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TravelThe World's Longest Cruise Sets Sail From London

The World's Longest Cruise Sets Sail From London

(photo: Getty Images)
(photo: Getty Images)
By Kaitlyn McInnis
September 05, 2019
The maiden voyage will cost you USD$124,000 for 245 days at sea

Move over, month-long river cruises; the longest cruise to ever set sail, with overnight stays in an impressive 23 cities, was just launched by Viking Cruises from London. The “Ultimate World Cruise” will host 930 guests in 465 luxurious staterooms and suites, and a ticket is said to cost upwards of $124,000.

The maiden voyage of the 227-meter vessel, which is being described as the longest luxury cruise of all time, will take almost twice as long as any runner up cruise. In fact, Viking Cruises has applied to the Guinness Book of Records to officially hold the title of World’s Longest Cruise.

“For more than 20 years we have been offering guests the most culturally immersive journeys available in the industry and we are pleased to announce the most extensive itinerary in our history,” Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said in a release, “Our World Cruises offer guests the rare opportunity to unpack once and explore dozens of the best destinations on Earth—at a value that is unprecedented in the travel industry,”

Passengers will travel to an impressive 59 countries and 113 ports while taking in highlights such as the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe, Brazil, Vietnam, India, Egypt, the East Coast of Canada, and Boston. Viking is also offering passengers the chance to hop on a 119-day, 29-country “mini trip” from L.A. to London.

Viking executives aim to position the company as a “thinking person’s cruise,” and is reserved for adults 18 and older. Travellers will be able to partake in world-class guest lectures from guest experts, including “everyone from authors and archaeologists to former diplomats and news correspondents” and there will also be resident historians and TED Talk screenings on board.

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