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This 117-night world cruise will visit 56 Unesco World Heritage sites

If you have nothing planned for the first half of 2021, we’ve come across a cruise that will keep you occupied pretty spectacularly for the first 117 days and nights. Regent Seven Sea Cruises has just announced that its 2021 World Cruise will sail from Miami on January 5. It will visit six continents, 30 countries, 61 ports and 56 Unesco World Heritage sites, and fares begin at US$61,999 (€53,716).

The World Cruise 2021 will visit 56 Unesco World Heritage sites. Image: BraunS

The cruise will take in well-known landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, the Taj Mahal in India and the towering skyscrapers of Dubai, but says that the lesser-travelled places is what will make this voyage a once-in-a-lifetime experience. These include places like the Bay of Islands, a small district of New Zealand’s Northland region featuring 144 islands. Other highlights include exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the 74 island wonders that comprise the Whitsunday Islands, the majority of which are uninhabited national park islands.

Aerial view of coral formations at Hardys Reef, Great Barrier Reef Marine, Australia. Image: Andrew Watson

“We thoughtfully design world cruise itineraries to bring guests to sites they desire to explore, ranging from iconic destinations to the hidden gems that can only be accommodated on a cruise of this length,” said Jason Montague, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ president and CEO. “Guests embark on world cruises to discover many destinations in one voyage with immersive experiences, visit museums, see historical sites, appreciate local arts and culture, and enjoy exclusive shoreside activities offering a unique way to understand our world.”

The Taj Mahal in India. Image: Adrian Pope/Getty Images

The World Cruise 2021 will take place aboard the all-suite, all-balcony ship, Seven Seas Mariner, travelling from Miami to Barcelona. Full details can be found on the Regent Seven Seas Cruises website here.

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