Princess Princess

(2:57 p.m. EDT) -- Princess Cruises has announced its 2020 world cruise itinerary, a 111-day roundtrip sailing that will visit 26 countries on five continents. The 670-passenger Pacific Princess departs from Fort Lauderdale on January 5 and Los Angeles on January 20, sailing 34,287 nautical miles and crossing the equator four times during its voyage.

The 2020 world cruise will follow a route similar to the line's 2019 itinerary, but with 42 destinations, including new stops in Melbourne, Australia; Kaikoura, New Zealand; Praslin, Seychelles; and the French protectorate of Mayotte Island (in the Indian Ocean between Mozambique and Madagascar). The 2020 cruise will also include the first call on Stone Town, the old part of the city in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Princess is also offering shorter, multi-day segments along the journey, including a 96-day segment from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale. Princess Cruises, which began offering world cruises 20 years ago, says its guests often "share their appreciation for taking them to places they never in a million years thought they would experience."

The 2020 world tour includes visits to 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 12 late-night stays in certain ports, including Melbourne and Phuket, to maximize time spent there. There is also an overnight visit to Cape Town, South Africa.

Passengers can begin booking their once-in-a-lifetime cruise April 25, with rates starting at $22,999 per person. Early-booking perks include a $1,000 onboard credit per person for booking a balcony, mini-suite, Club Class mini-suite or suite; $500 onboard credit per person for bookings in an interior or oceanview cabin; and complimentary gratuities for any room category. Past Princess guests are also eligible for additional savings.

--By Natalie Pompilio, Cruise Critic contributor