There are few more aspirational travel experiences than a six-month vacation that hits upward of 30 countries.
Sure, the first round-the-world sailing trip back in 1521 didn't go as planned -- legendary Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan died, along with 50 of his crew during the 1,082-day voyage.
Thankfully, today's global journeys are infinitely safer and more comfortable.
In fact, on many ships, you'd be forgiven for thinking you've checked into a five-star hotel suite, such are the levels of luxury on offer.
An around the world cruise is the pinnacle of a diehard cruiser. Not sure if even I could afford one on of these trips (price for only the top accommodations are shown), I could be away for such a long time. I am willing to try, though.
Here is Cruiseable's recent coverage of world cruises:
The 5 cruise lines/ships mentioned in the article: