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What Are the Longest Cruises You Can Take?

By Sally Macmillan

Last updated: November 6th, 2023

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Our longest cruises—those with itineraries of 15 nights and more—offer a wonderful opportunity to experience a variety of destinations in one memorable vacation. Also known as repositioning, transpacific or transatlantic cruises, depending on where they are sailing, ships on these voyages cruise “one way”, from point to point, rather than starting and finishing at the same port.

You might board your ship in one continent and disembark in another, cross the world’s biggest oceans, and tick off an enviable wish list of different countries along the way. Leisurely days at sea allow plenty of time to make the most of your ship’s restaurants, spas, sporting facilities, and enrichment classes—or relax and do absolutely nothing.

Here’s a selection of our six longest cruises and where they can take you.

1: 52-Night Grand Journey on Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge’s epic Grand Journey calls at more than 20 ports in 11 countries, spanning three continents over 52 nights—the ship’s longest cruise trip.

Ancient Greek theater of Taormina

Greek Theater of Taormina in Sicily, Italy

Sailing from Rome to New Zealand, this cruise is packed with opportunities to explore myriad cultures, historic sites, and world-famous natural attractions, with a range of exciting shore excursions at every port.

Catania , a picturesque city on Sicily’s east coast, dates to ancient Greek and Roman times. One of the island’s finest ancient sites is the Greek Theater of Taormina. Built on Mount Tauro in the third century BC, it was designed to make the most of its stunning natural surroundings, with sweeping ocean views and a backdrop of Mount Etna. The theater’s auditorium seated thousands of spectators and is still used today for concerts, operas, and ballets.

Ancient site of Petra

Petra, Jordan

Celebrity Edge will head south from Sicily to the north coast of Africa, transiting the Suez Canal to the Red Sea. From Aqaba in Jordan, there’s a chance to visit the exquisite city of Petra, carved out of pink sandstone and accessed via a skinny canyon, deep in the mountains. Petra, built by the Nabateans, is believed to be 2,500 years old and is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

The ship then sails east across the Indian Ocean. Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, by way of contrast to many of the ancient sites on this itinerary, is a contemporary classic.

Its three massive sculptural conservatories showcase extraordinary displays of horticulture and garden artistry. The Flower Dome houses exotic plants and flowers from around the world, while the Flower Fantasy is more like a surreal art gallery than a garden.

Couple snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, so big it’s the only living organism visible from space. From the coastal city of Cairns, you’ll have the chance to get up close to some of its spectacular underwater wonders on a thrilling day trip. Swim, snorkel or dive in colorful coral gardens among tropical fish and sea creatures—or gaze at the vivid world below from a glass-bottomed boat.

The Sydney Opera House is another must-see Australian treasure. Its distinctive design was inspired by its sublime setting on the harbor and it is the country’s foremost cultural institution. If time permits, book a show when you’re in town—world-class performances include opera, cabaret, classical concerts, comedy, and theater.

Milford Sound reflecting on waters

Milford Sound, New Zealand

On leaving Australia, Celebrity Edge’s longest cruise heads to New Zealand . One of the many highlights is Milford Sound on the country’s South Island. Known as the jewel of Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is best experienced from the decks of a ship. You’ll spend several hours sailing quietly past sheer cliffs and dense rainforest, among awe-inspiring scenery that’s almost reminiscent of Alaska.

Read: A Guide to the Stunning New Zealand Fjords  

2: 18-Night Hawaii, Tahiti, & Bora Bora Cruise

Unique architecture of Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii

Board your ship in Honolulu for a memorable voyage across the Pacific Ocean to Sydney in the land Down Under on our second-longest cruise itinerary. If you can spare a few hours before embarking, a visit to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial is a rewarding, if sobering experience.

After five sea days, you’ll dock in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia on the idyllic island of Tahiti . Around the port, you can shop for souvenirs at the open-air market and inspect (or buy) black pearls at the Robert Wan Pearl Museum. But you’ll most likely want to head out of town for the day.

Lush landscape of Vaipahi Water Gardens

Vaipahi Water Gardens in Tahiti, French Polynesia

There are ample opportunities to snorkel and swim in unbelievably clear tropical lagoons or explore the island’s lush interior. One driving tour of the breathtaking West Coast takes in Polynesian sacred sites, Tahiti’s biggest underwater cave, and a walk through the magical Vaipahi Water Gardens.

Bora Bora, one of the best longest cruises to take

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bloody Mary’s restaurant is something of an institution on Bora Bora—check out the roll call of famous visitors over lunch when you join a full-day tour of this small but impossibly beautiful island. Highlights include a 4WD safari into the jungle, where you’ll see evidence of the GIs’ presence in World War II; snorkeling in colorful coral gardens; and swimming among rays.

One of the best things about cruising into Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island is that your ship docks right in the center of town. Many major attractions are within walking distance of the wharf, including the instantly recognizable Sky Tower. Take a trip to the top for panoramic views and, if you’re exceptionally brave, sign up for the 630-foot Sky Jump.

Majestic view of Haruru Falls

Haruru Falls in Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Bay of Islands is not only a haven for wildlife lovers and adventure-seekers; it played a pivotal role in New Zealand’s history. A wonderful way to learn about Maori culture is by joining members of the Ngapuhi tribe on a river trip aboard a traditional war canoe. As you paddle the Waitangi River from the spectacular Haruru Falls, storytellers regale you with tribal tales and local legends.

This epic voyage ends in Sydney . You’ll want to be up early to enjoy the arrival in Sydney Harbour, surely one of the world’s most beautiful approaches to port. And without doubt, you should extend your stay to explore this dynamic city.

3: 15-Night Panama Canal Cruise

Celebrity cruising the Bridge of the Americas

Bridge of the Americas, Panama

Bookended by either San Diego or Los Angeles, California and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a Panama Canal cruise is one of the most popular of our longest cruises. In between visiting five or six ports (depending on whether you’re on an eastbound or westbound cruise) and experiencing the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, you’ll enjoy seven leisurely days at sea.

Rock formations of El Arco de Cabo San Lucas

El Arco in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas , on the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, is known both for its glamorous resort scene and abundant natural attractions. Blessed with almost year-round sunshine, it’s the perfect place for watersports, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Don’t miss El Arco (“The Arch”), a dramatic rock arch at Land’s End where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.

Los Arcos (“The Arches”) in Puerto Vallerta’s Banderas Bay is another instantly recognizable landmark that Mexico is known for , a series of granite rock arches, caves, and tunnels, around which the snorkeling is superb. The bay’s 60-plus miles of coastline takes in Los Arcos Marine Park plus an intoxicating mix of beaches, old Spanish colonial districts, and the busy El Malecon boardwalk.

Read: Best Beaches in La Paz, Mexico

Bridge in the middle of Monteverde Cloud Forest

Cloud Forest Reserve in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is renowned for its exotic wildlife and eco-adventures—and rare cloud forests. A trek in Monteverde’s mist-shrouded Cloud Forest Reserve reveals an incredible diversity of lush rainforest, rare tropical plants, dramatic waterfalls, and brightly colored birds and butterflies. The cooler climate makes a refreshing change—just remember to pack a lightweight rain jacket.

Gatun locks of Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Visiting the Panama Canal is the centerpiece of this cruise. Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the 50-mile, man-made canal opened in 1914 and revolutionized sea journeys by cutting hundreds of miles from the original routes, which took ships all the way around South America. The vast freshwater Gatun Lake, 85 feet above sea level, forms a major part of the canal.

Beautiful skyline of Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia

Your ship will dock at Colon —a great spot for duty-free shopping—for a day, before heading to Cartagena on Colombia’s north coast. This beautifully preserved walled city dates back to the 16th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best way to explore its many cultural and architectural treasures is on foot, with a guide to fill you in on its fascinating history.

Read: Best Things to Do in Cartagena, Colombia

4: 15-Night Azores & Spain Transatlantic Cruise

Transatlantic cruises are among our longest cruises. This Spanish-flavored sailing departs from Tampa, Florida and sails to Barcelona, Spain over 15 nights, calling at five unforgettable destinations.

Azores, one of the longest cruises to take

Lagoa do Fogo, Azores

Your ship spends seven days at sea before docking at Ponta Delgada in the Portuguese Azores, with plenty of time to enjoy the rhythm of life onboard. Once you’re in port, get your land legs back on one of São Miguel Island’s best hiking trails, to Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake) in the mountains.

Read: Insider’s Guide to Ponta Delgada

Two sea days later, you arrive at Cadiz, the jumping-off point for the enchanting southern Spanish city of Seville . Exploring on foot is the most rewarding way to soak up the atmosphere of the historic center. Not only will you see Seville’s most significant landmarks, you can also wander down any number of medieval alleyways and find a tapas bar where you can sample traditional Andalusian cuisine with a chilled glass of sherry.

Andalusian architecture of Royal Alcazar, Spain

Royal Alcazar in Seville, Spain

Once you’ve visited Seville’s impressive Alcázar, the Moorish royal palace that’s still in use today, Granada’s Alhambra Palace will be top of your must-visit list. Allow a full day from Malaga to see the romantic citadel, a complex of ornate palaces, gardens, and an ancient fortress. The Alhambra has been described as “the last sigh of the Moors” and has inspired poets, artists and followers of many faiths since the 13th century.

