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MS Westerdam

November 17, 2024

November 17 - 22, 2024

MS Westerdam

MS Westerdam

Holland America Line

35 Night Legendary Voyage: Australia Circumnavigation

35 Night Legendary Voyage: Australia Circumnavigation

from Sydney, Australia

The November 17, 2024 cruise on the MS Westerdam departs from Sydney, Australia. On this 35 Night Legendary Voyage: Australia Circumnavigation sailing, the ship will visit a total of 25 different cruise port destinations, including its departure port. The MS Westerdam sets sail on a Sunday (November 17, 2024) and returns on a Sunday (December 22, 2024).

Cruise Price by Cabin Type

The price of the November 17, 2024 cruise on the MS Westerdam ranges from $4,879 for an inside cabin to $12,599 for a suite.

This is a 35 night cruise and price per night is noted below for each cabin type. An inside cabin will cost $139 per night, an ocean view cabin will cost $164 per night, a balcony cabin will cost $255 per night, and a suite will cost $359 per night.

$139 / night

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$255 / night

$359 / night

The MS Westerdam was built in 2004 and is amoung Holland America's 11 ships in it's fleet. The MS Westerdam is included in the cruise line's Vista Class Class. In the cruise ship stats below you'll find the MS Westerdam vs all other Holland America ships.

All Itineraries

Day 1: At Sea

Say 'G'day' to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Stroll along the world-famous Bondi and Watsons Beaches. Tour the Sydney Opera House on Bennelong Point, shop for Aboriginal art, or go on a photographic safari. This diverse land is home to crocodiles, koalas, emus, and, of course, kangaroos.

Say 'G'day' to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Stroll along the world-famous Bondi and Watsons Beaches. Tour the Sydney Opera House on Bennelong Point, shop for Aboriginal art, or go on...

Day 2: At Sea

Take advantage of the many on board activites during your day at sea. You'll have more than enough to fill your day!

Day 4: At Sea

Brisbane, located in Australia's Queensland, enjoys beach-perfect summers and mild winters. Other reasons to stay in this sunny city include its wealth of good food, diverse shopping, and copious arts and entertainment choices. Ride one of the ferries, paddlewheels, or pleasure boats on the Brisbane River. Stroll among the gardens of the city center or relax on the beach.

Brisbane, located in Australia's Queensland, enjoys beach-perfect summers and mild winters. Other reasons to stay in this sunny city include its wealth of good food, diverse shopping, and copious arts...

Day 5: At Sea

Airlie Beach

Day 7: At Sea

Cairns was founded in 1876 as a port for the inland gold mines of Queensland. It is now the heart of the Tropical North of Queensland, and is one of Australia's most welcoming cities. Stroll, relax, fly a kite, or have a barbecue on the Esplanade, a popular gathering area. Enjoy several great beaches just north of the city. Cairns is also a great place to watch migratory birds.

Cairns was founded in 1876 as a port for the inland gold mines of Queensland. It is now the heart of the Tropical North of Queensland, and is one of Australia's most welcoming cities. Stroll...

Day 9: At Sea

Cruise Ribbon Reef Region

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The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of northeastern Australia, is approximately 1,250 miles long. This natural wonder is composed of almost 3,000 individual reefs. Although it has been the ruin of many a ship, the reef can be safely explored by snorkeling, diving, or underwater observation vessel. The reef is home to over 300 species of hard coral and countless other creatures.

The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of northeastern Australia, is approximately 1,250 miles long. This natural wonder is composed of almost 3,000 individual reefs. Although it has been the ruin of...

Day 10: At Sea

Cruise Torres Strait

Day 11: At Sea

Levelled by a cyclone in 1974, Darwin has rebuilt itself from scratch. Wide tree-lined streets, well-designed public buildings, and acres of park land make this an ideal tropical capital. The attitude of the locals is casual and relaxed, and the young demographic keeps things moving. Darwin's location makes it the ideal jump-off point for sojourns into Australia's natural splendour.

Levelled by a cyclone in 1974, Darwin has rebuilt itself from scratch. Wide tree-lined streets, well-designed public buildings, and acres of park land make this an ideal tropical capital. The attitude...

Day 13: At Sea

Komodo Island

Did you ever imagine that you would see a dragon in person? On the remote island of Komodo, travelers have been know to see the Komodo Dragons. These giant lizards are the last vestiges of the dinosaurs that roamed the earth millions of years ago. As if that weren't enough, the other wildlife on Komodo is stunning as well.

Did you ever imagine that you would see a dragon in person? On the remote island of Komodo, travelers have been know to see the Komodo Dragons. These giant lizards are the last vestiges of the...

Day 15: At Sea

With its sparkling beaches, gorgeous wilderness, and ideal location on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Broome is truly the jewel of Western Australia. Feast your eyes upon the pearl-encrusted altar of Beagle Bay Church. Dare to feed the residents of Broome Crocodile Park, or search for the rumored treasure at Buccaneer Rock--but watch out for the pirate ghost who is said to return nightly for it!

With its sparkling beaches, gorgeous wilderness, and ideal location on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Broome is truly the jewel of Western Australia. Feast your eyes upon the pearl-encrusted altar of...

Day 18: At Sea

Fremantle, the main port of Western Australia, was once a major whaling center. Today, Fremantle boasts a splendid climate, a huge fishing fleet, and warm people. Freo, as the city is known to the locals, is a great place for food lovers, with its many restaurants, cafes, and al fresco dining opportunities. Watch the sidewalk entertainment on South Terrace, a street known as Cappucino Strip.

Fremantle, the main port of Western Australia, was once a major whaling center. Today, Fremantle boasts a splendid climate, a huge fishing fleet, and warm people. Freo, as the city is known to the...

Day 23: At Sea

The vast majority of South Australia's 1.4 million people live in this capital city. Adelaide enjoys a Mediterranean climate, and is home to miles of fine sandy beaches. Sample the fine wines and the fresh seafood. The surfing in the Adelaide region is legendary as well. The region is also home to countless gardens, parks, and nature reserves.

The vast majority of South Australia's 1.4 million people live in this capital city. Adelaide enjoys a Mediterranean climate, and is home to miles of fine sandy beaches. Sample the fine wines and the...

Day 29: At Sea

Port Lincoln

Day 30: At Sea

Hobart is the state capital and the largest city in Tasmania. Perched on the southeast part of the island, Hobart offers many historic buildings, cultural events, and scenic views to delight visitors. The city is also a great base for day tours to Hastings Caves, Mount Field National Park, and the town of Richmond. The new Wrest Point Casino is Australia's first.

Hobart is the state capital and the largest city in Tasmania. Perched on the southeast part of the island, Hobart offers many historic buildings, cultural events, and scenic views to delight visitors...

Day 34: At Sea

Port Arthur

Day 34: At Sea

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Sydney, NS, Canada

Nova Scotia means New Scotland, and the sound of bagpipes is not uncommon here. Early Scottish settlers felt the land resembled home. The most popular excursion is a trip to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park, an amazing re-creation of a 1744 French fortress. Bird-watchers will want to venture out to Bird Islands to spot the Atlantic puffin and bald eagle. The sinuous Cabot Trail along the coast offers one of the most dramatic drives in North America.

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Where do ships dock in Sydney?

By binkey36 , September 20, 2014 in Holland America Line

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We are cruising to Sydney next year and I am 'researching' tours. Does anyone know where I can find out where the ship will dock in Sydney? Thanks in advance.

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Just a quick internet search for "Sydney Harbor ship schedules" gets:

http://www.sydneyports.com.au/port_operations/cruise_schedule

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HAL ships fit under the bridge so they usually dock at the new (and less convenient) cruise terminal which is something like 30 minutes from town and Circular Quay is reserved for larger ships. Here is a website that can help:

http://www.globenettravel.com.au/cruises/sydney_port_cruise_schedule.asp

sorry for the redundancy - CruiserBruce and I must have hit send about the same time

Host Walt

Sydney has two primary large ship "harbours;" Circular Quay and White Bay/Darling Harbour.

Circular Quay is located in the main ferry terminal area and has a large number of shops and other activities that are walking distance from a ship tied up in the cruise ship pier. It has the advantage of being accessible by all sizes of ships because there are no bridges between the pier and the open sea.

Darling Harbour and White Bay Cruise Terminal is a ground distance of about 2 miles (3.3 Km) and 4 miles (6.8 Km), respectively, southwest of Circular Quay but both require ships to pass under the Harbour Bridge.

The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority assigns the dockage rights and is well known for making last minute changes. For example, a few years ago Celebrity heavily promoted a Millennium cruise where they featured a perfect viewing location for the New Year's fireworks display from the Harbour Bridge because they were scheduled to be docked in Circular Quay (more accurately, "The Rocks").

However the Authority decided to send the Millennium to Darling Harbour when it arrived in Sydney where the view of the fireworks was totally blocked.

That means you cannot predict where any ship will be docked. So when arranging for independent tours of Sydney be prepared to ask the tour operator to check with the SHFA so they can meet you at the assigned dock location or plan to grab a taxi to take you to a predesignated meeting point.

Circular Quay and Darling Harbour are both convenient to public transport and Sydney's central business district, but the White Bay location requires a taxi ride to go anywhere (unless you're prepared to take long walks).

RJ2002

HAL ships fit under the bridge so they usually dock at the new (and less convenient) cruise terminal which is something like 30 minutes from town and Circular Quay is reserved for larger ships. Here is a website that can help: http://www.globenettravel.com.au/cruises/sydney_port_cruise_schedule.asp

We were fortunate that our 2012 Oosterdam cruise docked at Circular Quay for both embarkation and debarkation. It was truly spectacular. Our stateroom was on the side of the ship facing the Opera House.

Thank you so much for all of the information. We are thinking of taking a tour on the Hop On/Hop Off boat that goes around Sydney Harbor. Thanks again...all this information has helped...including the fact that EVERYTHING can change at the last minute (LOL!)

zorrosuncle

The Circular Quay is better IMHO because it is right next to the Hop On HOP Off tour bus with museum access. Also, at the circular quay you can catch the ferry to the must see Taronga Zoo. The ferry offers for one price the fare to the zoo and the entrance fee to the zoo. Just ask at the ticket window.

Also at the Circular Quay is the Opera House -- 5 minute walk in plain sight as well as a good selection of shopping including an Uggs Store

The Circular Quay is better IMHO because it is right next to the Hop On HOP Off tour bus with museum access. Also, at the circular quay you can catch the ferry to the must see Taronga Zoo. The ferry offers for one price the fare to the zoo and the entrance fee to the zoo. Just ask at the ticket window.   Also at the Circular Quay is the Opera House -- 5 minute walk in plain sight as well as a good selection of shopping including an Uggs Store   ZU

I will keep my fingers crossed for Circular Quay. The ferry sounds like exactly what we want to do. UGGS STORE?? I know where I will be shopping....YEAH!

Last year on the Volendam after crossing the Pacific we were docked at Circular Quay. After the circumnavigation of Australia we were docked at White Bay. So as Walt said, "Who Knows"

Excellent Advice!

We are cruising on the Oosterdam (in about 9 days) and it is scheduled to dock at the Darling Harbour facitily, which does not make anyone very happy. Seems to be a trend for HAL to use that inconvenient facility.

mskaufman

Recently the Veendam docked right by the big fiddle.
We are cruising on the Oosterdam (in about 9 days) and it is scheduled to dock at the Darling Harbour facitily, which does not make anyone very happy. Seems to be a trend for HAL to use that inconvenient facility.   Hank

We sail on the Oosterdam in April 2015. I will be anxious to hear what you think of Darling Harbor, the ship, crew, entertainment etc. Wishing you clear days and calm seas! :)

Hank, We sail on the Oosterdam in April 2015. I will be anxious to hear what you think of Darling Harbor, the ship, crew, entertainment etc. Wishing you clear days and calm seas! :)

We will not make a judgement on the ship, crew, entertainment until during and after our cruise. As to Darling Harbour...we can make a judgement right now and that judgement would be that the docking position SUCKS. We are DIYers (seldom to ever take a ship excursion) and Darling Harbour is a real challenge as the closest public transit (bus) is quite a hike.

We will not make a judgement on the ship, crew, entertainment until during and after our cruise. As to Darling Harbour...we can make a judgement right now and that judgement would be that the docking position SUCKS. We are DIYers (seldom to ever take a ship excursion) and Darling Harbour is a real challenge as the closest public transit (bus) is quite a hike.   Hank

If we dock at Darling Harbor, we will attempt to take a taxi to the Quay. My dad will be 91 on this trip and hiking to the bus stop isn't a good option.

We always keep at open mind on the ship/crew/etc, until we sail. I just like to know what observations current cruisers have on the ship we will be sailing on.

If we dock at Darling Harbor, we will attempt to take a taxi to the Quay. My dad will be 91 on this trip and hiking to the bus stop isn't a good option.   We always keep at open mind on the ship/crew/etc, until we sail. I just like to know what observations current cruisers have on the ship we will be sailing on.

Was just reading some of the recent ship reviews (here on CC) and they are not particularly good when it comes to everything related to food. Guess we will have to lower our expectations and perhaps take advantage of HAL cut-backs and lose some weight on our cruise :(.

RuthC

Although it wasn't specified, apparently the OP meant the other Sydney. (I wasn't sure, either. ;))

The biggest ship in port on any day docks at Circular Quay (Overseas Passenger Terminal) so if Royal are in then the Volendam is the ship more likely to go to the a White Bay terminal. Circular Quay can only take one ship while White Bay can take several. I wouldn't think HAL has a choice - size wins.

Also Darling Harbour is no longer being used as a cruise dock as it is now a huge construction site.

Correct, We misspoke as the new White Bay facility has taken over for Darling Harbour. But the result (for passengers) is about the same as White Bay is in a semi-remote location not well served by public transit and out of the main part of town.

Probably right - sorry for the mixup.

SeaDog-46

Sydney is now a very busy cruise port in the southern summer with only 3 berths for cruise ships.

The old one - Overseas Passenger Terminal [OPT], Circular Quay & 2 new ones at White Bay.

Berths are allocated by Sydney Ports Corporation - the department that looks after the ports of Sydney & Botany Bay plus others in NSW.

On their site http://www.sydneyports.com.au planning for cruise ship visits is out to January 2021 - & changes to berths do not happen very often due to this advanced planning.

Ships are no longer allowed at OPT Circular Quay during the large firework celebrations in Sydney.

If a large cruise ship cannot get under the bridge then it has to use OPT - or in some cases a buoy in the harbour.

HAL Volendam, Oosterdam & later Noordam can get under the bridge, but they do sometimes get OPT if there are no other larger cruise ships in port.

Unfortunately there is still no ferry service to White Bay & the best way is to use a taxi.

Darling Harbour where the old cruise terminal was is now a building site.

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The 10 Best Cruise Lines for Adults, According to a Kid-Free Cruiser

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Even though I’ve noticed a trend in the cruise industry leaning towards more family-friendly fleets (I’m looking at you, Royal Caribbean ), a lot of us still see the perks of a kid-free vacation. And while many (if not all) cruises have dedicated spaces for adults on board, sometimes you don’t want to be pigeon-holed into one area for the entirety of your trip in order to get some peace and quiet. So, I went on the hunt to find the best cruise lines for adults, so you can relax and have fun with the 21-and-over crowd. 

The Best Cruises for Adults at a Glance

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Oceania cruises, how i chose the best cruise lines for adults.

I’ve been on seven cruises since 2018, including Princess, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. I have firsthand experience on each cruise line’s amenities, food, entertainment and more. I also spent time researching all the cruise lines on this list (especially the ones I’ve never been on) and did a deep dive to find out key destinations, ship information and star perks aboard their vessels. I even took it a step further and checked out reviews straight from the people—i.e., on places like Reddit, TikTok and travel blogs. 

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1. Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages came on the scene in 2021 and promised to create a cruise line for adults. In four years, it launched three ships: Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady and gave guests full access to all its amenities. Per their website, the cruise line strives to let passengers try out over 20 eateries, participate in unlimited group fitness classes, enjoy free Wi-Fi and check live entertainment at an affordable price. 

Speaking of entertainment, the cruise line takes it up a notch with their theme nights like PJ Party (aka a cool pajama party) and We Fancy (dress code: elegant), along with epic dance parties like Heartbeat inspired by Brooklyn’s own House of Yes , performances like Duel Reality which tells a modern interpretation of Romeo & Juliet and immersive experiences to get you involved in the show. Let’s not forget other fun activities to surely make a vacation a memorable one: ala private karaoke booths, casinos and a multi-story nightclub. 

  • Best for:  night owls
  • Minimum Age:  18+
  • Popular Destinations:  Puerto Plata, Santorini, Ibiza, Costa Maya, Amsterdam
  • Amenities:  restaurants, fitness center, shops, bars, spa, pools, casino
  • Price Range:  $1,032 to $5,364 per person

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Viking Cruises

If you’re searching for a cruise line for adults, Viking should be on the top of your list. The cruise line is best known for their ocean, river and expedition cruises for adults 18 and over. According to  their website , “All guests must be 18 years old on or before the day they are scheduled to embark on their cruise; we do not maintain facilities or services on board for younger individuals.” Since 2000, Viking has always made it their mission to target older travelers, more specifically those over 55 to join their ships, so don’t expect to see any kiddos running around.

Viking currently has over 60 ships in their fleet that travel all around the world. You can take an iconic Western Mediterranean trip (Barcelona to Rome), a Grand  European  tour (Budapest to Amsterdam) or a Great Lakes voyage (Toronto to Minnesota). While many of the ships feature pools, restaurants, a library room and theater, most travelers go for the thrilling excursions and even participate in lectures specifically found on the expedition ships (Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris) that are great for the curious scientist or animal lover. 

