In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan set out with 270 men and a fleet of five ships to become the first crew to circumnavigate the globe.
Five centuries later, commercial cruise lines offer the chance for travelers to hop on a boat and be carried around the world in luxury. In particular, around-the-world cruises give modern-day explorers the ability to see the world in six months (or fewer).
Here are five of our favorite extended cruises, available to book through Sears Travel today:
1. The Viking World Cruise
Five continents, 35 countries, and 66 ports in 120 days — that’s the promise of the Viking World Cruise, which begins in Los Angeles and wraps up thousands of miles later in London. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to explore the City of Sails in New Zealand, see the abundant wildlife in Balinese Java, and witness the famous tunnels and delta of Ho Chi Minh.
Viking also offers the option of a 21-day pre-cruise that launches from Miami, stopping at exotic locations in the Caribbean, around Central America, and through the Panama Canal. This extended, 141-day cruise is perfect for travelers looking for a taste of nearly every continent.
2. Around the World in 180 Days with Oceania
Jules Verne famously recommended 80 days as an appropriate length for an around-the-world voyage, but clearly, Oceania thought that Verne’s suggestion was about 100 days too short. You’ll embark on your journey from Miami, and for the next six months, you’ll hop continent to continent before ending up back on US shores having explored a lifetime’s worth of exotic locations — to name just a few, Oceania’s 180-day cruise will allow you to take in the sights of the Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai and snorkel in the coral reefs surrounding Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
3. Crystal Cruises
Crystals Cruises offers four different world cruise options, spanning from 84 days to 129 days. In 2018, their two luxury ships — Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity — will sail around the world simultaneously, taking their combined 2,160 passengers to the most popular locations on the planet.
These voyages begin in Cape Town, South Africa, before sailing around the southern half of Australia, hitting almost two dozen locations in Southeast Asia, traversing the Suez Canal, and eventually delivering passengers to their final destination in beautiful Rome. Along the way, you’ll see the picturesque Sydney Opera House, experience the unique energy of Hong Kong, and get a taste of the most historic cities along the Red Sea.
The 121-day world cruise from SilverSea takes passengers from Los Angeles to Rome, stopping at 60 ports in 21 countries en route. From the crystal clear waters of Bora Bora and the white sands of Hawaii to the historic sights of Bangkok and the ruins of Safaga, this extended cruise offers a glimpse into a huge array of cultures around the world.
5. Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises offers a number of round-trip, around-the-world cruises that begin and end in either Ft. Lauderdale or Los Angeles. Take a few months off to venture around the globe and see some of the most iconic sights in the world. You might experience the bustling metropolis and awe-inspiring buildings in Abu Dhabi, or bask in the culture of The Eternal City in Civitavecchia, Italy. Cruise enthusiasts have the option of journeying for either 94 or 111 days.
If you are interested in an extended cruise, but don’t know where to start, consider booking through Sears Travel. We offer a lowest price guarantee, meaning that if you find better prices anywhere else, we’ll match them. Once you apply your Travel Bucks to these deals, the combined savings will outpace those offered by our competitors — that’s our promise.