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A world cruise is a great way to visit and experience a range of different countries in one trip with ease, and Iglu Cruise has a fantastic range of itineraries to suit all budgets.

Often regarded as the ultimate way to travel, a world cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, providing a unique way to see large swathes of the globe with minimal stress. From seeing the sights in New York, discovering Asia, sunbathing on Australia’s Bondi beach, or exploring the Winelands of South Africa – a typical world cruise itinerary allows you to do all this and more between days at sea on your comfortable cruise ship.

World cruises departing from the UK generally start from Southampton and cruise westbound over to the US. Often they cruise the Caribbean before sailing through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific, via Hawaii, to Australia and New Zealand. Full world cruises then usually continue to Asia, sailing to India, around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and then either through the Suez Canal and on to the Mediterranean, or around Africa before cruising up the Atlantic. Some world cruises may sail eastbound but still take in most of the above cruise destinations. A full world cruise usually takes around 80 to 110 days to complete, depending on the itinerary.

Alternatively, if your time is limited, full world cruises are made up of sectors, with many guests choosing to book one or two sectors. Iglu Cruise can tailor-make your holiday too. Itineraries are available in varying durations – from several weeks to a couple of months depending on your cruise needs. With this option, guests simply fly out and meet up with their ship during the world cruise.

World cruises and sector voyages not only offer a uniquely enjoyable way of travelling the globe, but also often have amazing onboard benefits, especially if booked early. Many include onboard spending money, free excursions and free upgrades to the exclusive dining restaurants.

P&O Cruises, for example, offers free onboard gratuities on some of their longer sailings. Past guests can also benefit greatly from special offers when rebooking – a maximum of £4,400 per cabin spend could be available.

Additional benefits, like free wifi, can be enjoyed when booking through Iglu Cruise.

World cruise offers

FUSIONS OF THE EAST WITH SINGAPORE & DUBAI STAYS
18 nights
On board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth
Departing Singapore on 1 April 2016
Prices start from £1,559pp
Following a two-night stay in Singapore, board the luxurious Queen Elizabeth and sail in comfort to Penang, Malaysia, and then on to Phuket, Thailand. Two days sailing across the Bay of Bengal takes you to Chennai, Madras, on India’s east coast, before a further two days at sea takes you to Cochin, on India’s west coast. Then, after three days cruising the Arabian Sea, you’ll arrive in Dubai, known for its stunning skyscrapers and luxury shopping, for a two-night hotel stay, before flying home to the UK.
What’s included
– Return flights to the UK
– 2-night hotel stay in Singapore
– 2-night hotel stay in Dubai
– 13 nights cruising on Queen Elizabeth
– All overseas transfers

SAN FRANCISCO TO SOUTHAMPTON WITH STAY
25 nights
On board P&O’s Arcadia
Departing San Francisco on 10 April 2016
Prices start from £2,149pp
Fly from the UK and stay for two nights in San Francisco, California, before heading south to San Diego, where you’ll have time to explore the city’s lively Gaslamp Quarter. Following three days at sea, explore the unspoiled beaches of Huatulco, Mexico, before a further two days at sea and Panama Canal cruising takes you to the city of Oranjestad on the colourful island of Aruba, and then St Maarten in the Caribbean. Following five days at sea, your next port of call is Ponta Delgada, part of the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, before a final three days at sea returns you home to Southampton.
What’s included
– Outbound flight
– 2-night hotel stay in San Francisco
– 23 nights cruising on Arcadia
– All overseas transfers

SYDNEY STAY AND CRUISE TO SOUTHAMPTON
54 nights
On board P&O’s Aurora
Departing Sydney on 27 February 2017
Prices start from £5,599pp
Fly to Australia and explore Sydney, stay in a hotel for two nights, tour the world famous Opera House, and then board Aurora for four days at sea, which includes cruising Dusky and Doubtful Sound, a beautiful and complex fjord off the coast of New Zealand. Over the next few days, you’ll make calls along the length of New Zealand, including Dunedin, Christchurch, capital city Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland, the country’s largest city. After two days at sea you’ll arrive at the city of Lautoka in Fiji, and then, two days later, Apia, the largest city of Samoa. Cross the International Date Line (gaining a day) and sail for four days to the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, on Oahu’s south shore. A further four days at sea takes you to San Francisco, before visits to San Diego and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, known for its beaches and nightlife. Then it’s on to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, the Panama Canal, Cartagena in Colombia, and then St Lucia in the Caribbean, with two days at sea separating each destination. The following day, visit another Caribbean island, Barbados, before five days at sea takes you to the Azores, with a further three days sailing before arriving home at Southampton.
What’s included
– Outbound flight
– 2-night hotel stay in Sydney
– Sydney Opera House tour
– 50 nights cruising on Aurora
– All overseas transfers

SOUTHAMPTON TO CAPE TOWN WITH STAY
20 nights
On board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2
Departing Southampton on 10 January 2017
Prices start from £2,299pp
Board Queen Mary 2 at Southampton and spend three days at sea before arriving at Funchal, Madeira, known for its stunning gardens. Sail overnight to Santa Cruz, Tenerife, and then spend eight days at sea enjoying the grandeur of the ship as it makes its way to Walvis Bay, or Whale Bay, Namibia, named so as it is a popular place to catch sight of humpback whales. A further day at sea takes you to Cape Town, South Africa, where you’ll leave the ship and enjoy two nights in a hotel and embark on a Winelands tour. Finally, an overnight flight returns you home to the UK.
What’s included
– 2-night hotel stay in Cape Town
– Half day Winelands tour
– 17 nights cruising on Queen Mary 2
– All overseas transfers
– Inbound flight

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