World’s Longest Cruise To Set Off From UK And Visit 59 Countries In 245 Days

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World's Longest Cruise To Set Off From UK And Visit 59 Countries In 245 DaysViking

Around the world in 80 days! No, wait. Not quite. That’s ludicrous. Around the world in 245 days! Yep! It’s happening folks. 59 countries in under a year via cruise.

The notion of a cruise might seem like a pastime for those, well, past it. Something your grandparents do because they can’t be bothered flying and generally speaking just have absolutely loads of money to spend.

Cos let me tell you, these things do not come cheap. I’m out here thinking a little sail around the continents will set me back maybe two-and-half grand. Nope. To set foot one of these things you have to be an heir to a multi-million pound institution.

Still, if you’ve got it, why not? They admittedly look great.

World's Longest Cruise To Set Off From UK And Visit 59 Countries In 245 DaysViking

As per their website:

Join Viking Sun as she circumnavigates the globe and collect more travel milestones during one cruise than most people do in a lifetime. Sail roundtrip London, cruising to six continents and visiting 113 of the world’s greatest cities and charming smaller ports. Immerse yourself in local cultures with overnight stays in 23 different destinations. Join us for an enriching odyssey on a voyage of discovery as we embark on this epic 245-day Viking Ultimate World Cruise.

The Viking Sun’s epic journey will stride in and among most of the seven seas, beginning at Greenwich, London on August 13, 2019.

The ship, carrying a total of 930 passengers, will call at 113 ports, 59 countries and every continent (bar Antarctica – we don’t want any disasters!) completing its journey in May 2020. You’ll be setting off in one decade (what we calling it? The tennies? The tenners?) and getting off in the 20s! Exciting times.

World's Longest Cruise To Set Off From UK And Visit 59 Countries In 245 DaysViking

A basic veranda stateroom will set you back around £66k, or £273 a day, while the most exclusive cabin is the 1,448 sq ft Owner’s Suite. Boasting an ocean view sauna, this already-booked-out luxury cruise costs punters £194,390 each.

As for what’s exclusive on the cruise:

Ground transfers to/from the ship; private car transfers for all guests on the 245-day Viking Ultimate World Cruise.
All onboard gratuities and service fees
A Silver Spirits beverage package, including virtually all drinks on board
Complimentary visa Service
Free luggage shipping services for embarkation & disembarkation for all guests on 245-day Viking Ultimate World Cruise

And what’s always included:

One excursion in each port
Unlimited free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
Access to top-rated spa & state-of-the-art fitness centte
Self-service launderette available to all guests; laundry, dry cleaning, shoe shine and pressing available based on stateroom category
Port taxes and fees

Jeez, ya cannae argue with that, can ye.

There are eight restaurants for you to choose from, but if you aren’t feeling that, 24-hour room service is available.

World's Longest Cruise To Set Off From UK And Visit 59 Countries In 245 DaysViking

Two pools are on board as well as a winter garden and a ‘Nordic spa’ which features a snow grotto where snowflakes fall through chilled air when you’re sailing beside the Equator.

Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises, said:

Our ultimate world cruise offers the rare opportunities to unpack once and explore dozens of the best destinations on earth at a value that is unprecedented in the travel industry.

I’ll drink to that! Mine’s a martini.

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