Circle the Globe on the World’s Longest Cruise: 245 Days, 6 Continents, and 59 Countries

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Viking CruisesIt’s no secret that Americans don’t get enough annual vacation time. If the typical two weeks of paid leave just isn’t enough for you, Viking Ocean Cruises has the remedy. The famous luxury cruise line just announced the world’s most epic, continuous, around-the-world cruise — and we desperately want in.By the numbers, the Viking Ultimate World Cruise is a monster: 245 days, six continents, and 59 countries. How’s that for bucket list-worthy? The trip begins in London on August 31, 2019, and returns to the U.K. on May 2, 2020.Along the way, the ship will make 113 total ports of call, including so me of the world’s most popular travel destinations like Reykjavik, Patagonia, Sydney, and stops throughout Southeast Asia. However, it also includes lesser-known South American cities and a few rare island gems in the Caribbean. Not surprisingly, it will be the longest ever continuous cruise. This, from the company who previously ran one of the longest world cruises in 2017, which lasted “only” 141 days.Viking has proven itself to be the cruise line for travelers who hate cruising. This is no booze-soaked Carnival Cruise tour of the Caribbean. With less than a 1,000 total passengers, it’s far more intimate experience than most traditional sea cruises. The company’s ships also feature sleek, Scandinavian-inspired designs and almost every imaginable luxury. Aboard the Viking Sun, in particular, every room boasts a private balcony, king-size bed, free Wi-Fi, stocked minibar, 42-inch LCD TVs, and 24-hour room service. Common amenities include a stern infinity pool, a 360-degree observation deck, multiple hot tubs, a sports deck, and a full-service spa with a Nordic sauna and even a snow grotto which is every bit as awesome as it sounds.Viking CruisesOf course, such a once-in-a-lifetime experience doesn’t come cheap. All-in, the trip starts just under USD $93,000. That breaks down to less than USD $400 per day. If that’s too rich for your blood, consider the price tag includes business class airfare, ground transfers to and from the ship, all tips and service fees, free luggage shipping, and a few complimentary visa services. Plus, you can drink yourself silly onboard since most booze is included. For a more budget-friendly alternative, Viking invites guests to book smaller portions of the trip, like the 119-day excursion from Los Angeles to London for the low, low price of just USD $46,000. Now, all you need is the time off from work.Of course, a world-class trip deserves world-class baggage. Check out our list of the world’s most outrageous luxury luggage. Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Take the Ultimate Desert Road Trip with Lamborghini’s Serata Dubailast_img read more

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Hundreds of Dutch tourists to be flown out of Sri Lanka

Hundreds of Dutch tourists will be flown home in the coming days from Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter bombings, according to the guarantee scheme governing Dutch tour operators, the AFP news service reported.Following the attacks, which killed 253 people, around 500 Dutch visitors who remain in Sri Lanka will be flown home “within days,” the director of the Calamiteitenfonds group said Friday. “We estimate between 400 and 500 people are travelling in Sri Lanka under our guarantee,” Reuvere told AFP. He said they would be flown home either on scheduled flights or a “probable” charter operated by the TUI group on Monday. The repatriation comes after the Dutch foreign ministry late Thursday recommended only essential trips be made to the island, citing the potential danger of further attacks by fugitive terrorists.The ministry warned the security situation on the island remained “unpredictable and uncertain”. “We are currently in consultations with affiliated organisations,” said Erik Jan Reuvere, whose fund acts as insurer and coordinator for tour operators in times of crisis. “The foreign ministry informed us there was no serious danger but that it was reasonable to (recommend) breaking off trips and for travellers to return to the Netherlands,” said Reuver.At least 253 people died Sunday when attackers blew themselves up at several churches and hotels in blasts which officials have blamed on local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.Three of the fatalities were Dutch nationals, two of them also holding Swiss citizenship. read more

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