Around the world in — 335 days?

While we probably won’t have the time to sign up for this particular global tour with Cruise West, we can’t help feeling a large twinge of envy for up to 120 lucky souls who will be departing with the Spirit of Oceanus from Singapore on March 6, 2010. What a wonderful trip it’s going to be: 242 ports, 59 countries, all part of a 335-day circumnavigation, returning to Singapore on Feb. 3, 2011.

Titled “Voyages of the Great Explorers,” because it will retrace the major routes of icons such as Marco Polo, Odysseus, Leif Eriksson, Christopher Columbus, James Cook, and Ferdinand Magellan, this epic voyage is a collection of 24 individual itineraries within six themed “chapters” that reflect the exploits of the legendary seafarers. Each distinct voyage, ranging from nine to 18 nights, will offer historical insights into the sea commanders who first made history along the same routes.

The itinerary will touch on 85 UNESCO World Heritage sites while crossing 14 seas and oceans, transiting three canals. There will also be a segment to the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland’s colorful military musical spectacular.< .p>

The all-suite Spirit of Oceanus is a small cruise ship capable of entering harbors, ports and waterways that large-scale cruise ships can’t get close to, which will give the trip an up-close-and-personal look at many of these fascinating places.

Further exploration and access will be enabled by Zodiacs, and included “Ultimate Explorer “ experiences will bring guests even closer to spectacular natural and historical wonders. A hallmark of the Cruise West experience is engaging and thought-provoking presentations aboard every sailing. These cruises will boast renowned guest lecturers, local experts and onboard Exploration Leaders who will expand upon the significance of the cultural and historical highlights as well as the explorers who left their mark.

We suspect that several volumes of memories will be created throughout this amazing trip.

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