Following a day in Valencia , where avant-garde modern architecture mingles with the charming historic center, you’ll disembark in Barcelona. If you only have time to take in one of this vibrant Catalan city’s many attractions, make sure it is La Sagrada Familia, designed by the visionary architect Antoni Gaudí.

Historic Sagrada Familia reflecting on water

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Construction of the Catholic basilica began in 1882 and it is still a work in progress. The style of architecture is described as a mix of Art Nouveau, Spanish Late Gothic, and Catalan Modernism, and there is nothing in the world comparable to the flowing organic forms and impossibly spindly spires.

Read: 12 Famous Landmarks in Spain  

5: 15-Night Mediterranean Passage Transatlantic Cruise

This eastbound transatlantic cruise sets sail from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, and finishes 15 nights later in Tampa, Florida . The itinerary includes calls in France, Spain, the Azores, and Nassau, interspersed by nine sea days.

The first stop is Toulon, a port established in Roman times. Toulon is the gateway to sought-after destinations such as Aix-en-Provence and Cassis and is a fascinating city in its own right.

Picturesque view of Marseille

Marseille, France

However, it’s well worth taking the short trip to Marseille to visit the new MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations). Even if you only take in one exhibition, the museum’s ancient waterfront setting and bold contemporary architecture are absolutely awe-inspiring.

Palma de Mallorca’s imposing La Seu Cathedral also blends old and modern architecture, but in a completely different way. It is the grandest of dozens of historic sites you’ll discover in the Spanish island’s buzzing capital. Book a tour of the roof terraces for panoramic city and sea views.

Chef cooking paella

Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena has a long and many-layered maritime history. It is dotted with Roman ruins, including the impressive 2,000-year-old theater, which was only discovered in 1988. If you’re more into culinary history, you can book a fabulous hands-on foodie tour.

A Celebrity Cruises chef escorts you to Cartagena’s Market Hall, and on to a local restaurant to learn how to cook traditional Spanish dishes. The journey continues on board the ship, where you’ll enjoy an intimate dinner based on the day’s experiences.

Scenic view of resort hotel Paradise Island Atlantis Resort

Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas

Having crossed the Atlantic, your last port of call before disembarking in Tampa is Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Cool off at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, where you can play with sea lions, meet dolphins, relax on beautiful Caribbean beaches or spend the day at the action-packed Aquaventure water park.

Read: Cruises vs Resorts: Which Is Best?

6: 15-Night Bering Sea & Japan Transpacific Cruise

Scenic pathway in Stanley Park in autumn

Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is a marvelous place to embark on one of our longest cruises, a 15-night transpacific adventure that takes in Alaska and Japan, ending in Yokohama, the port for Tokyo.

If you have time, spend a day or two in Vancouver before you embark. There’s lots to see and do, from the old Gastown and Chinatown districts to First Nation art galleries, craft breweries, and boundless outdoor activities.

Stanley Park, one of the city’s best-loved attractions, is about 20 minutes’ walk from Canada Place Cruise Terminal. Book a bike tour that takes you along the Seawall, across forest trails and to see the totem poles at Brockton Point.

Bear spotted at the Tongass National Forest

Tongass National Forest, Alaska

First Nations and Russian cultures merge in the intriguing Alaskan town of Sitka , set within the magnificent Tongass National Forest. This is the place to see eagles, bears, whales, and sea otters in the wild, kayak across pristine waterways, or join a professional sportfishing charter. Alaska certainly earns its “Last Frontier” moniker.

Your ship crosses the international dateline during eight sea days before you arrive in Japan . Sapporo, the biggest city on Hokkaido Island, is about two hours’ drive from Muroran port. A full-day tour gives an excellent overview of Sapporo’s historic and modern landmarks, including the lovely Odori Park which runs through the heart of the city.

Hakodate, Japan, one of the longest cruises to take

Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse in Hakodate, Japan

Another important city on Hokkaido is Hakodate and the best place to learn about its international trading history is at the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. The restored waterfront buildings house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants. Make sure you sample shio ramen , a salty broth served with pork belly, hard-boiled eggs, scallions, and wakame seaweed. It’s Hakodate’s signature dish.

People strolling around Senso-ji Temple

Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Vast, sprawling Tokyo is a mind-boggling mix of futuristic neon-lit buildings, tranquil gardens, high-end shopping, ancient shrines, and eateries ranging from street stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants.

Your must-visit list will overflow with possibilities, but Sensoji Temple should be at the top. It’s Tokyo’s oldest temple, a magnet for devout Buddhists and culturally curious visitors, and also a thriving marketplace—like Tokyo itself, a feast for the senses.

Read: 11 Famous Temples to Visit in Japan  

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Sally Macmillan

Sally Macmillan is a Sydney-based cruise and travel writer. Her cruise-writing career launched in 2008, editing Cruise Passenger magazine, and in 2013 she started writing a page on all things cruise for The Sun-Herald’s weekly Traveller section (‘temporarily’ paused). She has visited all seven continents on 60-plus cruises and her work has appeared in numerous print and digital publications.

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Life at sea: the longest cruise journeys in the world

With the popularity of cruises growing, some companies are offering increasingly longer journeys to capitalise on this heightened interest. What are the longest cruises available on the market right now?

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The popularity of the ‘grand expedition’ genre of cruise is growing, and with the total number of passengers carried by the cruise industry projected to reach 27.6 million by 2020, several companies are capitalising on this growth by offering longer and longer voyages.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently announced its 117-night round-the-world journey aboard the Seven Seas Mariner , setting sail in 2021. But even this mammoth journey is dwarfed by several options already on offer through competing cruise operators.

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Oceania Cruises, for example, dominates the market. While the company might not have the title of ‘longest cruise’, Oceania has the widest array of journeys available to travellers.

Oceania Cruises: Around the World in 180 Days (180 nights)

Announced for January 2019 aboard Oceania’s Insignia vessel, the Around the World in 180 Days cruise is set to visit 96 UNESCO World Heritage sites, stopping at 90 ports over five continents, with 14 overnight stays.

Playing off Phileas Fogg’s famous adventure contained within Jules Verne’s ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’, Oceania describes the journey as one “perfectly designed for the seasoned traveller”, which invites passengers to “discover a more profound connection with cultures spanning the globe”.

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Oceania Cruises: Connoisseur’s Collection (182 nights)

Described as for the traveller who has “seen it all”, the Connoisseur’s Collection from Oceania is designed to show off parts of the world passengers might not have thought to visit, in addition to the more traditional cruise ports.

As well as San Francisco, Cape Town, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the cruise liner is scheduled to stop at the less-well-known Japanese ports of Oarai, Aomori and Hakodate, as well as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in Russia – an area so remote it cannot even be reached by car. The Connoisseur Collection cruise sets sail in late January 2020.

Oceania Cruises: Global Quest (200 nights)

You can travel from Miami to New York in three hours, says Oceania, but you can also do it in 200 days. The Global Quest cruise really is just that – a round the world journey via 40 countries and over 100 unique destinations.

The cruise includes overnight stays in Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Singapore, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Kyoto and more, on top of day visits to an even wider array of destinations. Also taking place on-board Oceania’s Insignia mid-sized vessel, Global Quest is set to begin on 8 January 2020.

Viking Cruises: Ultimate World Cruise (244 nights)

Winning the prestigious title for the longest continuous cruise currently available anywhere in the world, the Ultimate World Cruise spans 113 ports in 59 countries, on six continents.

Taking place on-board the Viking Sun – Viking’s newest vessel – the trip is set to begin in London on 31 August 2019, and will mark Viking’s third voyage around the globe. The journey will nearly double the length of any cruise Viking has offered thus far. If the offering feels a touch too long, Viking does offer passengers the option for joining for specific legs of the trip – 127 days for the Viking World Treasures section, or 119 days for the Viking World Wonders leg.

Mundy Cruising: the 357 day package

Despite not being a continuous journey, the 357 World of Travel itinerary offered by speciality cruise-holiday storefront Mundy Cruising in 2017 surely deserves an honourable mention. The package deal promised travel on seven different cruise ships, featuring journeys to seven different continents.

Each leg of the journey was separate, allowing passengers to go home and re-pack, though the longest stints were across South America and Europe, which respectively took 94 and 92 nights.

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Long sea voyages were once a way of discovering new lands. You can probably name a few explorers but how much do you really know about them and their voyages at sea? Who has travelled the furthest out on the open oceans of our world?

On 21 April 2007 Stowe departed the New York harbour, setting sail and, eventually setting the new record for the longest solo voyage. He proposed spending 1000 days at sea in order to beat the record held by John Sanders.

John Sanders

Sanders is commonly believed to have held the record for the longest solo voyage (before Reid Stowe broke it, of course). He had spent 658 days at sea, completing three solo non-stop circumnavigations between 1986 and 1988.

Fridtjof Nansen

Critics of Reid Stowe actually believe that the record for the longest voyage was held, not by Sanders, but by Fridtjof Nansen whose voyage to the North Pole in 1893 saw him spend around 1067 days at sea. His goal was to be the first to reach the North Pole. However, during his journey, he realised that his ship would never make it to the North Pole and abandoned it, setting off on foot with Hjalmar Johansen. They made it furthest north than anyone had ever been at that time.

