Valencia

Tallinn

Reykjavik

July 10th - Sep 10th

Ultimate Europe
& Beyond Cruise

Cultural mavens
Arctic Havens

The final leg on the Ultimate World Cruise, the Europe & Beyond segment is a 63-night extravaganza of a vacation, which sets sail from Barcelona, a city defined by Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família. Heading south to Valencia and Cartagena, cruise along the Strait of Gibraltar for a taste of North Africa in Casablanca and Agadir. Sweeping down the Atlantic, trave to Lisbon - a sea of red roofs and azujelo tiles - before heading north to museum-hop in Galicia’s largest city, Vigo. Next, make for Cork to kiss the Blarney Stone, visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and immerse yourself in the history of the Titanic in English port city Southampton. Sail on to the Nordics, to design haven Copenhagen, Norway’s otherworldly fjords and Stockholm’s beautifully preserved medieval Old Town. Along the way check out bohemian Berlin and the Baltic beaches in Estonia and Lithuania. Finally, venture to the Arctic to bathe in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters, goggle at drifting icebergs in Greenland, before watching humpback whales in Newfoundland’s icy waves. Next comes a hefty cultural fix in the Big Apple, a final beach blast in Bermuda and the Bahamas, before docking in Miami where the Ultimate World Cruise comes to a close.

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Amenities
Included in your adventure

  • Wash & fold service

  • Deluxe beverage package

  • Voom Surf & stream

  • Gratuities

Sunset over Valencia, Spain

July 10th - Sep 10th

Euro Hits,

Arabian Glitz

Western Europe and The Kingdom of Morocco

Brand New
Adventures

From ancient Greek philosophy and the Roman Empire, to the artistic awakening of the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, and devastating World Wars, evidence of Europe’s complex - and sometimes troubled - history - is waiting for you to discover. For first-century feels, visit Roman Theatres - dating from 1 AD - in Cartagena and Málaga in Spain, admire Gothic and Baroque architecture in Barcelona and Valencia, and see Moorish influence in Sintra, alongside the eccentric fountain and cave-filled gardens of Quinta da Regelario. Learn about storied pilgrimage route the Camino de Santiago in Galicia, and soak up Irish and English maritime history in Cork and Southampton, and medieval cityscapes and WW II history in French port town Cherbourg. Whilst in Morocco, the gateway to Africa where Arab and Berber cultures collide, wonder at minarets, medinas and the rugged Atlas Mountains.

Mountain Range with trees

While European culture has been shaped by ancient times and the Renaissance, it remains an ever-evolving cultural hub, where the old converges with the new. In Barcelona experience seaside charm, classic flamenco dancing, and zeitgeisty modern art set to the wondrous backdrop of Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família. Valencia serves up serious Gothic-Baroque treasures and the futuristic Santiago Calatrava-designed City of Arts and Sciences, while Málaga remains synonymous with Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the 20th-century. Fabled Casablanca offers a great introduction to Arabic culture, home to the opulent Hassan II Mosque, known for its 210m-tall minaret and zellige tiles. Cork’s creativity comes to life at the renowned Crawford Art Gallery, England’s seafaring history runs deep in Southampton, and France’s cultural superstar Paris - with the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and home of the Mona Lisa, The Louvre, need no introduction.

Europe’s ripe with culinary tradition, and you can expect epicurean adventure in abundance on this leg of your vacation. Spain’s all about its seafood superstar paella, and top-notch tapas - bite-size appetisers such Pa amb Tomaquet (toasted bread topped with tomatoes, salt and olive oil). Soak up cafe culture in Barcelona, and pay homage to fresh produce at the storied Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria. Valencia serves up refreshing horchata - a drink made from tiger nuts - served ice-cold, and slabs of almondy nougat Turrón, Cartagena’s renowned for its fig bread, and Málaga’s Gambas al Pil-Pil - prawns flash-fried with chili, garlic, paprika and white wine - are not-to-be-missed. Lisbon’s pasteis de nata - cinnamon-dusted egg custard tarts - are legendary as are Porto’s wines. Get shucking in oyster capital Vigo, do classic French fine dining along the Seine and sample escargots - snails - if you dare in Paris. In Southampton opt for classic fish and chips and a proper English cup of tea, indulge in moules frites - mussels with fries - in Bruges, while in Morocco savour mint tea and tagine, a traditional spiced meat stew.

