This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
If you’ve got a few hundred days at your disposal and want to see as much of the world as possible without the hassle of multiple itineraries and agents, embark on a world cruise.
The 128-day Grand World Voyage on board the midsize Amsterdam is a round trip leaving from Fort Lauderdale that takes you to far-flung destinations including the Antarctic, Easter Island and Tonga. The views of the Chilean fjords or mist-draped mountains of Sri Lanka are breathtaking.
January 4 – May 12, 2020, hollandamerica.com
Starting in London, Viking Sun’s 245-day Ultimate World Cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure covering six continents, 59 countries and 112 cities and ports. History buffs will enjoy the Neolithic sites of Kirkwall, Scotland, and the fortress of El Morro in Puerto Rico.
August 31, 2019 –May 2, 2020, vikingcruises.com
Queen Mary 2
Spend 113 nights on board the Queen Mary 2, embarking in New York. If you can’t bear to leave your pet pooch at home for such a protracted period, the Queen Mary 2 is one of the few ships with a kennel, complete with a Kennel Master. Adventures in exotic locales such as Namibia, Jordan and Réunion await.
January 3 – April 25, 2020, cunard.com