Christopher Columbus

Everyone knows Christopher Columbus as the famous explorer who discovered America, so it’s hardly surprising that he has made this list. Little is known about the ships he used to sail over 4000 miles. We do know however that he made 4 voyages with a crew of just 87 men.

We know even less of Chinese explorer Zeng He who used a boat of 200 feet in length and 28,000 men to complete 7000 miles worth of sea voyages. His crew contained around 28,000 men. There were more doctors on his ships than there were men in Columbus’ crew.

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He Made the Longest Ocean Voyage in History, and Turned It Into Art

Reid Stowe once hung out with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. But the sea was his true passion.

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Along a Hudson River pier in 2010, a sailor docked his battered schooner as a crowd watched in quiet anticipation. When he wearily stepped onto land, he had finished a remarkable human journey: Reid Stowe had been at sea for 1,152 days, the longest nonstop ocean voyage in recorded history.

A decade later, Mr. Stowe is raising a family in suburban North Carolina and driving a 2005 Chevy Malibu. But he has also obsessively been making giant abstract paintings, most of them using the weather-beaten sails that carried his schooner across the globe. He was recently back in New York to visit the Chelsea gallery that is showing his art.

“All this time later, I’m still trying to tell the world the story of what I went through,” said Mr. Stowe, 67, during his recent stay in Manhattan. “I’ve departed the touch of earth longer than anyone else. All my paintings carry the vibrations and significance of that journey.”

Tall and blue-eyed, Mr. Stowe has chased adventure his whole life. He crossed the Atlantic twice on a tiny catamaran when he was 21; he sailed through icebergs in Antarctica; he was kidnapped by pirates on the Amazon River.

But in the 1980s, Mr. Stowe was a striving artist in the downtown New York art scene, hanging out in the same circles as Keith Haring and Julian Schnabel. Jean-Michel Basquiat painted a portrait of him, but Mr. Stowe later sold it to fund his expedition. (He accepted $20,000 in 1993; the painting sold for $94,000 at Christie’s seven years later.)

Mr. Stowe was in a couple of small group shows in the East Village, but he was always returning to the sea. He hopes this show, at the Paul Calendrillo Gallery , might be his second chance at the art world.

“I was painting on giant canvases before Schnabel was,” he said. “Warhol’s dealer told me I could be big, but he’d say, ‘Well, Reid’s going off on another trip again.’”

Mr. Stowe became obsessed with embarking on a thousand-day journey at sea in the 1970s. His intention was to simulate a round-trip to Mars, and he spent years preparing for it.

His father was an Air Force lieutenant colonel, and he grew up on military bases around the world, but he seemed to show little interest in regimentation after that.

As a young man, he visited the South Pacific and he later carved the figureheads of Polynesian spirits into his 70-foot schooner for protection. (His ship, which he built himself, is named Anne, for his mother.) He studied Taoist philosophy, and he claims that energy harnessed from tantric sex has powered his long distance voyages.

In St. Barts, he was a pot smuggler (he spent nine months in jail), and in the 1990s he lived rent-free on a boat moored to a dock in Chelsea. His three marriages to young women — two artists and a model — all ended in divorce because they wouldn’t commit, he said, to the 1,000-day trip.

Soanya Ahmad was different. She was a 23-year-old photography student when she met Mr. Stowe, who was then 55, and one of the first things he asked her was: “How’s your health? Can you spend a long time at sea? It’s important I know.”

In 2007, they departed from Hoboken on a boat stocked with six tons of nonperishable provisions and a sprout garden. On Day 15, a freighter hit their schooner. Around Day 300, Ms. Ahmad started feeling sick, and a boat picked her up near the coast of Australia. Communicating by a satellite phone, Mr. Stowe soon learned that she was pregnant. On Day 457, Soanya gave birth to Darshen in New York. Mr. Stowe met his son for the first time when he arrived on the Hudson two years later.

Since returning to land, Mr. Stowe has embraced something close to domesticity. He now lives in the suburbs of Greensboro, N.C., at his father’s house with Darshen, who is now 11, and Soanya.

He mows the lawn, and he likes watching thrillers on television. He takes care of his father, who has Alzheimer’s. Mr. Stowe said they all get by modestly on his father’s retirement funds and from his painting sales. Soanya home-schools Darshen, and Mr. Stowe hopes to take his son sailing this winter to Haiti. “He was braver when he was younger,” Mr. Stowe said. “He used to laugh at storms. Now he doesn’t like mud. He likes playing a computer game called Fortnite.” Mr. Stowe’s schooner is moored on the North Carolina coast, and requires serious repairs.

Mr. Stowe still thinks about his trip constantly, but he doesn’t miss the spotlight.

As his voyage gained international coverage, he became the subject of derision in a corner of the sailing community. The users of a website called Sailing Anarchy , which caters to regatta racers and yacht owners, started mocking Mr. Stowe as a narcissistic hippie with a knack for self-promotion. Still, they followed Mr. Stowe’s trip obsessively, and one message board reached over 30,000 comments.

“I guess Stowe is still bobbing around, people continue to give him enough stuff to get by and he manages to lure in another young thing,” read a typically caustic comment. After Ms. Ahmad became pregnant, their scorn intensified. One commenter tracked down Mr. Stowe’s federal conviction for pot smuggling, and he also posted a report that Mr. Stowe once owed more than $11,000 in child support to the mother of his daughter from his first marriage. (Mr. Stowe insists he wasn’t behind on payments).

When the trip ended, the trolls faded away, but Mr. Stowe said he lost valuable sponsorship opportunities as a result. Since then, he’s also been trying to publish a memoir.

“They wanted to paint me as this guy who took a young woman to sea, got her pregnant, and abandoned her,” said Mr. Stowe. “The truth is I did something no one else had ever done, and I got to go do it with a beautiful girl, and they didn’t like that. They all wanted to be me, but they were stuck behind their computers.”

While Mr. Stowe made the trip to New York for the gallery opening, Ms. Ahmad, who is now 36, remained in North Carolina to take care of Mr. Stowe’s father. “People judged Reid for not being with me, but I supported him being out there,” she said over the phone. “He needed to get that trip out of his system so he could come back. All this judgment came down on us, but we’re all still together, and there’s nothing anyone can say about that.”

She said that suburban life has been an adjustment for him. “He’s had to get used to living in a house,” she said. “It’s difficult sometimes for us to relate to neighbors. They Google us and conversations can be awkward.”

But soon after settling down, Mr. Stowe felt compelled to start painting seriously. Every day, he works in a studio in his backyard and the giant sail canvases he paints on hang from trees with pulley systems. “When a storm comes through, I hear the sails flap and it makes me feel alive,” said Mr. Stowe. “When people see my art, I want them to feel the trip. I want them to walk into the unknown.”

At his gallery show in Chelsea the other day, Mr. Stowe reminisced about his days in the downtown New York scene. He was living in a loft on Broome Street, he partied with Keith Haring at Danceteria, and he got written up in a Japanese art magazine. And then there was the Jean-Michel Basquiat portrait session in 1985.

Mr. Stowe was in St. Barts on his boat, he recalled, and Basquiat joined him while he was there on vacation.

“He visited me and I showed him my studio. He asked, ‘Can I paint, too?’ I gave him some prime white plywood and he painted me standing there. You know how he leaves eyes blank? He told me we were looking at each other through those eyes.”

Mr. Stowe doesn’t regret selling his Basquiat. “I needed to cut my ties to the earth,” he said. “I had to sell my Basquiat because I wanted to merge my spirit with something as high as God.”

“Art Transformations From the Longest Sea Voyage in History,” is on display at the Paul Calendrillo Gallery , at 548 West 28th Street, until Oct. 31.

Alex Vadukul is a city correspondent for The New York Times. He writes for Metropolitan and is a two-time winner of the New York Press Club award for city writing. More about Alex Vadukul

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Chichén Itzá, Cozumel, Mexico

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Great Wall of China, Beijing, China

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Arica, Chile

Your once-in-a-lifetime journey begins December 2023, embarking from in Miami on the first segment of the Ultimate World Cruise℠ — the Ultimate Americas Cruise. Go from postcard-perfect Caribbean shores—including the ABC islands —to viewing abundant wildlife like sea lions, penguins and whales roaming glacier-studded Antarctica as you round Cape Horn. Along the way, discover World Wonders in South America, including man-made marvels and extraordinary natural phenomena.

Take in the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Behold the largest waterfall system on the planet, Iguazú Falls near Buenos Aires. And explore Machu Picchu, one of the most iconic symbols of Peru’s ancient Inca heritage. Then sail up to the Yucatàn Peninsula to discover hidden coves and dramatic rock formations along Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas before exploring Ensenada.

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Taj Mahal, India

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Venture miles from ordinary in Australia and Asia on this leg of the Ultimate World Cruise SM . Explore Hawaii and discover the crystal-clear waters of Mo’orea and Tahiti in unspoiled French Polynesia. Set out for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef — the only living thing on the planet that’s visible from space. Trek from pristine natural beauty in Bali to one of the most iconic man-made World Wonders, the Great Wall of China. And discover the unparalleled culture and modern architecture of Tokyo, then take in one of the most breathtaking sights in the world — The Taj Mahal.

