Cruise West's 335-day circumnavigation of the globe will retrace routes taken by some of world’s famous ocean explorers.

Cruise West said it would entertain passengers with guest lecturers and local experts who will talk about the routes of Marco Polo in the Far East, Leif Eriksson in Northern Europe, Odysseus in Greece, James Cook in the South Pacific and, of course, Ferdinand Magellan, the first explorer who set out to circle the earth.

CW-SpiritofOceanusThe 120-passenger Spirit of Oceanus, the largest ship in Cruise West's fleet, will depart Singapore on March 6, 2010.

The ship will sail westward, visiting 242 ports in 59 countries, crossing 14 seas and oceans and transiting three canals. It will return to Singapore on Feb. 3, 2011.

"No other cruise line, big or small, offers a journey as long or as varied," stated Richard West, managing director and chairman of Cruise West. He will host the inaugural ship’s segment from Singapore.

Many world cruises transit the globe but they do not complete a circumnavigation, because they do not stop and start at the same point. Also, no other world cruises are as long as the Cruise West trip.

The entire trip costs $233,995, but passengers can purchase one of 24 individual segments ranging from nine to 18 days.

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