Get to know Spain’s magnificent beaches, including urban, kite-flying favorite Barceloneta, the pine forest-fringed dunes of Valencia’s El Salar, Málaga’s 1200m honeyed stretch Malagueta, and Galicia’s pristine Cies Islands. Don your glad rags for a flamenco show, or get up close to sharks and walruses in Valencia’s Oceanografic Aquarium. Discover more natural highs close to Agadir, in Morocco’s premier birdwatching destination, the Souss Massa National Park which is home to the rare northern bald ibis. Enjoy astonishing views of Lisbon from its miradouros (hilltop viewing terraces) or by zipping up 45m in the Gothic-wrought iron Santa Justa Lift. Tour an abundance of wine cellars in oenophiles’ dream Porto, before climbing to dizzying heights at Paris’ Eiffel Tower. Kiss Ireland’s famed Blarney Stone to ramp up your eloquence levels, try your hand at high-speed boating in Southampton, before travelling to Bruges to get to know the waterways of ‘Venice of the North’.

Sunset over Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Houses next to a port

July 10th - Sep 10th

Nordics, Baltics

& Beyond

Fantastic feasts and where to find them

Grand designs,
Fantastic Feasts

Scandinavia’s distinct landscapes - from Denmark’s color-popping Nyhavn, to Norway’s spellbinding fjords and Sweden’s picturesque medieval towns - have an enormous amount of shared history. Dig into Norse mythology and Scandinavia’s Viking past, at Visby’s reconstructed Viking-era settlement, then glimpse the glimmer of the Spillings Hoard at the Gotlands Museum. Peppered with churches and cathedrals, don’t miss Bornholm’s iconic 12th-century round churches, or Stockholm’s cobblestoned Old Town. Plus, see why Scandinavia remains at the cutting-edge of the contemporary design industry at Copenhagen’s Designmuseum Danmark, and Oslo’s glacier-inspired, Snøhetta-designed Opera House. As you travel through the Baltics, be awed by Tallin’s 17th-century earthwork forts and Lithuania’s half-timbered Fachwork facades, before marveling at the history of the czars, and Baroque and Neoclassical architecture in St Petersburg. Finally, in Amsterdam, pay a moving visit to the annex where Jewish teenager Anne Frank hid during WW II.

Mountain River

With glacier-filled mountain ranges, frozen fjords, rugged coastline and fertile lowlands, not only is Scandinavia rich in natural beauty, its countries also regularly top the United Nation’s ‘World’s Happiest Countries’ list. Renowned for a minimal design aesthetic and boundary-pushing cuisine, art’s also important; visit Denmark’s Skagen Museum for regional artworks, watch glassblowers in Europe’s first World Craft Region Bonholm, marvel at The Scream at Oslo’s Munch Museum, admire Andy Warhol’s pop art at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, and pay homage to Hans Christian Anderson with a visit to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid sculpture. Sauna-ing - taking a dry steam bath in a hot cabin - is a real Nordic tradition and a vacation must-do, best experienced at Helsinki’s wood-fired Kotiharjun sauna. A love of the outdoors also runs deep; get to know Bergen’s fjords, and the Sunnmorsalpane Mountains in Alesund. Hearty is the watchword when it comes to Baltic and Russian cuisine; as you travel, try mulgipuder, a barley and potato porridge with bacon sauce in Tallin’s cellar restaurants, cepelinai - potato and meat dumplings - in Lithuania, and borscht - beetroot soup - a Russian signature.

