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Think replacing your 6 a.m. wake-up call and dishes in the sink with more than 100 nights of lavish galas, hobnobbing with interesting fellow passengers and visits to faraway lands is more a dream than a reality? Well, it's no dream for a lot of folks who are making world cruises some of the most popular on the 2018 and 2019 cruise calendars.

It's been nearly a century since the first world cruise sailed on Cunard's RMS Laconia in 1922. The phenomenon was long considered a viable travel option only for the most senior of seniors.

Nowadays, it's still a great draw for folks of a certain age. (How many others have the time -- not to mention the cash -- to take off for three months or more?) But we're also seeing a new spark of energy in this traditional cruise milieu. More lines have announced world voyages, and some -- like Cunard -- even run two or more a year.

One irony about world cruises is that many actually don't really sail fully around the world. But these one-third-of-a-year or longer voyages do offer passengers a chance to see a widely varied portfolio of diverse cultures -- all wrapped into one sailing. And even those folks who can't commit to the full trip can participate through an increasingly popular option in which you can buy a "segment," ranging from a week to more than a month.

World cruises typically begin in January and end in April or May. However, every now and then, there's an anomaly, so be on the lookout if you want something a bit different.

Whether you want to dream big or live large, here's the rundown of 2018 and 2019 world cruises.


2018 World Cruises

2019 World Cruises


Crystal Symphony in Hong Kong at night

2018 World Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises

The Trip: The "Azamara World Journey" will mark the first global cruise for the Azamara line when it embarks for a late-season world voyage in March aboard Azamara Journey. The 101-night sailing from Sydney to London spans a whopping 60 port calls in 29 countries across Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. En route, calls are perfectly timed to bring cruisers to some special annual events, like the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. Plus, the line incorporates more than 30 overnight and late-night stays in port, so that passengers can better indulge in the local nightlife and dining scenes. This sailing ends in London on June 17, 2018.

Departure Date: March 7, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Sydney to Singapore, 18 nights; Singapore to Dubai, 18 nights; Dubai to Athens, 17 nights; Athens to Rome, 8 nights; Rome to Barcelona, 8 nights; Barcelona to Lisbon, 9 nights; Lisbon to London, 10 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $27,932 to $73,492 per person; segments start from $2,173, double occupancy.


Costa Cruises

The Trip: Newly marketed to American cruisers, Costa runs an annual world voyage aboard its Costa Luminosa. The 106-night voyage in 2018 embarks round trip from Venice in January, with more than 40 stops scheduled in Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the U.S. (at California and Hawaii), American Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, the UAE, Oman, Jordan and Greece. The ship returns to Venice on April 22, 2018.

Departure Date: January 6, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Venice to Los Angeles, 34 nights; Los Angeles to Singapore, 40 nights; Singapore to Venice, 32 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $13,569 to $34,629 per person; segments start from $5,099, double occupancy.


Cruise & Maritime Voyages

The Trip: Sailing round trip on Columbus from either London (at Tilbury) on January 5 or Amsterdam on January 6, this 121-night world voyage marks the 20th anniversary since the ship sailed its first world voyage back in 1998. Cruise through the Caribbean and Central America (with a Panama Canal transit) and onto French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia. Columbus then makes way for Asia, with stops in China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India. The ship then dips into the Middle East with calls scheduled in the UAE, Oman, Egypt and Jordan, before crossing the Suez Canal en route to the Mediterranean. Columbus returns to London on May 6, and then to Amsterdam on May 7.

Departure Date: January 5, 2018

Itinerary Segments: London to Auckland, 43 nights; London to Sydney, 50 nights; London to Hong Kong, 75 nights; London to Singapore, 85 nights; London to Dubai, 99 nights; Auckland to London, 78 nights; Sydney to Hong Kong, 25 nights; Sydney to Singapore, 35 nights; Sydney to Dubai, 49 nights; Sydney to London, 71 nights; Hong Kong to London, 46 nights; Hong Kong to Dubai, 24 nights; Singapore to London, 36 nights; Singapore to Dubai, 14 nights; Dubai to London, 22 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from £7,499 to £24,045 per person; segments start from £959, double occupancy.


