30 Things You’d See on the Longest Cruise Around the World
Whether you want to retire on a cruise ship or just want an extended break from your everyday life, booking a stateroom aboard the world’s longest cruise probably sounds pretty appealing. Viking Ocean Cruises recently announced the longest cruise around the world: a 245-day itinerary that will take you to 59 countries (and to every continent except Antarctica). The cruise leaves London on August 31, 2019, and won’t return to the city until May 2, 2020.
If you were to book a stateroom on the cruise — rates for the journey start at $92,990 or $379.55 per day — you’d get to explore 112 stops along the way, including 22 overnight stays. Read on to discover some of the highlights you’d get to take in on the world’s longest cruise.
1. The English Channel
In addition to stopping at many interesting ports, passengers on the world’s longest cruise will also get to see many amazing natural sites, including the English Channel. The channel separates southern England from northern France. Of course, the English Channel isn’t exactly a stop on the itinerary. So once you take in the sights from onboard the ship, you might as well enjoy the amenities aboard the Viking Sun. Condé Nast Traveler reports that the ship has ” a sleek Scandinavian look, a gorgeous infinity pool at the stern, and private balconies for every cabin. It’s also got a spacious spa complete with an appropriately Nordic sauna and a ‘snow grotto,’ for chilling out between hot tub dips.”
Next: Visit the ruins of a castle in this port of call.
2. The Scottish Highlands
With a port in Invergordon, you’ll have plenty of choices as to what you’ll do and see on one of the first stops along the world’s longest cruise. A stop in Invergordon puts you at the “doorstep of the mountainous, heather-covered Scottish Highlands,” according to Viking Ocean Cruises. As one of Europe’s most sparsely populated regions, the Highlands give you a look at what life looked like centuries ago. You can even visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, which overlook Loch Ness (home of the legendary Loch Ness monster).
Next: Check out a major medieval trading port at this stop.
3. Bergen, Norway
One of the first stops on the world’s longest cruise is in Bergen, Norway, a city that dates back to 1070, according to Viking. The city was founded on the site of a Viking settlement, and went on to serve as a trading port in the Hanseatic League, which the cruise line characterizes as a “Baltic economic powerhouse of the 13th to the 17th centuries.” The ship will dock near the historic Bryggen wharf. And you’ll get several days to take in the fjords and glaciers, explore the streets of the city, or take an expedition to the mountains or the fjords.
Next: Visit an early Viking settlement.
4. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Another place where you can see the legacy of the Vikings? Tórshavn, or “Thor’s Harbor,” the port where the cruise will stop in the Faroe Islands. This early Viking settlement goes down in history as one of Europe’s oldest capitals, as it dates back more than a thousand years. The cruise line reports that Tórshavn’s fishing and sheepherding industries were mainstays of the economy back then, and remain so today. When you go ashore, you won’t want to miss the scenic drive that gives you breathtaking views of the fjords of Kaldbak and Kollafjørdur.
Next: Use this capital as a stepping stone to gorgeous natural sites.
5. Reykjavík, Iceland
Iceland’s coastal capital is the perfect place to stop and get a glimpse of the Nordic country on your cruise. Viking Ocean Cruises characterizes Reykjavík as “one of the cleanest and most eco-friendly cities in the world.” The cruise line notes that you can see the city’s highlights during a panoramic drive and admire the skyline from the Perlan, a hilltop landmark with a glass dome. Or, you can get out of the city to take in some of Iceland’s natural beauty, whether you want to see waterfalls, mountains, or even thermal springs.
Next: Don’t miss the Inuit history of this stop.
6. Qaqortoq, Greenland
Want to take in some Viking, Inuit, and Danish history all in one place? Then you’ll love Greenland, especially Qaqortoq. Located within a fjord of the same name, Qaqortoq is a seaside town whose main industries are fishing, fur production, and ship repair. You can also take in a local arts scene, including the 30 “Stone and Man” sculptures in town. Viking Ocean Cruises notes that you can also take a self-guided walking tour to see Inuit stone-and-peat houses, the 1832 Old Church, and the Mindebrønden fountain.
Next: Take in this surprisingly European city.
7. Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City goes down in history as one of North America’s oldest settlements. Viking Ocean Cruises reports that the cultural capital of the province of Quebec “exudes a royal air.” That’s at least partially thanks to the beautiful Château Frontenac, which rises above Old Town and Upper Town. Plus, the cobblestone streets and the distinctive white stone buildings — which date to the early 17th century — make the city feel even more European. But if you want to get out of the city, Montmorency Falls and Sainte-Anne Canyon are also within reach.
Next: Pay attention as you pass this gorgeous coastline.
8. The Nova Scotia coast
The world’s longest cruise will give you plenty of opportunities to see some beautiful Canadian cities and regions. But one of the most breathtaking is the Nova Scotia coast, which will soon give way to the Gulf of Maine and the Maine coast. You can use your time onboard the Viking Sun to get into a New England state of mind, since an overnight stay in Boston comes next on the itinerary. (And prepare for a few days in New York, after that!)
Next: Enjoy a stop in this storied North Atlantic territory.
9. Hamilton, Bermuda
Bermuda, a British overseas territory located in the North Atlantic, offers plenty to explore, especially in its capital, Hamilton. That’s where the world’s longest cruise will dock, giving you plenty of time to explore. You can also check out historic St. George, which as Viking Ocean Cruises notes, is the longest continuously inhabited English settlement in the New World. You can take in the historic sights, or take in the natural wonders of the bay and island.
Next: Visit two countries on a single island.
10. Philipsburg, St. Martin
Viking Ocean Cruises reports that you can “explore two countries on one island” when the world’s longest cruise docks at St. Martin. The ship will stop on the Dutch side of St. Martin, in Philipsburg. You can “see the great salt pond on the Dutch side, the charming old village of Quartier-d’Orleans, and the French capital, Marigot.” Or, if you’d prefer a taste of adventure, you can try copiloting a multimillion-dollar ship during a simulated “America’s Cup” race.
Next: See this U.S. territory up close.
11. San Juan, Puerto Rico
When the ship stops for a couple of days in Puerto Rico, you’ll want to spend every minute taking in San Juan, the capital of this U.S. territory. Take in the history of El Viejo San Juan, or Old San Juan. View the beautiful architecture of the Condado district and the 16th-century Fort San Felipe del Morro. And make time to explore the El Yunque Rainforest — the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. national forest system — where you can see gorgeous waterfalls as well as orchids and tree frogs.
Next: You can explore the rainforest at this destination, too.
12. Manaus, Brazil
The world’s longest cruise will also stop in Manaus, Brazil, 1,000 miles upriver from the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the most populous city in the Amazon basin. There’s plenty to see in the city, including the Amazon Theater, the Rio Negro Palace, and historic Old Town. You can also see the confluence of the Amazon and Black Rivers. Plus, Viking Ocean Cruises recommends taking “a jungle trek that will teach you the many ways the rainforest sustains life” or exploring the Lake Janauari Ecological Park.
Next: Pay attention when you see this amazing landmark.
13. The Amazon River
The Amazon River is the world’s second-longest at nearly 4,000 miles (a fitting sight for passengers of the world’s longest cruise). Near Manaus, you’ll see the Meeting of the Waters, where the blue Black River and the sandy-colored Upper Amazon converge. For almost four miles, the rivers run side by side without mixing. You can spot plenty of wildlife off the bow of the ship. Then, you’ll spend a couple of days cruising the Atlantic, preparing for upcoming destinations (including Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires).
Next: Go birdwatching at this stop.
14. Falkland Islands
The world’s longest cruise will also make a stop in the Falkland Islands, more than 300 miles off the coast of South America. This rugged archipelago consists of several hundred sparsely inhabited islands — perfect for taking in gorgeous natural views and seeing a diverse array of wildlife. You can see many different birds species in the Falklands. In fact, 60 different species breed there, including five different kinds of penguins and some of the world’s largest colonies of albatross. Don’t forget to visit the world’s most southerly Anglican church, the Whalebone Arch, and the historic streets of Port Stanley.
Next: Feel like an explorer at this port of call.
