Top Tips For World Cruising
Simply put, a world cruise is the greatest way to circumnavigate the globe and get a real feel for the many cities, sights, and iconic landmarks along the way. Our clients repeatedly share their stories of luxurious and enriching adventures, exquisite dining and lifelong friendships made along the way. World cruises and grand voyages are lengthy which sometimes deter travelers from even considering one. We’re here to tell you why if you’ve got the time, it’s worth every moment. Passengers visit dozens of countries, cities, and villages. They enjoy themed nights, special galas and enriching experiences not to mention the wide array onboard activities. Many of our clients tell us that even on the longest of cruises, they actually don’t have enough time to do everything and are ready to sail again. Here are CruisePlus’ top tips when considering a world cruise.
Timing is Key
It’s important to really evaluate how long you want to be on a ship for, some world cruises can go for 200+ days. If time is a factor many travelers consider a grand voyage which is typically 70 nights or more and may encompass a large majority of a full world cruise. One could, of course, choose a smaller segment of these incredible world cruise journeys. These shorter segment cruises will usually range from two weeks to a month or more which allows for cruisers to get the piece of the world cruise that they desire most. Many choose a tour that starts and ends in their dream destination and add-on a few days for exploration before a returning flight home. There’s no rush on a world cruise with many days at sea and in port, travelers can really take their time, immerse themselves in the cultures and live in the moment. Traditionally world cruises set sail in January, while many adhere to this some lines have altered their sailings in an attempt to attract new customers.
Those that do opt for the full world cruise as opposed to a grand voyage or a segment will enjoy some included extra perks.
Depending on the sailing and supplier, perks may include:
- Special shore excursions
- VIP parties
- Higher class airfare
- Limousine transfers
- Prepaid gratuities
- Complimentary laundry services
- Internet and phone time
Be sure to ask about your travel consultant about your favorite cruise lines included bonuses when booking a world cruise.
Carefully consider this detail when planning your voyage. Imagine yourself every night for potentially several months, retiring to your room to rest up for another day of adventure. You’re going to want to create a home away from home while on the water. At CruisePlus we always recommend that if you’re going to splurge on one thing during your world cruise, it should be your stateroom. Whether you choose a balcony or a suite, we have yet to find one passenger who didn’t appreciate the extra space to stretch their legs or keep all the souvenirs they’ve gathered across the globe. Naturally, these higher class staterooms come with extra amenities as a bonus to the extra space. If you or your traveling companions are prone to being seasick it’s best to try and obtain a stateroom nearest to the center of the ship as it will always the most stable. Ask your travel agent for their tips on which cabin will suit your needs best.
The itineraries cruise lines offer on these world cruises always look incredible, and believe us when we say, they are! Itineraries will show all the fascinating ports of call you’ll visit on your journey. It’s important to make sure you study this closely, you might find you’ll have a few long stays in a particular port where you may be able to plan for a little extra adventure without feeling rushed or hurried to get back on the ship. What the itinerary might not show is the sea days in between ports. While most sailing happens at night, these ships need a bit of time to whisk you between countries and continents, these cruises will regularly have several sea days in-between destinations, its best to be prepared for a few days on board, perfect for a spa day or two.
If you’re considering a world cruise, grand voyage or even a segment journey, get in contact with a CruisePlus travel expert today. You’ll not only receive a competitive quote on your adventure but you’ll also receive insider advice and tips from an agency with 20+ years of cruise industry experience. World Cruises sell out extremely fast due to limited space and high demand so don’t hesitate. A sample of our world cruise offerings can be found here. 1-800-854-9664