World Cruise 2018, A Roundup Of Voyages From 114 Days To Six Months

Yesterday, we published our World Cruise 2017 roundup – highlighting how these massive itineraries are gaining in popularity, and publishing sailings that are on offer for 2017. Today, we take a look at some of the World Cruise 2018 voyages that already have been announced. These are voyages that are as unique as the ships that sail them, and for those who have the time and the money, few journeys are as rewarding as these global explorations.

Crystal Cruises World Cruise 2018

Crystal Cruises will let guests swap ships in Sydney, Australia as part of its World Cruise 2018 offerings. Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises will let guests swap ships in Sydney, Australia as part of its World Cruise 2018 offerings. Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises is back in 2018 with two separate world cruises that can actually be considered four separate voyages, thanks to some clever timing on Crystal’s part.

Crystal Symphony sails two World Cruise 2018 itineraries, both of which depart on January 7, 2018 from Cape Town, South Africa. Guests can elect to sail 114 days to Miami, Florida, or stay onboard while the ship crosses the Atlantic to create a 129-day journey that ends in Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

So how is that possible when these two itineraries sail in separate directions? Simple: Guests aboard Crystal Symphony disembark their ship in Sydney, Australia and embark Crystal Serenity to continue their world journey.

Of course, this guest swap works both ways: guests sailing aboard Crystal Serenity from Los Angeles, California can elect to stay with the ship all the way to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (a journey of 114 days), or they can disembark in Sydney and hop aboard Crystal Symphony in order to end their journey in Miami, Florida.

One world cruise on two separate ships? Sounds good to us.

Cunard Line World Cruise 2018

A beautiful sunset this evening as Cunard's Queen Mary 2 enters the North Atlantic proper en-route to New York.
An integral part of Cunard’s World Cruise offerings aboard Queen Mary 2 is the iconic Transatlantic Crossing. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth do the heavy lifting in 2018, sailing full World Cruise journeys, while Queen Victoria sails “shorter” Grand Voyages that are less than 100 days in length.

Queen Mary 2 rings in 2018 by departing from New York on January 3, 2018 on a 134-day voyage that sails either roundtrip New York or roundtrip Southampton – but not before stopping in some rather incredible places. Specifically: Madeira, Tenerife, Walvis Bay, Cape Town, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Reunion, Mauritius, Fremantle, Busselton, Adelaide, Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Melbourne, Sydney, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland, Bay Of Islands, Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Darwin, Bali, Singapore, Bandar Seri Begawan, Phu My, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Nha Trang, Singapore, Port Kelang, Penang, Langkawi, Phuket, Colombo, Cochin, Muscat, Dubai, Dubai, Aqaba, Suez, Suez Canal, Port Said, Limassol, Messina Strait, Naples, Civitavecchia, Barcelona, Cadiz, Southampton, and New York. Whew. After all that exploration, you might need to book another cruise just to recoup.

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth sets out on her 2018 World Cruise roundtrip from Southampton, England on January 7, 2018. She sails a westbound itinerary that whisks her guests across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Central America, the Panama Canal, the Western Coast of the United States, New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Western Europe.

Oceania World Cruise 2018

Oceania Insignia will call on Cape Town, South Africa as part of her 2018 World Cruise. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
Oceania Insignia will call on Cape Town, South Africa as part of her 2018 World Cruise. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Oceania’s Insignia returns to World Cruise duty in 2018, sailing another massive six-month exploration of the planet. Departing on January 3, 2018 from Miami, Insignia spends 10 days cruising the Caribbean before heading down to Brazil. From there, she crosses the Atlantic bound for Namibia and South Africa, with overnights in both Walvis Bay and Cape Town. Sailing around the horn of South Africa, she makes her way to Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania, the Seychelles, the Maldives, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific before returning to Miami via the West Coast, Mexico, Central America, and the Panama Canal.

Regent Seven Seas World Cruise 2018

Los Arcos (The Arches) at Sunset. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Departing from Los Angeles, Regent’s 2018 World Cruise will offer a call on Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Regent’s Navigate the World voyage departs on January 8, 2018 from Los Angeles and spans 137 days in length. Along the way, Seven Seas Navigator will call on 64 ports in 28 countries, visit 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and explore five separate continents. Guests will also be treated to five overnight stays in cities around the world.

Demand for Regent’s 2017 World Cruise was so strong that the line felt compelled to offer an equally-enticing voyage in 2018. “The overwhelming response to our 2017 world cruise prompted us to offer another unprecedented global adventure,” said Jason Montague, president and COO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  “The newly refurbished Seven Seas Navigator is absolutely stunning, and for our 2018 Navigate the World voyage we added more included amenities, making this world cruise the most luxurious and inclusive world cruise available.”

Viking Cruises World Cruise 2018

Viking will send Viking Sun, sister to Viking Star and Viking Sea, on the line's first-ever World Cruise in late 2017-2018. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders
Viking will send Viking Sun, sister to Viking Star and Viking Sea, on the line’s first-ever World Cruise in late 2017-2018. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

New to the World Cruise arena in 2018 is Viking Cruises, which will debut its first-ever world voyage aboard the 930-guest Viking Sun.

While this is technically a 2018 World Cruise, it will actually begin on December 15, 2017 in Miami and last 141 days in length. If that wasn’t noteworthy enough, one of its first ports of call will be Havana, Cuba. This will be followed by ports of call in the Caribbean and Central America before Viking Sun transits the Panama Canal and heads for Asia, the Middle East, the Suez Canal, and the Mediterranean. Ending in London, England, Viking Sun’s guests will have visited 66 ports of call in 35 countries and five continents by the time the voyage concludes.

This is one of those ones you should book sooner rather than later; with the buzz around Viking’s new oceangoing ships showing no sign of diminishing, it’s likely this one will sell out long before most of us have even had a chance to think of 2018.

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