  • Best for:  adventure seekers
  • Popular Destinations:  Rome, Athens, Sydney, Vancouver, Shanghai
  • Amenities:  restaurants, fitness center, hair salon, shops, bars, spa, pools
  • Price Range:  $1,999 to $79,995 per person

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3. Seabourn

This luxurious cruise line provides an intimate and personalized experience that will make you feel like you’re vacationing on a yacht. Per their website, their ships can carry between 264 and 600 guests at time (compared to Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas can hold over 5,000 passengers). As a result, the bookings are extremely popular and limited. (In fact, it appears that most of their summer dates are already sold out.) While the minimum age is 6 years old, the target audience is around 35 and older, according to  Travel Weekly.  So, whether you’re looking for a traditional cruise or an expedition, Seabourn offers trips all around the world for seven to 30 days at sea—which gives you ample time to enjoy a relaxing massage at their spa, try to win big at the casino or have a dip in the pool. All of their ships also include live entertainment, fine dining and an all-inclusive package. 

  • Best for:  smaller crowds
  • Minimum Age:  6+
  • Popular Destinations:  Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Monte Carlo, Alaska
  • Amenities:  restaurants, fitness center, hair salon, shops, bars, spa, pools, casino
  • Price Range:  $7,436 to $10,299 per person

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4. Celebrity

While Celebrity allows travelers of all ages to board their ships, travel site  Sophisticated Travel  found that most passengers are between their 40s and 50s. As  one redditor commented , “[I] have cruised Celebrity a few times. They have a few amenities for kids, so there are [a] few kids. [However] if [there] were any kids they were not really noticeable. In our experience no waterslides/waterparks equal very few kids on board.” The cruise line has been around since the ‘90s and currently has 16 ships in its fleet, traveling to port stops  like  Key West, Florida  to Athens,  Greece . The best part is you can schedule a weekend getaway or a long holiday for the entire season. 

The cruise line prides itself on its extensive food and beverage options, using world-renowned chef dishes in their specialty restaurants and a wide selection of cocktails at your disposal. Plus, fun entertainment and  nightlife events  exclusively for adults like the Undercover, which is an exhibition inspired by the 1920s, and the Jazz Joint that turns the ship’s signature club into a speakeasy. Plus, most ships feature the Solarium, a space only for adults to lounge around and explore the inside pool minus kids. 

  • Best for:  entertainment 
  • Minimum Age:  6 months
  • Popular Destinations:  Bahamas, Barcelona, Vancouver, Florence, St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Amenities:  globally inspired cuisines, fitness center, shops, bars, spa, pools, casino
  • Price Range:  $237 to $17,535 per person

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5. Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises only has six ships, but it’s been around since the early aughts. They sail around the world with destinations to New Zealand, Asia, Africa and 130 other locations. In fact, Oceania offers some of the longest stays on this list. Sure, you can cruise for a weekend or seven days, but the cruise line also offers long durations like a 200 days vacation—departing from Miami, Florida and visiting Caribbean islands (St. Maarten, Barbados) and parts of Brazil before arriving to New York. The cruise line is also known for its culinary experiences and enrichment programs. They have a dedicated library room so you can read comfortably as you sail, as well as guest lectures to learn more about the destinations you’re visiting and classes to learn how the meals are prepared. 

And if you’re wondering if the cruise line is ‘adult-enough,’  one Tripadvisor commenter  believes it a huge hit for the 50+ crowd: “I would not recommend it unless it’s a port intensive trip. There are no activities for kids. The average age on board is 60s and above. They have trivia, bingo [and] needlepoint (cooking classes and art classes are hard to get). The entertainment is usually a string quartet and maybe a magician if you’re lucky. I wouldn’t take my adult children in their 30s for fear of their boredom. I would try Disney or Celebrity.” 

  • Best for:  world travelers
  • Popular Destinations:  Lisbon, Iceland, Tokyo, Montreal, New York
  • Amenities:  globally inspired cuisines, fitness center, bars, spa, pools
  • Price Range:  $799 to $62,999 per person

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6. Norwegian Cruise Line

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I’ve personally been on three Norwegian cruises ( twice on Prima ) and found very few children on board. While there are many thrill-seeking amenities fit for the whole family, there are plenty of ways to stray away from the younger folks. I found Norwegian Prima’s guests skew a bit older based on their upscale aesthetic around the ship that looks straight out of the MOMA museum. I appreciate Norwegian for its freestyle experience, with specialty and complimentary dining options that provide items outside of your usual pizza and hot dog joint. 

The Norwegian Prima is also home to one of largest spas I’ve ever seen at sea. There are two gigantic pools, a few sauna rooms and a large lounge area overlooking the ocean. I spent hours in there just taking in the quiet and calming ambience. Plus, the live productions of  Summer: The Donna Summer Musical  and tribute shows that honor the like of Michael Jackson or Adele are just some of the ways they cater towards millennials, Gen Xers and boomers. Most ships even have dedicated pubs and intimate bars that play classic music from the 60s to early ‘00s, too.

  • Best for:  freestyle dining
  • Popular Destinations:  Alaska, Hawaii, Mykonos, Florence, Iceland
  • Amenities:  restaurants, fitness center, bars, spa, pools, activities
  • Price Range:  $79 to $10,799 per person

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Best Entertainment

7. holland america line, holland america line.

A cruise line owned by Carnival (a popular family-friend cruise company), Holland America Line is possibly the oldest cruise line of the bunch. It dates back to 1873 and was used as cargo and transportation service. Today, the ships are used for leisure as they travel all around the world, docking in the likes of Hawaii and Japan. You can spend a day—or 53 days—sailing with each ship. According to  Reddit , cruisers have seen families and smaller children, but found the majority of guests were over 40. 

A standout feature of their newer ships is the entertainment on board. If you’re a music lover, ships like the Rotterdam and Koningsdam have the B.B King’s Blues Club and Rolling Stone Lounge that cater to playing the classic hits. Holland America Line also partnered with the Professional Pickleball Association to provide state of the art pickleball courts with impeccable views, as well as a casino and a spa, so every guest can find an activity they can enjoy on vacation.  

  • Best for:  music lovers
  • Popular Destinations:  Montreal, Rome, Alaska, The Netherlands, Seattle
  • Amenities:  restaurants, fitness center, bars, spa, pools, activities, casino
  • Price Range:  $94 to $27,399 per person

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Best Suites

8. regent seven seas cruise, regent seven seas cruise.

Regent Seven Seas Cruise currently has six ships put the luxury in luxurious vacation. Owned by Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent has been around for 30 years and continues to be a popular pick for older adults. As  one travel critic shared , the cruise line has an average of passengers that are over 40 on their ships due to its all-inclusive regent experience. The 2-in-1 deal features round-trip flight, unlimited shore excursions, unlimited Wi-Fi and more. They also stand apart from their competitors with their suite-only accommodations. Per  their website , Regent promises incredible ocean views and a private balcony just for you. Plus, 24-hour room service and all the traditional amenities (i.e., spa, fitness center and casino) that makes a cruise worthwhile. 

  • Best for:  luxurious accommodations
  • Popular Destinations:  London, Lisbon, Barcelona, San Juan, Instanbul
  • Amenities:  restaurants, fitness center, spa, pools, activities, casino
  • Price Range:  $4,199 to $101,499 per person

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Best Inclusive Package

9. silversea cruises.

Silversea is a luxury cruise line that’s great for romantic getaways. Once you step on board, you’re treated to  personalized service  (like 24-hour butler service), part of the inclusive package for each guest. Similar to Regent, there’s unlimited shore excursions, so you can explore every port on your trip. The fleet reaches about 900 destinations, including Galápagos Island, French Polynesia and Antarctica. The cruise line also offers complimentary beverages and fine dining. The most popular is the S.A.L.T Kitchen, which provides dishes based on your destinations. There’s even a more exclusive chef option only on their Nova-class ships for a more intimate setting. It offers the same experience with more food and wine options ready to try out. 

  • Best for:  destinations
  • Popular Destinations:  Galapagos, Venice, Norway, Copenhagen, Alaska
  • Amenities:  restaurants, fitness center, lounges, spa, pools, activities, casino
  • Price Range:  $2,800 to $131,700 per person

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I recently traveled with Princess Cruises, and I highly recommend it for adults who aren’t traveling with kids in mind. As mentioned, I’ve been on seven cruises, and this by far has been the least family-friendly cruise line—in a good way! Although there were some kids and teens, the ship was made of mostly older travelers. I was actually surprised by how much it catered to adults over kids. It didn’t have many thrilling amenities like waterslides or an expansive basketball court that usually draw the younger crowds, but there were plenty of things that made the ship thrilling and exciting for mature folks.

For instance, Spellbound, an interactive cocktail experience hat features magicians, an exclusive bar and experimental dishes. There’s also Love by Britto, a dining experience which is heart-themed (down to the utensils) and sets a romantic vibe for couples. Additionally, all Princess ships have many ways to unwind and have fun that cater toward adults, like including their spa, theaters and pool decks.In fact, their latest ship, the Sun Princess, also has the Sanctuary, a pool area set apart from the rest of the ship that’s strictly for adults, so you can lounge under the sun all day without interruption. 

