World cruises have become the hottest ticket on the high seas. Previously reserved for the well-to-do senior/retired set, they now attract the burgeoning Millennial generation along with GenXers who want to explore seamlessly with as little hassle as possible. Being on a ship for two months or more at a time means fewer flights, only one unpacking and packing to tackle, and having pretty much all your creature comforts provided from cushy cabins to meals, shows, shore excursions and more.
The list of world cruises is also larger than ever, see the previous pieces on Oceania and Silversea, and luxury ship operator Crystal Cruises is right in the vanguard with its offering on Jan. 11, 2017 of an epic 94-day voyage on the Crystal Serenity from Miami that features one of the line’s most comprehensive itineraries to date of half a dozen abbreviated segments ranging from 10-23 days and each offering at least one overnight stay. The enchanted journey focuses on the metropolitan cities, quaint villages, less-visited islands and up-and-coming destinations of South America and the Caribbean – plus the first World Cruise visit to Antarctica in a decade. Crystal is also offering extended “Silver Celebration Fares,” that come with up to $500 in onboard credits plus the usual free drinks and gratuities.
“The 2017 World Cruise and its segments are the ultimate opportunity for travelers to experience varied nuances of the destinations with a prolonged amount of time exploring several ports in nearly every country visited,” says Crystal’s president & CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “Guests who enjoy delving deeper into locales will find that a Crystal World Cruise is the ideal way to do it, with enriching experiences designed by destination experts, plus the luxury and attention to detail that makes Crystal the number one choice of discerning travelers.”
Following in the wake of Crystal Serenity World Cruise
- After the January 11 Miami to Colón, Panama, cruise the Serenity begins a 20-day voyage on Jan. 23 hen on Feb. 8 it’s 23 days with an inclusive pre-cruise 3-night Extended Land Program to Machu Picchu; then continues as the voyage embarks on 11 days exploring Chile and Argentina, before cruising Cape Horn, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands before returning to Uruguay and Argentina.
- On March 3 an 11 voyage kicks off that is rich in history and tradition with a comfortable blend of modern nightlife and world-famous beach culture as the sailing visits Argentina and Uruguay, plus 7 nights in Brazil, with overnight stays in Buenos Aires, Buzios and Rio de Janeiro to maximize the renowned social and culinary scenes after dark. The journey begins with an inclusive 2-night, pre-cruise Extended Land Program that affords close-up encounters with Iguazú Falls.
- March 14 launches a 22-day intensive Brazilian itinerary that begins with an inclusive 2-night, pre-cruise Extended Land Program that affords close-up encounters with Iguazú Falls, and features a whopping 16 days amidst Brazil’s magnificent architecture, winding waterways and bridges, cosmopolitan hubs and breathtaking monuments. Calls to Devil’s Island, Granada and Barbados lend some Caribbean flare to the sailing.
- April 5 starts the grand finale of the full World Cruise with a departure from Barbados after an overnight stay, then sails through the brilliant waters between Caribbean gems like St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Barts, Samaná, Grand Turk and Key West, before concluding on the glamorous shores of Miami.
The “Southern Celebración” 2017 World Cruise or segments of it are open for booking now, with all-new low fares in most categories starting at $3,865 per person when booked by December 30, 2015. Complimentary extended land program is available to guests sailing in Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah and Penthouse category accommodations only. The all-inclusive full World Cruise fares begin at $35,340 per person when also booked by December 30 and include special onboard programs, two exclusive shoreside events, and $1,000 As You Wish Shipboard Credit.
It does sound like a dreamy way to spend an extended vacation watching your woes disappear with the wake and having everything taken care of for you from daily housekeeping and laundry to meals, entertainment, time for the gym or pampering at the spa (treatments are extra), fantastic food served in several venues and even your stateroom and much more.