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Walvis Bay Sandwich Harbour

Explore the orange sand dunes of the world’s oldest desert in Namibia. Bask in the beauty of idyllic beaches in Cape Town. And hike mist-topped rainforests along the Ivory Coast. Plus, go back in time as you wander through the Colosseum in Rome and get lost in the Venetian-style streets of Corfu.

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Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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What is the Ultimate World Cruise?

The Ultimate World Cruise is a never-before-offered Royal Caribbean adventure that takes you on a 274-night journey around the world from December 10, 2023 – September 10, 2024. The adventure begins and ends in Miami, Florida, visiting all 7 continents, 65 countries, 150 ports of call, with 16 overnights and 8 World Wonders. More than 40 of the ports you’ll visit are either rarely available on our other itineraries or brand new to Royal Caribbean, so get ready for the exploration of a lifetime. Book The Ultimate World Cruise early to ensure the best accommodation throughout the entire voyage.

What is the starting price for the Ultimate World Cruise and its 4 individual segments?

Ultimate World Cruise Starting Price

Considering all that’s included in your 274-night Ultimate World Cruise fare, you’ll enjoy an incredible value. No matter which stateroom you choose, your fare includes Ultimate World Cruise complimentary amenities like business class airfare, pre-cruise hotel and gala, Deluxe Beverage Package, gratuities, VOOM internet package, wash and fold laundry service, and more.

*Taxes, fees, and port expenses of $4,667 USD per person are additional and are subject to change at any time. All starting prices listed are per person, in USD, cruise only, based on double occupancy and are subject to change at any time.

Ultimate World Cruise Segments Starting Price

Considering all that’s included in your Ultimate Cruise segment fare, you’ll enjoy an incredible value. No matter which stateroom you choose, your fare includes Ultimate Cruise segment complimentary amenities like Deluxe Beverage Package, gratuities, VOOM internet package, and wash and fold laundry service.

*Taxes, fees, and port expenses are additional and are subject to change at any time. All starting prices listed are per person, in USD, cruise only, based on double occupancy and are subject to change at any time.

What are the 8 World Wonders the Ultimate World Cruise and the four Ultimate Cruise segments will visit, and on what dates?

Ultimate Americas Cruise: December 10, 2023 – February 11, 2024

Chichen Itza: via Cozumel Dec 13, 2023

Christ the Redeemer: via Rio de Janeiro Dec 31, 2023

Iguazu Falls: via Buenos Aires Jan 5, 2024

Machu Picchu: via Lima Jan 29-30, 2024

Ultimate Asia Pacific Cruise: February 11, 2024 – May 9, 2024

Great Barrier Reef: via Airlie Beach and Cairns March 13-14, 2024

Great Wall of China: via Beijing April 7-8, 2024

Taj Mahal: via Cochin May 1, 2024

Ultimate Africa & Med Cruise: May 9, 2024 – July 10, 2024

Colosseum: via Rome July 1, 2024

Ultimate Europe & Beyond Cruise: July 10, 2024 – September 10, 2024

There are no World Wonders visited during this Ultimate Cruise segment.

What benefits are included when booking the Ultimate World Cruise or one of the four Ultimate Cruise segments?

Guests who join us for the entire Ultimate World Cruise will receive the following inclusions:

Embarkation Amenities

Round-trip business class airfare

Pre-cruise hotel and gala

Premium transfers between airport, hotel and ship

Onboard Amenities

Deluxe Beverage Package for entire voyage

VOOM Wi-Fi internet for entire voyage

Gratuities for entire voyage

Wash and fold laundry service

Our Crown & Anchor Society guests who hold Platinum status and above will also receive the exclusive benefit of included excursions to the 7 New World Wonders.

Guests who join us for one of the four Ultimate Cruise segments will receive the following inclusions:

Deluxe Beverage Package for entire segment

VOOM Wi-Fi for entire segment

Gratuities for entire segment

Wash and fold laundry service for entire segment

Will I receive the same stateroom for the entire duration of my Ultimate World Cruise or Ultimate Cruise segment?

Our Ultimate World Cruise team will ensure that you get the same stateroom for the entirety of the cruise when purchased within the exclusive booking window through November 2021. If you are purchasing your Ultimate World Cruise after the Ultimate Cruise segments have opened for sale, our team will work with you to make every effort to secure the same stateroom for your entire time onboard, based on the remaining available inventory.

What is the payment schedule for the Ultimate World Cruise and the four Ultimate Cruise segments?

To reserve a stateroom on the Ultimate World Cruise or one of the four Ultimate Cruise segments a non-refundable deposit is required. Final payment must be received by Royal Caribbean 180 days prior to cruise departure. For bookings created within 180 days prior to cruise departure, final payment must be received within 48 hours of booking.

How long do I have to place my deposit for the Ultimate World Cruise or one of the four Ultimate Cruise segments?

If outside of final payment, our Ultimate World Cruise and Ultimate Cruise segment guests are able to place a two-week hold to lock in their preferred stateroom and price before deposit is required. Your deposit must be placed within the two-week offer period to secure your selected stateroom.

Are there travel insurance options available on the Ultimate World Cruise or the four Ultimate Cruise segments?

There are travel insurance options available to guests who meet certain qualifications. For more information, please call 800-423-2100 or contact your Travel Advisor.

Why are the Ultimate World Cruise and the four Ultimate Cruise segments only offered as nonrefundable?

Our Ultimate World Cruise and the four Ultimate Cruise segments are a unique adventure that has never before been offered by Royal Caribbean and we want to ensure that our guests who are committed to sharing this experience with us receive priority placement. To preserve this unique experience, all sailings onboard Serenade of the Seas from December 10, 2023 – September 10, 2024, will be offered as exclusively nonrefundable.

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These The Longest Cargo Ship Rides One Can Embark On

Cargo ship travel is creating a buzz on the vacation scene, and these are the longest ventures one can take by sea.

Traveling by cargo ship offers something new and yet old , something different from typical floating-hotel luxury Cruise ships and a reminder of a time gone by. While like everything else in this world, cargo ships have modernized and are now often equipped with WiFi and have saunas and gyms, they offer a chance to relive the days of yore when travel was slow and simple.

With a cargo ship, it may take in excess of a month to reach one's destination instead of 14 hours by flight today. But what are the longest trips on which one can get lost at sea? Here is what to expect on some of the ultra-long voyages.

No Opportunity To Blow The Budget

One perk of traveling by cargo ship is that one needn't unexpectedly blow one's budget. It costs around $100-$120 a day (from as low as $70 per day) and that includes meals etc. After that, there just isn't anything one can blow one's money on even if one wants to (unlike normal holidays).

There are no shops, no bars or pubs (typically no alcohol - a cargo ship is workspace), no cigarettes, no taxis, no shopping malls, or really anything else to empty one's pocket.

  • Included: Meals Are Included
  • Facilities: There Is Normally A Swimming Pool, Gym, Lounge, and TV Available

Long Routes

Some of the longest routes are to Australia and New Zealand, if one would like to voyage one's way down this corner of the word, then one should plan in advance. Australia is a country of only 26 million people and New Zealand is around 5 million.

So there is not the sheer volume of cargo vessels heading to these countries as are heading to East Asia and North America. While at the same time the routes are popular. Voyage Down Under (or for New Zealand that's down under the Down Under).

  • Australia & New Zealand: Plan Ahead For These Routes

With those routes, one should plan in advance as they can book out months in advance.

Other very long routes are from North America to East Asia, from East to South America, From Europe to East Asia, and from Europe to South America. These routes can often be booked one way or return. These voyages are frequently well in excess of a month.

  • 97 Nights: London To Australia Return - From €12,742pp ($14,500) (2 Sharing)

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How long these routes also depend on how many ports and for how long the cargo ship calls into on the way (a cargo ship heading to New Zealand is likely to call into Australia en route). Also, cargo ship schedules are always changing, one must be flexible - it could take a couple of days for the ship to be able to enter the harbor. All departure/arrival and durations are just estimates.

  • Estimates: All Dates and Durations Are Estimates

The Longest voyages listed on Cargo Ship Voyages are for a whopping 97 nights - spend a quarter of the year at sea! These are return trips from Europe to Australasia.

Europe - Australia Via Suez Canal

This voyage is listed on Cargo Ship Voyages and slowly meanders its way from Antwerp in Belgium to Sydney, Australia. This is an approximately 41 night-long commitment.

  • Duration: Approx. 41 Nights
  • Cost: From Around €5,462 ($6,200) Per Person

Some things to keep in mind, in some places it is forbidden to disembark - for this voyage, it is forbidden to disembark in Egypt. English is spoken on these international cargo ships and one must have a passport valid for more than 6 months after the final stop. On this voyage, it is mandatory to have a yellow fever vaccination.

One will also need a Visa ETA for Sri Lanka and Australia.

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Germany to Uruguay Via Brazil

This long voyage goes from Hamburg to Rio de Janeiro and then onto Montevideo. Its exact route is Hamburg, Germany, Dakar, Senegal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Paranagua, Brazil, Montevideo, Uruguay (then return via England).

This can be booked one way or return. It departs every two months, while it is not nearly as long as a voyage to New Zealand or other routes, it is an example of a long Atlantic crossing. There is also the option of going with a vehicle for an extra fee.

