Royal Caribbean Announces its First World Cruise, Sailing in 2023

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After hinting about an exciting announcement earlier in the week, Royal Caribbean has revealed its inaugural Ultimate World Cruise. The record-breaking 274-day voyage will bring guests to seven continents, 65 countries, and 150 destinations.

The roundtrip voyage will take place on the Serenade of the Seas, and depart Miami on December 10, 2023, and return 10 months later on September 10, 2024.


The World Cruise of World Cruises

Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley raised eyebrows early this week when he hinted that “big news” was coming. And he did not disappoint. Michael said in the news release that the cruise, dubbed “Ultimate World Cruise,” will be “the world cruise of world cruises.” 

“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 travelers asking themselves where they should go next, we say everywhere.”

Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International

The round-trip voyage will span nine months and will commence on December 10, 2023, sailing from Miami, Florida. The itinerary includes visits to all seven continents and over 150 destinations in 65 countries. The cruise will conclude in Miami on September 10, 2024.

Fifty-seven of the destinations in the Ultimate World Cruise itinerary are new to Royal Caribbean and will be exclusive to this cruise.

Four Ultimate World Cruise Segments

Don’t worry if you can’t spare 274 days for the full cruise. Four expedition cruises within the larger cruise are available for booking and are broken down below.

  • Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica Expedition which will sail Dec. 10, 2023 to Feb. 11, 2024.
  • Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition which will sail Feb. 11 to May 9, 2024.
  • Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med Expedition which will sail May 9 to July 10, 2024.
  • Capitals of Culture which will sail July 10 to Sept. 10, 2024.
Royal Caribbean cruise ship Serenade of the Seas heading to cruise terminal.Pin
Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas

Booking and Fares

Bookings for the full cruise from Miami opened Wednesday exclusively for Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society Diamond status members and members above that rank through October 26. Bookings will open to the general public for the full cruise one week later on October 27. Royal Caribbean has set up a dedicated line for the Ultimate World Cruise bookings at 800-423-2100 (U.S. toll free).

Bookings for individual segments will become available in December 2021. 

Fares for the full cruise start at $60 999 per person plus taxes and fees. The fare includes business class airfare, premium transportation, and evenings accommodations at a 5-star hotel before the departure date.

In addition, Crown & Anchor Society Platinum status members and above will receive a bonus Seven New World Wonders shore excursion package, a Deluxe Beverage package, VOOM Wi-Fi, laundry service, and more.

Marcello De Lio
Marcello De Lio

Marcello's been cruising since he was 12 years old. He loves the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. Marcello created High Seas Cruising to share his passion for cruising and travel with readers and grow a community of passionate voyagers.

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