Royal Caribbean made headlines everywhere when it announced its first-ever world cruise only two weeks ago. The record-breaking round-trip itinerary will see passengers visit 65 countries over the course of 274 days!
The “Ultimate World Cruise” will sail on the Serenade of the Seas, beginning December 10, 2023, and returning on September 10, 2024.
With ticket prices starting around $60,000, and as high as the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Royal Caribbean figured it would need a little over two years to sell them. Shockingly, the cruise is 70% sold out within the first two weeks of tickets going on sale!
Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley could not hold back his excitement during last weeks quarterly results call in which he stated:
“We launched the World Cruise with Royal Caribbean International literally about 10 days ago and we only made it available to 16 million loyalty members. And within seven days, we were 70 percent booked.”Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO
While ticket prices start at $60,000, Bayley added that the Royal Suite has gone for $760,000. According to Bayley, the success of ticket sales are indicative of pent-up demand for cruising after a long pause throughout the pandemic.
Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise
The incredible itinerary will take passengers to 150 destinations across 65 countries, visiting sights such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum, and Antarctica. Fifty-seven of the destinations in the Ultimate World Cruise itinerary are a first for Royal Caribbean ships and will be exclusive to the “Ultimate World Cruise”.
For individuals who cant spare 274 nights at sea, four segments of the world cruise can be booked separately starting in December 2021. The four segments include:
- 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.
Bookings for the full cruise from Miami are now open to the general public. Royal Caribbean has set up a dedicated line for the Ultimate World Cruise bookings at 800-423-2100 (U.S. toll free). Bookings included non-refundable deposits.
Crown & Anchor Society Platinum status members and above on the “Ultimate World Cruise” will receive a bonus Seven New World Wonders shore excursion package, a Deluxe Beverage package, VOOM Wi-Fi, laundry service, and more.
To learn more about the Ultimate World Cruise visit: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/ultimate-world-cruise/