• TRAVEL NOTICE: Learn more about COVID-19
  • Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • Cruise Tips
  • News
  • Deals
You may also like
Dismiss
First-Ever Expedition World Cruise to Set Sail in 2021, Offered by Silversea Cruises
First-Ever Expedition World Cruise to Set Sail in 2021, Offered by Silversea Cruises
Around the World in 274 Days: Royal Caribbean Reveals Record-Breaking Seven-Continent World Cruise for 2023
Serenade of the Seas TA Listings Page Image

Around the World in 274 Days: Royal Caribbean Reveals Record-Breaking Seven-Continent World Cruise for 2023

Around the World in 274 Days: Royal Caribbean Reveals Record-Breaking Seven-Continent World Cruise for 2023
Serenade of the Seas TA Listings Page Image

October 20, 2021

Kerry Spencer
Contributor
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter

(10:15 a.m. ET) -- Royal Caribbean today revealed its inaugural Ultimate World Cruise and it’s a record-breaking 274-day voyage taking in seven continents and 65 countries, departing in 2023. 

The epic Miami-roundtrip voyage will take place on the Radiance Class Serenade of the Seas, leaving December 10, 2023, and returning 10 months later, on September 10, 2024.  

The ambitious circumnavigation will call at 150 destinations, with four bookable segments -- the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe -- taking in eye-popping sights such as the glaciers of Antarctica; the Taj Mahal in India; Machu Picchu in Peru, and Mount Fuji in Japan.  

The world cruise also includes 57 new ports for the line, including Casablanca, Morocco; Qaqortoq, Greenland; and Shimizu, Japan, the gateway to Mount Fuji. 

The World Cruise of World Cruises

President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayley teased the news via a cryptic Facebook post earlier this week, saying: "Get ready for the news of a lifetime. A big announcement is on the horizon. Stay tuned!" 

In an official statement released today, Bayley said: "This is 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."

World Cruises of 2022 and 2023

Four Ultimate World Cruise Segments Available 

Majestic Glaciers in the Arctic (Photo: Denis Burdin/Shutterstock)

Don't worry if you can't spare 274 days. Four bookable segments are available, broken down below: 

Segment 1: Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica Expedition, December 10, 2023, to February 11, 2024, including three continents and 36 destinations. 

Highlights: Beginning in Miami, the ship will first sail to the Caribbean, before traversing south to Antarctica and around Cape Horn. Highlights will include Antarctica's glistening glaciers, Chichen Itza in Cozumel, Mexico; Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janeiro, where the ship will spend New Year’s Eve, and the largest waterfall system on the planet, Iguazu Falls near Buenos Aires, Argentina, topped off with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu, in Peru, before ending in starry Los Angeles.

Featured Videos

Wonder of the Seas Construction Update: Sea Trials

Wonder of the Seas Construction Update: Sea Trials

Wonder of the Seas Completes Sea Trials

Wonder of the Seas Completes Sea Trials

Here's What It's Like Onboard the First Large Cruise Ship to Alaska in 21 Months

Here's What It's Like Onboard the First Large Cruise Ship to Alaska in 21 Months

Perfect Day at CocoCay: Here's How We Spent 2 DAYS at Royal Caribbean's Private Island

Perfect Day at CocoCay: Here's How We Spent 2 DAYS at Royal Caribbean's Private Island

Freedom of the Seas: What's It Like Onboard a Test Cruise? (Cruise Critic & Royal Caribbean Blog

Freedom of the Seas: What's It Like Onboard a Test Cruise? (Cruise Critic & Royal Caribbean Blog

Live From Adventure of the Seas: What's the Same, What's Different and What's Better?

Live From Adventure of the Seas: What's the Same, What's Different and What's Better?

Here's What We Packed For Our Royal Caribbean Cruise (June 2021)

Here's What We Packed For Our Royal Caribbean Cruise (June 2021)

Celebrity to Restart from U.S. Homeport, PLUS Royal Caribbean Given Green Light for Test Cruises!

Celebrity to Restart from U.S. Homeport, PLUS Royal Caribbean Given Green Light for Test Cruises!

Odyssey of the Seas -- From Steel Cutting to Delivery 2021

Odyssey of the Seas -- From Steel Cutting to Delivery 2021

Video Of Odyssey Of The Seas Conveyance March 2021

Video Of Odyssey Of The Seas Conveyance March 2021

Royal Caribbean Group Announces E-muster, Keyless Cabin Check-in And Other App Improvements

Royal Caribbean Group Announces E-muster, Keyless Cabin Check-in And Other App Improvements

Royal Caribbean Odyssey Of The Seas Steel Cutting At Meyer Werft

Royal Caribbean Odyssey Of The Seas Steel Cutting At Meyer Werft

Shipyard Tour: Royal Caribbean’s Symphony Of The Seas Gets Its Finishing Touches -- Video

Shipyard Tour: Royal Caribbean’s Symphony Of The Seas Gets Its Finishing Touches -- Video

Harmony Of The Seas Video Tour – Inside Look At One Of Royal Caribbean’s Most Popular Cruise Ships

Harmony Of The Seas Video Tour – Inside Look At One Of Royal Caribbean’s Most Popular Cruise Ships

Symphony Of The Seas Video Tour

Symphony Of The Seas Video Tour

Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum Of The Seas Celebrates Keel Laying

Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum Of The Seas Celebrates Keel Laying

Sea Beyond: An Innovative Cruise Experience By Royal Caribbean

Sea Beyond: An Innovative Cruise Experience By Royal Caribbean

Sneak Peak At Symphony Of The Seas

Sneak Peak At Symphony Of The Seas

What’s Your Size? Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class Vs. Majesty Of The Seas - