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World’s longest cruise – 7 contintents in 357 days

Set sail to all the seven seas in 357 days in a cruise described as the “ultimate bucket list experience”.

Mundy Cruising has launched the A World of Travel cruise, which will sail to all seven continents on seven different cruise ships.

While the expedition will set you back at least $164,000, it is “no ordinary world cruise”.

“We have called upon all 45 years of experience to put together this cruising extravaganza which takes you from South America to Asia via Europe, North America, Australia, Africa and Antarctica on a variety of ships, from the 264-guest Le Soléal to the 1,258-guest Maasdam,” the company said.

“Best of all, there’s time between each cruise to unpack, do the laundry and pack again before setting off on the next adventure.”

The itinerary ticks off a bunch of must-see sights including Machu Picchu, Alaska, San Francisco, the Maldives, Cape Town and the Great Barrier Reef.

Kicking off in South America on January 10, start the New Year off in style exploring Machu Picchu and Rio, and cruise along the Amazon into the heart of the Brazilian rainforest.

Next up on the itinerary is Europe, kicking off on May 4, where you cruise all the way from Jerusalem to England taking in the highlights of the Mediterranean, Baltic and North Atlantic.

On August 30, embark on the third cruise ship in Vancouver and prepare to experience the very best of North and Central America, including Alaska, San Francisco, Costa Rica, New England and Québec.

The next leg of the journey takes place close to home, doing an entire lap of Australia from Sydney to Melbourne, via Indonesia.

“Prepare to be blown away by the kaleidoscopic colours of the Great Barrier Reef, watch out for the fierce Komodo dragon in Indonesia, and meet some of Australia’s famously bouncy wildlife on Kangaroo Island.

“You’ll also have the chance to chill out on beautiful Bali and explore the less visited state of Western Australia, including the laid back city of Perth.”

In December, it’s time to explore the coasts of Africa – from the glitz of Dubai to the crumbling colonial facades of Maputo. Highlights include the remarkable endemic wildlife of Madagascar and the idyllic islands of the Maldives.

The heat and humidity of the tropics will be a distant memory as you cross the Antarctic Circle in January – prepare to be amazed by huge penguin colonies, vast tabular icebergs and high snow-capped peaks.

The final leg of the journey is an epic exploration of the Far East from Singapore to Kobe, departing on March 19.

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