CruiseFred Olsen Cruise Lines' latest itinerary reattempts adventures of 150 year-old novel.

Sail around the world in 80 days

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The Norwegian-owned small cruise shipping line has crafted a new 80-day circumnavigation of the globe, based on Jules Verne's novel. Photo Credit: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Some 150 years after Jules Verne's classic adventure novel became famous, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is now attempting to recreate the same epic journey 'Around the World in 80 Days' on a cruise ship.

Departing from both Southhampton and Liverpool in February 2023 onboard the 1,360-pax Borealis, travellers will cross Africa, Asia and the Americas, visiting "many of the places that Phileas Fogg and his companion Passepartout travelled through and experience an adventure of a lifetime," states the website.

But unlike the fictional Fogg who had to make a mad dash to safekeep his ₤20,000 (US$27,626) wager, cruisers will be given ample time to explore each destination.

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Pit stops based on cruise only itinerary. Fly-cruise durations and dates will be announced closer to departure.

According to the cruise line, the itinerary is "timed to take advantage of a number of exceptional experiences", with the visit into Safaga in Egypt coinciding with the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamen and the cherry blossom season when it calls into Japan.

Other notable stops in Asia include calls in India, where guests will have the opportunity to become a dabbawala for a day in Mumbai; visit Vietnam's golden sands and paddy fields; and explore the major cityscapes of Hong Kong and Singapore.

After Asia, the ship will sail across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii, including a visit to the active Kilauea volcano, before reaching the Californian cities of San Diego and San Francisco.

Further adventures are in store, such as watching cliff-top divers in Acapulco, wildlife encounters in Costa Rican rainforests, historical flavours of Colombia, and sailing the Panama Canal.

After crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the last leg, the ship is expected to call at Tortola, famed for its pirate history and Caribbean rum, passes by the dramatic landscape of Azores, Portugal, before stopping at St Kitts for its scenic railway.

Prices start at ₤9,999 per person for interior cabins, up to ₤23,299 for suites, inclusive of UK port taxes. Guests will also enjoy up to £500 per person to spend on board.

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