Crystal Cruises

In 2018, Crystal Cruises will offer not one but four different world cruise options. You can sail aboard Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony or both in one trip.

The Trip: Crystal Symphony's "Stunning Skylines & Halcyon Harbors" is a 114-night voyage that calls nearly exclusively on ports in the Southern Hemisphere, beginning in Cape Town on January 7, 2018. The voyage kicks off with five ports in South Africa before exploring Mozambique and Madagascar. Symphony then sails across the Indian Ocean for enchanting Reunion Island and Mauritius before cruising to Australia and New Zealand. The ship will wend its way through the South Pacific for Fiji, Tonga, the Cook and Society Islands as well as the Marquesas. If you've ever wanted to visit Easter Island, this voyage will get you there, as well as to Chile's Robinson Crusoe Island. The ship then visits Peru, Ecuador, Panama (for the canal) and Colombia before stopping at St. Bart's and Key West before disembarkation in Miami on April 30.

Departure Date: January 7, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Cape Town to Mauritius, 15 nights; Mauritius to Perth, 14 nights; Perth to Sydney, 12 nights; Sydney to Auckland, 14 nights; Auckland to Papeete, 16 nights; Papeete to Valparaiso, 19 nights; Valparaiso to Colon, 13 nights; Colon to Miami, 11 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $38,595 to $235,285 per person; segment fares begin at $3,750 per person for a suite.


The Trip: Crystal Serenity departs Los Angeles on January 23, 2018, for a 112-night world cruise dubbed "World Wonders & Eternal Cities." The ship crosses the Pacific Ocean to visit the South Pacific and Australia before heading north for Asia (including India) and the Middle East. The ship transits the Suez Canal in order to disembark passengers in Rome on May 16. This cruise features a number of maiden calls, including Pago Pago in Samoa; Australia's Cooktown and Norfolk Island; Kitava in Papua New Guinea; Gizo, Solomon Islands; Manila in the Philippines; and Mangalore, India.

Departure Date: January 23, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Los Angeles to Sydney, 24 nights; Sydney to Manila, 23 nights; Manila to Singapore, 16 nights; Singapore to Mumbai, 18 nights; Mumbai to Dubai, 11 nights; Dubai to Rome, 20 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $44,460 to $306,345 per person; segment fares begin at $5,310 per person for a suite.


The Trip: At 129 nights, "Storied Treasures & Captivating Journeys" is Crystal Cruises' longest 2018 world cruise, and it allows passengers to sail portions of both Crystal Symphony's and Crystal Serenity's full world cruises. Crystal Symphony departs Cape Town on January 7, 2018, and heads west across the Indian Ocean for Australia. In Sydney, passengers will enjoy the World Cruise Gala Celebration and then board Crystal Serenity for Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines before heading for more Asia with calls on Hong Kong; Vietnam's Hanoi, Chan May and Ho Chi Minh City; Cambodia; Singapore; Malaysia; and Thailand before a double overnight in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). The ship then visits Sri Lanka and India on the way to the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden. After transiting the Suez Canal there are stops in Egypt and Israel before passengers disembark in Rome on May 16.

Departure Date: January 7, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Cape Town to Mauritius, 15 nights; Mauritius to Perth, 14 nights; Perth to Sydney, 12 nights; Sydney to Auckland, 14 nights; Auckland to Papeete, 16 nights; Papeete to Valparaiso, 19 nights; Valparaiso to Colon, 13 nights; Colon to Miami, 11 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $61,755 to $283,270 per person; segment fares begin at $3,750 per person for a suite.


The Trip: Crystal's 97-night "South Pacific Reflections" is another mixed itinerary on which you sail both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. You'll embark Los Angeles on January 23 aboard Crystal Serenity and enjoy the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu before switching ships to Crystal Serenity in Sydney for the rest of the itinerary, which visits Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, French Polynesia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama (for the canal) and the Caribbean before disembarking in Miami on April 30.

