# Traveling aboard an ocean liner like in The Royal Tenenbaums?

For the past year he had been traveling alone on an ocean liner called the Cote d’Ivoire and had seen both poles, five oceans, the Amazon and the Nile.

Does such a thing exist? If so, how would one see about traveling aboard one?

Edit 4/14/2015

I think I value the mystique of a small ship built for practical purposes with a limited crew (perhaps 30-40). I'd like to be at sea at my own leisure, but perhaps surrounded by a crew working on one job or another, such as marine biologists. Another example I found of a similar ship would be Jacques Cousteau's ship Calypso, which looks very similar in shape and size to the vessel in The Royal Tenenbaums: (Screenshot from Le Monde du Silence)

The answer will vary a bit depending on whether you are simply interested in going from port to port, or if you have specific destinations in mind.

## RTW by Sailboat

Since we're on the topic of water travel around the globe, I'll add a note on sailing trips. A sailboat trip around the world can take years, and unlike the other two options requires your active participation and physical hardship, so you can't just walk up and buy passage with just anyone. There are several outfits like Clipper Round the World, however, that will take people with no experience and train them. If you're an experienced mariner and have your own boat, you could also look into "cruising rallies" organized by groups like the World Cruising Club.

Though not only focused on ocean liners, you may find useful answers on What is the LONGEST Tour operated by travel companies? question.

Among others, there are some world-wide cruises: