It's been nearly a century since the first world cruise sailed on Cunard's RMS Laconia in 1922. The phenomenon was long considered a viable travel option for the cash -- and time -- rich.

Nowadays, it's still a great draw for folks of a certain age, but we're also seeing a new spark of energy in this classic cruise getaway, with more lines announcing world voyages, and some even run two or more a year.

And even those folks who can't commit to the full trip can participate through an increasingly popular option in which you can buy a "segment," ranging from a week to more than a month.

World cruises typically begin in January and end in April or May. However, every now and then, there's an anomaly, so be on the lookout if you want something a bit different.

Whether you want to dream big or live large, here's the rundown of 2019/2010 world cruises departing from Southampton (for a full list of ships departing on World Cruises please visit our sister site and click on the US flag at bottom right.

2019 World Cruises (leaving from the UK)

2019 World Cruises (non-UK)

Feed. Olsen Cruise Lines

The Trip: Boudicca will break the rules of world cruising when it sets sail from Dover on 3 October 2019 on a 168-night World Cruise. This incredible voyage is not only unprecedented in its duration, it's also an unusual time of year to head off to warmer climes -- although it does make sense as passengers will miss the entire winter.  Whilst not a circumnavigation, this epic journey to Africa, Asia and Australasia, Arabia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean will sail to some of the world's most spectacular islands, fascinating cities, remarkable historical, cultural and spiritual sites, as well as awe-inspiring natural wonders. Another facet that sets this cruise apart is the number of overnights in unusual ports -- many of which are three-day stays.

Departure Date: October 3, 2019

Itinerary Segments: There’s an array of shorter sectors available including: 7-nights from Dover to Tenerife on 3 October from £899; 14-nights from Cape Town to the Seychelles setting sail on 31 October from £2,999; a similar duration cruise from Phuket to Bali departing on 28 November also costs £2,999; a 42-night segment from Cairns to Mumbai embarking on 9 January 2020 is £6,599; while on 20 February 2020 a 28-night voyage from Dubai back to Dover starts at £3,599.

Price: The entire voyage starts at £17,399 per person.

Princess Cruises

Sea Princess

The Trip: Princess runs a second 106-night world cruise in 2019 aboard Sea Princess, with a more unusual itinerary and schedule that embarks round trip from Sydney in May (with additional launch points available round trip from Brisbane or Auckland). Expect nearly 40 ports of call in more than 30 countries throughout Australia, Asia, the Middle East (with a Suez Canal crossing), the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Canada, the Eastern U.S., the Panama Canal, Central and South America, the South Pacific and New Zealand. Sea Princess returns to Sydney on August 29.

Departure Date: May 14, 2019

Itinerary Segments: Sydney to Dubai, 22 nights; Sydney to London, 56 nights; Sydney to New York, 68 nights; Brisbane to London, 54 nights; Auckland to London, 60 nights; Dubai to London, 34 nights; London to Auckland, 46 nights; London to Brisbane, 52 nights;  London to Sydney, 50 nights; London to New York, 12 nights; New York to Sydney, 38 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $17,709 to $28,509 per person; segments start from $3,979, double occupancy.

Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Sun - August

The Trip: Viking Sun will sail the longest-ever continuous "Ultimate World Cruise " featuring an incredibly lengthy 244-night itinerary that makes a full circumnavigation of the globe. The entire eight-month journey, sailing round trip from London, will visit 59 countries on six continents, with an included-in-the-fare excursion in every port; 22 ports will feature overnight calls. Two shorter itinerary variations -- including a 126-night segment from London to L.A., or a 118-night voyage from L.A. to London -- are also available. From London, the full voyage explores Northern Europe, Iceland and Greenland, continuing on to Canada, the Northeast U.S., and Bermuda. The Caribbean, South America and California follow, before making way to the South Pacific and Australia/New Zealand. Finally, the ship heads to Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The sailing ends in London on May 2, 2020

Departure Date: August 31, 2019

Itinerary Segments: London to Los Angeles, 126 nights; Los Angeles to London, 118 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $92,990 to $269,990 per person; segment fares start from $45,995 per person, based on double occupancy.