Departure Date: January 23, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Cape Town to Mauritius, 15 nights; Mauritius to Perth, 14 nights; Perth to Sydney, 12 nights; Sydney to Auckland, 14 nights; Auckland to Papeete, 16 nights; Papeete to Valparaiso, 19 nights; Valparaiso to Colon, 13 nights; Colon to Miami, 11 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $33,920 to $202,665 per person; segment fares begin at $3,750 per person for a suite.


Cunard Line

Cunard keeps up with its tradition of running two annual round-the-world cruises in 2018. Choose from two January voyages aboard Queen Elizabeth or Queen Mary 2.

The Trip: Sail east from NYC on a 134-night world circumnavigation cruise aboard Queen Mary 2 that passes through Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East (with a Suez Canal crossing). A pickup for a shorter 120-night world cruise from Southampton (also disembarking in Southampton) is also available on this route. During the 23-country itinerary, passengers can anticipate highlights like overnight stays in Cape Town, Hong Kong and Dubai, as well as two maiden calls for the ship in New Zealand (at Dunedin and Tauranga). QM2 returns to NYC on May 27, 2018.

Departure Date: January 3, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Southampton to Cape Town, 17 nights; Cape Town to Melbourne, 22 nights; Cape Town to Melbourne, 22 nights; Melbourne to Hong Kong, 37 nights; Hong Kong to Singapore, 5 nights; Singapore to Dubai, 14 nights; Dubai to Southampton, 21 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $36,298 to $83,198 per person; segments start from $999, double occupancy.


The Trip: Cruising round trip from Southampton, Queen Elizabeth takes 122 nights to visit 39 ports in 25 countries, with a crossing through the Panama Canal. Expect six maiden port calls for the ship, too, in spots like Kochi, India, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Plus, the cruise factors in overnight stays in major cities like New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong and Cape Town for even fuller destination immersion. The voyage ends on May 17, 2018, back in Southampton. U.S.-based cruisers can conveniently opt to board the ship in NYC or San Francisco (rather than Southampton), to experience just slightly shortened versions of the full world cruise itinerary.

Departure Date: January 7, 2018

Itinerary Segments:Southampton to Ft. Lauderdale, 13 nights; Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco, 16 nights; San Francisco to Sydney, 22 nights; Sydney to Osaka, 15 nights; Osaka to Shanghai, 11 nights; Shanghai to Hong Kong, 5 nights; Hong Kong to Singapore, 4 nights; Singapore to Cape Town, 19 nights; Cape Town to Southampton, 17 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $19,998 to $61,998 per person; segments start from $649, double occupancy.


Fred. Olsen

Fred. Olsen's Black Watch offers two around-the-world voyages out of Southampton in 2018.

The Trip: This global cruise, which sails for 108 nights round trip from Southampton in 2018, features a "Wonders of the World" theme. Accordingly, the itinerary is peppered with exciting excursions to some of the sites of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World -- as well as some of the New Seven Wonders of the World -- including the site of the Pharos Lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt; Machu Picchu; Petra; and the Roman Colosseum. For this trip, Black Watch heads west from Europe on January 5, 2018, traveling to the Azores, the Caribbean, Central America and the Panama Canal, Easter Island, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. The cruise ends on April 24.

Departure Date: January 5, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Southampton to Callao, Peru, 24 nights; Callao to Sydney, 28 nights; Sydney to Port Klang, 18 nights; Port Klang to Southampton, 38 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from £12,899 to £27,849 per person; segments start from £2,049, double occupancy.


The Trip: Black Watch sets out for another 107-night round-the-world journey in November, this time taking in Sydney just in time for New Year's Eve. Also sailing round trip from Southampton, it returns on February 28, 2019, but not before escaping late fall and winter at a series of sun-kissed Caribbean islands, crossing the Panama Canal and lingering in French Polynesia. Spend the New Year in Australia, then continue on to Asia (with several stops in India), the Middle East and Europe before pulling back into port in Southampton -- just in time for spring.

Departure Date: November 12, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Southampton to Barbados, 14 nights; Barbados to Brisbane, 39 nights; Brisbane to Dubai, 30 nights; Dubai to Southampton, 24 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from £10,499 to £40,799 per person; segments start from £1,299, double occupancy.