  • Best for:  immersive dining
  • Popular Destinations:  Sydney, Vancouver, San Juan, London, Barcelona
  • Price Range:  $127 to $23,398 per person

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Thinking of booking a cruise? Here are the lines you should — and shouldn't — sail with.

  • Before you book a cruise , it's important to understand that not all cruise lines are equal.
  • Each cruise line has amenities, entertainment, and experiences tailored to specific cruisers.
  • Carnival is good for families, Virgin Voyages for solo adults, and Cunard for mature travelers. 

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I am a very, very avid cruiser. Last year alone, I spent 73 days on cruise ships .

I've sailed with most major lines, from kid-focused Disney Cruise Line to the sometimes-naughty Virgin Voyages. When people ask me which cruise ships I recommend , my answer isn't so straightforward.

Each cruise line is unique, offering amenities, entertainment, and experiences tailored to specific cruisers. What you book will depend on your needs, wants, budget, and what you'd rather avoid.

So, I've done some research about popular cruise lines and combined my personal experiences to help you decide which cruise line to book with.

After all, this is kind of the year of the cruise , with travelers predicted to set sail at some of the highest rates in years throughout 2024.

Here's what you need to know about some of the major cruise lines before you book your next trip.

Editor's Note: Price ranges were calculated at the time of publication based on available listings on each cruise site. Cruise pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and the cheapest stateroom/fare available. Prices were calculated before taxes, port charges, and other fees. Itineraries with added tours built-in were not included when calculating this information.

Carnival Cruise Line

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Cost: $ | Prices range from $156/pp for a two-day getaway from Sydney to $3,273/pp for a 10-day Alaska cruise

Ideal for: Budget travelers, intergenerational groups, families, and partiers

Skip if: You're looking for a high-class, elegant experience or a quiet, laid-back vibe

Highlight: All Carnival cruises come with itineraries loaded with fun activities. Some ships have especially exciting features like the first roller coaster at sea, SkyRide zip-line-style aerial bikes, and themed parties.

Possible cons: This is not a cruise line for those who like to wear a tux or ball gown or have a quiet cruise experience.

Launched in 1972, Carnival Cruise Line is one of nine cruise lines owned by parent company Carnival Corporation & plc. It's the company's largest cruise line, with 27 ships. Its cruises typically range from two days to 29 days.

Carnival Cruise Line offers year-round cruises in Australia, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Mexico and seasonal cruises in Alaska , Bermuda, Canada, Europe, Hawaii, and New England.

Celebrity Cruises

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Cost: $$ | Prices range from $233/pp for a three-night Key West & Bahamas cruise to $6,912/pp for a 7-night Galapagos cruise

Ideal for: Couples, families, and solo travelers

Skip if: You're looking for a slower-paced classic cruise

Highlight: All Celebrity Cruises come with amazing outdoor spaces like The Lawn Club with real grass on the top deck of Solstice Series ships and the Rooftop Terrace on Millennium Series ships. You also won't want to miss the Magic Carpet , which allows guests to hang out while suspended above the ocean on some ships.

Possible cons: This is not a cruise line for those who want to attend lectures about their ports of call.

Celebrity Cruises began sailing in 1997. There are 16 ships, which sail on itineraries ranging from three to 19 nights to nearly 300 ports of call in 70 countries.

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Cost: $$$ | Prices range from $249/pp for a two-night cruise from Southampton, England to Hamburg, Germany, to $19,158/pp for a 111-night World Voyage

Ideal for: Sophisticated travelers and mature cruisers

Skip if: You're looking for a high-energy cruise, hoping to travel with children , or craving adventurous activities

Highlight: All Cunard cruises come with white-glove service. You won't want to miss Cunard's famous 3:30 p.m. afternoon tea, gala evenings, and fine dining arranged by stateroom grade.

Possible cons: This is a very formal cruise with strict dress codes. You won't find water slides or pool parties here.

Founded in 1840, Cunard offers a classic cruise experience with cruises ranging from two to 116 nights.

Its four ships sail to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

Disney Cruise Line

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Cost: $$$ | Prices range from $422.40/pp for a two-night cruise from Sydney to Brisbane, Australia, to $5,592/pp for a 12-night Mediterranean with Greek Isles cruise

Ideal for: Disney adults , families, and intergenerational groups

Skip if: You don't want to vacation around a bunch of children and you crave peace and quiet

Highlight: All Disney Cruise Line cruises come with heaps of Disney magic in the way of special events and details. You won't want to miss character meet and greets, pirate-themed parties with fireworks, and passengers trading pins and leaving treats inside decorative pouches hung on stateroom doors.

Possible cons: There is a significant child population on most of these cruises and not much adults-only entertainment. Dinners in the main dining can get loud, and, just like at the theme parks, there can be many queues for activities and other offerings.

Disney Cruise Line first set sail in the 1990s and has five active ships, with the new Disney Treasure set to debut in December. The line has sailings all around the globe, and most range from two to 15 nights.

Holland America Line

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Cost: $$ | Prices range from $94/pp for a one-day Pacific Northwest cruise to a $27,399/pp for a 132-day Grand Voyage

Ideal for: Music lovers and sophisticated world travelers who appreciate European hospitality and smaller ships

Skip if: You're young, traveling with children, or want to party

Highlight: All Holland America Line cruises come with a dose of Dutch hospitality and elegance. During my cruise with the line, I enjoyed the Dutch cuisine and Music Walk , which features live performances at B.B. King's Blues Club, Rolling Stone Rock Room, and Billboard Onboard.

Possible cons: The line takes its formal nights really seriously and attracts an older crowd.

Holland America Line has had ships sailing the globe for over 140 years. Its 11 ships cruise to more than 425 ports of call on seven continents, and cruises range from one to 118 days.

MSC Cruises

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Cost: $ | Prices range from $80/pp for a three-night Mediterranean cruise to $46,149/pp for a 116-night World Cruise

Ideal for: Budget travelers, families, intergenerational groups, big groups

Skip if: You're looking for lots of food options or top-tier entertainment

Highlight: All MSC Cruises offer great value — and good pizza

Possible cons: The cruise fare does not include many dining options, and the evening entertainment skews old-school and a bit more basic than some other cruise lines that do Broadway-worthy shows.

MSC Cruises has 22 ships, with one more projected to join its fleet by 2025. The line has sailings all around the globe, and most range from two to 118 nights.

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Cost: $$ | Prices range from $79/pp for a one-day Australia cruise to $4,379/pp for a 10-day European cruise

Ideal for: Couples, families, and solo cruisers

Skip if: You're looking for structure, ballroom dancing, and fancy dinners

Highlight: All Norwegian Cruise Line cruises offer freestyle dining. You won't want to miss its Broadway-level shows and generous drink package, which is often offered complimentary.

Possible cons: This is not a cruise line for those who like formal dress codes, and some dislike the à la carte pricing.

Norwegian Cruise Line has been sailing the world for over 57 years. Its 19 ships visit 400-plus ports on seven continents, and cruises typically last one to 25 days.

Princess Cruises

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Cost: $$ | Prices range from $127/pp for a two-day Australia Seacation to $24,098/pp for a 98-day World Cruise

Ideal for: Mature solo travelers, couples, and retirees

Skip if: You're looking for lots of activities and party vibes. Princess Cruises tend to attract an older crowd, and the shows and activities reflect this. There aren't many events offered each day. On the three cruises I sailed with Princess, the entertainment was primarily musicals, piano players, and singers backed by an orchestra. There were only a handful of children on each cruise.

Highlight: All Princess Cruises offer Discovery and Animal Planet-exclusive shore excursions — and many have an excellent onboard lecture series.

Possible cons: This is not a cruise line for those who like to party, love water slides, or have teenagers.

Founded in 1965, Princess Cruises has 16 ships that sail to 330 destinations worldwide on itineraries from three to 111 days

Royal Caribbean

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Cost: $$ | Prices range from $196/pp for a two-night Hong Kong cruise to $8,266/pp for a 13-night Arctic Circle cruise

Ideal for: Couples, families, and intergenerational travelers

Highlight: All Royal Caribbean cruises come with fun activities and a broad range of entertainment options. Some have the Ultimate Abyss , the tallest slide at sea, or the glass capsule North Star , the tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship. You won't want to miss the Oasis Class ships' seven distinctly themed neighborhoods and Royal Promenade, a mall-like thoroughfare with shops, restaurants, and lounges that runs the length of the ship.

Possible cons: Many of its ships are mega-ships, so this isn't the line for you if you want a more intimate trip.

Founded in 1968, Royal Caribbean sails to about 240 destinations on six continents. Cruises range from two to 22 nights.

Royal Caribbean has many of the world's largest cruise ships in its fleet of more than 20 vessels.