  • Fare: From 60 Euros ($70) Per Day
  • Total: 1,970 Euros ($2,200) - German to Uruguay (Max Fare 5,373 Euros or $6,000)
  • Duration: Approx. 31 Days (Return Over 65 Days)
  • Ship: Cap San Augustin, Size 118,938 TDW, Built 2013
  • Ship Facilities:  Swimming Pool (inside), Sauna, Exercise Room, Table Tennis, TV
  • Cabin Facilities:  Option of Double Cabin And Single Cabin (Note View Maybe Blocked By Containers)
  • Age: Minumum Age 6, Max 79

If cargo ship is not for you, just stick to the more luxurious (but lengthy) cruises around the Caribbean and beyond.

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Want to float away from your worries for the better part of a year?

Then Royal Caribbean International has the cruise for you: a 274-night, 65-country water journey across the world, aptly titled “Ultimate World Cruise.”

Bookings for the seven-continent experience are now open — the inaugural journey of which is set to happen in 2023, and it’s being billed as the world’s longest.

For those looking to take on the full, 150-destination package, including “11 great wonders of the world,” tickets start at $60,999 per person.

If committing more than two-thirds of a year to see the world by boat isn’t for you, there’s also the option to book single legs of the four-leg trip.

The globe floating adventure will set sail from Miami on Dec. 10, 2023, and return there on Sept. 10, 2024.

Royal Caribbean’s “Ultimate World Cruise” is being billed as the world’s longest cruise at 274 nights and including 65 countries.

“This is the world cruise of world cruises,” Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley said in a press release . “Now more than ever, people have resolved to travel the world and make up for lost time. Royal Caribbean is making that a reality with the ultimate vacation . . . to travelers asking themselves where they should go next, we say everywhere.”

The new, extreme offering comes amidst an ongoing, if ebbing, nightmare for the cruise industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with passengers testing positive for the coronavirus aboard ships as recently as this month. 

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Still, executives clearly believe people are ready for the Serenade of the Seas’ ambitious expedition which touches every continent, with stops including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef; the Great Wall of China; the Taj Mahal in India; the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt; the Colosseum in Rome, Italy; Iceland’s Blue Lagoon; Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer; Peru’s Machu Picchu and more. 

Indeed, the full itinerary reveals a truly action-packed schedule of visits, with one or two cruising days consistently followed by some of humanity’s most heralded tourist attractions, one after another after another. For anyone with deep pockets, a flexible schedule and a love for nautical travel, Ultimate World Cruise is certainly an efficient way to see all the sights.

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The Longest Journey: Setting Sail

1517 - 1518 | discover how the expedition of the first circumnavigation of the world was prepared., acción cultural española, ac/e.

Antonio Fernández Torres, Guillermo Morán Dauchez (General Archive of the Indies) and Braulio Vázquez Campos (General Archive of the Indies).

View of Seville (16th Century) by Alonso Sánchez Coello Original Source: Museo de América

"To drown in the abyss—heaven or hell, who cares? Through the unknown, we'll find the new … " Charles Baudelaire, French writer.

Europa and Asia by Lola Bermúdez (Tannhauser Estudio) Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

About 500 years ago in Seville, Europe's long-awaited dream of reaching the unexplored, mythical lands of the Orient and the Spice Islands became a reality. Ferdinand Magellan set off on his voyage in 1519, and three years later it became the longest voyage of the era: the first circumnavigation of the world was completed by Juan Sebastián Elcano, captain of the Victoria , and his crew in 1522.

Supplies by Lola Bermúdez (Tannhauser Estudio) Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

The Preparations: Ships and Supplies

Seville | July 1518–August 1519

The Carracks by Antonio Arévalo (Fotowork fotografía) Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

Once the charters were signed, the King ordered the House of Trade (Casa de la Contratación) in Seville to get everything ready immediately for the voyage. The Spice Island Fleet was born—next came the complex task of making it a reality. > Take a virtual tour of the exhibition in the General Archive of the Indies.

The Longest Journey: The First Circumnavigation of the Globe by Tannhauser Estudio Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

Five carracks (merchant ships) were acquired for the voyage: the Trinidad , the Victoria , the Concepción , the Santiago , and the San Antonio . All the ships had to be repaired and readied for crossing the ocean on a voyage which, at the time, was expected to last two years.

Why do we go?

Historians, navigators, athletes, explorers, and astronauts try to describe what this call to adventure meant to them.

Accredited documentation of the monetary balance of the Spice Islands armada (1522) Original Source: Archivo General de Indias

With the terms of the Armada set out in the charters (known as Capitulaciones de Valladolid), the expedition had to be planned down to the finest detail. This was made possible thanks to a bureaucratic organization that followed standard procedures and pre-established rules and believed in the value of written documents. The House of Trade of the Indies (Casa de la Contratación de Indias), founded in Seville in 1503, was charged with this task.

This document summarizes all the costs involved in organizing the Armada, neatly noted beside a reason why the cost was necessary. In addition to showing how much an item cost, this document provides the organizational details that were taken into account for each item.

The Longest Journey: The First Circumnavigation of the Globe by Braulio Vázquez Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

The five ships needed were bought in Cádiz and Sanlúcar and then brought to Seville to ready them for the voyage. All the cargo needed for the voyage was then loaded onto the ships: from pieces of artillery and ammunition to plates, food supplies, and navigation instruments—and not to forget reserve merchandise, which was to be used for trading once they arrived at their destination.

The food supplies, provisions, and every technical and operational aspect of the Armada was carefully planned, ensuring the ships had everything required for journey. The expedition party had to have everything they might need to hand, especially when it came to entering unexplored territories.

List of Crew Members Magellan Took on his Journey to Discover the Spice Islands (1519) Original Source: Archivo General de Indias

The Crew: 245 Dreams, 245 Reasons To Explore

Seville | October 1518–August 10, 1519

Details and account of the people who helped Magellan discover the Spice Islands Details and account of the people who helped Magellan discover the Spice Islands / Page 01 by Casa de contratación de las Indias Archivos Estatales

Magellan secured funds from the Crown, the support of the House of Trade, and the ships he needed to get his quest underway, but he struggled to find men to accompany him on the voyage. The substantial risks, low pay, and mistrust of Magellan as a Portuguese captain were contributing factors. As there were not enough volunteers, two extraordinary measures were taken: several navigators from the House of Trade were forced to enroll, and foreigners were allowed to join the crew.

Details and account of the people who helped Magellan discover the Spice Islands / Page 01 Archivos Estatales

Although 234 crewmembers were specified for the Armada in the signed charters, 239 are listed in this document. The number varied due to last-minute changes to crew numbers in Seville, Sanlúcar, and Tenerife. It is now thought that the figure lies somewhere in region of 245 crewmembers. As for how the crew was divided between ships, there is proof that at the start of the expedition, the flagship— Trinidad —carried 62 men; San Antonio , 57; Concepción , 44; Victoria , 45; and Santiago , 31, due to its smaller size.

Details and account of the people who helped Magellan discover the Spice Islands Details and account of the people who helped Magellan discover the Spice Islands (1519) Archivos Estatales

The list of crewmembers for the Spice Island fleet showed the men were grouped by ship, and then by category: there were officers (captains, navigators, clerks, boatmasters, boatswains, and a bailiff aboard the flagship) and specialists (surgeon, barber, carpenter, storekeeper, caulker, cooper), sailors, artillery soldiers, cabin boys, pageboys, servants, and a second-in-command.

Is a ship like a miniature world?

The scientists and explorers Pedro Duque, Tomás Mazón, Tomás Echegoyen, Kitín Múñoz, Íñigo Múñoz, Matthias Mauer, and Ignacio Orcada, among others, speak about their experiences of the voyage.

Crew Salaries Crew Salaries - Officers and soldiers Archivos Estatales

One notable characteristic of the modern Spanish monarchy was its thorough, almost obsessive, attention to financial accounts. From the very first expeditions, there was a constant obsession with the economic aspect of these voyages; the cost of the supplies, provisions, and the salary of the crew based on their office and position. This document, drawn up some time after the expedition returned in 1522, outlined the salaries due to each member of the crew. In addition to listing the salaries due to those who returned on the Victoria with Elcano, the document also lists the salaries of many other crewmembers who had departed from Sanlúcar de Barrameda and died on the voyage.

Crew Salaries Crew Salaries - Sailors Archivos Estatales

Starting with Ferdinand Magellan himself, each of the positions occupied by the crew on each ship is listed. This shows the multitude of positions (captain, ship's master, navigator, carpenter, caulker, artillery soldier, barber, sailor, cabin boy, etc.) that crewmembers occupied when they went on expeditions such as this.

Crew Salaries Crew Salaries - Craftsmen and tradesmen Archivos Estatales

The members of this community formed at sea therefore had to be prepared for any eventuality, and they had to be self-sufficient for a prolonged period of time.

The Victoria by Antonio Fernández Torres (Tannhauser Estudio) Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

In the morning, cannon-fire told the men it was time to leave. Hugs and kisses of farewell were lost among shouts from the boatswains as they called the crew to their posts. The fleet dropped sail and the land they knew disappeared from view. The creaking of the ship as it charged into the waves for the first time echoed in the sailors' ears as they set sail, their hearts full of dreams and doubt: they were starting on a voyage that had never before been undertaken.

