A world cruise is the ultimate indulgence, offering the chance to explore a breadth of destinations and ports. Usually a much longer duration that typical cruises, a world cruise itinerary is generally 50-nights or more.

Many luxury cruise lines offer their own versions of world cruises, some of which stretch across all seven continents and others which focus on one particular area in depth.

See which ones we are most excited about and find out when they go on sale below!

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises offers a great choice of world cruises, each of which has the chance for you to discover exotic lands and distinct cuisines alongside exclusive events just for you.

Crystal World Cruise 2020

The 2020 world cruise for Crystal Cruises, Epic Empires and Idyllic Isles, starts on 6 January 2020 from Miami and sails for 105 days, ending in Rome on 21 April. An itinerary designed to captivate your curiosity, it’s Crystal Serenity which embarks on a journey through the Southern Hemisphere. Port highlights include the UNESCO world of Petra, the unspoiled homelands of Fiji and the fjords of New Zealand.

Crystal Serenity - World Cruise

There is also the option to book the 89-day itinerary, joining later in Los Angeles on the 22 January instead. For those really stuck for time, there are seven 2020 world cruise segments, varying from 13- to 18-days in length. These are perfect for sampling a section of the world cruise, without committing to a few months.

Crystal World Cruise 2021

Set sail for 139 days, starting on 5 January 2021 to 24 May. This journey of a lifetime is aptly named Ancient Dynasties and World Wonders with a focus on the fascinating sagas and history unique to the regions of Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and Europe.

Explore pagodas in Myanmar and temples in India, witness the Great Barrier Reefs and its mesmerising wildlife and the spice islands of Indonesia. See the world from a whole new perspective on this unimaginable adventure aboard Crystal Serenity.

For those looking to experience a 2021 world cruise on a smaller scale, there are nine additional world cruise segments to choose from, varying in 12- to 21-days in length.

Crystal World Cruise 2022

Planning further ahead? The Myths, Marvels & Monuments: A Cultural Mosaic itinerary is ideal. 116-night aboard Crystal Serenity, featuring a journey of a lifetime to unmissable destinations. Visiting 32 countries, including Bali, India, India and Los Angeles, this 2022 world cruise is a cultural mosaic of discovery and desire.

There are plenty of options with this world cruise, starting with the round trip. You can opt for either a Miami or a Los Angeles round trip, both of which are offered on the 116-night itinerary. For shorter versions, there is a selection of either 86-, 100- or 102-night sailings.

Crystal Serenity - South Pacific

If you’re struggling to set sail for that length of time, there are nine additional world cruise segments, varying from 13- to 19-nights in length.

Oceania Cruises

Shimmering seas and delectable dining, Oceania Cruises are an excellent choice as your home for your next world cruise. With a choice of sailings in 2020 and 2021, the itineraries are perfectly put together to showcase the very best of every destination on offer.

Oceania World Cruises 2020

Sail around the world in 200-days with Oceania’s Insignia, departing from Miami on 8 January 2020. With 14 overnights in iconic ports of call such as Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo, as well as a chance to visit the breath-taking Chilean Fjords, Ko Samui and Cape Horn – this world cruise is the very definition of a Global Quest. You can even opt for the same itinerary in 2021, if you wanted to plan further ahead!

Oceania Cruises - Insignia - Cruise ship

There is also a few shorter versions: a 195-day itinerary which ends in Astoria; and a 180-day itinerary which ends in San Francisco rather than Miami. Alternatively, embark on Insignia from 26 January and embark on either 182-, 177- or a 162-day world cruise, all of which depart from San Francisco.

Oceania World Cruises 2021

In 2021, Oceania Cruises offers two itineraries – Around the World in 180 days and Odyssey of the Stars. The first is a replica of the 2020 version, sailing from Miami to New York on a dazzling 180-day adventure.

The Odyssey of the Stars world cruise features 164-days of immersive cruise ports and destinations, each of which offers extraordinary experiences and exploration.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

With its 2022 world cruise just going on sale and a selection of world cruises to choose from, Regent Seven Seas world sailings offer a life of luxury to enjoy while exploring the farthest corners of the world.

Regent World Cruises 2020

There are two world cruises to choose from for 2020, both of which depart from North America in January. The first, World of Luxurydeparts on 6 January from Miami on a 131-night sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner. The itinerary features ports of call across South and Central America, French Polynesia, Australasia, Southeast Asia and more with up to 392 free shore excursions up for grabs!

Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas

The second of the 2020 world cruises, Navigate the Worldis also 131 nights, departing from San Francisco on 24 January. This sailing is also aboard Seven Seas Mariner, meaning you join the earlier itinerary as it departs in San Francisco. Featuring up to 337 free shore excursions, and visiting ports in destinations such as Hawaii, the South Pacific, Malaysia, India and South America, it’s an exciting cruise itinerary for all.

Regent World Cruise 2021

Another Navigate the World itinerary is Regent’s 2021 world cruise, spending 117 nights aboard Seven Seas Mariner as you sail from Miami to Barcelona. The sailing includes up to 324 free shore excursions, as well as the chance to get up-close to ports of call including Easter Island, Bora Bora, New Zealand’s fjords and Greece’s Santorini.

Church and cliffside buildings on Santorini cruises

Regent World Cruise 2022

For those planning well in advance and longing for luxury, Regent’s 2022 world cruise – Elements of the Pacific – is a fantastic exploration of the Pacific Ocean. Spending 120 nights aboard Seven Seas Mariner, the cruise departs from San Francisco on a roundtrip to Hawaii, the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Alaska.

Seabourn World Cruises

Combining the world of all-inclusive dining, fine wines and relaxation with the world of popular ports, hidden coves and endless landscapes is what Seabourn’s world cruises do best. With a choice of 2020 and 2021 itineraries, there is plenty to offer for those looking for an extraordinary escape.

Seabourn 2020 World Cruise

The Seabourn 2020 world cruise, Extraordinary Destinationsis a 145-night world cruise sailing from Miami to San Francisco on 4 January. Exploring 62 ports of call across 36 countries and five continents, this is the cruise line’s first world cruise in six years!

Seabourn Sojourn - Seabourn

The itinerary is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of history aboard Seabourn Sojourn. The sailing also includes 16 overnight stays, meaning you can stay longer in selected ports of call. For those wanting to experience this once-in-a-lifetime sailing, but not sure if they can commit to 145-nights away, there are eleven segments of the sailing to enjoy, ranging from nine- to 78-day itineraries.

Seabourn 2021 World Cruise

Continuing the ‘extraordinary’ theme, Seabourn’s 2021 world cruise – Extraordinary Oceans – offers 140 days aboard Seabourn Sojourn, as you weave a path across the globe. Calling at 60 ports of call across six continents, the itinerary will be immersive and in-depth for all to enjoy.

Marina Day aboard Seabourn

This sailing will also feature a first for Seabourn, as the first to include an expert Ventures by Seabourn team as well as Zodiac, kayaking, snorkelling and trekking options in iconic ports of call.

Silversea World Cruises

Silversea offers exceptional travel experiences on their world cruises, as proven with the cruise line’s reputation as the Best World Cruise. In 2020, the cruise line embarks on the first ever world cruise to visit all seven continents. While, in 2021, Silver Cloud offers a chance to be part of the world’s first Expedition World Cruise.

Silversea 2020 World Cruise

From 6 January, set sail aboard Silver Whisper and enjoy 140 days of legendary adventure on the Legends of Cruising itinerary. Crossing all seven continents, this world cruise is iconic and unforgettable, exploring countless cultures and innumerable natural wonders. The itinerary features 62 ports of call across 32 countries, a truly immersive journey.

Silversea 2021 World Cruises

There are two Silversea world cruises in 2021, The Finest World Tour and The Unchartered World Tour. The Finest World Tour departs on 7 January from Fort Lauderdale, beginning a 150-day journey to 54 ports of call across 34 countries aboard Silver Whisper.

Silver Cloud - Silversea Cruise

A little while later, on 30 January, The Unchartered World Tour explores the world aboard Silver Cloud on the first-ever expedition world cruise. Featuring 107 ports of call across 30 countries, the itinerary spends 167 days exploring the unchartered wonders of the world. Experience the raw and unfiltered beauty of the world from the decks of your Silversea ship and become a part of history as you set sail from Argentina’s Ushuaia.

A world cruise evokes imaginative and unforgettable memories, with immersive experiences and indulgent encounters. From exclusive events, a welcoming atmosphere and the perfect home-from-home, a world cruise is a great way to see some of the best destinations from the luxury of a world-renowned cruise line.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than six years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for over a year. She loves learning of new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in diary for 2020! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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