Virgin Voyages

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Cost: $$ | Prices range from $415/pp for a four-night roundtrip cruise from England to Amsterdam to a $3,072/pp for a 13-night Canada, Carolina, and Miami cruise

Ideal for: Child-free travelers, health enthusiasts, the glamorous, and those who don't like strict rules

Skip if: You want a classic cruise, need structure, or can't handle playfulness (and, sometimes, naughtiness)

Highlight: All Virgin Voyages are child-free, and everyone gets unlimited WiFi, access to group fitness classes, and gratuities included in their fare. You won't want to miss its famous Scarlet Night, 20 eateries (every venue is considered specialty dining), and eclectic shows like "Untitled DanceShowPartyThing."

Possible cons: There aren't traditional song-and-dance shows, assigned dining times, and nightly portrait photography

Virgin Voyages has been sailing its "Lady Ships" inspired by superyachts since 2021. Three nearly identical ships are currently in service, and a fourth one is set to set sail later this year.

Virgin Voyages sails to about 100 destinations in Australia, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom on cruises ranging from three to 16 nights.

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The Top Alaska Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas in Alaska.

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A cruise vacation to Alaska is a profound adventure. The spectacular natural beauty, rugged wilderness, massive glaciers and endless opportunities for wildlife viewing make a trip to the 49th state a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers. As an added bonus, cruise ships can reach remote parts of the state, including Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve: one of the most significant (and picturesque) marine and wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

With the ever-growing popularity of the destination and an extended cruising season (some lines now travel to Alaska between April and October), more ships are heading north to the shores of The Great Land. With these expanded itineraries, there's more than ever to think about when booking your Alaska cruise.

To assist in your decision-making process, U.S. News listed the top cruise lines to consider across five categories, including the best options for families , luxury-seekers and adventurers. U.S. News consulted data provided by Cruiseline.com and the results of our 2024 Best Cruise Lines rankings to help develop this list of the top cruise lines sailing to Alaska.

  • Best Overall: Holland America Line; Princess Cruises
  • Best for Families: Norwegian Cruise Line; Royal Caribbean International

Best for Couples: Celebrity Cruises

  • Best Luxury: Regent Seven Seas Cruises; Silversea Cruises

Best Small-Ship Expedition Line: UnCruise Adventures

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Best Overall: Holland America Line and Princess Cruises

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Holland America Line's Westerdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

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Alaska cruise ships: Eurodam , Koningsdam , Nieuw Amsterdam , Noordam , Westerdam , Zaandam Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Anchorage , Fairbanks and Whittier, Alaska; Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia Starting from: $379 per person for seven-night Alaska Inside Passage cruise on May 1, 2024, or Sept. 22, 2024. Round-trip from Vancouver.

Holland America Line has been cruising Alaska's pristine glacial waters for more than 75 years – longer than any other cruise line. On top of that, the line features more voyages to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve than its competitors. Seven-night round-trip sailings depart from either Seattle or Vancouver, while cruisetours – Holland America Line 's sea- and land-based packages – leave from several cities and extend each trip to nine to 18 days.

If this will be your first visit to Alaska, consider booking the comprehensive 14-day Yukon + Denali cruisetour. This Alaska adventure includes a voyage aboard Koningsdam, plus a three-night stay at Holland America's exclusive lodge in Denali National Park, where you'll have the opportunity to see Alaska's big five: moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and wolves – and book bucket list activities like flightseeing over Denali. If it's a picture-perfect day, your pilot might even be able to land on the tallest mountain in North America, also known as "The Great One." Other excursions include meeting dog mushers from the Iditarod, landing on the Yanert Glacier, heli-hiking or embarking on a covered wagon adventure on the Alaska tundra. The Yukon Territory portion of this trip is exclusive to Holland America; while there, visit the mining town of Dawson City and learn about Northern Canada's Klondike Gold Rush of August 1896.

Another highlight of sailing Alaska with Holland America is the Alaska Up Close program, which immerses guests in an array of expert-led lectures and excursions on board and shore. When it comes to dining , Holland America is the only cruise line to achieve the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification, which means cruisers will enjoy certified sustainable wild Alaska seafood on board (think: Alaskan king crab legs and fresh salmon). You may also have access to culinary excursions in partnership with Food & Wine magazine, as well as special offerings like Alaska salmon bakes.

Cruisers should also consider one of the Holland America's new itineraries for 2024: the 28-night Alaska Arctic Circle Solstice voyage aboard Westerdam, round-trip from Seattle. This sailing, which departs on June 9, 2024, features highlights like crossing the Arctic Circle; celebrating the summer solstice in Nome, Alaska; and watching Kodiak bears – the largest bears in the world – on Kodiak Island.

Insider tip: Sample Holland America Line's famous Dutch pea soup while glacier viewing on the outside decks. The crew passes around mugs of the warm soup in this Holland America tradition that gives a nod to the line's heritage – and keeps guests warm on chilly summer days in Alaska.

Princess Cruises

View from the deck of a Princess Cruises ship in Alaska.

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Alaska cruise ships: Grand Princess , Sapphire Princess , Royal Princess , Ruby Princess , Majestic Princess , Discovery Princess , Crown Princess Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seattle; Anchorage, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; San Francisco ; Fairbanks, Alaska Starting from: $398 per person for seven-night cruise from Anchorage (Whittier, Alaska) to Vancouver on May 18, 2024

Princess Cruises has a long history in Alaska, boasting more than 50 years of sailing to the Great Land. Cruise itineraries last between seven and 14 nights, and many visit the Inside Passage. Princess Cruises also owns and operates five wilderness lodges for guests of its cruisetours, plus exclusive "Direct to the Wilderness" rail service to those properties. The line's wide selection of cruisetours includes independent adventures and off-the-beaten-path destinations, like Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, the largest national park in the U.S. For travelers seeking the highest level of service and the most time on land, the Connoisseur cruisetour is a good option, including up to 10 nights ashore following the seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. The Connoisseur trip is hosted by a tour director and includes select sightseeing outings and most meals in the fare.

Princess' special programming, North to Alaska, offers guests unique insights into the history and culture of the region with visits from local Alaskans, photography sessions, demonstrations on lumberjacking and excursions like Cook My Catch, where guests will go fishing (with a guide), then bring their fish back for chefs to prepare for dinner at one of the designated Princess lodges.

There are two new Princess cruisetours to consider for 2024. The 15-night National Parks Tour includes a seven-day cruise, visits to five national parks, scenic rail travel and a total of eight evenings across four Princess wilderness lodges. Meanwhile, the Katmai National Park Tour is a nine-day adventure that takes guests to the famed Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park & Preserve to see bears feasting on wild salmon in Alaska's wilderness.

Insider tip: While visiting Denali National Park, be sure to check out the Princess Treehouse at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters," the treehouse offers a different perspective of Denali and features "Sappy Hour" and other fun activities.  

Best for Families: Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International

Norwegian cruise line.

Race track atop the Norwegian Bliss in Alaska.

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Alaska cruise ships: Norwegian Encore , Norwegian Bliss , Norwegian Jewel , Norwegian Sun , Norwegian Spirit Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seattle ; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seward, Alaska Starting from: $349 per person for seven-night sailing between Seward and Vancouver (itineraries visit Hubbard Glacier and Skagway, or Glacier Bay, Skagway and Juneau). Available on Norwegian Jewel in April, May and June 2024.

Norwegian Cruise Line has one of the longest seasons in Alaska, extending from April through October. The line operates two of its larger ships in Alaska: Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore. These ships feature a plethora of onboard activities to keep kids and adults entertained, like racetracks, laser tag, mini-golf, complimentary kids and teen clubs, video arcades, themed parties, live performances and more. Families will also enjoy entertainment by Nickelodeon, character breakfasts, salmon bakes and sessions with a park ranger who comes on board to narrate the Glacier Bay passage. You'll find many spacious room options on board perfectly suited to larger families – especially in The Haven, the line's exclusive ship-within-a-ship concept. In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line offers select cruise deals where third and fourth guests sail free .

There are two new Alaska shore excursions for 2024: the Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek and the Fly-In Norris Glacier Hike and Packraft. The first outing takes place in Juneau , where you'll paddle a 12-person canoe across Mendenhall Lake to reach the towering glacier. Prepare to be surrounded by the spectacular setting of Tongass National Park, a 400-foot waterfall and an Arctic tern nesting ground. The second excursion, also in Juneau, takes participants on a flight into the Alaska wilderness via floatplane; you'll then paddle across a pristine glacial lake and hike the surface of Norris Glacier. Unforgettable sights along the way include densely forested mountains; the mouth of the Taku Inlet, a waterway that offers access to Juneau Icefield; and plenty of wildlife, including sea lions and bald eagles.

Also new for 2024 is the option to take the Denali Talkeetna Explorer tour after your cruise. (This cruisetour previously only took place prior to the voyage.) The 13-day sea and land package, Denali Talkeetna Explorer – Northbound Cruisetour, is available on three dates in 2024 in combination with a Norwegian Jewel sailing. The package includes a seven-night cruise; a total of six nights in Fairbanks, Denali and Talkeetna; a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline; a riverboat cruise in Fairbanks; a visit to an Iditarod dog musher's kennel; a deluxe glass-domed Alaska Railroad journey between Fairbanks and Denali; and more. You'll also have free time to book optional shore excursions like whitewater rafting, park tours, helicopter flightseeing and other outdoor adventures.