The Longest Voyage. Sea Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

Continue to the next stage of the adventure: The Longest Voyage: The Exploration .

Adaptation of the exhibition " The Longest Journey: The First Around the World ". Organizers:   Spanish Cultural Action , Ministry of Culture. General Archive of the Indies Curated by:  Antonio Fernández Torres, Guillermo Morán Dauchez, Braulio Vázquez Campos Program:  Raquel Mesa Images:  Archivo General de Indias, Tannhauser Estudio > See the digital catalog > Download the digital catalog > See brochure This exhibition is part of the First Voyage Around the World project.

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This Brand-new River Cruise Visits 15 European Countries Over 49 Nights

AmaWaterways just announced its longest-ever cruise through Europe in 2024, with two 49-night sailings.

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River cruise company AmaWaterways just announced that reservations are now open for its 2024 cruises, including its longest journey aboard one ship yet: a 49-night sailing on the AmaMora that will cruise the complete length of the Rhine and Danube rivers.  

“Since the debut of our Seven River Journeys in 2021, we have received tremendous demand from travelers who are looking to spend extra time immersing themselves in beautiful destinations throughout Europe ,” Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways, said in a statement sent to Travel + Leisure . “We are thrilled to announce that the 2024 Spring and Summer Editions showcase enriching itineraries on board a single, award-winning ship."

The cruise visits 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, France, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Switzerland. Guests can take the 49-night journey in one of two directions. The first sailing is the spring 2024 trip , which departs from Amsterdam on April 22, 2024 and ends on June 10, 2024, in Giurgiu, Romania. Throughout the trip, guests will explore each country in late spring or early summer, seeing Europe in full bloom. 

Want to travel in reverse? Take the summer 2024 Seven River Journey , which begins on June 10, 2024, in Giurgiu and ends on July 29, 2024, in Amsterdam. This trip will also sail the impressive Main-Danube Canal and pass through the Danube Delta (a first for AmaWaterways' sailings) en route to the Black Sea.

The 2024 Seven River Journey itineraries include all dining, gratuities on board and ashore, laundry service, bicycles that guests can use to export the ports of call, and group excursions, including active hiking and walking trips and culinary explorations. Guest rooms onboard the ship all come with AmaWaterways’ signature twin balconies, but guests can also head to common areas for a bit of sun on the deck or in the pool, which comes with a swim-up bar.

Ready to set sail? See all the details and reserve your room here . 

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10 Longest Ships In The World

The world’s longest ships are described as those having an enormous overall length measured from the fore to the aft. In terms of length, some of the biggest ships in the world are container carriers, bulk carriers, and supertankers, which are responsible for the majority of shipping trade in the world.

These superstructures are the true marvels of engineering. Constructed with great insight, they are an amalgamation of style and seamless design. Most of these vessels do not flaunt a gigantic body but also unique environmentally sustainable features, making them even more attractive and popular than others of similar size. 

In this article, let’s look at the 10 biggest ships, categorised according to their length.

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1. The Evergreen A Class containerships

The Evergreen A Class container ship is a series of 13 specialised vessels constructed for the Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine. 

Designated as the largest container ships in the world, they are one of a kind. Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea is constructing six such vessels, and the other seven are under construction in two Chinese shipyards by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.


Two of this class’s biggest and most renowned ships are the Ever Alot and Ever Ace. 

The Ever Alot is titled the largest containership in terms of length and carrying capacity. Currently sailing under the flag of Panama, this behemoth measures 400 metres and has a 61.5 m breadth with a draft of 17 m. She has a 24,004 TEU carrying capacity. It is the 7th vessel of the class and the first to surpass the 24,000 TEU limit.

Ever Ace was the biggest container ship in the world until Ever Alot entered into service in 2022. Ever Ace measures 399.9 m and has a carrying capacity of 24,000 TEU. She has a cruising speed of 22.6 knots.

Other vessels of the class include- Ever Act, Ever Aim, Ever Alp, Ever Arm, Ever Art, Eve Apex, Ever Atop etc.

2. HMM Algeciras

HMM Algeciras is one of the 12 container ships belonging to the Megamax-24 container series. The number 24 refers to the number of containers placed across the ship’s width. Hence, 12 layers can be stacked below the deck and the other 12 above the deck. 

Algeciras measures 400 metres lengthwise and 61 m breadthwise. It has a carrying capacity of 23,964 TEU and is registered in Panama. The company had ordered the construction of seven such vessels from the Daewoo shipbuilding yard, and five were ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries. 

HMM Algeciras

The mega-container carrier is driven by a WinGD engine with a power of 60,580 kW, which allows it to reach a speed of 22.4 knots. It is also equipped with scrubbers which eliminate sulphur emissions from the vessel’s exhaust gases, helping to implement the international emission reduction guidelines.

It was the largest container ship in the world when it was launched in 2020 and had surpassed the MSC-owned Gulsun class ships. 

3. MOL Triumph

The container ship was constructed in 2017 by Samsung Heavy Industries in Geoje, South Korea. It is 400 metres long and 59 m wide with a capacity of 20,170 TEUs. 

It broke the 20,000 TEU ceiling a few years ago and seemed impossible to break. It also has five sister ships belonging to the same class with similar physical dimensions. These include Tribute, Trust, Tradition, Truth and Treasure. 

MOL Triumph

Triumph was constructed for the shipping company Mitsui O.S.K Lines and was christened in South Korea on 15th March 2017. It was one of the biggest container ships at that time.

She has a summer draft of 16 metres and a deadweight of 192,672 tons. She is endowed with advanced energy-saving technologies such as low friction underwater paint, highly efficient rudder and propellors for reducing water resistance, and specially designed engines for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

4. MV Barzan

Constructed in 2015 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South Korea, Barzan is a container carrier sailing under the flag of Malta. She is a DV GL classed vessel and the first to possess a ‘Gas Ready’ class notation. 

She has an 18,800 TEU carrying capacity and a draught of 11 m and is 400 m long and 58.6 m wide. Barzan has 199,744 tonnes DWT and a gross tonnage of 19,636 tonnes.

MV Barzan

She is one of the six such vessels ordered by the United Arab Shipping Company. Per its builder, Barzan’s carbon emissions are less than the Maersk Triple E Class vessels, and her Energy Efficiency Design Index is around 50 per cent less than IMO Limit fixed for 2025. 

Barzan translates to high in Arabic, and she was named after the observation towers in Qatar built 100 years ago by Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani, the founder of a village in Qatar. 

5. Pioneering Spirit

Earlier known as Pieter Schelte, the Pioneering Spirit is one of the world’s largest catamaran crane vessels, owned by Allseas Group, based in Switzerland. She has a twin hull and is 382 metres long and 124 metres wide.

It was constructed at DSME shipyard in South Korea between 2011 to 2014. She came into service in 2016 and undertook her first project in Norway.

Pioneering Spirit

It was designed for single-lift installation, removing enormous oil and gas platforms, and installing heavy pipelines. 

Pioneering spirit can easily lift entire topsides weighing up to 48,000 tons and jackets up to 20,000 tonnes. She can also work on bridges and modules. She can perform lifts using her eight sets of lifting beams which can be rotated, making them quite flexible.

Hence, she has reduced the offshore work related to installation and decommissioning and has moved the work onshore, making it safe and cheap.

6. Euronav Oceania

Euronav Oceania is one of the biggest crude oil tankers in the world. It was constructed in 2003 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co.Ltd for a whopping 90 million dollars. 

The behemoth is sailing under the Belgian flag and has a carrying capacity of 441585 tonnes DWT. It has an LOA of 380 metres and is 68 m broad with a 14 m draught. 

Euronav Oceania

It was known by many names, like the seaways, Laura Lynn, Hellespont Fairfax, etc. However, it was named Euronav Oceania after its acquisition by the Euronav company. Its gross tonnage amounts to approximately 234006 tons. 

Its width surpasses that of the new gates of the Panama Canal. Hence it cannot pass through the canal unless on its ballast journey.

Euronav Oceania is double-hulled and can carry over 3 million barrels of oil and sails at an average speed of 16.8 knots. 

7. The Allure Of The Seas

It is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned by Royal Carribean International. It was delivered in 2010 and is the sister vessel of the Oasis of the Seas. 

The cruise liner weighs 12,000 tonnes and is 361 m or 1181 ft long and 213 ft tall from the waterline. It has a beam of 154 ft and is driven by three powerful Wartsila diesel engines with a cruising speed of 22 knots.

Allure Of The Seas

It has 16 decks and is spacious enough to accommodate 5400 guests in 2704 double-occupancy rooms and suites. It has a special neighbourhood with seven theme areas that can be booked per the passenger’s budget.

It has five luxurious dining rooms, theatres, a library and a business centre.

The ship boasts a vast fun and youth zone with gaming areas, theme parks, a children’s playground, spas and massage salons, a pool, outdoor bars, live music on the deck and much more.

8. Vale Brasil

MS Vale Brasil was ordered by Vale Shipping in 2009 and was launched on 31st December 2010. At that time, Vale Brasil became the biggest ship in the ‘bulk carrier’ category.

