BIG LAP OF LUXURY

Sail around the world in the most in­cred­i­ble way

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - LINER NOTES - AN­DREA BLACK

If money was no ob­ject, and you had all the time in the world, which cruise would you embark on? There’s a good chance it might be a luxury around-the­world voy­age to undis­cov­ered, far off ports to im­merse in the cui­sine and cul­ture of each des­ti­na­tion you visit be­fore re­tir­ing to your luxury bal­cony suite as the ves­sel sails away into the sun­set to the next port.

Like a modern-day Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, you’d en­counter fas­ci­nat­ing sit­u­a­tions along the way, from get­ting face-to-face with pen­guins in the Antarc­tic to vis­it­ing Egypt’s mys­te­ri­ous Val­ley of Kings.

The pin­na­cle in a luxury sea jour­ney has to be a world cruise.

Here are some of the best.

SIL­VERSEA’S SEVEN-CON­TI­NENT WORLD CRUISE

Come 2020, Sil­versea’s Sil­ver Whis­per will embark on a world first – a sev­en­con­ti­nent world cruise vis­it­ing 62 ports. The 140-day voy­age marks the first time guests can step foot on all seven con­ti­nents on a world cruise.

High­lights in­clude the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore Antarc­tica on a three-day ex­pe­ri­ence led by a team of nine qual­i­fied spe­cial­ists. You’ll spy pen­guins in their nat­u­ral habi­tat and have shore-side ad­ven­tures via Zo­diac. An­other high­light is a visit to Cham­pagne Beach in Van­u­atu, where you can en­joy a fes­ti­val which will show­case an ex­clu­sively per­formed wa­ter dance, in which tra­di­tion­ally adorned lo­cals beat the wa­ter’s sur­face as part of the rit­ual.

Other be­spoke events for Sil­versea’s World Cruise 2020 guests in­clude a tango evening with din­ner at El Zan­jon in Buenos Aires and a farewell din­ner in Leith at Ed­in­burgh’s “Sis­tine Chapel”, Mans­field Traquair. Guests can ex­pect the best in luxury aboard Sil­ver Whis­per, about to un­dergo an ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment in De­cem­ber. The cruise de­parts from Fort Laud­erdale on Jan­uary 5, 2020. SIL­VERSEA.COM

CRYS­TAL’S AN­CIENT DY­NAS­TIES & WORLD WON­DERS

Sail­ing on Crys­tal Seren­ity, Crys­tal’s An­cient Dy­nas­ties & World Won­ders world cruise is an epic 139-day voy­age through the Caribbean, Hawai­ian Is­lands, South Pa­cific, Aus­tralia, In­done­sia, South­east Asia, the Far East, the UAE and the Mediter­ranean.

De­part­ing Mi­ami on Jan­uary 5, 2021, some high­lights in­clude tran­sit of the Panama Canal, a visit to Egypt’s Val­ley of Kings, and a chance to visit vine­yards in western Europe.

Guests can ex­pect a wel­come cel­e­bra­tion din­ner aboard Crys­tal Seren­ity in Mi­ami or Los An­ge­les, ship­board spend­ing cred­its, com­pli­men­tary pri­vate car and driver trans­fers be­tween the ship and air­port, a gala din­ner World Cruise Ex­trav­a­ganza Event, an ex­clu­sive shore-side event, spe­cial World Cruise-themed on-board events and spe­cially cu­rated gifts. All guests can ex­pect ex­cep­tional ser­vice and din­ing op­tions on this 535-state­room ship. CRYSTALCRUISES.COM

RE­GENT SEVEN SEAS WORLD HER­ITAGE SITES WORLD CRUISE

On Re­gent Seven Seas’ 117-night world cruise you can visit a whop­ping 56 UN­ESCO World Her­itage sites. The cruise, which de­parts from Mi­ami Jan­uary 5, 2021, vis­its six con­ti­nents, 30 coun­tries and 61 ports across South Amer­ica, French Poly­ne­sia, Aus­tralia, Asia and the Mediter­ranean, in­clud­ing 11 overnight stays.

High­lights in­clude World Her­itage sites in ports such as Colombo, Sri Lanka; Jerusalem, Is­rael; and Li­mas­sol, Cyprus. You’ll ex­pe­ri­ence Peru’s Machu Pic­chu, Pisco’s Nazca Lines and Easter Is­land Moai stat­ues. An­other high­light is a cel­e­bra­tion set against the back­drop of a cas­tle replica in Jor­dan’s Wadi Rum.

The 700-guest Seven Seas Mariner, which un­der­went a bow-to-stern re­fur­bish­ment in 2018, is all-suite and all-bal­cony so views for ev­ery sail­away will al­ways be in­cred­i­ble. RSSC.COM

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