Spending several months traveling the globe could be a reality, especially if you're wealthy. Many cruise lines offer extended cruise itineraries that will take you around the world on a luxury liner, providing hotel accommodations along the way.
Leave your home, your job and any other obligations behind for up to six months to explore the globe from a fresh perspective. Here's how.
The Viking World Cruise
Go on a 141-day voyage across five continents, starting in Miami and ending in London. You'll set sail aboard the new Viking Sun and explore some of the world's most historic cities and ports, learning about the rich culture of each region.
The cruise experience includes overnight stays in various cities, an onboard culture curriculum to help you learn more about different destinations in-depth, and guided village and city tours onshore. You can travel the world like a VIP with prices starting at $49,999 per person.
Cunard New York to New York Cruise
Enjoy a world tour aboard the Queen Mary 2, a remastered luxury ship that boasts the largest ballroom at sea and regal amenities. Ports of call include Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Port Said in Egypt, Singapore and Naples, Italy. You'll be away for 134 nights to explore some of the world's most historic and culturally-rich destinations while enjoying gourmet food and deluxe accommodations both on ship and shore.
The cruise departs from and returns to New York City, so you have the option to extend your trip by staying at the Langham Place Fifth Avenue or the Hilton New York Hotel after the journey. Prices for inside staterooms start at $29,589 per person.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Los Angeles to Los Angeles Cruise
This 137-night adventure starts and ends in Los Angeles, and is one of the longest cruise itineraries from this cruise line. From there, you'll see Hawaii, French Polynesia, Fiji, New Zealand and other destinations around the Pacific. Then, you'll circle around to the Atlantic, where you'll head to Brazil, then to the Caribbean Sea for South America destinations and Mexico hotspots. This is a round trip, all-inclusive tour cruise with two-for-one fares starting at $59,999 per person.
Don't Miss: How to Travel the World for Practically Free
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Los Angeles to New York City
Spend 131 nights aboard the Seven Seas Navigator, visiting dozens of destinations around the globe on one of the longest world cruises. You'll travel to Hawaii, French Polynesia, Tahiti, the South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, India and several other destinations in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, before trekking back across the Atlantic to Bermuda. The cruise departs from Los Angeles and ends in New York City. Fares start at $58,999 per person, and all-inclusive offers for two travelers are available.
Oceania Cruises Around the World in 180 Days
You could enjoy the voyage of a lifetime with a 180-day globetrotting cruise from Miami to Miami. The Oceania Cruises Insignia ship travels from the southern Caribbean and Pacific Riviera to French Polynesia, New Zealand, Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe, among other destinations.
Guests enjoy luxury accommodations and decks designed with custom stone, tile work and other embellishments. The Miami to Miami voyage is en route as of Jan. 6, 2017, but similar itineraries are available from this cruise line. Fares start at $38,999 per guest.
Silversea World Cruise 2018
Settle into your suite aboard the Silver Whisper for a voyage from Los Angeles to Rome in 121 days. You'll travel through Polynesia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe while enjoying gourmet dining and modern luxuries aboard the ship.
Cruise travelers enjoy amenities including cultural events, a gala reception, complimentary shore baggage valet, and complimentary laundry service and dry cleaning. Travelers also receive commemorative gifts. Fares start at $57,850 per guest for the Vista Suite and $182,150 per guest for the Owner's Suite.
Seabourn 152-Day Great Oceans Exploration
Spend nearly half the year cruising around the world with this 152-day excursion that starts in Miami and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia. You'll be staying on the Seabourn Sojourn as you travel to South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, Far East Asia and then to Canada. There are plenty of onshore activities at various ports to enjoy.
Onboard amenities include fine dining, open bars throughout the ship, complimentary welcome champagne, fully stocked in-suite bar and ocean-view suites. Fares start at $65,999 plus taxes, fees and port expenses.
Check Out: 30 Cruise Secrets Only Insiders Know
Crystal Cruises World Cruise 1: Stunning Skies & Halcyon Harbors
Enjoy a 114-day world cruise on the Crystal Symphony ship, with stops in South Africa, Mozambique, France, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, the French West Indies and the coast of Florida. The all-inclusive amenities include complimentary dining at specialty restaurants, open-bar service throughout the ship, classes and lectures, fitness programming and twice-daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service. Fares start at $36,130 per person and include a $2,000 spending credit.
Seabourn 110-Day Americas, Africa & Asia Exploration
Travel the world in luxury aboard the Seabourn Sojourn for a 110-day excursion that takes you to several ports around South America, Africa and Asia. From Rio de Janeiro to Ho Chi Minh City, this world cruise is perfect for travelers who are hungry for adventure. Island activities, historic tours and other shore excursions can help you make the most of your days at the port cities.
Ship amenities include suite accommodations with ocean views and complimentary gourmet dining options. Fares start at $44,999 plus taxes, fees and port expenses.
Crystal Cruises World Cruise 3: Storied Treasures & Journeys
If you want to explore the historic sites of Europe and cities around Africa, this is the world cruise for you. You'll be traveling aboard the Crystal Symphony starting in Cape Town, South Africa, and heading to Rome on a 129-day adventure.
The trip includes a gala celebration in Sydney before changing ships to board the Crystal Serenity for the rest of the journey. Enjoy shore excursions including city tours, desert explorations and other outdoor adventures en route. Cruise-only fares start at $51,560 per person.
Azamara Club Cruises 2018 World Journey
Visit 29 countries and 60 ports for this 102-day world journey that takes you from Sydney to London. This is one of the longest cruise itinerary options for 2018 and includes stops in Australia, Indonesia, Borneo, Vietnam, Oman, Luxor, Israel and several European countries before ending in London.
Journey add-ons are available so you can further explore the Baltic region and World Cup destinations, including Russia, Finland and Sweden. Pricing varies by itinerary but starts at $39,930 per person plus fees, taxes and port expenses.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages Grand Round the World Cruise
You'll spend 121 nights on this voyage that sets sail from London Tilbury. Spend your days enjoying the Columbus ship's amenities as it takes you to destinations around the Caribbean, Panama Canal, the South Seas and Australia. The World Cruise will take you to many historic and modern cities for a mix of cultural experiences and unforgettable adventures. Saver fares start at $10,479 per person.