Cruise Around the World for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

by Natasha Were

If you have ever dreamed of taking an extended vacation, expanding your horizons, and checking multiple destinations off your bucket list, a cruise around the world may just be the answer. For those who are new to long-term ocean voyages, a 22-day cruise from Los Angeles, California, to Sydney, Australia, is the ideal way to dip your toes into the experience of world cruising.

Why Book an Extended Cruise?

How many people have the opportunity to sail across an ocean in their lifetimes? Not only is crossing the Pacific (and the International Date Line) a rare opportunity for most, but you'll be able to do it in complete comfort aboard a cruise ship. No complicated travel arrangements to make, hotels to book, or transportation to coordinate. All the logistics are handled for you — all you have to do is show up, unpack, and enjoy.

On an extended cruise, you'll have over three weeks onboard where you can ease into the rhythm of life on the ship, with plenty of relaxing days at sea and shore excursions at exotic ports of call. Not sure if you'd rather intimately experience a Samoan village, observe flying foxes in Tonga, or taste authentic New Zealand wines? The 22-day world cruise allows you the chance to do all that and more. Cruises from Los Angeles to Sydney make stops at Hawaii, American Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand, with numerous cruise tours available at each port of call. There's no experience more meaningful.

As a bonus, extended cruises allow you time to connect with your fellow voyagers, explore all the entertainment and activities available on a cruise ship, and create memories to last a lifetime. And don't forget that passengers booking any segment of a cruise around the world receive onboard credit that can be redeemed at specialty restaurants, boutiques, and the Lotus Spa.

Preparing for Your Cruise

Planning will go a long way in ensuring you get the most out of your cruise. Research the weather conditions you can expect along the way to make sure you pack suitable clothes, but keep luggage to a minimum — you're bound to want to do a little shopping.

As you'll have many days at sea, work out which of the onboard activities from events, talks, to shows, you might be interested in, so each day is filled with new experiences. If there are specialty restaurants you would like to try, book them well in advance.

Making the Most of Your Shore Time

Whether you want to visit historic Hawaiian monuments, trek through forests, or see incredible glow worm caves in New Zealand, there is an excursion to suit your interests and activity levels. It is therefore well worth doing your homework before departure. Research and identify the cruise tours that most appeal to you, so you don't lose precious vacation time deciding where to go at each port of call.

Once you have booked your cruise, use the Cruise Personalizer to reserve excursions, book spa appointments, and much more. That way, once you leave port, the only decisions you will have to make are what to wear, eat, and drink each day.

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Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia