There is no better way to see the world than on a world cruise, and we have an incredible selection of world cruise voyages that allow you to see the far corners of our beautiful planet in comfort and style
Our Top 10 Ports of Call on a World Cruise:
|1) New York, USA
New York is arguably the biggest, tallest and most exciting city anywhere in the world! Its legendary sights uniquely define a largerthan- life metropolis whose sheer style and energy will surpass every expectation. The skyscrapers, yellow cabs, world-renowned stores, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building… no other city can match the Big Apple!
|2) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The vibrant Brazilian city of Rio de Janerio developed between lush mountains and Guanabara Bay on the Atlantic Ocean around one of the most spectacular natural harbours in the world. The harbour’s setting includes the world famous white sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the rocky outcrop Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Tijuca Forest, which is the largest urban wooded area in the world.
|3) Panama Canal, Panama
When it was finally completed in 1914, the "Greatest shortcut on earth" shaved nearly 8000 miles off the journey between Americas East cost and West. During the 52 mile transit, you'll experience the man-made wonder of the canal, itself, an engineering marvel of dams, locks and lakes, but theres also the natural splendour that accompanies your crossing - a lush, virgin rain forest on either side.
|4) Sydney, Australia
One of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, Sydney offers a plethora of attractions. Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House for a behind-the-scenes tour, scale Sydney Tower to survey the city from on high, or people watch at legendary Bondi Beach
|5) Cairns, Australia
A perfect base to explore the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is also home to exquisite fine dining, a multitude of nature and wildlife attractions and a relaxing, tropical climate
|6) Beijing China
There is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travellers as they explore Beijing's ancient past and exciting modern development. The numerous royal buildings with long history endow Beijing with incomparable charm. Why not take a trip to one of the wonderful tourist destinations such as 'The Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square.
|7) Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is universally revered as the quintessential holiday destination for hopeless romantics. And why not? If its idyllic location isn't captivating enough, there's the sheer decadent beauty of the place. Silky stretches of deserted white sand. The rocky black peaks of Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. And all of it bounded by a necklace of coral gardens dotting a fish-filled lagoon. Maybe this explains why honeymooners and Hollywood types have been enchanted with this Polynesian pearl for decades.
|8) Cape Town, Africa
Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Africa and it's easy to see why. Ascend Table Mountain by cable car and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, surrounding suburbs and Atlantic Ocean. If you can prise yourself away from this magnetic mountain, visit the charming towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, regions famed for their wines.
|9) San Francisco, USA
San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination, renowned for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, and Chinatown.
|10) Dubai, United Arab Emirates
See the stunning Burj Al Arab Hotel, the Jumeirah Mosque, the Dubai Museum and the fabulous gold souk or board a water taxi or abra to the famous spice souk, and shop 'til you drop in one of the worlds largest malls. Dazzling Dubai intertwines a traditional past with a commitment to the future and will literally will take your breath away
World Cruising and Grand World Voyages
There is no better way to see the world than on a world cruise, and we have an incredible selection of world cruise voyages that allow you to see the far corners of our beautiful planet in comfort and style.
There is something truly majestic about setting sail on a world cruise to explore the globe. Wake to the sun glinting off the Sydney Opera House; take your first steps on the great wall of china; view the stunning Golden Gate Bridge as it cast shadows across the deck of your beautifully adorned ship. These are moments only a world cruise can provide and they will become unforgettable memories. You can enjoy full world cruise holidays from the UK on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, P&O Cruises and Cunard, as well as spectacular world cruise sectors for those who do not have the time or are just not quite ready to take on a full world cruise. For the ultimate in indulgent world cruise holidays take a look at our all inclusive ultra luxury adventures; where all you have to worry about is the clothes you pack and the what to do in the places you visit. Chances are that you'll see more continents and landmarks than most people will see in a lifetime!
We had chosen to sail aboard Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral, a ship we were familiar with, and although we did not want to go all the way round the globe, we had decided we wanted an extended cruise to include New Zealand and Australia. We had never ventured west from the U.K. therefore, all ports of call were completely new to us. A real adventure!
Our cruise would last two months, visiting the Caribbean, Central America and South Pacific, culminating in a few days in Sydney, Australia, before flying home, leaving the Balmoral to make her way homeward over the following two months.
From the first day aboard we felt at home, having been welcomed in our cabin by a beautiful flower arrangement in honour of our anniversary. Other treats were to follow.
We could not praise the staff enough from our cabin steward to the dining room waiters to the entertainments staff. The shows were wonderful, the Balmoral show company excelling in every performance they gave.
Every port of call was memorable but the places that left more of an impression on us were Cuba with such colour and vibrancy, El Salvador where we were made very welcome, Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands and Rangiroa in French Polynesia, both wonderful with stunning scenery.
New Zealand where we made three ports of call and Sydney were different again, our only regret being that we could not spend more time there.
We have fabulous and lasting memories of our cruise aboard Balmoral, and hope that it is not too long before we are aboard her or one of her sister ships again.
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