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World Cruises 2016

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Think replacing your 6 a.m. wakeup call and dishes in the sink with more than 100 nights of lavish galas, hobnobbing with celebrities and visits to faraway lands is more a dream than a reality? Well, it's no dream for a lot of folks who are making world cruises some of the most popular on the 2016 cruise calendar.

It's been nearly a century since the first world cruise sailed on Cunard's RMS Laconia in 1922. The phenomenon, which has sagged a bit in popularity some years hence, was long considered a viable travel option only for the most senior of seniors.

Nowadays, it's still a great draw for folks of a certain age. (How many others have the time -- not to mention the cash -- to take off for three months or more?) But we're also seeing a new spark of energy in this traditional cruise milieu. More lines have been announcing world voyages, and some even run two or more a year.

One irony about world cruises is that most actually don't really sail fully around the world. But these one-third-of-a-year or longer voyages do offer passengers a chance to see a widely varied portfolio of diverse cultures -- all wrapped into one sailing. And even those folks who can't commit to the full trip can participate through an increasingly popular option in which you can buy a "segment," ranging from a week to more than a month.

World cruises typically begin in January and end in March, April or May. However, every now and then, there's an anomaly, so be on the lookout if you want something a bit different.

Whether you want to dream big or live large, here's the rundown of 2016 world cruises.

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2016 World Cruises

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Costa Cruises

The Trip: Costa Luminosa will sail a 108-night, 38-port voyage that reaches four continents and overnights in a number of ports, including Rio de Janeiro, Papeete, Auckland, Sydney and Dubai. The voyage sails roundtrip from Savona, Costa's built-to-order port facility, just west of Genoa, Italy.
Departure Date: January 6, 2016
Itinerary Segments: Segment information was not yet available at the time of publication.
Price: Full world cruise fares range from $15,819 to $36,979.

Crystal Cruises

The Trip: Crystal Serenity will sail a 101-night itinerary roundtrip from San Francisco departing January 24 and concluding May 6. The cruise focuses on Alaska, Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. It skips over Europe, South America and Africa entirely in favor of North American ports throughout Hawaii, Alaska and Canada. Passengers will get to overnight in major cities like Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Honolulu.
Departure Date: January 24, 2016
Itinerary Segments: San Francisco to Sydney, 21 nights; Sydney to Bali, 11 nights; Bali to Singapore, 11 nights; Singapore to Shanghai, 18 nights; Shanghai to Tokyo, 13 nights; Tokyo to San Francisco, 22 nights
Price: Full world cruise fares range from $34,825 to $205,720 per person; segments start from $4,545 per person, double occupancy.

Cunard Line

The Trip: Cunard's Queen Elizabeth is embarking on a 121-night world cruise, sailing roundtrip from Southampton from January 10 through May 10, but passengers can opt for variations, including departures from New York, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles and other ex-North America homeports for slightly shorter or longer voyages. Journey highlights include visits to South Africa, Australia, Philippines, Japan, China and Egypt.
Departure Date: January 10, 2016
Sample Itinerary Segments: Southampton to Cape Town, 17 nights; Cape Town to Sydney, 25 nights; Sydney to Hong Kong, 18 nights; Hong Kong to Southampton, 41 nights
Price: Full world cruise fares range from $19,998 to $193,098 per person; segments start from $2,448 per person, double occupancy.

The Trip: Queen Mary 2 will cross the South Pacific for the first time on a 120-night world cruise, sailing roundtrip from Southampton from January 10 through May 10, with later departures available from New York or Fort Lauderdale. Journey highlights include visits to ports throughout the Americas, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Departure Date: January 10, 2016
Sample Itinerary Segments: Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, 10 nights; Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro, 13 nights; Rio de Janeiro to Sydney, 37 nights; Sydney to Dubai, 38 nights, Dubai to Southampton, 22 nights
Price: Full world cruise fares range from $19,998 to $233,998 per person; segments start from $2,448 per person, double occupancy.

The Trip: Queen Victoria will sail a 120-night world cruise, roundtrip from Southampton from January 10 through May 10. The ship will make maiden calls in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and visit ports throughout the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, Asia and Western Europe.
Departure Date: January 10, 2016
Sample Itinerary Segments: Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, 12 nights; Fort Lauderdale to Sydney, 37 nights; Sydney to Hong Kong, 29 nights; Hong Kong to Cape Town, 24 nights, Cape Town to Southampton, 18 nights
Price: Full world cruise fares range from $19,998 to $233,998 per person; segments start from $2,448 per person, double occupancy.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

The Trip: On its 2016 world cruise, Fred.Olsen's Black Watch will skip over most of Europe, while makeing stops in some of cruising's most exotic destinations throughout the Far East, the South Pacific, Africa, India, South America and Australia. This 115-night journey sails roundtrip out of Southampton from January 8 through May 3 and has multiple overnights in ports that include Papeete, Sydney, Cairns, Singapore, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Mumbai.
Departure Date: January 8, 2016
Itinerary Segments: Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, 10 nights; Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro, 13 nights; Rio de Janeiro to Sydney, 37 nights; Sydney to Hong Kong, 18 nights; Hong Kong to Southampton, 42 nights
Price: Full world cruise fares range from £10,089 to £37,329 per person; segments start from £1,799.

