Princess Cruises revealed plans for a circumnavigation of South America, round-trip from Australia. The first ever circumnavigation of the kind will visit 28 ports in 18 countries, and will include overnight stays in Lima, Buenos Aires and Rio in time for the Carnivale.

Vacationers can choose to board the Sea Princess ship for the 84-night Circle South America voyage in Brisbane, Auckland or Sydney, departing January 2017.

According to Princess Cruises vice president Australia & New Zealand, Stuart Allison, that was the first time such a cruise had ever been done from Australia. Allison's team had spent 5 years working on the itinerary.

Also featured in the 2016-17 program of the line is a 48-night sailing to Australia from England, departing Southampton U.K. via Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This 'Four Continents Grand Adventure' is planned to be aboard Emerald Princess (based in Sydney at the time for a first season down under).

On sale from April 23 this year, Princess Cruises' new program features five ships with record capacity to guests from Brisbane, Auckland, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, with a focus on longer voyages to Asia, Tahiti, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, around Australia and New Zealand.