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5 of the best World Cruises in 2025 & 2026

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As the travel restrictions of the last few years fade away it is a great time to finally tick off those items lingering on the bucket list. The appeal of a world cruise has only grown, and it's not uncommon for itineraries to sell out the day they go on sale. Here are 5 of the best World Cruises in 2025 and 2026.

What could be more appealing than planning ahead for the ultimate holiday of a lifetime, ticking off your whole 'must see' bucket list in the course of one trip - and without having to pack and unpack?

The ships we prefer, with a small passenger complement of under 1,000 guests, are perfect if you enjoy lots of space, no queues and high standards of attention to detail in all aspects of your trip. As a full world cruiser (which means you are taking the whole voyage from start to finish, rather than a shorter sector), you will also find that lots of extra treats and bonuses are thrown in, to make your journey extra special.

Don't wait for prices to go down - they won't! World cruises are being announced as far ahead as 2026 so book as early as you can to get exactly the accommodation to suit you for all those days away. You will get the best fares, and often there are lots of extra inclusions, such as business class flights.

5 of the best World Cruises

Not all world cruises are circumnavigations, and there is a surprising variety in itineraries, so take the time to work out your priorities, and have your expert Mundy cruise consultant advise you on which will be perfect for you - this is an investment after all, so you need to choose well.

Obviously you need to plan ahead for such a trip - you need to clear out your diary, maybe arrange for someone to live in your house, certainly find a temporary new home for the dogs. So whether you are planning for 2024, or you're already ready to commit for 2025 or even 2026, there are plenty of options available. Here are our top choices:


Silversea's 2025 world cruises are almost completely sold out, so luckily their fabulous itinerary for 2026 still has space. Travelling across six continents in 140 days, this diverse voyage from Fort Lauderdale explores ancient cultures and historical marvels.

Highlights include the imposing moai on remote Easter Island, following ancient trade routes in Asia, visiting the archaeological wonders of Petra and Luxor, and a morning sailing into the beautiful Bay of Kotor. Plus, the voyage will be aboard the beautiful Silver Dawn, so guests will benefit from the incredibly popular S.A.L.T. culinary concept and the Otium wellness programme.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

For many, Regent offers the perfect world cruise, with shore excursions included and lovely spacious accommodation even at entry level. As a result, a sell-out is not unusual. There is extremely limited space on the 2025 itinerary which will be the longest ever operated by Regent, departing Miami on 7 January, and arriving in San Francisco 150 days later.

You will travel along the east coast of South America, enjoy scenic cruising in Antarctica, then sail the Pacific including Easter Island, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and finally Alaska. Alaska. The 2026 itinerary is already filling fast and sails across the globe with highlights including the Pacific Islands, India, and Southern Africa. With included business class flights, exclusive shoreside experiences and so much more, this will truly be the holiday of a lifetime.


Seabourn don't always operate a world cruise, often choosing to offer a selection of grand voyages instead, so when it does happen you know it's going to be particularly special. Their 129-day 2026 Ring of Fire world voyage still has availability, leaving LA on 6 January and visiting Hawaii and the South Pacific islands, as well as an extensive exploration of Australia, New Zealand and Asia and finishing in Vancouver via the Inside Passage.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal relaunched in summer 2023 and has a fabulous world cruise sailing in January 2025. Sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona for 123 nights, world cruise guests will enjoy several fabulous experiences, with highlights including visiting the Chilean fjords and Ushuaia, the gateway to Antarctica; celebrations at the Rio Carnival; and an extensive exploration through South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya.

The sailings will be on board the newly refurbished Crystal Serenity which has a reduced guest capacity, enhanced contemporary accommodations and world-class cuisine including the return of the beloved guest favourite Umi Uma from renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

5 of the best World Cruises


Although not a small ship it would be remiss not to mention Cunard, whose new ship Queen Anne will enjoy a Maiden World Cruise following her inaugural sailing in summer 2024. Queen Anne will operate a 111-night Hamburg round-trip, departing 7 January 2025 and heading west through the Caribbean via New York to then enjoy highlights including Hawaii, Sydney, Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Petra and Egypt before reaching the Med.

Queen Mary 2 will then operate an 109-night New York round-trip departing on 18 January 2026, sailing west to Hawaii and the South Pacific to Asia via Australia and New Zealand, then returning via the UAE, Egypt, and the Med.

Cunard - Queen Mary 2 in Sydney
Meet the author

Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising. Most recently she's cruised on Windstar and has also sailed with Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, SeaDream, Ponant, AmaWaterways and Aqua Expeditions. Her favourite destination is the Galapagos however she's also enjoyed cruises in the Mediterranean, Danube, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, Brahmaputra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Mekong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Caribbean and the Arctic. When she’s not travelling she loves reading, food and wine.

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