MIAMI — Royal Caribbean International has announced its first-ever ‘Ultimate World Cruise,’ a 274-night voyage that will visit seven continents and more than 150 destinations in 65 countries.
Sailing aboard Serenade of the Seas, the inaugural Ultimate World Cruise will be the longest world cruise available when it sails roundtrip from Miami on Dec. 10, 2023 through Sept. 10, 2024.
Bookings are now open and can be made by phone, with an exclusive one-week window through Oct. 26 for Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society Diamond status members and above.
“This is the world cruise of world cruises,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International ‘Now more than ever, people have resolved to travel the world and make up for lost time. Royal Caribbean is making that a reality with the ultimate vacation that welcomes those seeking adventure and exploration to taste, dance and dream with us around the world. To travellers asking themselves where they should go next, we say everywhere.”
The Ultimate World Cruise will sail to 57 destinations new to the cruise line and exclusive to the cruise itself. Highlights include Casablanca, Morocco; Qaqortoq, Greenland; and Shimizu, Japan. Guests can book the full cruise now or choose from any of the four expeditions that will offer a wide range of destinations as soon as December 2021 – the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe:
- Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica Expedition: This once-in-a-lifetime journey departs Dec. 10, 2023 to Feb. 11, 2024 and visits three continents, 36 destinations and four wonders of the world (Chichen Itza in Cozumel, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls near Buenos Aires; and Machu Picchu in Peru). It begins in Miami before setting course for the Caribbean, including the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). It will then head to Antarctica and around Cape Horn. New Year’s Eve will be spent in Rio De Janeiro.
- Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition: Sailing from Feb. 11 to May 9, 2024, this leg of the journey sails to three continents and 40 destinations. Highlights include the Hawaiian Islands, Moorea and Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Bali, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India and Osaka and Okinawa in Japan.
- Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med Expedition: This expedition, which sails to three continents and 44 destinations from May 9-July 10, 2024, begins in Dubai before showcasing world wonders like Jordan’s lost city of Petra, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey, and the Colosseum in Rome. Less-travelled places include Greece’s Olympia, once a sanctuary site to honour Zeus.
- Capitals of Culture: Sailing to three continents and 40 destinations between July 10 and Sept. 10, 2024, the final leg of the Ultimate World Cruise begins in the Mediterranean and heads north. Highlights include Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Norway’s fjords, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland and New York.
For a complete world-class travel experience, the Ultimate World Cruise includes business class airfare, premium transportation and an evening of festivities and accommodations at a five-star hotel before setting sail. Plus, Crown & Anchor Society Platinum status members and above will receive a bonus Seven New World Wonders shore excursion package in addition to other perks, including a Deluxe Beverage package, VOOM Wi-Fi, laundry service and more.