If you’re planning to spend the money and time to go on a cruise in 2019, you may as well choose an itinerary that knocks a destination or two off your bucket list. To help with your research, consider the following list of the best cruises for 2019, which set sail to places most people only dream of seeing.

Cross the Antarctic Circle

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robert mcgillivray/ShutterstockMany people with a serious bucket list strive to check off all seven continents. Enter Wayfairer Travel and its range of cruises to Antarctica. The U.K.-based luxury travel provider focuses on responsible tourism while offering truly special itineraries such as the two-week Antarctic Circle Cruise, which really does go to to the ends of the Earth—farther than most Antarctic cruises, anyway—by crossing well into the Antarctic Circle.

After arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina, you’ll cruise the Drake Passage and explore the South Shetland Islands as well as the Antarctic Peninsula. Then you’ll cross into the Antarctic Circle itself, where few tourists ever get the chance to visit, and which is only accessible during certain months when the ice has melted enough to allow safe passage.

The next departure date is December 21 (in 2020, it’s January 30 and March 1), so cruisers will experience the midnight sun of Antarctica’s Southern Hemisphere summer. Along the way, you’ll ride down the Gullet’s narrow channel, encounter orca whales and leopard seals, bask in endless white landscapes, visit Crystal Sound, and take Zodiac excursions—all included. Optional add-ons include an Antarctica camping experience, kayaking, add-on time in Buenos Aires, and a tour through Tierra del Fuego National Park. Your ship is the eco-friendly G Expedition, which has a 360-degree observation deck.

For those who aren’t convinced that Antarctica should be a bucket list cruise item, consider this: The quickening effects of climate change may mean that seeing the Seventh Continent in its natural state may, at this point, be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Take a Literary Journey Around the World

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SilverseaA round-the-world itinerary is one of the ultimate bucket list cruises, and the reason why is pretty obvious: During one comfortable trip, you get to experience dozens of diverse ports of call. Just plan and pay for one itinerary, et voila—Planet Earth is your oyster. There are several worthwhile world cruises setting sail in 2019, but one in particular stands out for its sheer star power: Silversea’s 133-day writing-themed Tale of Tales voyage aboard the newly refurbished Silver Whisper. Nine acclaimed creatives will be aboard to edify guests, including authors Pico Iyer, Alain de Botton, and Paul Theroux. Each of these luminaries will create a work of art to commemorate the journey, which will go into an exclusive anthology that cruise passengers get to keep.

Granted, the “Tale of Tales” departed in January (from San Francisco), but you shouldn’t let that stop you from jumping right aboard this luxurious offering. Select “chapters” of its itinerary are still available to book, including the 16-day Tokyo to Singapore segment to some of Asia’s most vibrant ports, including a two-night stay in Shanghai as well as overnight calls in Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. The ship heads to the rest of the world, including Africa and Europe, thereafter.

Aboard the Silver Whisper, guests enjoy suites with ocean views, personalized butler service, 24-hour room service, and unlimited Wi-Fi. Need more lead time to plan a dream cruise like this? Consider Silversea’s 2020 world cruise, Legends of Cruising.

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