Start saving now — it departs in 2020.
The latest in envy-inducing, prohibitively expensive travel packages that we would never be able to actually do, but totally wish we could: bookings are now open for the Silversea World Cruise 2020, an unprecedented seven-continent cruise departing Fort Lauderdale in two years. This might just be the most luxurious and comprehensive cruise option ever on offer.
Silversea has already made a name for itself as a leader in the ultra-luxury cruise sphere. Their most recent debut, the Silver Muse, is their largest vessel yet, somehow pulling off a vibe of refined, understated luxury while boasting eight restaurants and room for nearly 600 guests. And they’ve been doing the World Cruise for years now, though it has never before stopped in every continent on its route. But despite the 1% pedigree, they offer a number of more reasonable luxury sailing options, with seven-day voyages starting around $4,000.
Not so for the World Cruise 2020. Fares range from $62,000 for a one-bedroom suite to $240,000 for the most luxurious package; top dollar will buy you a spacious Owner’s Suite, a $4,000 stipend for onboard spending, laundry, medical coverage, an arctic-ready parka for cold-weather expeditions, roundtrip business class travel to and from the terminal ports, and more. If that price seems unfathomable, it’s probably because this is the most expensive cruise option in industry history, which makes sense considering the length and breadth of the voyage — sailing to an unprecedented 62 ports of call in 32 countries across all seven continents.
Departing Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 6, 2020, the route heads south through the Caribbean and hugs the Atlantic coast of South America before reaching the Antarctic Peninsula for a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife spotting excursion. After rounding Cape Horn and making a few stops in Chile, the Whisper will bear west to Polynesia, Australia, and Indonesia. From there, the ship starts a grand leg from Southeast Asia to the Mediterranean, with stops in India, the Arabian Peninsula, and a few Red Sea ports before heading through the Suez Canal. Finally, it cruises along Southern Europe before making its way up to Scandinavia and the British Isles, eventually disembarking 140 days later in Amsterdam.