This is an itinerary never heard of. The world’s longest cruise is all set for its debut voyage around the earth. The best part? It’s coming to Mumbai! By Shikha Pushpan
Do you know what legendary trips are made of? Circumnavigating the globe on a luxury cruise, crossing six continents, stopping over at 59 countries, and doing all of this while having the luxury of time at hand.
Viking Cruises is offering the world’s longest ever continuous cruise itinerary that spans over 245 days with 113 port calls and overnights at 22 cities. The Ultimate World Cruise will set sail on August 31, 2019 from London for its grand eight-month long journey that crosses the Atlantic to Canada, down the eastern coast of the United States, through the Caribbean, down the Amazon through Brazil, then around South America, up through the west coast of Central America, through the South Pacific, around New Zealand and Australia, up Eastern Asia, through the Middle East, across the Mediterranean and back up to London.
For those who are limited on time, you can sign up for the first leg of the journey from London to Los Angeles, lasting 127 days, called the Viking World Treasures. Or, come on board for the second half of the journey, Viking World Wonders, from Los Angeles to London, lasting 119 days.
The cruise will make port calls in Kochi, Goa, and Mumbai during the second leg of the journey on days 213, 215, and 216 respectively.
Though many cruise lines have offered “world cruises” in the past. these itineraries took anywhere between 90 to 120 days. The world’s longest cruise will set sail aboard the Viking Sun, the latest entrant in the fleet of Viking Cruises. Spread over nine decks, the cruise is capable of carrying 930 people and comes with restaurants, bars, cinema, spa, pool, wi-fi, and a fitness centre.
The fares start at USD 92,990 and go up to USD 269,990 for the Owner’s Suite. The shorter Viking World Treasures and and Viking World Wonders will cost you USD 47,995 and USD 45,995 respectively. The fares include business class air travel to and from London at the start and end of the cruise. The early birds who book before the end of the year will receive USD 4,000 credit for excursions on land, and a USD 2,000 credit to avail onboard facilities, such as dining and spa.