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At a time when cruising can take intrepid travellers to all seven continents, sail across the world’s vast oceans and rivers, and provide award-winning onboard dining  and entertainment, we are lucky to witness the limits of travel get pushed every which way. Case in point: these awe-inspiring ships taking cruising to the extremes. From the longest itineraries to the most over-the-top onboard entertainment, superlatives must be awarded to these standouts.

The Longest Cruise: Viking Ultimate World Cruise

The Viking Sun circumnavigates the globe as she sets sail to six continents, 53 countries, 113 ports over 245 days. A trip around the world onboard this luxury vessel costs a pretty penny - quotes start at $115,995. But the memories from nearly a year at sea are priceless!

Largest Cruise Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas

At nearly 73 metres tall and 362 metres long, the Symphony of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise ship. As cruisers used to Royal Caribbean’s calibre will recognise, this ship will feature activities like glow-in-the-dark laser tag and the tallest slide at sea, over 20 restaurants including Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, Marquee shows, and so much more.  After her debut in May 2019, she will sail from Miami to paradise in the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Smallest Cruise Ship: National Geographic Islander

With only 24 cabins, the National Geographic Islander, part of the Lindblad Expeditions family of cruise ships, earned the title of smallest cruise ship. This ship was built as an expedition vessel for the Caribbean but has been sailing in the Galapagos for over 10 years.

Most luxurious cabin: The Palace Villas onboard the Genting Dream and World Dream

Dream Cruises has two ships, Genting Dream and World Dream, that feature Palace Villas. Not only are they among the largest two-bedroom accommodations at sea, but they all feature dedicated personal butler and 24-hour Butler Concierge service, a balcony and sun deck with whirlpool, and more. They are the epitome of luxury cruising.

Most over-the-top entertainment: mixed

How could we choose? Our jaws are dropped when we saw the world’s first full-size bowling alley onboard a cruise ship on MSC’s Bellissima, the largest race track at race on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Bliss, and even the robot bartenders serving up cocktails at the Bionic Bar onboard five of Royal Caribbean’s ships!