In these strange times, when overseas travel feels a little bit difficult, 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. Your secure bubble is going to be one of the safest environments in the world.
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! 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.
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 2022, or you're already ready to commit for 2023 or even 2024, there are plenty of options available. Here are our top choices:
Best for Luxury Value: Crystal Cruises
The lovely Crystal Serenity, a World Cruise veteran, carries a maximum of 980 guests in comfortable sea view accommodation. We recommend you select the Penthouse category or higher to give you lots of extra space. Dining stands out on Crystal, and you can also expect an excellent and busy daytime programme for those days at sea, along with some outstanding and varied evening entertainment.
This replacement for the original World Cruise 2022 itinerary on Crystal Serenity now encompasses a tour of the Caribbean before relocating to the Mediterranean in late February, and spending March and April in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
This Wild Kingdoms and Exotic Discoveries voyage takes you through the Panama Canal and down the coast of South America as far as Lima before striking west across the Pacific. Easter Island is a real highlight, followed by French Polynesia, Fiji and New Caledonia, before reaching Sydney. Explore Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, then across the Indian Ocean on a fascinating diversion to the Seychelles and East Africa, before sailing through the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.
The 2024 Celebrated Cultures & Treasured Temples itinerary from Miami to Rome via New Zealand and Australia is quite a bargain, with fares starting at under £300 per person per day. Highlights include French Polynesia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Sri Lanka, India and the Red Sea.
Best for Itinerary Collectors: Silversea
Silversea's 2023 and 2024 World Cruise voyages will be on board Silver Shadow: a lovely size for exploration, with 388 guests in an elegant and low key environment perfect for the sophisticated traveller. Spacious suites, most with their own verandah, ensure that you can escape to your private space at any time.
Silversea's 2023 World Cruise from Sydney to Fort Lauderdale is already waitlist only. Take a look instead at the San Francisco departure on 15th January 2024, a 133-day round trip circling the Pacific with magnificent highlights including ihe Islands of the Pacific, New Zealand, Australia's east and north coasts, Japan and the Russian Far East, and a grand finale in Alaska.
Best for All-Inclusive: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
A Regent classic, the lovely Seven Seas Mariner carries 700 guests in spacious accommodation, all with sea view and private balcony. Enjoy the dining options and relaxed environment - this is unpretentious luxury for passionate travellers. Don't be put off by the fares until you have worked out just how inclusive the Regent programme is, with a huge choice of excursions included in the upfront fare and lovely spacious accommodation even at entry level. A sell-out is not unusual - there is still late availability for 2022, but 2023 is waitlist only.
This rejigged round-trip itinerary from the lovely city of San Francisco includes Central America and the Caribbean, an exploration of fascinating West Africa and the idyllic Indian Ocean, then onwards to South East Asi and Japan, before you finally cross the North Pacific to view the wonders of Alaska on your way back to San Francisco.
This classic round the world itinerary departs Miami on 6th January 2024 for 132 nights westbound via New Zealand and Australia. Highlights include several calls in Hawaii, the islands of Indonesia, two nights in the Burmese capital, Yangon, and extensive exploration of India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Best for yachting style: Seabourn
Seabourn don't always operate a world cruise, usually choosing to offer a selection of grand voyages instead, so when it does happen you know it's going to be particularly special. Seabourn Sojourn offers 458 guests the chance to travel the world in laid-back luxury, with a fantastic combination of contemporary style and expert hospitality.
Departing from Miami, this journey, entitled 'Extraordinary Discoveries', traverses two great oceans - the Pacific and the Indian. You'll begin with time in Central America, transitting the Panama Canal and then travelling as far south as Peru before striking out westward to Easter Island, and on to idyllic Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Then undertake an almost complete circumnavigation of Australia from Cairns to Broome and visit Bali, Java and Sumatra before setting a westerly course to the Seychelles, and beyond to the African coast. From Mombasa turn south, rounding the Cape of Good Hope, and then travel the lengthen of the continent, finally arriving into the Mediterranean and journey's end in Barcelona.
Seabourn's 2024 World Cruise is a remarkable 145-day voyage visiting 72 ports in 28 different countries. Your itinerary begins with the paradise islands of the South Pacific, before exploring New Zealand's North Island and the east coast of Australia. Then island-hop your way around Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan, take in the highlights of China and South East Asia, cross the Indian Ocean and cruise through the Suez Canal before completing your epic adventure in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Best for an easy journey home: Viking Ocean Cruises
Last but not least, Viking's 930-guest ocean ship Viking Sky bucks the trend in 2023 by departing in December rather than January, and your journey ends in London, ideal for UK cruisers...
Spend Christmas in Colombia and New Year sailing the Pacific Ocean, cruising to 28 countries before arriving in Greenwich on 6th May 2024. Highlights include the paradise islands of French Polynesia, an extensive exploration of Australia and a transit of the Suez Canal.