Insider tip: If you're sailing on Norwegian Bliss or Norwegian Encore, be sure to grab a front-row seat in the Observation Lounge when sailing in Glacier Bay Park & Preserve. This expansive space on Deck 15 at the bow of the ship offers breathtaking panoramic views from the comfort of inside the ship. 

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas at the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

Alaska cruise ships: Radiance of the Seas , Quantum of the Seas , Brilliance of the Seas , Ovation of the Seas Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seattle Starting from: $439 per person for seven-night cruise on Radiance of the Seas, Seward to Vancouver on May 24, 2024

Royal Caribbean International offers seven-night cruise-only Alaska options (some featuring the Inside Passage) and extended cruisetours (lasting nine to 13 days) with land portions before or after the voyage. Cruisetours may visit Denali National Park & Preserve, among other highlights. The line also offers select "kids sail free" itineraries, which will appeal to families.

If you want nonstop entertainment while on board, choose one of Royal Caribbean International 's two larger Quantum Class vessels: Quantum of the Seas or Ovation of the Seas. Both megaships accommodate approximately 4,900 passengers. If you prefer a smaller ship, consider booking one of the Radiance Class vessels, which hold a maximum of around 2,500 guests.

Quantum Class ships have multiple outdoor attractions that provide panoramic views of the scenery. For example, the surf simulator, FlowRider, affords views of magnificent snow-capped mountains and glaciers all around the ship. If you're adept at rock climbing, this is another chance for optimal scenic viewing – at 40 feet above the deck. Additional entertainment includes free-fall skydiving at RipCord by iFly, outdoor movie nights, live performances and musical entertainment, bumper cars, an escape room, a sports court and indoor pools for those cool Alaska summer days.

Insider tip: For more awe-inspiring vistas, take a ride on North Star. Exclusive to Royal Caribbean (on Quantum and Ovation of the Seas), the glass-enclosed capsule rises 300 feet above sea level while suspended over the ocean.

Read: The Most Affordable Alaska Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

View from the Magic Carpet on the Celebrity Edge.

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Alaska cruise ships: Celebrity Summit , Celebrity Edge , Celebrity Solstice Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seattle Starting from: $397 per person for seven-night voyage on Celebrity Summit, Seward to Vancouver on May 17, 2024

Adventure-seeking couples will have many options to choose from during Celebrity Cruises ' 2024 Alaska season. The line's six- and seven-night cruise-only itineraries include up-close views of the Dawes Glacier in the Endicott Arm Fjord and the Hubbard Glacier, the world's longest tidewater glacier at 76 miles long. For an in-depth exploration of Alaska's interior, Celebrity's cruisetours extend the trip to a maximum of 13 nights and feature small-town destinations like Talkeetna, Alaska – the quirky village that inspired the 1990s television show "Northern Exposure." There are also themed tours centered on wildlife viewing and national parks, as well as culinary tours highlighting the flavors of Alaska.

Couples will also find plenty of adult-focused activities and entertainment on board, no matter which vessel they choose. Each ship offers a spa, multiple bars and lounges, and an excellent selection of complimentary and specialty restaurants. Celebrity's three Alaska-bound ships carry between 2,158 guests (Celebrity Summit) and 2,908 passengers (Celebrity Edge). Celebrity Edge, the newest of the ships, offers immersive entertainment and especially beautiful public spaces – like Grand Plaza, a three-story venue at the heart of the vessel.

For extra privacy during your couples' vacation, consider splurging on a suite or villa in The Retreat. This all-inclusive space features luxurious accommodations; a private lounge; a sundeck (unavailable on Celebrity Solstice); and a private restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat. The swanky culinary venue serves dishes curated by renowned French chef Daniel Boulud. In addition, you'll have a team of attendants, butlers and concierges to indulge every whim.

Insider tip: Book your Alaska cruise on Celebrity Edge. The outward-facing design of the ship and expansive outdoor spaces, including the Magic Carpet, offer guests excellent viewing opportunities of Alaska's vast landscapes, calving glaciers and wildlife, including humpback whales in the Inside Passage and around Juneau and Sitka.

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Best Luxury: Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises

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Alaska cruise ships: Seven Seas Explorer Departure cities: Vancouver, British Columbia; Seward, Alaska Starting from: $4,699 per person (all-inclusive) for seven-night cruise, Vancouver to Seward on May 1, 2024

Regent's Seven Seas Explorer will spend the 2024 season in Alaska, with the first sailing embarking from Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 1, 2024. The line offers 20 seven-night voyages and two 14-night sailings between May and September. The 746-passenger ship provides an in-depth exploration of Alaska's wilderness, thanks to the vessel's smaller size and all-balcony suites. Regent Seven Seas Cruises ' all-inclusive fares include free unlimited shore excursions (though select tours come with a fee); complimentary fine wines and spirits; dining at specialty restaurants; 24-hour room service; unlimited Wi-Fi access; prepaid gratuities; free valet laundry service; and more. Depending on the suite category, guests may also receive a pre- and post-cruise hotel stay with their voyage.

Complimentary shore excursions are available in a number of Alaska ports. In Ketchikan, sign up for the Tongass Rainforest Expedition, the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show or the Alaskan Lodge Adventure & Seafest. (Note: Some excursions in Ketchikan, such as the Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining option, come with an additional fee.) In Juneau, guests can take the complimentary hiking adventure through the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area, home to black bears, mountain goats and other wildlife. Cruisers can also dine on wild Alaska salmon grilled over a fire at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake.

Insider tip: Take advantage of the complimentary shore excursions during your cruise. These are tours you'd normally have to pay for on a ship that's not all-inclusive – and that can add up quickly.

Silversea Cruises

Pool bar on the Silver Nova.

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Alaska cruise ships: Silver Nova , Silver Muse , Silver Shadow Departure cities: Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia Starting from: $3,450 per person for seven-night cruise, Vancouver to Seward on Silver Muse on Aug. 1, 2024

Debuted in August 2023, Silversea's latest addition, Silver Nova, is the newest luxury vessel sailing Alaska for the 2024 season. Silver Nova features an asymmetrical design and advanced technologies that make it Silversea Cruises ' most environmentally friendly vessel yet. With just 728 guests, spacious suites (some affording 270-degree views) and outdoor spaces showcasing The Great Land's pristine wilderness, Silver Nova is an excellent luxury option for an Alaska adventure. Silversea offers seven-night itineraries on its three Alaska ships, plus longer voyages on Silver Muse and Silver Shadow.

Silversea's all-inclusive fares include pre- and post-cruise hotel stays; complimentary nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages; in-room minibars; gourmet dining; all gratuities; at least one excursion per port; butler service in every suite; and other upscale amenities. Complimentary Alaska excursions include a scenic railway tour aboard the White Pass and Yukon Railway in Skagway, the Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest in Sitka Sound and more. You can also visit the Iditarod dogs' summer camp in Juneau. For an additional cost, Silversea offers more exclusive experiences, like a helicopter ride to Mendenhall Glacier followed by a dogsledding adventure with a team of Alaskan huskies in Juneau, or a remote fly-fishing trip in Sitka.

Insider tip: Spend some time on Deck 10; you'll enjoy unobstructed views of the spectacular scenery from the comfort of the heated pool, thanks to the asymmetrical design of the pool deck.

UnCruise Adventures

Alaska cruise ships: Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Legacy, Safari Endeavor, Safari Explorer, Safari Quest Departure cities: Ketchikan, Juneau, Whittier, Dutch Harbor and Sitka, Alaska; Seattle Starting from: $3,600 per person for seven-night cruise, Juneau to Ketchikan (or reverse itinerary) on Wilderness Discoverer; various dates between April and September 2024

UnCruise's expedition-style small ships call on ports and remote areas in Alaska that larger ships can't access, taking guests to locales that the line coins, "UnAlaska." The five ships operating in The Great Land accommodate between 22 passengers (Safari Quest) and 86 guests (Wilderness Legacy), and there are seven-, 12- and 14-night itineraries to choose from. You can also book optional land tours, including a Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure. Expedition teams take guests on kayaking, skiffing, paddleboarding, bushwhacking, waterfall walks and hiking excursions close to the glaciers and visit secluded areas and waterway passages known for optimal wildlife viewing.

Cruise fares include group transfers to and from the ship; all meals; premium wine, beer and liquor; all nonalcoholic beverages; daily activities; wellness amenities; onboard heritage and expedition guides; and access to guest experts. You'll need to disconnect from your devices in remote areas, as there is no Wi-Fi access on UnCruise vessels.

For a once-in-a-lifetime trip, book the 14-night Alaska's Fjords & Glaciers Bay Adventure Cruise on Wilderness Discoverer, a 76-passenger ship. This voyage includes birding in the South Marble Islands, where you'll see puffins, cormorants, oystercatchers and other bird species. You can also search for brown bears in Corner Bay, bushwhack in old-growth forests, visit the town of Haines to sample local brews and spirits, and more.

