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Luxury and Premium World Cruises: Let’s Compare!

There are 2020 and 2021, and in some cases even 2022, World Cruises currently offered by Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal and Oceania as well as more contemporary lines such as Holland America.

While there is still some availability on 2020 World Cruise, most of those who are going on the Full World Cruises have finalized their plans.  (If you are interested in a 2020 World Cruise, please ask me!)  And while segments of each luxury and premium cruise line’s World Cruises are available, most consider them to be nothing more than a longer cruise which does not have the cache of being associated with a world cruise.

All of the World Cruises mentioned below include such things as included gratuities and beverages, substantial onboard credits, World Cruise events and more. I am not going to be discussing them, or any other added amenities, here as, while they are nice additions, they are not the items that are going to assist in you making your decision.

Seabourn’s 2021 World Cruise

The last to be announced is Seabourn’s 2021 World Cruise is 140 days aboard the Seabourn Sojourn. It is, in my opinion, an OUTSTANDING itinerary.  I recently wrote an article explaining a bit about the 2021 World Cruise which you can read here:  Let’s Talk About the Seabourn 2021 World Cruises (and The Segments) Offerings. Since writing the article pricing is now available with Category A1 Oceanview Suites starting at $67,000 per person  and the top standard Veranda Suite (V6) starting at $95,000 including all fees and taxes…And that is before my discounts and added amenities, a Seabourn 5% Future Cruise Discount – if you have purchased them – or the 3% Early Pay Discount!  (As I noted in my article, a fairly short holiday in French Polynesia will cost you $30,000+, so the pricing with all of the available discounts is quite compelling.)

Silversea’s Classic 2021 World Cruise

Silversea’s Classic 2021 World Cruise is 150 days sailing on the newly refurbished Silver Whisper, and starts out similar to Seabourn’s, but after French Polynesia it heads to Auckland, New Zealand, up the east coast of Australia and then north to Southeast Asia and Japan, turning back south and east taking the more traditional route visiting India then through the Mediterranean ending in Lisbon.  Pricing  starts at a similar $65,000 per person rate and amenities.

Silversea’s Expedition 2021 World Cruise

Silversea’s Expedition 2021 World Cruise is an intensive and truly experiential 167 day voyage that takes advantage of its recent conversion of the Silver Cloud from a classic cruise ship to an expedition ship, as it can offer more the creature comforts and space that the existing expedition fleet otherwise cannot. It starts, curiously, in Ushuaia, Argentina and immediately heads to Antartica for a fairly brief (and later) visit before heading up the Western South American coast through Patagonia to Valparaiso, Chile and then heading over to Easter Island and French Polynesia, Samoa, Fiji, etc. It then heads to Northern Australia for an immersive exploration before doing the same in Indonesia. From there a more traditional route through India and the Mediterranean (with notable port calls in Albania, Tunisia and  Algeria) then up the Western Coast of Europe before heading to Iceland and then going “Arctic” exploring Svalbard and Norway’s North Cape; again curiously ending in Tromso, Norway. Prices start at $99,000 per person for a Vista (oceanview) Suite.  Considering the additional expenses of an expedition voyage coupled with its longer itinerary, this is one well worth considering for those that truly want to get out there.

Regent Seven Seas 2021 World Cruise

Regent Seven Seas’s 2021 World Cruise 117 day voyage on the Seven Seas Mariner departs Miami, and is the only World Cruise that spends time in the Caribbean before heading south along the west coast of South America, then to Easter Island, a quick stop in French Polynesia before exploring New Zealand and the east coast of Australia more than the others before taking the straight path through Indonesia to India and onto the Mediterranean, visiting Israel, Egypt and Turkey before ending in Barcelona.  With its inclusive tours, even if many are not of the quality you may want or you don’t use at all, with fares starting at $63,000 per person it is worth looking at, but if you want a bathtub (and I know many of you do) this may not be the cruise you want as most have been removed from the ship.

Crystal Cruises 2021 World Cruise

Crystal Cruises, which actually has announced its 2022 World Cruise, also starts its 139 day 2021 World Cruise on the Crystal Serenity in Miami, but heads up the United States West Coast before heading across the Pacific, skipping French Polynesia, to the east coast of Australia and then similar to Silversea visits Southeast Asia up to Japan then turning back and visiting India through the Mediterranean and then up the west coast of Europe to London.  Crystal is unique in a couple of respects:  You can book much shorter segments and you have the option of booking a stateroom, rather than a suite.  Prices, however, are actually much higher than the Seabourn and Silversea offerings.

Oceania 2021 World Cruise

Oceania, long known for its excellent itineraries, “Around the World in 180 Days” World Cruise on the Insignia provides a wonderful itinerary and the opportunity to have a premium (not luxury) experience; especially for those who do not want to pay the price for a suite.  (Note: The Penthouses are quite nice, but the staterooms are very small with bathrooms that are difficult to deal with on a short cruise.) However, when you look at the suite prices, you will find Seabourn, Silversea and Regent just might provide a better value even though this cruise is about 30-40 days longer.  The itinerary, which has a remarkable number of sea days (for those that live for them), starts in Miami then through the Panama Canal, up to Los Angeles before heading to Hawaii and then down to French Polynesia, Samoa and Fiji, before just briefly touching New Zealand, then up the east coast of Australia to Indonesia before heading north to the Philipines, Taiwan and Japan before heading south with a typical Hong Kong to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand itinerary. After reaching Singapore a more standard Myanmar, India cruise before heading to the Mediterranean. Once there the journey immerses in Israel, Greece and Turkey before heading west; eventually wandering up the West Coast of Europe. And then, after a brief visit to the British Isles it is off to Iceland, Greenland and then the East Coast of North America ending in New York City.

In summary, the 2021 World Cruises have a lot of diversity in ships, onboard experiences and itineraries.  Which one(s) interest you? Which segments interest you?

If you are interested in the 2021 (or 2020 or even 2022) World Cruise give me a call, drop me an email or send me a Facebook message!

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