Putting one foot firmly in the future, British-based line P&O Cruises has recently announced two new world cruises for 2015.
Both voyages will depart from Southampton and will visit 69 destinations in 38 different countries. One of the voyages will take place on the adult-only Arcadia, which will operate a 100-night full world circumnavigation, the other on Aurora, which will be operating a 105-night South America and Pacific Adventure which will cater for families, solo travellers and couples.
Extolling the virtues of such an epic voyage, P&O Cruises’ Managing Director Carol Marlow said:
“A world cruise offers so much more than an extended holiday, it’s an experience of a lifetime, an adventure on an epic scale. How else can you visit so many destinations around the globe, enjoy a whole host of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and immerse yourself in new cultures, countries and sights while travelling in consistent style and comfort?”
Departing January 6, Arcadia’s itinerary will include extended stops at the ports of San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Sydney, Dubai, and Egypt as well as first-time stops at Bitung, Indonesia; Darwin, Australia; Lahaina, Maui, Hawaiian Islands; Manila, Philippines and Sanya, China. The 105-night voyage on Aurora will sail two days later and passengers will enjoy extended stays in Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Sydney and San Francisco and New Zealand, where the stop will include a journey through the country’s famous fjord Milford Sound. New ports of call will include Akoroa, New Zealand; Rarotonga, Cook Islands and Moorea in French Polynesia.
The aim of the extended calls on each cruise is for passengers on both ships to spend more time exploring some of the world’s most iconic cities – both by day and at night – and to immerse themselves deeper into the ancient history and cultures of the countries which they visit.
By Simon Brotherton