The weatherman tells us this bank holiday weekend sees the end of meteorological summer.
The cruise lines tell us it’s time to start thinking about booking a world voyage – not just next year, but beyond that. Start saving now …
P&O Cruises reach their 180th anniversary year in 2017, when both Aurora and Arcadia will make circumnavigations.
The 104-night eastward voyage on Aurora leaves Southampton on January 9 and will travel almost 30,000 nautical miles, visiting 35 destinations in 21 countries. As well as sailing under San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge (above) and entering Sydney Harbour, the ship will transit both the Suez and the Panama Canals.
Arcadia’s 36,000-nautical mile Polynesian and Asian adventure is a western passage, calling at 37 destinations in 21 countries over 114 nights. Departing on January 2, the ship will make overnight stops in San Francisco, Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
P&O world cruise fares start from £10,299 per person.
Cunard Lines’ three Queens – Victoria, Elizabeth and Mary 2 – will between them sail more than 110,000 nautical miles during their 2017 world cruises.
Queen Victoria will become the largest cruise ship to enter the Amazon during her 120-night voyage to South America and Australasia.
Fares for Cunard 2017 world voyages start at £12,899.
In a different league, ultra-luxury line Silversea’s 382-passenger Silver Whisper will take 116-nights to travel from San Francisco to Monte Carlo, visiting no fewer than 62 ports in 25 countries.
Passengers signing up for the full voyage – with fares starting from £39,750 per person – will receive $4,000 on-board credit (per double suite) and free excursions to China’s Terracotta Warriors, an exotic animal park on Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, and a dinner inside Hangar 37 at Pearl Harbour.
Regent Seven Seas Navigator will undertake an even longer world cruise – 128 nights round-trip from Miami. As well as visiting 60 ports of call in 31 countries, the 490 well-heeled guests can opt for overland excursions including a three-night trip to the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and a three-night excursion to the Taj Mahal.
It’s another journey for lottery winners – the fares start at £36,299 per person, although that does include free laundry and dry cleaning throughout.