She is 362 metres long and 65 m wide with a gross tonnage of 198,980 tonnes. Her hull is 30.4 m deep, and she is one of the longest ships in the world. 

Vale Brasil has a gross volume of 219,980 m3 and has seven cargo compartments. Each one has the capacity equivalent to a small Panamax carrier and is filled by a loader with 13,500 tonnes per hour loading rate. Its DWT is 402,347 tons, and its net tonnage is 67,993 tonnes.

Vale Brasil

She has a 23 m draught when filled with iron ore equivalent to more than 11,150 trucks. Her draught restricts her to only a few European, Chinese and Brazilian ports. 

She has a single MAN B&W 7S80ME-C8 two-stroke diesel engine connected to a fixed pitch propellor. The vessel sails at an average speed of 15.4 knots. 

It was also awarded the Clean Ship Award at the 2011 Norwegian Shipping exhibition. She has 35% lower carbon emissions than older vessels of similar physical dimensions.

9. Q-Max Ships

The 14 Q-Max ships are the world’s largest LNG carriers owned by Qatar Gas and constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding, and Marine Engineering. They were ordered in 2005 and certified by Lloyd’s Register.

Their name is symbolic of the country of their operation and the maximum size of vessels that can be accommodated in Qatar’s LNG terminals.

Q-Max Ships

All Q-Max ships measure 345 metres lengthwise and 53.8 m breadthwise. They are 34.7 m high and have a 12 m draft. They have a 266,000 m3 LNG capacity and are equipped with two slow-speed diesel engines burning heavy fuel oil.

Their unique onboard re-liquefaction system reduces LNG loss and provides cost-effective and environmental benefits. 

The first Q-Max ship was known as Mozah, delivered in 2008. It also has sister vessels, namely the Al Mayeda, Bu Samra, Al Samriya, Al Dafna and so on.

10. Nimitz-class aircraft carriers

The Nimitz class consists of 10 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers worldwide, owned and operated by the US Navy. These warships have an overall length of 333 metres, a width of 77 m and a displacement of more than 100,000 tons. They were the biggest aircraft carriers until the USS Gerald R.Ford became operational. 

All ten vessels have slightly different physical characteristics. They have A4W pressurised water reactors for driving four propellor shafts to produce a sailing speed of up to 30 knots. 

Nimitz-class aircraft carriers

Due to nuclear power, the ships do not need to be refuelled and are expected to have a lifespan of more than five decades. Newport News Shipbuilding Company, Virginia, built all the ships. 

The first, USS Nimitz, was commissioned on 3rd May 1975, while the last one of the class was called USS. H.W Bush was commissioned in 2009. 

Apart from aircraft, these warships can easily carry short-range defence weapons for anti-aircraft warfare and missile defence.

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Carnival cruise ships by size: Here are the largest Carnival cruise ships, biggest to smallest, by tonnage

Ashley Kosciolek

What is the biggest Carnival cruise ship? Currently, the largest Carnival ship is Carnival Jubilee, in terms of both tonnage and passenger capacity. Set to debut in late 2023, it will tie sister ship Carnival Celebration, which first set sail in 2022, at 183,521 gross tons and 5,374 passengers at double occupancy.

It's easy to remember that, generally, the newest ships are the largest Carnival ships. However, because Carnival Cruise Line has more than two dozen vessels in its fleet, it can be difficult to keep track of the ships that fall in between the newest and oldest.

So, to help you out, here is a list of Carnival ships, biggest to smallest, based on tonnage — a ship's internal capacity, as measured by volume.

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Carnival cruise ships by size

1. carnival jubilee.

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Size: 183,521 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 5,374. Maiden voyage: 2023.

2. Carnival Celebration

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Size: 183,521 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 5,374. Maiden voyage: 2022.

3. Mardi Gras

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Size: 180,800 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 5,282. Maiden voyage: 2021.

4. Carnival Venezia (formerly Costa Venezia)

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Size: 135,225 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 4,072. Maiden voyage: 2019 (renamed in 2023).

5. Carnival Firenze (formerly Costa Firenze)

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Size: 135,156 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 4,126. Maiden voyage: 2021 (renamed in 2024).

6. Carnival Panorama

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Size: 133,500 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 4,008. Maiden voyage: 2019.

7. Carnival Horizon

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Size: 133,500 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 3,960. Maiden voyage: 2018.

8. Carnival Vista

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Size: 133,500 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 3,934. Maiden voyage: 2016.

9. Carnival Breeze

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Size: 130,000 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 3,690. Maiden voyage: 2012.

10. Carnival Magic

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Size: 130,000 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 3,690. Maiden voyage: 2011.

11. Carnival Dream

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Size: 130,000 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 3,646. Maiden voyage: 2009.

12. Carnival Splendor

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Size: 113,300 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 3,012. Maiden voyage: 2008.

13. Carnival Freedom

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Size: 110,000 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,980. Maiden voyage: 2007.

14. Carnival Valor

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Size: 110,000 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,980. Maiden voyage: 2004.

15. Carnival Glory

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Size: 110,000 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,980. Maiden voyage: 2003.

16. Carnival Conquest

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Size: 110,000 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,980. Maiden voyage: 2002.

17. Carnival Liberty

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Size: 110,000 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,974. Maiden voyage: 2005.

18. Carnival Sunshine (formerly Carnival Destiny)

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Size: 102,853 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 3,002. Maiden voyage: 1996 (overhauled and renamed in 2013).

19. Carnival Radiance (formerly Carnival Victory)

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Size: 101,509 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,984. Maiden voyage: 2000 (overhauled and renamed in 2021).

20. Carnival Sunrise (formerly Carnival Triumph)

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Size: 101,509 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,984. Maiden voyage: 1999 (overhauled and renamed in 2019).

21. Carnival Luminosa (formerly Costa Luminosa)

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Size: 92,720 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,260. Maiden voyage: 2009 (overhauled and renamed in 2022).

22. Carnival Miracle

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Size: 88,500 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,124. Maiden voyage: 2004.

23. Carnival Legend

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Size: 88,500 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,124. Maiden voyage: 2002.

24. Carnival Pride

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25. Carnival Spirit

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Size: 88,500 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,124. Maiden voyage: 2001.

26. Carnival Paradise

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Size: 71,925 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,124. Maiden voyage: 1998.

27. Carnival Elation

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Size: 71,909 gross tons. Passenger capacity : 2,190. Maiden voyage: 1998.

What is the biggest Carnival ship?

The biggest Carnival ships are Carnival Celebration (2022) and Carnival Jubilee, which will set sail for the line in late 2023. They're tied in terms of size, each coming in at 183,521 gross tons and carrying 5,374 passengers at capacity.

Both vessels are throwback ships, which are named after two members of Carnival's original fleet. They feature cutting-edge entertainment, luxury cabin options, a slew of cuisine choices, onboard breweries, tons of lounge areas and top-deck amusements — ropes courses, waterslides and even roller coasters — that rival what you might find at an amusement park.

What is the smallest Carnival ship?

The smallest Carnival cruise ship is Carnival Elation, the line's second-oldest vessel. At 71,909 gross tons, it carries just 2,190 passengers — less than half the amount accommodated on ships in Carnival's Excel class.

Are bigger Carnival ships coming?

At the time of publication, Carnival Cruise Line was building its newest ship, Carnival Jubilee. It's one of two vessels — including its older sister Carnival Celebration — that shares the "biggest Carnival ship" title.

After Carnival Jubilee, the line has no ships on order for the first time in years.

What is the Carnival Jubilee tonnage?

Carnival Jubilee is 183,521 gross tons. Not to be confused with weight, gross registered tonnage measures a ship's size in terms of internal volume and what a vessel can hold or contain. Each gross registered ton is equal to 100 cubic feet of space.

What's the difference between big and small Carnival ships?

One of the biggest differences is that Carnival's tiniest ships carry between 2,100 and 3,000 passengers, while its biggest can accommodate more than 5,000 people. In addition, the largest vessels measure more than 180,000 gross tons, while the smallest measure less than 90,000 gross registered tons.

Smaller ships don't have space to offer as many attractions as huge vessels, but Carnival invested $500 million over five years to make its fleet more uniform, regardless of ship size.

Thanks to this initiative, all ships now feature venues including Alchemy Bar, Guy's Burger Joint by Guy Fieri — now a staple, along with barbecue and microbrewed beer on some ships — and the Punchliner Comedy Club, among other popular amenities that are now Carnival hallmarks.

Besides the obvious size differences between big and small cruise ships, smaller ships also tend to be older than their larger counterparts.

Decor is a dead giveaway to the age of a Carnival ship. Older hardware boasts interiors designed by Joe Farcus, a renowned architect known for his kitschy, fun style that employs bright colors, whimsical art installations and neon lights. (He's also responsible for the line's iconic "whale tail" funnels.) Newer vessels tend to have a more toned-down look.

Finally, fares are a factor. The smaller the ship, the more likely it is to sail short, affordable itineraries. Major exceptions to this rule are Carnival Journeys voyages, which are offered a few times each year and feature extended itineraries of two weeks or longer.

