World Cruise: How To Join For One Leg Or Segment
A world cruise is a tempting way to escape. But if you don't have deep pockets, or simply don't have the time to take three or more months off, you can still experience a grand ocean voyage by joining it for part of the way.
While some book a segment as a try-out before committing to a world cruise, joining for one leg is an increasingly popular choice, an opportunity to travel at a slower pace, with days on end at sea to work or relax, that are not offered on a normal cruise. For example, P&O's Aurora sails from San Francisco on January 25 for 16 nights across the Pacific to Auckland. There are 12 days at sea and only four ports of call, in Hawaii and Samoa.
But you don't have to miss out on sight-seeing. Choosing a segment of a world cruise gives the option of adding a few days in the ports of embarkation and disembarkation or bolting your cruise on to a land tour for a more destination-immersive holiday. There is still a range of availability for sectors of world cruises departing in the new year.
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Best legs at sea
Join Cunard on Queen Victoria on January 17 to sail from New York to Rio de Janeiro, via Fort Lauderdale, the Dominican Republic, and Barbados.
Luxury, all-inclusive ship Crystal Serenity sails from Singapore to Shanghai for 19 nights as part of the 102-night Grand Pacific Panorama cruise. This South-East Asia sector, which starts on March 12, has overnight stays in Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and two nights in Ho Chi Minh City.
Sail to the sun from Southampton to Durban with Fred Olsen for 30 nights aboard the newly refurbished Boudicca, on January 5. The voyage calls at Porto, Madeira and the Canary Islands, Cape Verde and St Helena, before reaching Namibia and South Africa, where there are three days in Cape Town.
Join Regent Seven Seas' around-the-world cruise aboard Navigator, sailing for 128 nights from Miami on January 5, 2017. The first sector of 45 nights, from Miami to Auckland, transits the Panama Canal and dawdles through the Hawaiian Islands, French Polynesia and Fiji. The cost includes unlimited shore excursions, drinks, Wi-Fi and gratuities.
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This article was written by Caroline Hendrie from The Independent and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.