15. Ushuaia, Argentina
Another once-in-a-lifetime stop on the world’s longest cruise? Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Viking Ocean Cruises recommends taking in the city’s gorgeous natural surroundings, including its subantarctic forests, lakes, glaciers, and peat bogs. You can also take a drive through the Tierra del Fuego National Park. And the city’s history as a penal colony will give you plenty of historic sites to check out, including the museum in the former prison. Next on the itinerary? Two days of cruising around Cape Horn and through the Beagle Channel.
Next: Take in the fjords in this unexpected location.
16. The Chilean fjords
You probably associate fjords with Norway and other Scandinavian countries. But if you take the world’s longest cruise, you’ll discover that there are fjords in Chile, too. Viking Ocean Cruises reports that you can watch the ship navigate “through a maze of waterways, admire beautiful mountain scenery, and witness magnificent glaciers” on this part of the journey. “For centuries, seafarers have used the maze of channels to travel up and down the Chilean coast in the sheltered waters of the Chilean fjords,” the cruise line explains.
Next: Brush up on your history in this vibrant city.
17. Lima, Peru
Another impressive stop on the world’s longest cruise will take you to Lima, the capital of Peru. This historic city offers plenty of amazing sights, including a 16th-century cathedral and the imposing Presidential Palace. You can visit museums to learn about Peruvian culture and history beginning in pre-Columbian times. Viking Ocean Cruises also recommends visiting Barranco “to learn the secrets of Peruvian cuisine,” or touring the Casa Aliaga which has been home to the same family for 17 generations.
Next: This stop is also a perfect destination for seeing history up close.
18. Panama City, Panama
Another of the most beautiful cities you’ll see on the world’s longest cruise? Panama City, Panama. You can discover the city’s modern downtown or colonial-era Old Town. And don’t forget to visit the Panama Canal, which opened in 1914 to shorten trade routes and links the Atlantic and Pacific at the narrowest point of the Isthmus of Panama. Next up? Ports in Guatemala, Mexico, and even California.
Next: This destination feels like paradise.
19. Tahiti, French Polynesia
Next on the itinerary for the longest cruise around the world is French Polynesia. You’ll get to stop at Tahiti, the largest of the islands in French Polynesia. Polynesians originally settled the island between 300 and 800 AD. And Papeete is Tahiti’s major city, one that Viking characterizes as “an earthly paradise with its turquoise waters, tranquil beaches, and stunning underwater world.” You can take in the island’s French and Polynesian cultures simply by visiting the town’s covered market. Or, hop in a catamaran for a coastal tour and some snorkeling.
Next: Toast this landmark.
20. The International Date Line
A cruise around the world wouldn’t be complete without a trip across the International Date Line, a milestone beloved by world travelers. According to Viking Ocean Cruises, when you cross the International Date Line, “you will ‘cruise into the future,’ effectively skipping a day. Crossing this meridian is a time-honored travel milestone long marked by ceremony. You can raise a glass to the event, whether you are celebrating in the Explorers’ Lounge or on the Aquavit Terrace.” Next up? Tonga, Fiji, and then New Zealand.
Next: Visit this amazing city for a change of pace.
21. Auckland, New Zealand
The cultural capital of New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland has plenty to offer. You can take in gorgeous views of the skyline, enjoy upscale dining and shopping, visit museums, or head to New Zealand’s wine country. Or, take a ride on an America’s Cup yacht, or visit Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to see whales and dolphins. When you head back to the ship, you can prepare for the next few destinations, including more stops in New Zealand, a cruise through the Doubtful Sound, the crossing of the Tasman Sea, a stop in Hobart on Tasmania, and a day in Melbourne.
Next: Check out this Australian city, too
22. Sydney, Australia
The itinerary also gives you a couple of days in Sydney, the capital of Australian New South Wales. Take in its beautiful natural harbor — the largest in the world — and enjoy the views of the Blue Mountains on the edge of the Pacific. Take your time exploring Sydney’s historic district, where some houses date back to the early days of European settlement, according to Viking. And don’t forget to visit Sydney’s famous opera house while you’re in town.
Next: Look out for wildlife in this incredible port of call.