2020 World Cruises (leaving from the UK)

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

The Trip: Columbus embarks on its 120-night "Grand Round The World Cruise" from Tilbury on 6 January 2020. This odyssey first heads to Rotterdam then Ponta Delgada in the Azores before arriving at Curacao and Aruba in the Dutch Caribbean. A call at Colón precedes a transit of the Panama Canal before heading across the Pacific Ocean to the French Polynesian ports of Nuku Hiva, Papeete (overnight) and Bora Bora; before sailing into the Tongan capital of Nuku’ Alofa. This epic cruise continues on to Tauranga, Auckland, and Wellington in New Zealand before Sydney appears on the horizon. Heading north, calls are made at Hamilton Island, Yorkey’s Knob (for Cairns) and Madang in Papua New Guinea. Yokohama and Kagoshima are the two Japanese ports, while Tianjin (Beijing), Shanghai and Hong Kong are the three Chinese ports, before pressing on to Halong Bay, Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Sihanoukville, Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Singapore, Port Kelang (Kuala Lumpur) and Penang. Colombo in Sri Lanka precedes the Indian ports of Cochin and Mumbai before heading west to Safaga (for Luxor) and Aqaba (for Petra). Following a transit of the Suez Canal, calls are made at Haifa, Athens and Gibraltar before heading home.

Departure Date: January 6, 2020

Itinerary Segments: There are a variety of sectors such as a 50-night cruise from Tilbury to Sydney which sets sail on 6 January with fly/cruise fares from £3,999; as well as a 77-night fly/cruise from Tilbury to Hong Kong from £6,209. Shorter segments range from a 6-night sailing from Auckland to Sydney departing on 19 February starting at £484; while a 32-night voyage home from Singapore to Tilbury setting sail on 3 April is available with fly/cruise fares from £2,579.

Price: Prices for the full voyage start at £8,999.


The Trip: Queen Mary 2 departs Southampton on a 99-night round-trip voyage calling at 31 ports. While not a complete circumnavigation, this cruise heads through the Mediterranean towards Haifa before transiting the Suez Canal. Arabian ports precede a leisurely exploration of Oriental cities before Hong Kong’s skyline appears off the bow. The compass is then set in a southerly direction as the Cunard flagship sails for Darwin on Australia’s north coast. After visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle, the ship heads to the Indian Ocean with calls at Port Louis in Mauritius and Durban. Rounding the Cape of Good Hope and calling into Cape Town, the long voyage home is interspersed with calls at Walvis Bay, Tenerife and Madeira.

Departure Date: January 10, 2020

Itinerary Segments: There are plenty of shorter sectors available including a 20-night sailing from Southampton to Dubai departing on 10 January, calling at Lisbon, Naples, Haifa (for Galilee), transit of the Suez Canal and Aqaba (for Petra). Fly/cruise prices from £1,799. Another tempting 39-night cruise from Southampton to Hong Kong continues from Dubai, calling at Muscat, Colombo, Phuket, Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore (overnight), Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang. Fly/cruise prices start at £4,499.

Price: Cruise fares start at £12,029 per person.


The Trip: Queen Victoria also departs on January 10, on a 78-night "Discover South America" voyage calling at 27 ports, including Fort Lauderdale, Manaus (in the heart of Amazonia), Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires before navigating the Beagle Channel, Cape Horn and the mighty glaciers of Patagonia. Heading north there are rare visits to Chilean ports including San Antonio (Santiago) before an overnight in Callao (Peru). There is a day-long transit of the Panama Canal, and then it’s on to Cartagena and Curacao before a call at Ponta Delgada in the Azores precedes the passage home to Southampton.