Whether Swedish fika - the ritual of chatting over coffee and cake - Copenhagen’s culinary works of art or Baltic favourites, expect tastebud-tickling stuff. The Danish capital sits at the cutting-edge of Europe’s food scene, home to Noma - the restaurant which birthed New Nordic cuisine. Across the Nordics, you’ll find scores of upmarket eateries elevating local fare - forest mushrooms, lingonberries and seafood - to new heights. It’s not all fine dining though; snack on Denmark’s delicious smørrebrød - open-faced sandwiches, of rye bread laden with pickled herring and dill - and it’s world-famous flaky pastries (the cinnamon rolls at historic Sankt Peder’s are unmatched). In Sweden feast on meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam, fisksoppa (fish stew), while cod, herring and hake are Norwegian classics. Hearty is the watchword when it comes to Baltic and Russian cuisine; as you travel, try mulgipuder, a barley and potato porridge with bacon sauce in Tallin’s cellar restaurants, cepelinai - potato and meat dumplings - in Lithuania, and borscht - beetroot soup - a Russian signature.

On Skagen’s white sands, spot WWII bunkers scattered along the coast, in Germany’s Warnemunde enjoy a hit of seaside nostalgia thanks to its jaunty Strandkorben (canopied wicker chairs). Lithuania’s stretching sandbar the Curonian Spit is an absolute Baltic highlight, as is the cultural immersion St Petersburg provides; get in touch with your feelings at the Museum of Emotions, or haggle for Soviet-era curio at Udelnaya Flea Market. Discover rock-carved church Temppeliaukio, and trendy rock music venues in Helsinki, walk the impressive 13th-century fortifications of Visby Ring Wall or leisurely stroll past Bornholm’s dairy bright, half-timbered houses by bike as you make the most of the island’s 230km of crisscrossing tracks. Visit festive-feel Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen for a spin on an 100-year-old wooden rollercoaster, hike the bold blues of the Jostedal Glacier in Olden and revel in the area’s lush waterfalls and valleys. For more thrills take a guided via ferrata trip to the top of Mt Hoven in Bergen or whizz up Mt Floyen by cable car.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Icelandic Beach

July 10th - Sep 10th

Polar

Hues,

Big Apple Views

Arctic kick meets city chic

Wander
in the Wilds

Packing in Iceland’s still-smoking volcanoes, jet-black lava fields and gargantuan glaciers, and Greenland’s cinematic wilderness vistas, clusters of colorful wooden cottages and glassy fjords, few places are as chock-full of inspiring landscapes as the Arctic regions. While Mother Nature undoubtedly takes centerstage, there’s heaps of history to discover on a vacation here too. Step back in time at the Settlement Exhibition in Reykjavik, which houses archeological ruins which date back to the country’s settlement in 874 AD, and the ruins of a 10th-century Viking longhouse. Greenland is a place where age-old Inuit culture, Norse history and contemporary European and Canadian influences collide. In Qaqotoq, Norse ruins at Hvalsey Church rub up against crimson colonial-era houses, while the fascinating collection at Nuuk’s Greenland National Museum spans Stone Age tools, 15th-century mummies and Inuit dog sledges. Cruising on to St John’s, get to know the fishing villages and folk music in Newfoundland before hitting the Big Apple and visiting Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard.

Bermuda Beach

Creative, contemporary-cool Reykjavik has galleries and music venues - where everything from metal to ethereal folk is performed - galore. Architecture buffs will delight in Guðjón Samuelsson’s Hallgrimskirkja Church, a glacier-inspired modernist building with a 75-m spire. Thanks to the hot springs and geothermal pools which punctuate Iceland’s volcanic terrain, experience the country’s bathing culture at Natural World Wonder The Blue Lagoon. Bobbing in its warm geothermal, silica-rich milky blue waters whilst enjoying a mud mask makes for a once-in-a-lifetime spa day. More al-fresco soaks follow in Uunartoq island’s hot springs, surrounded by Greenland’s awesome peaks and iceberg drifts. For arty fixes there’s Qaqotoq’s kooky Stone and Man park and Nuuk’s Katuaq Cultural Centre, while Newfoundland’s mixed Irish, English, French and indigenous heritage makes for a rip-roaring soundtrack of rock’n’roll and Irish jigs at its bustling pubs. As you vacation in culture hub New York City, catch a Broadway show or take in world-class art at the Met.