UnCruise has introduced a few new cruises for 2024 with a renewed focus on The Great Land. One of these is the Kids in Nature, Wild Woolly & Wow with Glacier Bay cruise. The seven-night, family-focused voyage departs round-trip from Juneau aboard Wilderness Legacy and is available on three dates between June and July. One highlight of the voyage is exploring off-the-grid in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve's "Outback."

A second new option is the seven-night Prince William Sound Explorer with Cordova cruise. This adventure visits dozens of glaciers; the small fishing village of Cordova; the Harriman and College glacial fjords; the islands of Knight and Montague; and multiple places where you can see orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, puffins and other wildlife. The itinerary is offered round-trip from Whittier, Alaska, on Safari Explorer throughout the summer.

Insider tip: Depending on your itinerary, you may be able to hop in a skiff directly off the ship to watch bears along the shore hunt for salmon just 100 feet away. This is an Alaska experience you can only have when sailing on a small ship.

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Sydney is the largest city on Cape Breton Island, which is linked by causeway to the rest of Nova Scotia. Sydney’s attractions start at the harbor, where visitors can shop for locally made crafts and see the world’s largest fiddle, which towers beside the port’s cruise pavilion. Some of the city’s historic houses and churches date back to the 1700s and 1800s and are open for tours. Restaurants often provide live music (expect fiddles and sea chanteys) along with meals of seafood fresh-caught in nearby waters. Sydney’s galleries give visitors a chance to meet local artists and purchase their work.  

Cape Breton's natural wonders include the spectacular scenic drive known as the Cabot Trail. Hikers in Cape Breton Highlands National Park will find stunning vistas around every turn, while a boat ride on massive Bras d’Or Lake, which is ringed by wild hills, offers a different perspective on the province. Explore the region’s past with a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and learn about the area’s First Nations communities at Membertou Heritage Park. If you decide to go deep underground at the Cape Breton Miners Museum, your tour guide is likely to be a man who toiled for years in the island's coal mines and has many stories to tell. Another must-see: the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, where the famous inventor made his summer home.

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If you're lucky enough to have time and money, a months-long cruise that visits far-flung ports is a dream come true. How else can you see so much of the world in one fell swoop?

These cruises include everything from epic regional explorations to journeys that literally circle the globe. They can be pricey — we've noted pricing where available — but it's worth it.

So, if you're ready to truly savor the open seas, step up your travel game and explore the most incredible places on earth with these cruise vacations.

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<p> See all Seven Wonders of the World on this 155-night cruise that stops in 37 countries. </p> <p> Depart from San Diego and head through the South Pacific to Australia, Asia, and the Middle East before debarking in England. </p> <p> You can extend your trip if you opt in for the Panama Canal pre-cruise segment. Prices begin at $39,999 and top out at around $156,999.  </p> <p>  <p class=""><b>Want to learn how to build wealth like the 1%?</b> <a href="https://financebuzz.com/worthy-subscriber-signup?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=2&synd_postid=16328&synd_backlink_title=Sign+up+for+Worthy+to+get+ideas+and+advice+delivered+to+your+inbox.&synd_backlink_position=3&synd_slug=worthy-subscriber-signup">Sign up for Worthy to get ideas and advice delivered to your inbox.</a></p>  </p>

Azamara World Voyage

See all Seven Wonders of the World on this 155-night cruise that stops in 37 countries.

Depart from San Diego and head through the South Pacific to Australia, Asia, and the Middle East before debarking in England.

You can extend your trip if you opt in for the Panama Canal pre-cruise segment. Prices begin at $39,999 and top out at around $156,999.

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<p>   Set sail on the Crystal Serenity from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for 123 nights, with 62 stops in 31 countries. </p> <p>   Visit Mexico and Central America before crossing the Panama Canal. Next, you will circle South America before heading to East Africa and South Asia. </p> <p>Finish by going through the Suez Canal to Europe. To get pricing, you must request a quote.</p>

Crystal World Cruise

Set sail on the Crystal Serenity from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for 123 nights, with 62 stops in 31 countries.

Visit Mexico and Central America before crossing the Panama Canal. Next, you will circle South America before heading to East Africa and South Asia.

Finish by going through the Suez Canal to Europe. To get pricing, you must request a quote.

<p>   This round-trip journey begins and ends in Hamburg, Germany, and will take you on a grand 111-night adventure on the Queen Anne. </p> <p>   From Europe, you'll head to many different places — including New York, Central America, Honolulu, Sydney, and Malaysia — before returning to Europe. </p> <p>   Passage starts at $17,869 — a good deal for such an extensive cruise. </p> <p>  <a href="https://financebuzz.com/money-moves-after-40?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=4&synd_postid=16328&synd_backlink_title=Grow+Your+%24%24%3A+11+brilliant+ways+to+build+wealth+after+40&synd_backlink_position=4&synd_slug=money-moves-after-40"><b>Grow Your $$:</b> 11 brilliant ways to build wealth after 40</a>  </p>

Cunard Maiden World Voyage

This round-trip journey begins and ends in Hamburg, Germany, and will take you on a grand 111-night adventure on the Queen Anne.

From Europe, you'll head to many different places — including New York, Central America, Honolulu, Sydney, and Malaysia — before returning to Europe.

Passage starts at $17,869 — a good deal for such an extensive cruise.

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<p>   Board the Zuiderdam in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a 124-day cruise that visits 32 countries on six continents. </p> <p>   Head through the South Pacific to Australia and Asia. Then, explore South Africa and East Africa before heading to the Middle East.</p> <p>   Cruise through Europe, then return to Fort Lauderdale. </p>

Holland America Grand World Voyage

Board the Zuiderdam in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a 124-day cruise that visits 32 countries on six continents.

Head through the South Pacific to Australia and Asia. Then, explore South Africa and East Africa before heading to the Middle East.

Cruise through Europe, then return to Fort Lauderdale.

<p>   The Volendam is your home on this 133-day voyage to 28 countries on five continents. </p> <p>   Leave Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and explore the entire coast of South America before swooping across to West Africa and up to Europe, including Scandinavia and Greenland. </p> <p>   This trip also includes a stop in Antarctica. </p>

Holland America Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole

The Volendam is your home on this 133-day voyage to 28 countries on five continents.

Leave Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and explore the entire coast of South America before swooping across to West Africa and up to Europe, including Scandinavia and Greenland.

This trip also includes a stop in Antarctica.

<p>   This 96-day journey takes you from the Arctic to Antarctica, beginning in Vancouver and ending in Argentina. </p> <p>   Destinations across 13 countries include Canada, Alaska, Greenland, the U.S. East Coast, Central America, and South America. </p> <p>   Scenery and wildlife promise to be highlights, along with visits to UNESCO sites. Pricing begins at $51, 773. </p> <p>  <a href="https://financebuzz.com/retire-early-quiz?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=7&synd_postid=16328&synd_backlink_title=Retire+Sooner%3A+Take+this+quiz+to+see+if+you+can+retire+early&synd_backlink_position=5&synd_slug=retire-early-quiz"><b>Retire Sooner:</b> Take this quiz to see if you can retire early</a>  </p>

Hurtigruten Pole to Pole Adventure

This 96-day journey takes you from the Arctic to Antarctica, beginning in Vancouver and ending in Argentina.

Destinations across 13 countries include Canada, Alaska, Greenland, the U.S. East Coast, Central America, and South America.

Scenery and wildlife promise to be highlights, along with visits to UNESCO sites. Pricing begins at $51, 773.

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<p>   Leaving from Rome on the MSC Magnifica, this boat sails for 116 nights to 21 countries, with 50 stops and seven overnight strips.  </p> <p>   Featured destinations on this global voyage include the Mediterranean, the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, and beyond. </p> <p>   Fifteen excursions on land are also included.  </p>

MSC World Cruise

Leaving from Rome on the MSC Magnifica, this boat sails for 116 nights to 21 countries, with 50 stops and seven overnight strips.

Featured destinations on this global voyage include the Mediterranean, the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, and beyond.

Fifteen excursions on land are also included.

<p>   Spend 200 days cruising from Miami to New York on the Insignia. </p> <p>   Start in the Caribbean and South America before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Africa. You will then visit Asia before heading down through the South Pacific. </p> <p>   Finish by visiting Central America before returning to the U.S. Fares begin at $54,099. </p>

Oceania Kaleidoscope of Your World

Spend 200 days cruising from Miami to New York on the Insignia.

Start in the Caribbean and South America before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Africa. You will then visit Asia before heading down through the South Pacific.

Finish by visiting Central America before returning to the U.S. Fares begin at $54,099.

<p>   This 116-day adventure starts in either Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or Los Angeles. </p> <p>   The ship sails to six continents, making 51 stops in 26 countries. New stops include the Greek islands of Patmos and Volos, Montenegro, and Taranto, Italy. </p> <p>   The cruise promises hidden gems along with featured destinations. </p> <p>  <a href="https://financebuzz.com/southwest-booking-secrets-55mp?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=10&synd_postid=16328&synd_backlink_title=9+nearly+secret+things+to+do+if+you+fly+Southwest&synd_backlink_position=6&synd_slug=southwest-booking-secrets-55mp">9 nearly secret things to do if you fly Southwest</a>  </p>

Princess Around the World Cruise

This 116-day adventure starts in either Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or Los Angeles.

