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Around the world in under 100 days with this bucket-list destination cruise

Explore the world on a leisurely cruise that sets sail from the golden beaches of Los Angeles to the glitzy shorefront of Fort Lauderdale, taking in 35 destinations, across 24 countries in under 100 days.

Sydney Harbour is one of the 96-day Princess Cruise highlights. Image by Getty

Departing from Los Angeles, California on January 20, 2020 with Princess Cruises, this 96-day cruise will treat you to bucket-list experiences in exotic, far-flung destinations like Tahiti, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia, Brazil, Barbados and more.

A Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) in Komodo National Park – one of the Princess Cruise ports of call. Image by Getty Images

The cruise also includes three maiden ports of call to Stewart Island (New Zealand), the remote island of St. Helena (U.K. territory) and Guadeloupe (Pointe-à-Pitre).

New Zealand’s Stewart Island Image by Shutterstock

In each port of call, you’ll sample local traditions such as hula dancing and ukulele lessons in Hawaii, samba dancing in Brazil and a traditional Maori performance in New Zealand. Once-in-a-lifetime memories will be created in UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Komodo National Park (Indonesia), the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Opera House (Australia), the sacred city of Kandy (Sri Lanka) and Robben Island in South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner during Apartheid.

Pacific Princess arrives in Australia. Image by Princess Cruises

You can revel in spectacular scenery and sunsets, taking in some of the world’s best sites before retreating to the comfort of your cabin each evening. The cruise takes place on the intimate 670-guest Pacific Princess where there’s a mind-boggling array of facilities and activities on board. Guests can enjoy tempting dining options, musical, comedy and street performances, world festivals, a poolside movie theatre and duty-free boutique shopping.

Table Mountain in Cape Town, Western Cape of South Africa. Image by ©Alexcpt/Getty Images

Wellness treatments are provided in the adults-only spa and guests can keep fit with swimming pools, golf, yoga, fitness and dancing classes and a fully-equipped gym. There’s also a youth and teens’ club with truly imaginative activities on offer where young explorers can learn about the world.

“We’ve been offering World Cruises since 1998 and our team of destination experts knows how to create the best worldwide itineraries like no other in the cruise industry,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “Our Captain, officers and crew regularly hear from guests the impact the World Cruise has on them, as they share their appreciation for taking them to places they never in a million years thought they would experience.”

Explore Dunedin, New Zealand a.k.a. ‘The Edinburgh of the South’. Image by Princess Cruises

Rates start at US$22,999/person and there are also 111- and 72-day itineraries on offer. Guests booking the 96- or 111-day World Cruise before 31 March 2019 receive early booking perks and gratuities. Past Princess guests are also eligible for additional savings. For more information, see here.

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