Departure Date: January 10, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Two shorter sectors include a 31-night voyage from Southampton to Rio de Janeiro on 10 January which includes calls at Bermuda, Port Canaveral, San Juan, and Barbados before a 1,000 miles sail along the Amazon before returning to the Atlantic and dropping anchor at Salvador prior to journey's end at Rio de Janeiro. Fly/cruise prices start at £3,627. On 29 February, there's a 28-night voyage from San Antonio (Santiago, Chile) all the way home to Southampton. This unusual routing for Cunard boasts calls at Coquimbo and Arica in Chile as well as Callao where an overnight stay allows an exploration of the Peruvian capital, Lima.

Price: Cruise fares start at £8,949 per person.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

The Trip: Balmoral is undertaking a 70-night "South American Exploration" voyage from Southampton on 6 January 2020 with calls at Lisbon, Madeira and Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands. After a southerly crossing of the Atlantic, there are calls at the Brazilian city of Salvador, followed by an overnight in Rio de Janeiro before heading south to Montevideo, Punta del Este and Buenos Aires for another overnight stay. A rare visit is made to the Falkland Islands before returning to the South American continent at Punta Arenas, Chile. Heading up the western coastline there's a navigation of the Chilean fjords in Patagonia, plus calls at Puerto Chacabuco, Valparaiso, Arica and Paracas which precede an overnight in Callao -- the Peruvian port that is the gateway to Lima. After a visit to Puerto Limón there's a transit of the Panama Canal before the Dutch Antillean islands of Curacao and Bonaire. Then it’s on to Barbados, Antigua and St Kitts before heading back across the Atlantic to England via Ponta Delgada in the Azores and La Coruna.

Departure Date: January 6, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Not available.

Price: Prices for the entire voyage lead in at £6,999 per person.

P&O Cruises

The Trip: Arcadia is the only ship in the P&O Cruises' fleet to escape winter chills for a complete circumnavigation in 2020. Setting sail from Southampton on 3 January, this 100-night "Western Circumnavigation" is a reboot of a tried and trusted formula that offers a decidedly British take on this monumental voyage of over 32,900 nautical miles that includes 27 ports of call. This three-month ocean odyssey visits some of the world’s greatest cities with overnight stays in San Francisco, Honolulu, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai. Along the way, there’s the chance to discover paradise islands, ancient temples and monuments, breathtaking natural beauty and jaw-dropping world wonders. The cruise heads west to the Caribbean and US West Coast before sailing across the Pacific to Australia. After Sydney there’s Brisbane and Manila, plus Hong Kong, Singapore and Colombo prior to the homeward-bound leg via the Arabian Gulf, Suez Canal and Mediterranean.

Departure Date: January 3, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Shorter sectors include a 25-night passage from Southampton to San Francisco, departing on 3 January and calling at Madeira, Barbados, Curacao, Panama Canal transit, Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala) and Manzanillo (Mexico). Fly/cruise prices start at £2,639. A 22-night sailing from San Francisco to Sydney, departing on 28 January, visits Honolulu, Pago Pago (American Samoa), Nuka Alofa (Tonga), Tauranga, Auckland and Bay of Islands. Fly/cruise prices start at £4,279.

Price: Prices for the entire voyage lead in at £12,269.

2020 World Cruises

Crystal Symphony in Cape Town

2020 World Cruises

Costa Cruises

The Trip: Costa runs its annual world voyage aboard Costa Deliziosa in 2020. The 112-night voyage embarks round trip from Venice in January, with more than 40 stops scheduled in Italy, Greece, France, Spain, Barbados, Aruba, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, the Pitcairn Islands, French Polynesia, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Oman, Jordan and Israel. The ship returns to Venice on April 26, 2020.

Departure Date: January 5, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Rome to Venice, 108 nights; Barcelona to Venice, 106 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $14,779 to $34,259 per person; segments start from $14,719, double occupancy.

Crystal Cruises

The Trip: Crystal Serenity's "Epic Empires & Idyllic Isles" is a 105-night voyage (and the 25th world cruise for the line) that calls nearly exclusively on ports in the Southern Hemisphere. The itinerary, spanning 47 cities in 23 countries, begins in Miami on January 6, 2020. The ship will head south to Colombia before transiting the Panama Canal and cruising the coast of Central America and Mexico. There's a pit stop in L.A. (a secondary world cruise launch point), before making way for the South Pacific to visit the Marquesas Islands, the Society Islands, the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji; it's then on to New Zealand and Australia. Asia follows, with Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India, before dipping into the Middle East at Oman, Israel and Jordan (with a Suez Canal transit). The sailing rounds out at some Greek Islands and along the Italian coast, before disembarkation in Rome on April 21.