Holland America Line

The Trip: Holland America's Amsterdam sails a 113-night world voyage round trip from Fort Lauderdale in January. A quick stop in the Cayman Islands and Costa Rica is followed up by a Panama Canal transit, before the ship makes way for several calls throughout French Polynesia. It's then on for an extended visit to New Zealand and Australia, before cruising through Asia, with stops scheduled in Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Next up is Africa, with the islands of the Seychelles, Madagascar and Cape Verde, as well as mainland calls in Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Gambia and Senegal. The ship returns to Fort Lauderdale on April 28, 2018.

Departure Date: January 4, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Ft. Lauderdale to Auckland, 28 nights; Auckland to Hong Kong, 35 nights; Hong Kong to Cape Town, 26 nights; Cape Town to Ft. Lauderdale, 24 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $23,699 to $203,999 per person; segments start from $5,499, double occupancy.


Oceania Cruises

The Trip: In 2018, Insignia sails an "Around the World in 180 Days" voyage. It's a round trip from Miami, from January 3 through July 1, the longest world voyage offered in 2018. Passengers will start with visits to eight islands in the Caribbean before heading to South America to visit several ports in Brazil. Following a transatlantic crossing, numerous calls in Africa await, in countries like Namibia, South Africa, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya, before moving on toward an extended stay in Asia, with calls in India, China, Japan and beyond. Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific with French Polynesia follow up, before looping back around to the U.S. at Hawaii and California. A Panama Canal transit coupled with stops in Latin America and the Caribbean marks the last hurrah, before the ship winds down back in Miami.

Departure Date: January 3, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Miami to Bridgetown, Barbados, 10 nights; Bridgetown to Cape Town, 26 nights; Cape Town to Singapore, 35 nights; Singapore to Beijing, 20 nights; Beijing to Sydney, 35 nights; Sydney to Papeete, 20 nights; Papeete to Los Angeles, 18 nights; Los Angeles to Miami, 16 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $35,699 to $125,699 per person, double occupancy; segments start from $1,849, double occupancy.


P&O Cruises

The Trip: Arcadia embarks on an intrepid 99-night global voyage on January 9, 2018. The ship sets sail from Southampton and travels west, passing through both the Panama and Suez canals, and visiting ports on five continents. Highlights include stops in U.S. ports such as San Francisco, Hilo and Honolulu; explorations of destinations in New Zealand and on the western coast of Australia; and a heavy number of Asian points, including stops in Vietnam, China, the Philippines, India and Malaysia. The monthslong circumnavigation ends in in Southampton on April 19.

Departure Date: January 9, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Southampton to Sydney, 44 nights; Southampton to Singapore, 69 nights; Southampton to Auckland, 40 nights; Southampton to Brisbane, 47 nights; Southampton to Hong Kong, 63 nights; San Francisco to Hong Kong, 39 nights; San Francisco to Singapore, 45 nights; Auckland to Southampton, 59 nights; Auckland to Dubai, 40 nights; Sydney to Southampton, 55 nights; Sydney to Dubai, 36 nights; Brisbane to Southampton, 52 nights; Hong Kong to Southampton, 36 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from £9,999 to £14,999 per person; segments start at £2,299, double occupancy.


Princess Cruises

Princess runs two world voyages in 2018, including a rare summer journey running round trip from Sydney.

The Trip: Sail aboard Princess's 111-night world cruise voyage from Fort Lauderdale in January, aboard Pacific Princess. Cruisers also have the option to hop aboard the ship to join in on the world cruise from Los Angeles, on January 22. Passengers for the full loop from Florida get access to 44 ports of call, with stops in Aruba and Colombia before traversing the Panama Canal. Calls in Nicaragua and Mexico follow, before the ship reaches its second pickup point in Los Angeles. From there, it's on to Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore, before a dip into India and the Middle East, with calls in the UAE, Jordan and Egypt. From late March through mid-April, the ship explores the Mediterranean, before making the transatlantic crossing back to Fort Lauderdale in time for disembarkation on April 27.