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The Historic Journey: Exploring The Number Of Ships That Traveled To America

  • Last updated May 23, 2024
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Olivia Jacobs

  • Category Travel

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The Historic Journey: Exploring the Number of Ships That Traveled to America takes us on a fascinating voyage through the countless ships that embarked on the perilous journey to America. From the earliest colonial expeditions to the massive migrations of the 19th and 20th centuries, this exploration delves into the immense scale of human movement and the enduring impact it had on American history. Step aboard and let us navigate through the turbulent waters of immigration and reveal the remarkable stories of those brave souls who sought a new beginning in the land of opportunity.

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The journey to America has been a long and treacherous one for many immigrants throughout history. One of the most common modes of transportation to reach the shores of America was by ship. For centuries, ships have been used to transport people from various parts of the world to the United States. In this article, we will provide an overview of ship travel to America and shed light on the massive number of ships that made this journey.

Ship travel to America has a rich history that dates back to the early days of exploration. The first Europeans to reach America, such as Christopher Columbus and his crew, made the voyage by ship. These early explorers sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in small, wooden vessels in search of new lands and opportunities.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, ship travel to America reached its peak as millions of immigrants arrived at Ellis Island in New York City. During this time, steamships became the preferred mode of transportation. These vessels were powered by steam engines and could carry a large number of passengers and cargo. The journey across the Atlantic on a steamship could take around one to two weeks, depending on the weather conditions and the specific ship.

The number of ships that traveled to America during this period was staggering. In the year 1907 alone, over 1,000 ships arrived at Ellis Island, bringing approximately 1.3 million immigrants to the United States. These ships were filled with hopeful individuals and families seeking a better life and the opportunity to build a future in America.

The peak years of ship travel to America were between 1880 and 1920. During this time, around 23 million immigrants arrived in the United States, with the majority coming from Europe. Ships from countries like Ireland, Italy, Germany, and England were a common sight at American ports, as they transported thousands of immigrants seeking a fresh start.

With the advent of air travel in the 20th century, ship travel to America began to decline. However, even today, some people still choose to travel by ship to reach the United States. Cruise ships, in particular, offer a luxurious and leisurely option for those who wish to cross the Atlantic Ocean. These modern ships are equipped with all the amenities one can imagine, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable journey.

In conclusion, ship travel to America has played a significant role in the country's history. Millions of immigrants arrived in the United States by ship, seeking a new beginning and the promise of a better life. The number of ships that made this journey during the peak years was staggering, with thousands of vessels arriving at American ports. Although ship travel to America has declined in recent years, it still remains a viable and attractive option for some individuals who wish to experience a transatlantic crossing.

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The exploration of America by Europeans in the late 15th and early 16th centuries brought about a series of ship voyages that forever changed the course of history. These voyages were undertaken by various European powers, including Spain, Portugal, England, and France, as they sought to expand their influence and find new trade routes.

One of the most famous early ship voyages to America was Christopher Columbus' expedition in 1492. Columbus, an Italian explorer sailing under the Spanish flag, set off with three small ships, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. The voyage was a daring endeavor, as Columbus and his crew faced numerous challenges and uncertainties. However, they successfully reached the Caribbean islands, marking the beginning of European exploration of the Americas.

Following Columbus' voyage, other European powers also sought to explore and claim new territories in the Americas. In 1497, the Italian explorer John Cabot, sailing under the English flag, embarked on a voyage to North America. He used a single ship, the Matthew, and reached the coast of Newfoundland, making him the first known European to set foot on the mainland of North America since the Vikings.

In the early 16th century, the Portuguese also made significant voyages to the Americas. One notable expedition was led by Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500. Cabral was sailing to India, but a diversion caused by a storm led him to discover Brazil. He had a fleet of 13 ships, including caravels and supply vessels.

Another famous ship voyage to America was undertaken by the English explorer Sir Francis Drake in 1577. Drake set off with a fleet of five ships, including the Golden Hind, on a voyage known as his circumnavigation of the globe. Along the way, Drake plundered Spanish ships and settlements in the Americas, becoming a hero in England and a pirate in the eyes of Spain.

In addition to these famous voyages, there were numerous other expeditions and exploration missions to America during this period. These voyages varied in size and composition, with some consisting of only a single ship, while others involved larger fleets. The number of ships that traveled to America is difficult to ascertain precisely, as records from this time are often incomplete or unreliable. However, it is estimated that hundreds of ships made the journey, each playing a role in the exploration and colonization of the Americas.

The early ship voyages to America represent a crucial chapter in world history. They opened up new frontiers, established trade routes, and ultimately led to the development of the modern Americas. The bravery and determination of these early explorers and their crews paved the way for future generations and shaped the course of human history.

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The 19th century saw a significant increase in ship travel to America. With the advent of new technologies, improved ship designs, and an ever-growing demand for exploration and trade, more and more ships made their way across the Atlantic Ocean during this time period. In this blog post, we will explore the factors that led to this increase in ship travel to America and how it shaped the country's history.

One of the key factors that fueled the increase in ship travel to America was the Industrial Revolution. This period of rapid industrialization in Europe led to a surge in demand for raw materials and goods, which in turn required increased trade and transportation. As a result, merchants and businessmen sought new markets and opportunities overseas, particularly in America.

Another factor that contributed to the increase in ship travel was the discovery of gold in California during the mid-19th century. The gold rush attracted thousands of fortune seekers from around the world, prompting a massive migration to the west coast of the United States. To accommodate this influx of people, ship travel became an essential mode of transportation, as individuals sought a faster and more convenient way to reach California.

Improved ship designs and technology also played a significant role in the increase in ship travel to America. The development of steam-powered ships in the early 19th century revolutionized the transportation industry. These new ships offered faster travel times and increased carrying capacity, allowing more people and goods to be transported across the Atlantic. Additionally, the invention of the telegraph system enabled ships to communicate with ports and authorities, streamlining the logistics involved in ship travel.

The increase in ship travel to America had a profound impact on the country's history and development. It not only facilitated trade and commerce but also contributed to the growth of the population and the establishment of new settlements. Through ship travel, immigrants from all over the world were able to make their way to America, seeking better opportunities and a chance at a better life. This influx of immigrants played a crucial role in shaping the cultural diversity and melting pot that America is known for today.

In conclusion, the increase in ship travel to America in the 19th century was driven by various factors, including the Industrial Revolution, the California gold rush, and advancements in ship designs and technology. This increase in ship travel had a significant impact on the country's history, contributing to its economic growth, population expansion, and cultural diversity. It marked an era of exploration, trade, and migration that transformed America into a global superpower.

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The history of America is intrinsically linked to the ships that braved the vast Atlantic Ocean to bring settlers, explorers, and goods to the "New World." These ships not only carried people and cargo but also the hopes and dreams of those who sought a better life. In this article, we will explore some of the most notable ships that made the perilous journey to America.

Mayflower (1620)

The Mayflower is perhaps the most iconic ship associated with the early European colonization of America. It transported the Pilgrims, a group of English religious separatists, to what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. These brave men and women sought religious freedom and a chance to build a new life. The Mayflower's arrival marked the beginning of the Plymouth Colony and the eventual establishment of the United States.

Santa Maria (1492)

The Santa Maria was one of the three ships captained by Christopher Columbus during his historic voyage across the Atlantic in 1492. This expedition led to the "discovery" of the Americas and opened the door for European exploration and colonization. While the Santa Maria famously ran aground and was lost off the coast of present-day Haiti, it remains an important symbol of the Age of Exploration.

USS Constitution (1797)

The USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," is a warship that played a significant role in the early history of the United States. Launched in 1797, it was one of six frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794. The USS Constitution gained fame during the War of 1812 when it defeated several British warships in dramatic battles. Today, it is the oldest commissioned warship afloat and serves as a museum ship in Boston.

RMS Titanic (1912)

The RMS Titanic, although not an American ship, is undoubtedly one of the most famous ships in history. On its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 passengers and crew perished in the disaster, making it one of the deadliest maritime accidents in history. The sinking of the Titanic had a profound impact on maritime safety regulations and continues to captivate the public imagination.

SS United States (1952)

The SS United States was a luxury passenger liner that held the transatlantic speed record for nearly two decades. Launched in 1952, it was a symbol of American post-war prosperity and technological innovation. The SS United States regularly traveled between New York City and Europe, carrying celebrities, dignitaries, and everyday passengers. Today, it is docked in Philadelphia and is in danger of being scrapped unless a viable preservation plan is found.

While these are just a few notable examples, countless other ships made the voyage to America, carrying people, goods, and ideas from all corners of the globe. Each ship played a role in shaping the history of America and contributing to the rich tapestry of cultures that make up the United States. As we reflect on the stories of these ships, we are reminded of the grit and determination of those who braved the unknown to build a new life in the land of opportunity.

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Frequently asked questions.

It is difficult to give an exact number, but thousands of ships traveled to America during the colonial period.

No, not all ships traveling to America carried passengers. Many ships were dedicated to carrying goods and supplies for trade purposes.

The duration of the journey varied depending on factors such as weather conditions and the departure point in Europe. On average, the journey could take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks.

Yes, there were several famous ships that played a significant role in American history. Examples include the Mayflower, which brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth Colony, and the Dutch ship New Netherland, which brought the first Dutch settlers to New York.

Yes, ships traveling to America during the colonial period faced various challenges and dangers. These included unpredictable weather conditions, the risk of diseases such as scurvy, and the potential threat of pirate attacks.

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