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Round-the-World Cruises Are Selling Out More Than a Year in Advance

Landlocked travelers try to make up for lost sailing time with multimonth itineraries that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A Viking Ocean vessel at Geiranger, Norway.

A Viking Ocean vessel at Geiranger, Norway.

Photographer: Alastair Miller

After a year of isolation and lockdowns, four months on a ship is looking pretty good to cruise super fans.

The Covid-19 pandemic was raging in July when Viking Ocean Cruises opened reservation books for a 136-day world cruise itinerary. The Christmas 2021 departure sold out in weeks. In December, in the midst of a second wave, the company opened a second cruise for the same period. It, too, quickly sold out.