This Is What a 180-day Cruise Around the World Looks Like
If Phileas Fogg had 100 more days to circumnavigate the world, he may have done so with the luxury line Oceania Cruises, which has just debuted a new around the world itinerary aboard the 684-passenger Insignia.
Over the course of nearly six months, travelers will see such unforgettable sites as the gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar and the 1,100-foot cascades of the Vaipo Waterfalls in French Polynesia.
Folded into the journey are exclusive shoreside experiences (a traditional tea ceremony and Kabuki performance in Tokyo; an intimate wine tasting at an 18th-century estate nestled in the vineyards of Bordeux) crafted for well-traveled guests. Because while the trip will stop at many of the world's greatest hits, the 2019 sailing is meant to satisfy even the most seasoned globetrotters.
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To put things in perspective, cruisers will stop at 90 ports, spread across 36 countries in five continents. By the time the cruise concludes, 46,925 nautical miles will have been covered.
But the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the itinerary is reason enough to book this trip: 96, specifically, including Canada’s Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, and the recently excavated Templar city of Old Acre in Israel.
This isn’t the first time Oceania has launched a Jules Verne-style odyssey. In 2015, the cruise line’s first around the world sailing departed from Miami.
Now, four years later, the latest iteration of their around the world cruise will offer travelers unprecedented flexibility, with the option to depart from New York City, Miami, or Los Angeles. And this year, travelers can choose from 72 complimentary shore excursions or a $7,200 onboard credit (up from the 62 excursions or $6,200 included in the 2018 sailing).
Reservations, which start at $35,699 per guest, opened on March 1, 2017.