Today, world cruises offer travelers more choices than ever before, from traveling on large ships that accommodate 2,000 passengers, to sailing on smaller vessels that can navigate into little known, secluded bays.
Several cruise lines offer world cruises in 2011. Some of the more specialized world cruises include the Holland America Line, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and the Yachts of Seabourn. Each of these world cruise lines have particular characteristics that separate them into distinctive categories, and, therefore, appeal to different groups of travelers.
Holland America cruises has a long and proud history of delivering extraordinary vacation experiences, starting with its first ship in 1873. It is recognized as one of the prodigious emperors in the cruise industry. Holland America’s fleet of 15 ships offers over 500 cruises from more than 38 home ports, and covers all seven continents. Holland America cruise ships range in size from the Prinsendam carrying 793 passengers to the newest class of ships accommodating more than 2000 passengers. Holland America Grand World Voyages has eight separate grand voyages ranging in length from 29 days to a 110 day cruise. The 110 day, Holland America Grand World Voyage starts and ends at Ft. Lauderdale circumnavigating the entire world, and docking at more than 40 ports of call. Other shorter cruises target certain sections of the globe. Some start at Fort Lauderdale, and disembark either in Australia, or New Zealand. Others start at Australia or New Zealand, and sail to Greece, China, or the United Arab Emirates. Some of the ships are dedicated to a particular theme that may include museum quality art works, antiques, Mayan art, or a tribute to the world’s great music.
In 2010, Crystal Cruises will offer a 110 day voyage on the Crystal Serenity starting from Los Angeles and ending in London. The Crystal Serenity also has a 94 day voyage that is round trip sailing from and returning to Los Angeles in 2011. Other 2011 excursions on the Crystal Serenity include shorter trips to Papeete, Auckland, Sydney, Singapore, Mumbai, Cape Town, and London. These shorter voyages have attractive special offers that include 2 for1 fares, free air travel, and “As You Wish” spending credits with varying limits.
The Regent Seven Seas 2011 world cruise has a striking 145 night voyage. Sail on the Seven Seas Voyager from San Francisco west through the South Sea Islands, up through the Suez Canal, and across the Mediterranean to Southampton, England. The Regent Seven Seas world cruise is offering you an opportunity to personalize your own cruise itinerary by allowing you to combine several cruises of your choice into one perfect cruise. In October, 2010, Regent Seven Seas Cruises was voted the world’s best cruise line in the “large ship” category by the 2010 Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers’ poll, with an overall score of 92.3%. Travel and Leisure magazine also ranked Regent Seven Seas Cruises among the “Top 10 Large Ship Cruise Lines.”
The Yachts of Seabourn world cruise offers ultra-luxury voyages on smaller, more intimate sized yachts which offer 104 to 225 suites with plush amenities. These smaller boats can navigate into bays, harbors and inlets where the large ships are prevented. This allows the traveler to see sights that many have never seen before. Seabourn world cruises offer complimentary wines and open bars thoughout the yacht, as well as all-suite accommodations, many with verandas. Seabourn world cruises have many unique features such as “Movies Under the Stars,” “Dessert Under the Stars,” or the nights when the Captain turns off all the ship’s lights so passengers can appreciate the Milky Way while sipping 25 year old scotch. Daytime activities may include water skiing in a tucked away bay using the yacht’s onboard Watersport Marina Facilites. Sailboating, Pedal Boating, and other water activities are also available. In-the-sea surprises might include “Caviar in the Surf” with champagne and caviar served on a surfboard “bar,” or taking a swim in the ocean surrounded by a circle of steel mesh to keep you safe from hungry predators.
Whatever your cruising preferences may be, you are sure to be well pampered and pleasantly entertained on the Holland America world cruises, Crystal world cruises, the Regent world cruises, or the Seabourn world cruises.