Jules Verne’s character Phileas Fogg and his French valet Passepartout attempted to circumnavigate the world in 80 days, but today’s cruise ships tend to stretch the time even more.

Queen Mary 2 has announced her latest world voyage will leave New York (USA) on January 3, 2017, to cruise to Australia and back to New York in 132 days, covering over 37,000 nautical miles.

This epic voyage ensures that American travellers who find the long haul flight to Australia too daunting, can cruise Down Under without even climbing on an aircraft.

Queen Mary 2 passes New York's iconic Statue of Liberty. Pic: James Morgan.
Queen Mary 2 passes New York’s Statue of Liberty. Pic: James Morgan.

Queen Mary 2’s 2016 annual world cruise – already a virtual sell-out – takes only 120 days, including time in Australian waters in March next year.

The iconic liner’s 2017 cruise will take in a fascinating mix of ports in Africa, Asia and Europe. She leaves the Big Apple for a trans-Atlantic crossing to Southampton (England), before sailing down the west coast of Africa to Namibia and South Africa. From there the Queen cruises across the Indian Ocean to Australia where she makes 14 ports of call.

The return sailing includes ports in Vietnam, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. From there Queen Mary 2 sails to Sri Lanka and Dubai, passes through the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea, making port calls in Egypt and Jordan, then transits the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea. Italy and Portugal are also on the itinerary before Southampton and the final leg back to New York.

At first sight the cost of such a world cruise may sound prohibitive – an inside cabin starts at just over $US20,000 – but that works out at about $US175 per person per day. sees this as great value for accommodation, meals and entertainment for travellers with time to spare, and a bucket list to tick off,


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