Around-the-world cruising has become so popular that more and more cruise lines are adding global jaunts to their schedules. Due to a surge in global travel, passengers are being given more options from a variety of itineraries, to the ships and prices.
An American Express Travel Representative at AMT Travel can help you with the many questions you may have and customize a voyage that perfectly matches your interests, dates and budget.All without the hassle of airport travel, constant unpacking, and unforeseen expenses.
For those looking for a more intimate ambiance, a small luxury ship is perfect for you. On board one of these ships you will have a more personalized level of service, fewer people on board and easier access to smaller ports. However, keep in mind that smaller vessels are not ideal for those given to seasickness as these vessels are more prone to the whims of the ocean.
Yes, bigger ships can offer a wider array of on-board options including myriad dining rooms, a broad range of onboard entertainment, tremendous decks where you can relax, or shopping at one of the many stores on board. However, they can only dock at industrial ports located farther away from your destination. This makes independent exploration more difficult and more expensive.
Whatever your choice, there are so many enriching cultural experiences to be had both ashore and on board. A journey on a world cruise is simply a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit places you’ve always dreamt of whether it’s Scandinavia; the Mediterranean and Europe; the Caribbean, the Americas and Alaska; Africa, or Asia and Australia.
So Many Places to See. So Much Time to Do it Aboard a World Cruise
However, going on a world cruise involves much more than just deciding to take one. The idea may have piqued your interest after some casual encounter with your friends just returning from a honeymoon cruise. When it comes to planning a world journey, however, you may find it more challenging than you thought.
It’s at that moment that you should turn to an American Express Travel Representative at AMT Travel – we will help with any and all questions you have. And do it all face to face.
Since the earth is 70% water, where there is navigable water you will find cruise ships. And, there are trips to suit nearly every interest and personal preference: Luxury cruises for globetrotters; large, modern ships with a wide array of recreational and entertainment facilities for those who just want to have fun; classic, elegant vessels perfect for the experienced traveler; and special-interest or exploration cruises that take you to unique destinations where cultural enrichment is the main objective.
When picking your itinerary, you have the pick of the litter. Viking offers a 245-day “Ultimate World Cruise”. A journey on Cunard’s legendary Queen Mary 2 takes you on a 108-night world tour to 25 countries in the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Far East regions. Oceania Cruises offers its annual “Around the World in 180 Days”. And you will find many more options on board one of Princess’ or Celebrity’s magnificent ships.
A trip around the world is not an inexpensive undertaking and there are quite a few considerations that affect the final tab. Prices on these amazing world voyages vary quite a bit depending on the cruise line you choose as well as the type of accommodation you prefer, and the destinations you want to visit. Trips can start anywhere around $40,000 to a whopping $270,000 per person. There may also be additional expenses for drinks, specialty restaurants, optional shore excursions, spa services, and any other optional incidentals.
Not all world cruises take you across the world, however. Most cruise lines break down their world voyages into shorter “segments,” which get you onboard for briefer week- to month-long (or longer) legs of the full round-the-world voyage. So, if you don’t have those 100-odd days to spare for a complete world voyage, go on a shorter two- or three-week long segment and experience the same luxuries of a full cruise. These, of course, come with much lower price tags ranging anywhere from $10,000 upwards to $50,000.
Booking in advance is always preferable. As a rule, the farther away the destination, the further out you should book (anywhere from four months to 24 months!), because more planning is required, from airfare to hotel reservations.
While travel insurance is never a requirement, it is always highly recommended. No one ever expects things to go wrong on a vacation, but the truth is, anything can happen. Personal illness, cancellation of plans by a travel companion or the cruise line, weather delays, lost baggage are just some of the things that can go wrong.
Most likely, you still have many more questions, and rightly so. Let’s consider a few more.
What do I pack?
Is there assistance on board if I get sick or injured?
Is there internet connection on a cruise ship?
Can I take my children on a world cruise?
The answer to all these questions is YES. For further details on any of these questions or others that come to mind, our specialists are here to help. We at AMT Travel, an American Express Travel Representative, are available to take care of everything you need from your doorstep to your ship and back, and all the other things in between.