Departure Date: January 5, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles, 17 nights; Los Angeles to Sydney, 22 nights; Sydney to Dubai, 27 nights; Dubai to Venice, 20 nights; Venice to Fort Lauderdale, 25 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $19,999 to $39,999 per person; segments start from $2,799, double occupancy.


The Trip: Princess runs a second 106-night world cruise in 2018 aboard Sea Princess, with a more unusual itinerary and schedule that embarks round trip from Sydney in June. Expect more than 40 ports of call throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the Middle East (with a Suez Canal crossing), the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Greenland, Canada, the Eastern U.S., the Panama Canal, South America and the South Pacific. Sea Princess returns to Sydney on September 20.

Departure Date: June 5, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Sydney to Dubai, 22 nights; Dubai to Southampton, 28 nights; Southampton to New York, 26 nights; New York to Sydney, 36 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $15,889 to $26,889 per person; segments start from $2,979, double occupancy.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The Trip: Sail aboard plush Seven Seas Navigator's 137-night "Navigate the World" itinerary, running round trip from Los Angeles in January. Taking in 28 countries spread out over five continents, passengers will have the opportunity to visit 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bonus: More than 230 worldwide shore excursions are included in the upfront rates, as are a trio of special Regent shore-side experiences, including a visit to the vineyards of Adelaide, Australia, and a dinner served in the bush at Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve in Richards Bay, South Africa. The ship returns to Los Angeles on May 25, 2018.

Departure Date: January 8, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Los Angeles to Auckland, 29 nights; Auckland to Perth, 19 nights; Perth to Singapore, 16 nights; Singapore to Cape Town, 25 nights; Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, 23 nights; Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles, 25 nights

Price: Full world all-inclusive cruise fares range from $59,999 to $174,999 per person, including airfare; segments start from $11,699, double occupancy.


Seabourn Cruise Line

The Trip: Seabourn is running an Asia-heavy 152-night "Great Oceans Exploration" world voyage in January aboard Seabourn Sojourn. Calling on five continents and more than 60 countries, this cruise offers a journey chockablock with port calls from Miami to the disembarkation point in Vancouver in early June. Sojourn makes several calls in the Caribbean, followed by a half-dozen stops along the Brazilian coast. The ship then crosses the Atlantic for an extensive visit to Africa, with calls on Namibia, South Africa and Madagascar. It's then on to the Maldives and Asia, with Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, China and South Korea; the ship also calls in Darwin, Australia. Seabourn Sojourn then circles back to Alaska for a handful of calls before disembarking in Vancouver.

Departure Date: January 4, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Miami to Rio de Janeiro, 19 nights; Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, 19 nights; Cape Town to Singapore, 36 nights; Singapore to Bali, 16 nights; Bali to Hong Kong, 20 nights; Hong Kong to Kobe, Japan, 21 nights; Kobe to Vancouver, 21 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $64,999 to $295,999 per person; segments start from $5,999, double occupancy.


The Trip: Seabourn is not offering a typical January-embarking world cruise in 2019, but is instead featuring a 128-night "Great Oceans Exploration," departing Los Angeles on October 15, 2018, and sailing the southern hemisphere to disembark passengers in Cape Town on February 21, 2019. Seabourn Sojourn will visit a wide variety of Pacific Islands (Hawaii, French Polynesia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, etc.), as well as New Zealand and an almost full circumnavigation of Australia, before finishing up the cruise with several ports along Africa's east and southern coasts.

Departure Date: October 15, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Los Angeles to Auckland, 34 nights; Auckland to Singapore, 58 nights; Singapore to Cape Town, 36 nights.

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $48,999 to $107,999 per person; segments start from $14,999, double occupancy.


Silversea Cruises

The Trip: Silver Whisper's 2018 world cruise is a 121-night voyage that calls on 60 ports in 21 countries. The ship sails from Los Angeles to Hawaii and French Polynesia, followed by an in-depth tour of New Zealand and Australia. From there, the ship tours Southeast Asia (including Hong Kong, Singapore and Bali) before sailing through the Middle East and Mediterranean to finish up in Rome on May 8, 2018.