Icelandic cuisine shines a light on the bounty of the North Atlantic Ocean, meaning that ‘fish of the day’ - perhaps cod, haddock or monkfish - is a familiar sight, alongside plenty of lamb thanks to the sheep which arrived with the Vikings, and skyr - a creamy yoghurt. Don’t miss Plokkifiskur a comforting white fish stew with potatoes and onions, langoustines and street food favorite the Icelandic hot dog. While Greenland’s traditional cuisine, defined by its remote location and harsh conditions featuring seal, whale and puffin meat, might not be to everyone’s taste, you can also try smoked and salted fish, slow-roasted lamb with Arctic thyme, and pink nipisa suaat, aka Greenlandic caviar. Expect unique dishes as you travel through Canadian isle Newfoundland; nibble on scrunchions - crispy pork rinds, bakeapple pie - made with cloudberries - and local blue mussels. Whether a dollar pizza slice in Little Italy or a pastrami on rye from Katz’s Delicatessen, discover just why NYC’s food scene - and its Manhattan cocktails - are considered so iconic. Round things off with traditional fish chowder in balmy Bermuda.

After taking in the wonders of the universe at Reykjavik’s Perlan Dome, make the most of Greenland’s arctic scenery, kayaking amongst Qaqotoq’s fjords, and pick up cozy musk ox wool garb in Nuuk’s Imaneq Street. Not only is Newfoundland a hiker’s dream, with some 130km of hilly walking trails to wander, it’s got serious wildlife clout too, and you’ll spot humpback whales passing through St John’s icy waters on an exhilarating boat trip from St John’s. Ever-vibrant NYC has endless possibilities for fans of an adventure-packed vacation; take a romantic horse and carriage ride around Central Park, walk along railtrack-turned-elevated-garden the High Line or rocket to the top of the Empire State Building. Moving on to Bermuda, discover atmospheric shipwrecks on a snorkeling tour, before a fun-filled visit to Perfect Day at Cococay where you’ll make memories which last a lifetime as you whizz down North America’s tallest waterslide, and relax in a beachfront infinity pool at this exclusive private island in the Bahamas.

The last leg of the Ultimate World Cruise is an absolute corker, a vacation like no other. Come face to face with world-class art - The Mona Lisa at The Louvre, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in Amsterdam and The Scream at the Munch Museum. Stand in awe as you take in city-defining architectural icons from the Eiffel Tower to the flamboyant mosaic-clad Church of Our Savior on Blood in St Petersburg. Relax on some of the prettiest beaches in the Mediterranean and the Baltic, and stay ahead of the foodie curve feasting on New Nordic Cuisine. Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is quite unlike anywhere else on the planet, and Greenland’s incomparable raw beauty has to be seen to be believed. Whether being moved by the mountains, or spotting majestic humpback whales off the shores of Newfoundland, this is a journey jam-packed with once-in-a-lifetime wonders.

New York, USA

New York, USA

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The last leg of the Ultimate World Cruise is an absolute corker. Come face to face with world-class art - The Mona Lisa at The Louvre, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in Amsterdam and The Scream at the Munch Museum. Stand in awe as you take in city-defining architectural icons from the Eiffel Tower to the flamboyant mosaic-clad Church of Our Savior on Blood in St Petersburg. Relax on some of the prettiest beaches in the Mediterranean and the Baltic, and stay ahead of the foodie curve feasting on New Nordic Cuisine.

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is quite unlike anywhere else on the planet, and Greenland’s incomparable raw beauty has to be seen to be believed. Whether being moved by the mountains, or spotting majestic humpback whales off the shores of Newfoundland, this is a journey jam-packed with once-in-a-lifetime wonders.

Insider tips
Good to know in every situation

  • Footwear

    Grand European cities sure pack in an awful lot of history, but that often goes hand in hand with cobblestoned streets. So, be sure to pack a pair - or two - of your most comfortable walking shoes and some blister plasters, to ensure you can see as much as possible on your stops.