Departure Date: January 6, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Miami to Los Angeles, 15 nights; Los Angeles to Papeete, 13 nights; Papeete to Auckland, 15 nights; Auckland to Sydney, 13 nights; Sydney to Singapore, 17 nights; Singapore to Mumbai, 14 nights; Mumbai to Rome, 18 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $30,447 to $202,099 per person; segment fares begin at $4,499 per person for a suite.

Holland America Line

The Trip: Holland America's Amsterdam sails a 128-night world voyage round trip from Fort Lauderdale in January 2020. A quick stop in the Caribbean (at Dominica and St. Lucia) is followed up by calls in South America at French Guiana, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, with a rare detour to Antarctica. The ship makes way for several calls throughout the South Pacific, with New Zealand and Australia, before cruising through Asia, with stops scheduled in Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Next up is Africa, with the islands of the Seychelles, Mayotte and Madagascar, as well as mainland calls in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and Namibia. The ship then hits some remote Atlantic islands, including Saint Helena and Ascension Island, before dipping back into the Caribbean (at Barbados, Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico) and returning to Fort Lauderdale on May 12, 2020.

Departure Date: January 4, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Segments have not yet been posted for booking as of press time.

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $22,799 to $79,990 per person.

MSC Cruises

The Trip: MSC Cruises is following up its successful first (and sold out) world cruise in 2019 with a second one aboard MSC Magnifica in 2020. The voyage embarks from Rome on January 4, 2020, and can also be joined in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona on January 5, 6 and 7, respectively. The cruise will then take in ports in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Central and South America, the South Pacific, Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Plus, eight overnight port calls are featured, with 15 shore excursions included in the fare. The cruise concludes in Genoa on April 30, 2020, after visiting 43 destinations in 23 different countries.

Departure Date: January 4, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Segments are currently unavailable for booking.

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $16,278 to $47,128 per person.

Oceania Cruises

The Trip: In 2020, Insignia sails an "Around the World in 180 Days" voyage, unique in that it crosses the equator four times while visiting a whopping 95 ports -- including a circumnavigation of South America. The 180-night itinerary runs from Miami to San Francisco, from January 8 through July 5; there are also options to extend the voyage to 195 nights to sail round trip back to Miami, or to 200 nights, by sailing on to New York. (Embarkation is also available out of San Francisco on January 26, sailing round trip for 162 nights, or on to Miami for 177 nights or to New York for 182 nights.)

Passengers will start with visits to Key West and Havana, Cuba, heading to Colombia, Central America (including a Panama Canal transit) and Mexico, before hitting up the California coast (and the secondary pickup point in San Francisco). It's then onward for even more Mexico and Central America, before an intensive South American visit. Following a transatlantic crossing, numerous calls in Africa await, before moving on toward an extended stay in Asia, including visits to nine Japanese ports. Russia and Alaska follow up, before the ship winds back down the West Coast to San Francisco.

Departure Date: January 8, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Miami to San Francisco, 18 nights; San Francisco to Santiago, 22 nights; Santiago to Buenos Aires, 16 nights; Buenos Aires to Cape Town, 36 nights; Cape Town to Singapore, 30 nights; Singapore to Hong Kong, 15 nights; Hong Kong to Tokyo, 18 nights; Hong Kong to San Francisco, 43 nights; San Francisco to New York, 20 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $37,499 to $141,499 per person, double occupancy; segments start from $1,999, double occupancy.