Departure Date: January 6, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Los Angeles to Papeete, 16 nights; Papeete to Auckland, 13 nights; Auckland to Sydney, 16 nights; Sydney to Bali, 13 nights; Bali to Hong Kong, 15 nights; Hong Kong to Singapore, 15 nights; Singapore to Muscat, 15 nights; Muscat to Rome, 19 nights.

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $57,850 to $182,150 per person; segment fares begin at $7,740 per person for a suite.


Viking Ocean Cruises

The Trip: Viking Sun will sail Viking Ocean Cruises' first world voyage with two departures, scheduled in December 2017 (from Miami) and in January 2018 (from Los Angeles). The full 140-night journey, sailing from Miami to London will make up the majority of the new ship's maiden season. Viking Sun will visit 35 countries on five continents. Its first stop is Cuba, and then it will continue through the Caribbean and Panama Canal to the South Pacific and Australia/New Zealand before heading to Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Twelve ports will feature overnight calls. The sailing ends in London on May 5, 2018.

Departure Date: December 15, 2017 or January 5, 2018

Itinerary Segments: Segments are not available for purchase.

Price: Full world cruise fares are currently sold out.


Crystal Symphony in Cape Town

2019 World Cruises

Costa Cruises

The Trip: Costa Luminosa repeats its annual world voyage, sailing round trip from Venice, in January 2019. The 106-night journey will take in more than 40 ports, with a concentration on the Mediterranean, Caribbean, California coast, South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia and India, as well as some exotic Middle Eastern port calls like Dubai and Aqaba, Jordan. The ship returns to Venice on April 21, 2019.

Departure Date: January 5, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Segment details are still pending.

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $13,569 to $28,149 per person; segment offerings and fares have yet to be announced.


Crystal Cruises

The Trip: Crystal Serenity will run one 85-night "Oceanic Realms & World Discoveries" world voyage in 2019, between Los Angeles and Monte Carlo. The voyage incorporates numerous stops throughout Australia, Africa, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Europe, with noteworthy calls in more far-flung locales like Hawaii, Madagascar, Mauritius and the Namib Desert. The ship disembarks in Monte Carlo on April 8, 2019.

Departure Date: January 13, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Los Angeles to Auckland, 22 nights; Auckland to Perth, 15 nights; Perth to Cape Town, 21 nights; Cape Town to Monte Carlo, 26 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $26,285 to $174,700 per person; segments start from $6,185, double occupancy.


Cunard Line

Cunard once again offers a duo of world voyages in 2019.

The Trip: Hop aboard Queen Mary 2 for a 108-night world voyage in January 2019. Sailing round trip from New York City, cruisers will visit 25 countries in the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Far East regions. Plus, count on a handful of overnight stays for fuller destination immersion in ports like Haifa, Israel; Singapore; Hong Kong; Shanghai; and Tianjin (for Beijing). The ship returns to New York on April 21, 2019.

Departure Date: January 3, 2019

Itinerary Segments: New York to Southampton, 7 nights; Southampton to Dubai, 19 nights; Dubai to Singapore, 14 nights; Singapore to Hong Kong, 7 nights; Hong Kong to Southampton, 40 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $16,619 to $59,459 per person; segments start from $1,109, double occupancy.


The Trip: Queen Victoria embarks on a full circumnavigation of the globe in January 2019, on a 107-night voyage running round trip from Southampton. Visiting 24 countries, cruisers can expect to take in Bermuda, Florida, Aruba and Colombia, before crossing the Panama Canal. Then it's on to Costa Rica, Mexico and California, before making way to Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. The ship then spends some time bouncing about Asia and Southern Africa, before returning for disembarkation in Southampton on April 28, 2019.

Departure Date: January 10, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Southampton to Ft. Lauderdale, 11 nights; Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco, 16 nights; San Francisco to Sydney, 21 nights; Sydney to Hong Kong, 19 nights; Hong Kong to Cape Town, 24 nights; Cape Town to Southampton, 16 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $17,579 to $62,059 per person; segments start from $1,009, double occupancy.


