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World's most expensive cruise? 121-day voyage launches with prices to match...

La Grande Bellezza

Published 09/06/2016 | 01:00

Silver Whisper in Sydney Harbour
Silver Whisper in Sydney Harbour
A suite on board Silversea's Silver Whisper
Waiter on Deck, Silversea Cruises

Phileas Fogg, eat your heart out. Silversea has just announced a 121-day 'World Cruise' from Los Angeles to Rome.

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The ultra-luxury cruise line is taking reservations for a journey dubbed 'La Grande Bellezza' on the all-suite Silver Whisper, setting sail January 6, 2018.

As well as visiting 60 destinations in 21 countries across the globe, guests get private car transfers, $4,000 onboard spending credit and special commemorative gifts.

And the price?

The cruise, taking in destinations as diverse as Hawaii, Hong Kong and the Greek Islands, costs from €49,157 per person, based on double occupancy.

Fancy the top-level Owner's Suite? That 's a cool €157,650pp.

"World Cruise 2018 is an enriching epic adventure designed for experienced travellers," said Lisa McAuley, Silversea's Commercial Director for the UK and Ireland.

"Guests will be able to visit some of the most amazing places on the planet, including the Great Barrier Reef, the blue lagoons of Polynesia, and mystic Ha Long Bay, returning every evening to the comfort and all-inclusive luxury of Silver Whisper."

The 186-metre vessel carries 382 passengers and almost as many crew - amidst such creature comforts as a boutique spa, pool deck, casino, show lounge and Le Champagne, the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea.

While at sea, guests will enjoy an onboard enrichment programme featuring destination experts, academics, journalists, diplomats and other specialists.

It's not the only super-exclusive cruise on the market, however.

Regent's Seven Seas Navigator embarks on a 128-day, 'Miami to Miami' cruise next January, with prices from €47,900 to €142,100, based on current exchange rates.

A suite on board Silversea's Silver Whisper
A suite on board Silversea's Silver Whisper

Crystal Cruises' 129-day Cape Town to Rome itinerary, meanwhile - set to depart January 7, 2018 - starts from just over €50,000pp.

All cruises are not created equal, it seems!

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