23. Komodo, Indonesia
The ship will anchor at Komodo Island, Indonesia, which gives you the perfect opportunity to visit Komodo National Park and the Tamarind Woods. There, you can see a wide array of wildlife, including the Komodo dragon, which holds records as the largest lizard in the world. (They can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh as much as 275 pounds.) You can go snorkeling at Pink Beach, which gets its name from the coral that gets crushed and washed ashore. Next up? Bali, the Java Sea, and stops in Brunei and Malaysia.
Next: Take in the colonial architecture at this stop.
24. Manila, Philippines
The world’s longest cruise will spend a couple of days in Manila, a former Spanish colonial city in the Philippines. Take a tour of the old downtown and Old Intramuros, home to the elite of the colonial era. Venture out in a wooden canoe to see Pagsanjan Falls. Visit Corregidor Island, or explore the city’s numerous museums to take in art, archaeology, and natural history. Next stop? China.
Next: Take a couple of days to explore this incredible territory.
25. Hong Kong
The cruise itinerary leaves you several days to explore Hong Kong, an autonomous territory and former British colony in southeastern China. The city offers a striking skyline of skyscrapers, a bustling harbor, access to gorgeous mountains, and even access to offshore islands. Viking Ocean Cruises recommends taking a tour to “see where Hong Kong’s deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities.” Enjoy the local cuisine, and don’t miss your opportunity to visit an outdoor market. Then, head back to the ship and prepare yourself for more ports of call in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and even Singapore.
Next: Make sure to take your camera when you disembark at this port.
26. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Another notable stop on the itinerary? Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. “From your berth in Port Klang, you will journey to KL, as the locals call it, for a panoramic city tour with many photo opportunities,” Viking reports. You can see many amazing landmarks, including the National Museum, the National Mosque of Malaysia, Merdeka Square, and the Petronas Towers. Then, it’s on to Malaysia’s Penang Island and its capital of George Town, where you can see neoclassical buildings, colorful Hindu temples, beautiful, minarets, and brightly painted row houses.
Next: Take in this city’s long history.
27. Mumbai, India
Mumbai — a city that stretches out over seven islands — is another stop you won’t want to miss on the world’s longest cruise. Portuguese and British influence is evident in the city’s colonial architecture. Check out the Library of the Asiatic Society, the Hanging Gardens, the Kamla Nehru Park, and Dhobi Ghat for some beautiful sights and eye-opening history. And consider visiting the National Gandhi Museum, housed in a mansion that the activist used as his headquarters from 1917 to 1934.
Next: Head out to desert from this city.
28. Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba is Jordan’s only coastal city and rises against the backdrop of desert hills. When the ship stops in this port, you’ll have plenty of history to take in. According to Viking Ocean Cruises, most people know Aqaba as the site where T.E. Lawrence — i.e., Lawrence of Arabia — led troops into the 1917 Battle of Aqaba. You can visit the Mamluk Fort, the home of Sharif Hussein bin Ali, or the waterfront. Or, you might want to take the opportunity to visit Petra, the amazing ancient city of red sandstone.
Next: You can see some famous monuments in this ancient city.
29. Alexandria, Egypt
Alexandria is another once-in-a-lifetime stop on the itinerary. In this ancient city, you don’t want to miss the National Museum or the Library of Alexandria, which stands on the site where scholars think the legendary Bibliotheca Alexandrina once stood. Also from this city, you can venture out into the desert to see the statue of Ramses II, see one of the Great Pyramids, and view the Sphinx. Then, sail into the Mediterranean, and you’re off to Malta, Italy, Algeria, and Spain.
Next: Watch for this storied landmark as you sail home.
30. Strait of Gibraltar
In the final days of the longest cruise, you’ll cruise the Strait of Gibraltar straight into the Alboran Sea. And you’ll have the opportunity to spot the huge Rock of Gibraltar (as long as the weather cooperates)! “In legend, this enormous geological wonder is one of the Pillars of Hercules, the other being Monte Hacho, a low mountain in Ceuta, a Spanish province in North Africa,” Viking Ocean Cruises notes. From there, you sail to Portugal, cruise the English Channel, and make your way back to England — 245 days after you departed.
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