Many of the major cruise lines, and an ambitious fleet of smaller ones, will launch new ships, each one touting new features, new ports, moves toward sustainability and cultural partnerships. Viking Cruises Sun
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Viking Cruises has announced its second world cruise, scheduled for January 2019. The cruise will circle the globe for 128 days, spanning five continents, 21 countries, and 44 ports — for the price tag of $49,995.

Viking’s first world cruise is scheduled to depart in December 2017: This second cruise is another opportunity for cruising the globe — though it's not the longest cruise travelers can book.

The new voyage will spend much of the season on the same itinerary as the maiden voyage of Viking's first world cruise, which departs from Miami. The ship will sail from Miami to London, allowing guests to explore South America and the islands of the South Pacific; calling upon ports in Africa, from Cape Town to Dakar, cruising the Strait of Magellan, the Tasman Sea, and the Indian Ocean before concluding back in London.

“We offer itineraries that are designed for explorers, and our World Cruises are the most extensive and culturally immersive journeys available in the industry,” Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises, said in a statement. “Our first World Cruise is 100 percent sold out, and we are pleased with the initial response to our second World Cruise itinerary among new and returning guests.”

If 128 days sounds too short, travelers with the means could also consider Regent Seven Seas Cruises 137-day cruise. It's never been a better time for sea-loving explorers.

Ahead of its first-ever World Cruise scheduled for this winter, Viking Cruises announced Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe on its second World Cruise, departing January 2019
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Throughout the Viking cruise, guests will receive a breadth of cultural experiences that travelers usually can’t pack into one vacation. Guests can visit the famous Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Moai stone head statues of Easter Island, and safari in Mozambique all in one trip.

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The $49,995 per person includes business class air travel, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, complimentary visa service, free luggage shipping services, among other amenities.

Valletta skyline at sunset with the Carmelite Church dome and St. Pauls Anglican Cathedral, Valletta, Malta, Mediterranean, Europe Viking Cruises
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A four-month world cruise is sounding better and better.