Round The World Cruising (Well Almost)
Round the world cruising is a wonderful bucket list thing to do but few of us have a spare three to four months (usually 100 – 120 days) to achieve this dream. Well, fear not you don’t have to wait until retirement, there is a whole raft of round-the-world segment cruises that depart from or to Australia, that can go some way to turning that fantasy into reality. Departing from Sydney to wonderful locations like Peru, Barcelona and Dubai, these segment cruises are on the biggest cruise ships, where size does matter and enables a huge diversity of on-board activities. We have selected four very different round-the-world segment destinations that take you to far-flung locations and great places along the way, all within a number of weeks rather than months.
The magical city of Dubai in fog: Getty Images.
Dubai, Middle Eastern gem
Dubai has become an international destination and a must for visitors to the Persian Gulf. Not only is Dubai a popular stopover for fliers, cruises to this gem of the Middle East are now more accessible than ever. Also Dubai has the world’s tallest building, man-made set of islands and some of the world’s most exclusive boutiques and shops. There is much to see in Dubai and it is home to a huge range of adventure and theme parks, plus you can head out on camels for a dinner safari in the desert. Itineraries to Dubai include fatantastic on-shore excursions, and you can start in Sydney, with stops at Melbourne, Fremantle, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and finishing at Dubai.
New York, New York
Why not cruise from New York City, stopping in Charleston, South Carolina, Lima, Easter Island, Tahiti and Bora Bora Auckland, New Zealand and finishing your journey in Sydney. New York City is a great place to start your cruise with something for just about any visitor.
The ultimate metroplis that is New York: Getty Images.
When cruising from New York, allow some time before you depart to catch a game or a show at Madison Square Garden, walk down Broadway or just people-watch. Fashion, culture, food and lots of New York icons will easily fill up a day or two, so allow enough time before you set sail.
Hola, South America
The cruise to South America from Sydney is one of the most popular, as it features many exciting adventures and truly unforgettable experiences. The cruise enables passengers to enjoy much of what this amazing continent has to offer, like spending time in the sophisticated Argentinan capital of Buenos Aires. Here in this European inspired city, visitors can see this elegant city, enjoy great food, and watch a passionationate performance of the tango in the La Boca district.
The widest avenue in the world, Avenida 6, Buenos Aires: Getty Images.
Visit Rio de Janeiro where you can take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, which towers over Rio, and then stand at the top of the Corcovado Mountain to admire the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Cruising to this great continent also allows travellers to explore the mysterious ruins of former empires at Machu Picchu, an Incan settlement that sits high in the mountains. You can also visit the curious head shaped statues on Easter Island that are said to have been created by early Polynesians. Also as part of your cruise, you can visit the “Land of Fire,” or Tierra del Fuego, at the tip of South America - the closest land to the continent of Antarctica. This experience will have you cruising past glaciers and watching the resident penguins at play.
Barcelona and beyond
If Europe is more you speed, there is a range of world segments that incorporate the Mediterranean as a key part of their itineraries. Your Mediterranean exploration begins in the great city of Barcelona, home to the famous works of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Then continues past Italy’s Isle of Capri and the ancient city of Pompeii, before heading into the crystal waters of the Aegean Sea.
Gaudi district in Barcelona: Getty Images.
World cruising and in particular segment cruising is being embraced by more lines, and some like Cunard and P&O Cruises run two or more a year. So whatever section of the world you want to cover by cruise, set sailing with your local Cruiseabout specialist.
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