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New in Travel: first ever round-the-world cruise will visit 35 countries in 141 days

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It sounds like a Jules Verne novel, but the first-ever round-the-world cruise is now actually a reality.

A cruise ship at sunset.
A cruise ship at sunset. Image by Matteo Colombo

Los Angeles-based Viking Cruises has announced plans for a remarkable 141-day cruise around the world that will stop off in 66 ports and 35 countries. The sensational trip will end up taking almost five months. The Viking Sun is due to set sail on 15 December 2017 leaving from Miami.

Tahiti.
Tahiti. Image by Manoel Lemos / CC BY-SA 2.0

One of the first stops on the cruise is Havana, Cuba where it will dock for two days, before returning through the Panama Canal. From there, the ship is set to undertake a truly remarkable voyage that will stop off in LA, New Zealand, Tahiti and Australia before heading towards Asia with stops in China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

The beach at Bocas del Toro, Panama.
The beach at Bocas del Toro, Panama. Image by Eric Cleves Kristensen / CC BY 2.0

On its way to Europe the Viking Sun is set to visit North Africa and stops are planned for Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria.

Shanghai, China.
Shanghai, China. Image by Carlos ZGZ

However, it should be borne in mind that Viking Cruises has mentioned that the itinerary is subject to change. The epic journey is due to end in Greenwich, London in 2018.

Tahiti is one of the stops on the 141 day cruise around the world
Tahiti is one of the stops on the 141-day cruise around the world Image by oahurst1

The price for the round-the-world cruise starts at £31,000 per passenger. The Viking Sun is set to have cabins with king-size beds, heated bathroom floors, and flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies.

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Image by Lukasz Badura / CC BY 2.0

Guests will also have two pools to choose from, one with a retractable roof and another with a glass-backed infinity pool. What’s more, excursions are included in the price of the cruise.

The foreshore in front of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Image by Garry Knight / CC BY 2.0