel experience out of one voyage.
What makes a world cruise memorable and enjoyable is a healthy mix of leisure days at sea and interesting land excursions when at shore, so sailing and inland attractions each get sufficient attention.
For those with a spirit for adventure, romance, travel and learning about world cultures, embarking on a Round the World Cruise is an ideal opportunity for broadening their horizons and this unique opportunity was first granted to moneyed vacationers in 1922 by the Cunard Line, which was the first passenger circumnavigation fleet to take up the challenge of Magellan's world touring aspiration.
Since then, six more cruise lines have joined the world cruise organizers group. All seven lines will be making world cruises in the coming year (2012). These are namely, Cunard, Crystal, Holland America, P&O Cruises, Princess, Silversea and Seabourn. However, Cunard Line and P&O are the only two that will make two world-cruises in 2012, while the other lines will be making an annual world cruise each.
Each ship has distinct itineraries and many attractions to lure passengers on different budgets and holiday times, with a wide range of fascinating destinations covered on their world cruises, like the exotic Mediterranean to the sun-kissed South Pacific to the round-trip holidays starting from Southampton in England following a 98 nights world cruise special on the westward route.
Cut through the hassles of airport security and travel snags and enjoy entertaining evenings of fine wine, gourmet dinners and on-board shows and theatres, including unique movies under the stars experiences with a choice of returning on an eastward route. With Ft. Lauderdale as starting point, crossing through Venice tour, passing Cape Horn on the way to Antarctica and sailing past the South Pacific en route to Asia, India and the Med may well charm you outright!
Other popular world cruise travel itineraries include the Silversea best starting from Fort Lauderdale and ending at Monaco, the 107-day world cruise offered by Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, which though expensive is well worth the holiday dollars since it is a round-trip from Southampton, England on board one of the world’s best luxury liners taking the conventional westward route via the Panama and Suez Canals. Princess cruises offers a 107-day world cruise starting from Fort Lauderdale and passes the Panama and Suez Canals too, but this ends in Venice, Italy.
So, choose the cruise operating best meeting your personal expectations from an adventure that puts you in the same bracket as royals, movie stars and other high profile travellers before you – a Round The World Cruise!