Viking's Ultimate World Cruise Takes 245 Days & Will Bring You Around the World

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Once summer rolls around, lots of people start thinking about vacation spots. A lengthy weekend filled with sand and sun is the ideal escape for some, but others might choose a more prolonged vacation. Surely, if you're one of those people who prefers the latter, then you'll be happy to discover one of the latest cruise offerings from Viking Cruises. Viking's Ultimate World Cruise takes 245 days, and it will undoubtedly take you around the world.

Seriously, this cruise lasts nearly three-quarters of a year. I'll ensure that you get a second to take that in. Viking Cruises introduced the mother of all cruises in a press release on May 1, 2018. The Ultimate World Cruise is exactly that. The cruise of your dreams embarks on Aug. 21, 2019, which will take you to all of your bucket-list spots in a single eight-month-long trip.

You might think this may sound like a long time to be at sea, and you are totally right about that. Indeed, Viking's Ultimate World Cruise spanning 6 continents, 59 countries, 113 ports, and also 22 port overnights in 245 days is the longest-ever nonstop world cruise itinerary, per Viking Cruises. Viking Cruises is thrilled to offer this history-making Ultimate World Cruise to its customers.

Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, mentioned in the press release,

"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. 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."

I'll warn you up front that the price tag is quite steep for a luxury cruise that takes you to travel countries like Iceland, Brazil, Australia, Egypt, and so a lot more. To set sail on Viking's Ultimate World Cruise, you'll need to shell out $92 ,990 per person. I never imagined being a world traveler would be affordable, but dang, this Ultimate World Cruise rates a pretty penny.

As soon as you get over the sticker shock, you can actually check out everything the cruise has to offer — and it provides a lot to offer. For those who have the time and money, you will definitely aspire to clear your calendar and head to London in August 2019 once the cruise departs.

For a bit sampling of what's in store, you will certainly travel through the British Isles to Iceland and Greenland, then you'll have stops in Canada, Boston, and New York City. Then, you'll head off south through the Caribbean on your way to experience South America with stops in places like Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Ushuaia, Argentina. Then it's off to Australia and New Zealand. Next, you'll start to see what Southeast Asia, India, and parts of Northern Africa have to offer. You'll finally make your way through Spain and Portugal before getting back in London in May 2020.
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OK, my mind is officially spinning after listing off just a little portion of the 59 countries you are going to see, however it does sound quite exciting. Some of the destinations highlighted in the press release consist of touring temples and tombs in Luxor, Egypt; checking out an "island of history and wilderness" when you visit Hobart, Tasmania; and seeing eight all new ports in South America, such as locations in Peru, Ecuador, and Panama. Temples, tombs, and wilderness? This sounds like the best opportunity to channel your inner Indiana Jones.

Once you put on your journey hat to discover all the places you've ever wished to see, you'll be aboard the Viking Sun ship. With 465 staterooms, 2 pools, a LivNordic spa, 8various dining choices, and places like the Wintergarden and Explorers' Lounge to unwind, you'll have loads of ways to power up the batteries during your eight-month-long cruise.

Another way you can break up the 245-day cruise is simply by opting into one of the 2 shorter segments during the cruise. You can get aboard the 127-day Viking World Treasures cruise that goes to 33 countries and 61 ports from London to Los Angeles, or perhaps you can sail on the 119-day Viking World Wonders cruise, reaching 29 countries and 55 ports from Los Angeles to London.
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To be perfectly honest, if you have the cash and time to discover the world on the Ultimate World Cruise, it sounds like a terrific way to see some of the most iconic hot spots.

Viking apparently is aware of what it's doing with regards to sailing around the world, too. The company recently welcomed back its first-ever World Cruise. In a tweet by the company on May 7, they congratulated the 900 world travelers who been through 21 countries in just 128 days. The Ultimate World Cruise is nearly double that and visits just about triple the number of countries, but it really sounds like Viking Cruises is prepared to make that happen for some excited world travelers.