Holland America Line

The Trip: Holland America runs a 113-night "Grand World Voyage" in January 2019 aboard Amsterdam. Sailing round trip from Fort Lauderdale, the cruise heads south to South America at Colombia and Panama, before crossing the Panama Canal, and exploring western South America along the coastline of Peru and Chile. It then makes way to Pacific isles at Easter Island and throughout French Polynesia, before visiting New Zealand and Australia. Asia follows, with several calls scheduled in Indonesia and India, before Amsterdam visits the Middle East, Mediterranean and Northern Europe. A final transatlantic crossing brings the ship back to Fort Lauderdale on May 16, 2019. 

Departure Date: January 22, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Fort Lauderdale to Auckland, 34 nights; Auckland to Singapore, 25 nights; Singapore to Barcelona, 26 nights; Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale, 28 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $18,599 to $203,999 per person; segments start from $3,199, double occupancy.


MSC Cruises

The Trip: Spend 118 nights cruising the world aboard MSC Magnifica in 2019. The first world cruise for MSC Cruises, this sailing departs from Genoa and travels west to ports in the Caribbean, Central America, the U.S., the South Pacific, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. This option is a particularly good choice for island-lovers, as it features visits to eight Caribbean ports plus a handful of less-traveled island destinations in the South Pacific. The cruise ends back in Genoa on May 3, 2019, after visiting port cities in six European countries.

Departure Date: January 5, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Segments are currently unavailable for booking.

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $27,620 to $62,030 per person.


Oceania Cruises

The Trip: Insignia returns for its annual "Around the World in 180 Days" sailing in 2019. The full itinerary runs round trip from New York City on January 11, returning to Miami in July (though passengers can disembark a few days earlier to return to their original New York departure point, too). Cruisers can also hop aboard in Miami on January 14, or in Los Angeles on January 30, to join in on the round-the-world fun. Following the NYC or Miami pickup, the itinerary starts with visits to Havana, Cuba, and Cartagena, Colombia, before transiting the Panama Canal for exploration of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and a few ports in Mexico. A stop in L.A. for the third world cruise pickup point will then slingshot the ship to the Hawaiian Islands before heading to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. Asian ports of call -- from Indonesia to China, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) -- come before a multiday investigation of India. The voyage ends with visits to the Middle East, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Canada before ending back in New York or Miami in July.

Departure Date: January 11, 2019

Itinerary Segments: New York to Los Angeles, 19 nights; Los Angeles to Sydney, 32 nights; Sydney to Tokyo, 27 nights; Tokyo to Singapore, 25 nights; Singapore to Dubai, 18 nights; Dubai to Rome, 22 nights; Rome to London, 15 nights; London to Miami, 22 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $35,399 to $135,399 per person; segments start from $3,499, double occupancy.


P&O Cruises

The Trip: P&O's Arcadia returns for its annual round-the-world voyage in January 2019. The 2019 itinerary features a western circumnavigation out of Southampton, bringing cruisers to 23 countries on a 99-night voyage. En route, the itinerary takes in a couple of Caribbean isles before transiting the Panama Canal and visiting Cabo and San Francisco. Then it's on to Hawaii and more far-flung isles in the South Pacific, before hitting up several ports in Australia. Arcadia makes a good run of hopping about Asia, with a few additional stops in the Middle East, before backtracking to Southampton for disembarkation on April 16, 2019.

Departure Date: January 6, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Southampton to San Francisco, 24 nights; San Francisco to Sydney, 21 nights; Sydney to Hong Kong, 19 nights; Hong Kong to Dubai, 17 nights; Dubai to Southampton, 18 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from £9,999 to £25,999 per person; segments start from £2,299, double occupancy.


Princess Cruises

The Trip: Pacific Princess will offer another world cruise in January 2019, embarking round trip from Fort Lauderdale. The 111-night sailing -- a shorter version of which can also be experienced by departing instead from Los Angeles on January 20 -- takes in more than 40 ports of call. The sailing includes a Panama Canal crossing, and visits to Hawaii, French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia. Next up is an extended visit to nations in Asia and Africa, before continuing on to Northern Europe. The ship then crosses the Atlantic to visit Brazil and the Caribbean; it disembarks in Fort Lauderdale on April 27.

