The longest continuous world cruise: circumnavigation spans six continents

WORLD CONQUEST

Keen to cruise the entire world? Then Viking has just the thing, a new 245-day Ultimate World Cruise spanning six continents, 59 countries and 113 ports in a full circumnavigation of the globe, including maiden visits to eight ports in South America. The eight-month journey departs London on August 31, 2019, and the company says it's the longest-ever continuous world cruise itinerary. You can, however, opt for two shorter segments, the 127-day Viking World Treasures from London to Los Angeles or the 119-day Viking World Wonders from Los Angeles to London.

Phone 138 747. See vikingcruises.com.au

SAIL SULAWESI

Coral Expeditions has released a new voyage to Sulawesi, one of Indonesia's largest islands, featuring a spectacular landscape and culture shaped by a mix of religions, maritime traditions and colonial influences. Sulawesi also has marine parks providing world-class snorkelling and diving experiences, and rainforest that harbours rare species of birds and primates. Coral Adventurer begins its inaugural series of three expeditions in early 2020: a 14-night Sulawesi to Australia cruise from Makassar to Darwin and another from Makassar to Darwin, both visiting Komodo Island; and a 20-night Sulawesi Circle return from Makassar.

Phone 1800 079 545. See coralexpeditions.com

CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS

SeaDream Yacht Club has a week-long sailing this December on one of its most popular Caribbean itineraries that could see you enjoying an unusual Christmas, with Christmas Day spent swimming with dolphins and investigating pirate history on Tortola Island. The cruise also visits a half-dozen other islands including St John in the Virgin Islands and Gustavia in the French West Indies, and stops off for visits to some of the Caribbean's finest beaches for the chance to use the ship's water craft. SeaDream II sails on December 20 round trip from San Juan. Phone 02 9958 4444. See seadream.com

ARCTIC ADVENTURE

Abercrombie & Kent has released details of its fourth expedition cruise through the entire navigable Northwest Passage on board the exclusively chartered ship Le Boreal. The journey sails from Greenland to the Canadian Arctic and Bering Sea and ends in Alaska, along the way visiting historic and remote islands, fiords and Inuit villages. It also relives the stories of voyages of exploration that attempted to find this fabled northern passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Weather-dependent stops may include Beechy Island, Franklin Camp and Fort Ross. The cruise departs on August 26, 2019.

Phone 1300 851 800. See abercrombiekent.com.au

OLD ACQUAINTANCE

Murray Princess is offering a four-night New Year's Eve cruise on Australia's Murray River departing on December 31, 2018, that will include a celebratory dinner, festivities and dancing. The cruise explores the Murray River from Mannum to Blanchetown and visits Burk Salter Winery for a vineyard tour and cellar door tastings, Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Conservation Park to learn about Aboriginal history, a native wildlife shelter, and the Australian Woolshed Sheep Shearing Show at Sunnydale. At Swan Reach, guests enjoy a barbecue dinner and bush dance. The cruise can be extended to seven nights.

Phone 1300 729 938. See murrayprincess.com.au

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