Holland America

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The Trip: Amsterdam will sail a 114-night world cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. The journey begins with a Panama Canal crossing, followed by visits to South America on the way to French Polynesia and other South Pacific destinations. The ship will spend some time in Australia and New Zealand, various Asian ports and the Middle East before making rounds in the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Europe and returning to Fort Lauderdale on April 30.
Departure Date: January 5, 2016
Itinerary Segments: Fort Lauderdale to Sydney, 35 nights; Sydney to Dubai, 45 nights; Dubai to Fort Lauderdale, 32 nights
Price: Full world cruise fares start from $19,999 per person, double occupancy; segment fares begin at $5,699 per person.

Oceania

The Trip: Insignia will sail a 180-night world cruise roundtrip from Miami, from January 4 through July 1, making it the longest world voyage being offered in 2016. Passengers will tour the Southern Caribbean, including some less-frequented ports like Devil's Island and Bonaire before visiting ports throughout South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii and Central America. A Panama Canal crossing will round out the journey before the ship's return to Miami. The voyage includes quite a few overnights and even some double overnights in places such as Shanghai, Saigon, Myanmar, Cape Town, Bali and Sydney. Despite the length of this sailing, there are no stops in Europe.
Departure Date: January 4, 2016
Itinerary Segments: Miami to Bridgetown, 10 nights; Bridgetown to Cape Town, 26 nights; Cape Town to Singapore, 35 nights; Singapore to Shanghai, 19 nights; Shanghai to Sydney, 36 nights; Sydney to Papeete, 20 nights; Papeete to Los Angeles, 18 nights; Los Angeles to Miami, 16 nights.
Price: Full world cruise fares start from $39,999 per person, double occupancy; segment fares begin at $2,299 per person.

P&O Cruises

The Trip: P&O's Aurora will sail the globe on a 114-night world cruise roundtrip from Southampton, visiting ports throughout the Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Asia and Africa. There are even stops on the American West Coast, as well as in Spain. The ship will also transit the Panama Canal and offer scenic cruising in the Great Barrier Reef, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound and Dusky Sound. There are overnights in several ports including Sydney, Hong Kong and Cape Town.
Departure Date: January 2, 2016
Itinerary Segments: Southampton to San Francisco, 23 nights; San Francisco to Hong Kong, 47 nights; Hong Kong to Cape Town, 25 nights; Cape Town to Southampton, 19 nights
Price: Full world cruise fares range from £10,849 to £46,299 per person; segments start from £1,639, double occupancy.

The Trip: P&O's Arcadia will sail the globe on a 115-night world cruise roundtrip from Southampton, visiting ports throughout the Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia, forgoing ports in the Middle East and Africa for several days on the American West Coast, including an overnight in San Francisco. Though the sailing skips much of Europe, there are stops in Spain and Portugal at the start and end of the sailing. The ship will also transit the Panama Canal and offer scenic cruising of Easter Island, Cape Horn and Amalia Glacier.
Departure Date: January 11, 2016
Itinerary Segments: Southampton to Brisbane, 52 nights; Brisbane to Hong Kong,13 nights; Hong Kong to San Francisco, 27 nights; San Francisco to Southampton, 23 nights
Price: Full world cruise fares range from £10,949 to £59,898 per person; segments start from £1,749, double occupancy.

Princess Cruises

The Trip: Pacific Princess will visit ports throughout Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean on a 111-night voyage, sailing from either Fort Lauderdale or Los Angeles. Passengers who choose the Fort Lauderdale departure will board 2.5 weeks earlier than the Los Angeles passengers, who will remain on the ship 2.5 weeks after the Fort Lauderdale passengers, allowing for West Coasters to visit the Mexican Riviera ports at the tail end of their journey rather than the start. This cruise will visit up to 40 ports on six continents, and it includes overnights in Hong Kong, Dubai and Venice.
Departure Date: January 3 or January 20, 2016
Itinerary Segments: Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, 17 nights; Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, 94 nights
Price: Full world cruise fares range from $19,999 to $44,399 per person, double occupancy, based on departure date; segment fares begin at $2,799 per person.

Silversea Cruises

The Trip: Silver Whisper will visit 50 ports spanning 30 countries during this 115-night voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Venice, January 5 through April 30. Highlights include 50 ports of call in 30 countries, with a large number of overnight and double overnight stays, so you'll have plenty of time to explore some of the most interesting destinations in the world, including Papeete, Sydney, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai and Venice.
Departure Date: January 5, 2016
Itinerary Segments: Fort Lauderdale to Lima, 11 nights; Lima to Papeete, 14 nights; Papeete to Sydney, 13 nights; Sydney to Hong Kong, 23 nights; Hong Kong to Singapore, 14 nights; Singapore to Dubai, 18 nights; Dubai to Venice, 22 nights.
Price: Full world cruise fares range from $59,950 to $181,350 per person, double occupancy; segment fares begin at $5,950 per person for a suite.

--Updated by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Cruise Critic contributor





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