If a seven-night cruise doesn't seem long enough, would 100-plus nights of lavish galas, hobnobbing with interesting fellow passengers and visits to faraway lands be more your style? If so, it's time to get a world cruise on your 2022 or 2023 calendar.
Next year will be noteworthy in cruising, marking 100 years since Cunard's RMS Laconia sailed the first-ever world cruise, a charter for the American Express Company. Even today, around-the-world cruises continue to be enduringly popular thanks to their innovative itineraries and modern technology that makes it easier than ever to stay in touch when you're spending 100-plus days (or more) onboard.
For the 2022-2023 world cruise season, prospective travelers will find sailings as long as 180 nights on Oceania's "180 Days Around the World" voyages, while some lines -- like Cunard and, new for 2022, Silversea -- run two or more World Cruises in a given calendar year.
A few things to note: Many world cruises don't sail fully around the world, though they do offer a chance to see a varied portfolio of diverse cultures all in one sailing. Also, if you can't commit to a full world cruise in 2022-2023, you can often book a "segment" of the voyage, typically ranging from a week to more than a month in duration.
World cruises usually begin in January and end in April or May, but some lines change it up with departures in other seasons, including summer and early winter.
Whether you want to dream big or live large, here's the rundown of upcoming 2022 and 2023 world cruise options.