  • Documents

    When exploring St Petersburg, to avoid any sticky situations with the authorities it’s particularly important that you keep all your cruise documents with you as you wander, as this (proving the fact you’re staying less than 72 hours) means you’re exempt from needing a visa.

  • Insect Repellent

    With the Ultimate World Cruise visiting Greenland during summertime, do ensure you’ve some good insect repellent with you, and perhaps even a head net. While the mosquitos here don’t carry diseases, they can be a little annoying, and local shops can sell out of repellant so it’s best to be prepared.

Frequently
asked questions

  • The Ultimate World Cruise can be taken as a whole, or you can choose from the four available Ultimate Cruise segments to take a portion of the voyage instead. The names and dates of the four Ultimate Cruise segments that make up the Ultimate World Cruise are as follows:

    • Ultimate Americas Cruise: December 10, 2023 – February 11, 2024, 64 Nights, 36 destinations

    • Ultimate Asia Pacific Cruise: February 11, 2024 – May 9, 2024, 87 Nights, 40 destinations

    • Ultimate Middle East & Med Cruise: May 9, 2024 – July 10, 2024, 63 Nights, 44 destinations

    • Ultimate Europe & Beyond Cruise: July 10, 2024 – September 10, 2024, 63 Nights, 40 destinations

  • Considering all that’s included in your Ultimate Cruise segment fare, you’ll enjoy an incredible value. No matter which stateroom you choose, your fare includes Ultimate Cruise segment complimentary amenities like Deluxe Beverage Package, gratuities, VOOM internet package, and wash and fold laundry service.

    Ultimate Americas Cruise

    Stateroom CategoryLead RatePrice per day
    Interior Stateroom$13,399 Per Person*$213 Per Person*
    Ocean View Stateroom$14,799 Per Person*$235 Per Person*
    Balcony Stateroom$18,899 Per Person*$300 Per Person*

    Ultimate Asia Pacific Cruise

    Stateroom CategoryLead RatePrice per day
    Interior Stateroom$17,799 Per Person*$205 Per Person*
    Ocean View Stateroom$19,599 Per Person*$225 Per Person*
    Balcony Stateroom$25,099 Per Person*$335 Per Person*

    Ultimate Middle East & Med Cruise

    Stateroom CategoryLead RatePrice per day
    Interior Stateroom$14,899 Per Person*$240 Per Person*
    Ocean View Stateroom$15,799 Per Person*$255 Per Person*
    Balcony Stateroom$20,799 Per Person*$288 Per Person*

    Ultimate Europe & Beyond Cruise

    Stateroom CategoryLead RatePrice per day
    Interior Stateroom$14,299 Per Person*$231 Per Person*
    Ocean View Stateroom$15,299 Per Person*$247 Per Person*
    Balcony Stateroom$19,799 Per Person*$319 Per Person*

    *Taxes, fees, and port expenses are additional and are subject to change at any time. All starting prices listed are per person, in USD, cruise only, based on double occupancy and are subject to change at any time.

  • Guests who join us for the entire Ultimate World Cruise will receive the following inclusions:

    • Embarkation Amenities

      • Round-trip business class airfare

      • Pre-cruise hotel and gala

      • Premium transfers between airport, hotel and ship

    • Onboard Amenities

      • Deluxe Beverage Package for entire voyage

      • VOOM Wi-Fi internet for entire voyage

      • Gratuities for entire voyage

      • Wash and fold laundry service

      • Our Crown & Anchor Society guests who hold Platinum status and above will also receive the exclusive benefit of included excursions to the 7 New World Wonders.

    Guests who join us for one of the four segments will receive the following inclusions:

    • Deluxe Beverage Package for entire segment

    • VOOM Wi-Fi for entire segment

    • Gratuities for entire segment

    • Wash and fold laundry service for entire segment

Mountain River
Houses
Sunset
Saint Petersburg
Icelandic Beach
City Skyline

Segments 1-4
All four corners, one epic voyage

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