Choosing a World Cruise for 2014

145831552Cruising takes on a whole new meaning when you are taking a world cruise.  The ship becomes your home for an extended period of time.  You want to ensure you select the the right itinerary, amenities and levels of service you are expecting for your journey.  The best cruise vacations are those that exceed your expectations above and beyond what you thought was possible. Not all luxury lines and not all ships are created equal. With our help, you can decide which ship, type of cruise and line works best for you. Personal service, available shore excursions, activities and exclusive facilities are also important factors to consider.

You can book a full world cruise which ranges from 90 to 120 days, or you can book a segment of the voyage as short as 2 weeks in duration.  Grand voyages book quickly, typically a year in advance.

You will also find that world cruises have exclusive savings and amenities such as 2 for 1 cruise fares, a Gala party the day prior to the cruise departure, shore excursions, special gifts and onboard events and more.

Not every cruise line offers Grand Voyages.  Here are the ships that offer a world cruise in 2014.

silverseadinigCrystal Cruises:

The Crystal Serenity:  Known quite simply as the very best cruise ship in the world, Crystal Serenity is consistently awarded the highest accolades by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, among others. Following a $25-million redesign, Crystal Serenity emerges with a sophisticated look blending Hollywood glamour and Fifth Avenue elegance. Crystal’s award-winning ships ensure that, no matter what the destination, the journey will be memorable.

Cunard Cruises:

Queen Elizabeth, the newest Cunarder, joined the fleet in October 2010. She relives, in modern glamour, the high society events of the 1930s and 1940s. Grace ornate rooms whose rich décor recalls the heritage of the first Cunarder to bear her name. Images and features from her predecessors, Queen Elizabeth and QE2, sit comfortably alongside her modern charm.  The Queen Elizabeth cruise ship offers a 118 night world cruise round trip from Southampton.  Popular segments include the 84 night Southampton to Singapore, the 65 night Southampton to Yokohama, the 42 night New York to Sydney, the 76 night New York to Singapore and the 90 night New York to Dubai.

Queen Mary 2, affectionately known as QM2, was famous even before her first sailing and a worthy heir to Cunard’s rich legacy. As the flagship of the world’s most respected fleet of luxury ocean liners, you’ll delight in her accommodation and renowned restaurants, her breathtaking Grand Lobby and the amazing array of unsurpassed amenities she offers.  Popular segments include the 82 night Southampton to Hong Kong, 63-Night Southampton to Sydney, the 45 night Cape Town to Sydney and 78 night Buenos Aires to Ft Lauderdale.

Queen Victoria joined the Cunard fleet in December 2007. She proudly upholds the heritage and traditions made famous by Cunard. With luxurious marbles, warm woods, plush carpets, rich fabrics and soft furnishings, this ship simply exudes elegance. Queen Victoria’s many diversions and distractions ensure you are as thoroughly entertained and entirely relaxed as you could wish to be.  The full World cruise on the Queen Victoria round trip from Southampton is 116 nights beginning on January 2nd.  Popular segments to book include the 89 night Southampton to San Fransisco, the 61 night Southampton to Sydney, the 38 night Southampton to Santiago, the 79 night Ft. Lauderdale to San Fransisco, the 51 night Ft. Lauderdale to Sydney and the 42 night New York to Syndey.

hollandnieuwamsterdamHolland America Cruises:

The ms Amsterdam is the third ship to bear the name of the Dutch capital in Holland America Line’s over 135-year history. Built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the ms Amsterdam blends the very latest in shipbuilding technology with the artistry, personalized touches and superior service that has made Holland America Line one of the highest-rated cruise lines in the world.  Holland America is known for fantastic, attentive, and personalized service. Comfortable cabins and  smooth sailing ships. Excellent food choices and quality in main dining room and Lido restaurant, great and efficient room serviceThe Amsterdam will have a 113 Grand World Voyage round trip from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.  Popular shorter options are the 24 Night Cape Town to Ft. Lauderdale, 51 night Hong Kong to Ft. Lauderdale and 57 night Ft. Lauderdale to Hong Kong.

Princess Cruises:

With Princess Cruises you can choose between the Dawn and the Pacific Princess.  The Dawn however, has more segments to choose from.  Dawn Princess offers passengers a unique experience throughout some of the most exotic destinations in the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. Whether you’re in the mood for the peaceful tranquility of The Sanctuary®, the outdoor retreat exclusively for adults, or you’re seeking a family night out at Movies Under the Stars®, Dawn Princess offers it all.  As one of the Small Ships of Princess, the Pacific this intimate ship offers two incredible specialty restaurants onboard, Sterling SteakhouseSM and Sabatini’sSM, both with great tasting food to enhance your night out. Or enjoy traditional dining in the main dining rooms, where the same friendly waitstaff serve you each night as you get to know your fellow tablemates.

Seabourn Cruises:

Seabourn also offers 2 ships with World Cruises in 2014 – the Seabourn Quest and the Seabourn Sojourn.  Seabourn Quest carries with her a bevy of award-winning dining venues that are comparable to the finest restaurants to be found anywhere, offering a variety of dining options to suit every taste and every mood, with never an extra charge. The Restaurant is the main dining venue on board, serving multi-course breakfasts, luncheons and dinners in an open-seating style. Menus reflect an insistence on fresh, high-quality ingredients, masterful preparation and appealing presentations. One of her most unique features is Seabourn Square, an ingenious “living room” that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a welcoming lounge filled with easy chairs, sofas and cocktail tables. An enclave in its center houses knowledgeable concierges, ready to assist all guests. The Spa at Seabourn is the largest on any ultra-luxury ship, its 11,400-square-feet encompassing indoor and outdoor space over two decks.  Seabourn Sojourn enchants her guests with an array of public areas scaled to encourage a relaxed sociability. One of the most unique features of Seabourn Sojourn is Seabourn Square, an ingenious “living room” that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a welcoming lounge filled with easy chairs, sofas and cocktail tables. An enclave in its center houses knowledgeable concierges, ready to assist all guests. The Spa at Seabourn is the largest on any ultra-luxury ship, its 11,400-square-feet encompassing indoor and outdoor space over two decks. A variety of open terraces offer places to gather with a few friends or spend an isolated hour with a book. Seabourn Sojourn features six whirlpools and two swimming pools, including a “beach” style pool. The panoramic Observation Bar on Deck 10 offers panoramic views of the sea. The Club is a lively spot for dancing before and after dinner, while the larger Grand Salon is used for dancing as well as lectures, production vocal shows, cabaret performances and classical recitals.

Silversea Cruises:

Last but not least is the luxury cruise line, Silversea Cruises which uses the Silver Whisper for their Grand Voyages.  The full cruise is 113 nights from Los Angeles to Barcelona with several segments as short as 10 nights available between Auckland and Sydney or Istanbul and Barcelona.  Silver Whisper offers its guest the ultimate in intimate Italian Cruising – six-star service, fewer guests, more space and the ability to slip into exotic ports off the beaten path. It is as elegant as a grand hotel, as gracious as a long-time friends’ home. Each all ocean-view suite provides a sumptuous retreat. Each public space is intimate yet inviting. It’s a warm feeling of home upon the seas of the earth.  Aboard Silver Whisper you will find a most accommodating place to view our world. Whether it’s delicious onboard diversions, world-class cuisine, memorable dining venues or staying connected from anywhere, Silversea’s impeccable standards apply to every detail of your voyage.

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