Princess Cruises

The Trip: Princess' 111-night world cruise voyage aboard Pacific Princess sets sail from Fort Lauderdale in January and will visit 42 ports of call. The cruise begins with stops in Aruba followed by a traverse of the Panama Canal and calls in Costa Rica and Mexico. The ship then reaches its second pickup point in Los Angeles, where cruisers have the option to join the world cruise late, on January 20. From there, it's on to Hawaii, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia and Asia (with stops in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Maldives), before a dip into Africa, with calls in Tanzania, Madagascar, South Africa, Namibia and more. A transatlantic crossing back to Fort Lauderdale follows, with stops in Brazil and the Caribbean en route, in time for disembarkation on April 26.

Departure Date: January 5, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles, 15 nights; Los Angeles to Sydney, 29 nights; Los Angeles to Cape Town, 74 nights; Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, 96 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $22,999 to $68,999 per person; segments start from $2,449, double occupancy.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The Trip: Sail aboard plush Seven Seas Mariner's 131-night world cruise itinerary, running round trip from Miami in January; a second round trip variation on the sailing is available with a pickup in San Francisco on January 24. Taking in 30 countries spread out over six continents (all except Antarctica), passengers will have the opportunity to visit 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and to enjoy 13 overnight calls. Bonus: Nearly 400 worldwide shore excursions are included in the upfront rates, as are three exclusive shoreside events in New Zealand, Singapore and Tuscany. The ship returns to Miami on May 17, 2020.

Departure Date: January 6, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Miami to San Francisco, 18 nights; San Francisco to Papeete, 18 nights; Papeete to Sydney, 18 nights; Sydney to Singapore, 18 nights; Singapore to Abu Dhabi, 20 nights; Abu Dhabi to Rome, 21 nights; Rome to Miami, 18 nights; Miami to San Francisco, 18 nights

Price: Full world all-inclusive cruise fares range from $65,999 to $175,999 per person, including airfare; segments start from $11,000, double occupancy.

Seabourn Cruises

The Trip: Seabourn's 146-night world cruise -- its first official world cruise in six years, despite lengthy extended explorations -- departs Miami on January 4, 2020, and will visit 62 ports in 36 countries. Seabourn Sojourn will start by heading south and east, visiting the Caribbean before crossing the Atlantic to Africa, where it will visit ports on the continent's east, south and west coasts. It then sails on to India, Southeast Asia and Indonesia, and finishes up with visits to Australia, the South Pacific and Hawaii. Highlights include 16 overnight calls, 18 additional late-night stays and options for mid-cruise, over-land excursions to places like the Taj Mahal. The cruise ends in San Francisco on May 28, 2020.

Departure Date: January 4, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Miami to Cape Town, 39 nights; Miami to Singapore, 78 nights; Miami to Sydney, 116 nights; Cape Town to Singapore, 39 nights; Cape Town to Sydney, 77 nights; Cape Town to San Francisco, 107 nights; Singapore to Sydney, 38 nights; Singapore to San Francisco, 68 nights; Sydney to San Francisco, 30 nights.

Price: Full world all-inclusive cruise fares range from $65,999 to $142,999 per person, including airfare; segments start from $13,499, double occupancy.

Silversea Cruises

The Trip: Silver Whisper's 2020 world cruise is a 139-night voyage that is causing a buzz for visiting all seven continents, including an expedition experience in the Antarctic (a first during a world cruise for the line), and calls on 62 ports in 32 countries. The ship sails from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean and South America, followed by an expedition-style visit to Antarctica. From there, the ship sails around to Chile before voyaging to Easter Island and onto French Polynesia and more South Pacific. Australia and Asia (including Indonesia, Singapore, India and more) follow, before sailing through the Middle East, Mediterranean and Northern Europe to finish up in Amsterdam on May 25, 2020

Departure Date: January 6, 2020

Itinerary Segments: Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires, 21 nights; Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, 19 nights; Valparaiso to Papeete, 15 nights; Papeete to Sydney, 18 nights; Sydney to Singapore, 18 nights; Singapore to Mumbai, 11 nights; Mumbai to Rome, 18 nights; Rome to Dublin, 9 nights; Dublin to Amsterdam, 10 nights

Price: Full world cruise fares range from $62,000 to $240,000 per person, based on double occupancy; segments are not yet open for booking.