Julie Peasgood is a TV presenter, travel expert and Contributing Editor for Cruise International
Q. I’m thinking of booking a world cruise but am concerned that I’ll get restless being on the ship for such a long time. Is there a way to leave early? Or can I book a slightly shorter trip without being penalised?
A. A world cruise is viewed as the ultimate cruise adventure – waking up each day to a different landscape whilst circumnavigating the globe. But if you have concerns that a full three to four month cruise may be too long for you, you could consider splitting it up into two halves, with a land-based break in between – and changing ships would also ensure maximum variety. Cunard sails to New Zealand and Australia in January with both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, so you could travel there on one vessel, have a holiday down under and then complete the second leg on the sister ship. You wouldn’t be penalised for booking a shorter trip – many travellers book only one or two legs of a world cruise, in which case you would just fly out and join your chosen ship during its grand voyage, then either fly or sail home again. There are plenty of options, so I would chat with the various cruise lines that offer world cruises – try P&O, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Silversea and Crystal Cruises, as well as Cunard. A little research should enable you to design an itinerary that fits your budget and curbs your restlessness.