The ship sails to six continents, making 51 stops in 26 countries. New stops include the Greek islands of Patmos and Volos, Montenegro, and Taranto, Italy.

The cruise promises hidden gems along with featured destinations.

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<p>   Departing from Miami, this cruise sails for 168 nights aboard the Seven Seas Mariner and includes 465 shore excursions. </p> <p>   Sail through the Caribbean, then around South America to Australia, East Asia, Alaska, Canada, and the U.S. West Coast. </p> <p>   Return to Miami via Mexico and Central America. Fares begin at $101,199. </p>

Regent Navigate the World (Away in Wonder)

Departing from Miami, this cruise sails for 168 nights aboard the Seven Seas Mariner and includes 465 shore excursions.

Sail through the Caribbean, then around South America to Australia, East Asia, Alaska, Canada, and the U.S. West Coast.

Return to Miami via Mexico and Central America. Fares begin at $101,199.

<p>   This 274-night adventure — the longest on this list — on Serenade of the Seas sails on a round-trip journey from Miami and stops at 11 wonders in more than 60 countries. </p> <p>   Highlights include Iguazú Falls, the Great Wall, the ancient city of Petra, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef, and more. </p> <p>   There is even a stop in Antarctica. Prices start at $53,999. </p>

Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise

This 274-night adventure — the longest on this list — on Serenade of the Seas sails on a round-trip journey from Miami and stops at 11 wonders in more than 60 countries.

Highlights include Iguazú Falls, the Great Wall, the ancient city of Petra, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef, and more.

There is even a stop in Antarctica. Prices start at $53,999.

<p>   Circle the African continent for 90 days, departing from Barcelona. You'll visit 26 countries across three continents on this cruise. </p> <p>   Enjoy wildlife, explore spice markets, witness ceremonies, tour ruins, and go on safari as you circumnavigate the continent, crossing over the equator twice. </p> <p>   Your adventure ends in Egypt and Israel. Currently, pricing begins at $93,999. </p> <p>  <a href="https://financebuzz.com/top-travel-credit-cards?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=13&synd_postid=16328&synd_backlink_title=Earn+Points+and+Miles%3A+Find+the+best+travel+credit+card+for+nearly+free+travel&synd_backlink_position=7&synd_slug=top-travel-credit-cards"><b>Earn Points and Miles:</b> Find the best travel credit card for nearly free travel</a>  </p>

Seabourn Grand Africa Voyage

Circle the African continent for 90 days, departing from Barcelona. You'll visit 26 countries across three continents on this cruise.

Enjoy wildlife, explore spice markets, witness ceremonies, tour ruins, and go on safari as you circumnavigate the continent, crossing over the equator twice.

Your adventure ends in Egypt and Israel. Currently, pricing begins at $93,999.

<p>   Sail on the Seabourn Sojourn from Los Angeles to Athens, Greece, on this 145-day voyage that visits 28 countries with 20 overnight stays. </p> <p>   You will stop at 72 ports in the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. </p> <p>   Excursions include snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, touring Luxor, and exploring Puerto Princesa. </p>

Seabourn Extraordinary Horizons

Sail on the Seabourn Sojourn from Los Angeles to Athens, Greece, on this 145-day voyage that visits 28 countries with 20 overnight stays.

You will stop at 72 ports in the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Excursions include snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, touring Luxor, and exploring Puerto Princesa.

<p>   Enjoy 136 days abroad the Silver Dawn as it sails from Tokyo to New York City. </p> <p>   The ship stops in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, including Scandinavia and Greenland. Eventually, it arrives in the Big Apple. </p> <p>   You will visit 59 total ports in 30 countries. Fare begins at $81,900 </p>

Silversea Controtempo

Enjoy 136 days abroad the Silver Dawn as it sails from Tokyo to New York City.

The ship stops in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, including Scandinavia and Greenland. Eventually, it arrives in the Big Apple.

You will visit 59 total ports in 30 countries. Fare begins at $81,900

<p>   Spend 180 days exploring 37 countries and enjoying 83 guided tours during this journey, which departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. </p> <p>   Destinations include everywhere from the Caribbean to the South Pacific to Asia, through the Red Sea Europe. Spend the night in cities such as London, Istanbul, and Singapore.  </p> <p>   Your tour ends in New York City. Prices begin at $79,995. </p>

Viking World Cruise Voyage I

Spend 180 days exploring 37 countries and enjoying 83 guided tours during this journey, which departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Destinations include everywhere from the Caribbean to the South Pacific to Asia, through the Red Sea Europe. Spend the night in cities such as London, Istanbul, and Singapore.

Your tour ends in New York City. Prices begin at $79,995.

<p> The opportunity to spend months at sea stopping at world wonders, famous cities, and gems of nature is not to be missed. So, if you get the chance, take it. </p> <p> But if your budget is not unlimited right now and you are trying to <a href="https://financebuzz.com/money-moves-after-40?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=17&synd_postid=16328&synd_backlink_title=build+wealth&synd_backlink_position=8&synd_slug=money-moves-after-40">build wealth</a> instead, remember there are plenty of shorter and more affordable cruises.  </p> <p> When you have the time and money to spend, the epic cruises on this list will be waiting for you.  </p> <p>  <p><b>More from FinanceBuzz:</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://financebuzz.com/supplement-income-55mp?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=17&synd_postid=16328&synd_backlink_title=7+things+to+do+if+you%27re+scraping+by+financially.&synd_backlink_position=9&synd_slug=supplement-income-55mp">7 things to do if you're scraping by financially.</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.financebuzz.com/shopper-hacks-Costco-55mp?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=17&synd_postid=16328&synd_backlink_title=6+genius+hacks+Costco+shoppers+should+know.&synd_backlink_position=10&synd_slug=shopper-hacks-Costco-55mp">6 genius hacks Costco shoppers should know.</a></li> <li><a href="https://financebuzz.com/retire-early-quiz?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=17&synd_postid=16328&synd_backlink_title=Can+you+retire+early%3F+Take+this+quiz+and+find+out.&synd_backlink_position=11&synd_slug=retire-early-quiz">Can you retire early? Take this quiz and find out.</a></li> <li><a href="https://financebuzz.com/choice-home-warranty-jump?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=feed&synd_slide=17&synd_postid=16328&synd_backlink_title=Are+you+a+homeowner%3F+Get+a+protection+plan+on+all+your+appliances.&synd_backlink_position=12&synd_slug=choice-home-warranty-jump">Are you a homeowner? Get a protection plan on all your appliances.</a></li> </ul>  </p>

Bottom line

The opportunity to spend months at sea stopping at world wonders, famous cities, and gems of nature is not to be missed. So, if you get the chance, take it.

But if your budget is not unlimited right now and you are trying to build wealth instead, remember there are plenty of shorter and more affordable cruises.

When you have the time and money to spend, the epic cruises on this list will be waiting for you.

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  6. Holland America Cruise Ports: Sydney, Australia

    White Bay Cruise Terminal. 2041 James Craig Rd. Rozelle NSW 20339 Australia. The White Bay Cruise Terminal is approximately 11 miles from Sydney's Kingsford International Airport. Travel time between the airport and the pier is approximately 35 minutes. From Sydney Airport -Head north on Airport Drive, and follow directions toward Keith Smith ...

  7. South Pacific Crossing

    Mediterranean Romance & Spanish Farewell. 26 Days Athens Fort Lauderdale. Operated By: Holland America. From 7,216. Save 58. Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Holland America's 26 Day South Pacific Crossing beginning your journey in Sydney and travelling through to Vancouver. 1000 season departures.

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  11. South Pacific Crossing

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  12. Holland America Trans Pacific Cruises Cruise, 29 Nights From Sydney

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  13. Grand Australia & New Zealand

    Cities. Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Holland America's 33 Day Grand Australia & New Zealand beginning your journey in Sydney and travelling through to San Diego. 1000-26 season departures.

  14. Australia Cruises and New Zealand Cruises 2024 and 2025

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  15. MS Westerdam

    Holland America Line's 35 Night Legendary Voyage: Australia Circumnavigation departs from Sydney, Australia on Sunday, November, 17, 2024. The MS Westerdam will visit these 25 cruise ports before returning on December 22.

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  19. South Pacific Crossing

    Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Holland America's 35 Day South Pacific Crossing beginning your journey in San Diego and travelling through to Sydney. 1000 season departures. ... Begin your journey in San Diego and cruise through to Sydney onboard the Noordam and enjoy exclusive savings and cruise inclusions with Holland America ...

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  22. 27 Night Seattle to Sydney Cruise on the ms Noordam

    Seattle to Sydney cruise on the Holland America ms Noordam departing on the Sunday, 12 October 2025 from Seattle for a 27 nights. HA25-N570 Experience all the Seattle to Sydney has to offer. All our fares include meals, taxes & port fees.

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