Departure Date: January 5, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, 15 nights; Los Angeles to Sydney, 29 nights; Sydney to Cape Town, 43 nights; Cape Town to Fort Lauderdale, 39 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $22,879 to $42,199 per person; segments start from $2,499, double occupancy.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The Trip: Seven Seas Navigator sails around the world once again in 2019, on a 131-night voyage that embarks in Los Angeles on January 3, 2019, and returns to New York City on May 15. The 26-country journey takes in more than 60 ports across five continents, including three new ports of call for the line in Makassar (Sulawesi), Indonesia; Kingfisher Bay (Fraser Island), Australia; and Puerto Princesa, Philippines. Plus, the itinerary incorporates overnight stays in more than a dozen ports of call, for even more shore-side immersion in locales like Bora Bora, Sydney, Hong Kong and Haifa, Israel. More than 260 shore excursions are included with Regent's rates, as are a handful of special in-port experiences, like an elephant safari under the stars in Bali.

Departure Date: January 3, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Los Angeles to Papeete, 20 nights; Papeete to Sydney, 19 nights; Sydney to Hong Kong, 24 nights; Hong Kong to Singapore, 12 nights; Singapore to Dubai, 20 nights; Dubai to Rome, 20 nights; Rome to New York, 16 nights

Price: Full world all-inclusive cruise fares range from $58,999 to $174,999 per person, including airfare; segments start from $7,999, double occupancy.


Silversea Cruises

The Trip: Silver Whisper's 2019 world cruise is a 132-night voyage that calls on 52 ports in 31 countries, with 14 overnight port calls. Embarking from San Francisco, the ship sails west to French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia and then travels from Southeast Asia (Indonesia and the Philippines) north, before heading back south to Singapore and India. The route continues through the Maldives and Seychelles before visiting ports throughout Africa and the Atlantic coast of Europe; the sailing ends in London on May 19, 2019. Nine writers -- including Pico Iyer and Paul Theroux -- will be onboard the sailing to write stories, inspired by the world cruise route, to be included in a special anthology.

Departure Date: January 6, 2019

Itinerary Segments: San Francisco to Papeete, 12 nights; Papeete to Sydney, 14 nights; Sydney to Bali, 14 nights; Bali to Tokyo, 14 nights; Tokyo to Singapore, 16 nights; Singapore to Mombasa, 16 nights; Mombasa to Cape Town, 14 nights; Cape Town to Lisbon, 24 nights; Lisbon to London, 8 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $58,000 to $210,000 per person; segment fares are not yet available for booking.


Viking Ocean Cruises

The Trip: Viking Sun will sail Viking Ocean Cruises' second world voyage, with a focus on the southern hemisphere: South America, the South Pacific, Australia/New Zealand and Africa. Departing Miami on January 3, 2019, and returning to London 128 days later, Viking Sun will visit 44 ports in 21 countries on five continents, with 10 overnights in port. Highlights include an overnight in Rio de Janeiro, a visit to the Falkland Islands and Easter Island, scenic cruising in New Zealand's Milford Sound and an overnight safari in Mozambique. The ship reaches the port of Greenwich (for London) on May 10, but overnights there with the official disembarkation day scheduled for May 11.

Departure Date: January 3, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Segments are not available for purchase.

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $49,995 to $149,995 per person, based on double occupancy.


The Trip: Viking explores the Pacific Rim with its 92-night "Grand Pacific Explorer" voyage on Viking Spirit. The cruise, technically packaged as a "Grand Voyage" rather than a full world cruise, departs New Zealand and sails to Australia before heading to Indonesia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Russia, the U.S. and Canada, ending in Vancouver on May 27. The trip includes overnight stays in 15 of the 50 ports of call.

Departure Date: February 24, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Segments are not available for booking on this voyage.

Price: Cruise fares range from $32,199 to $164,449 per person.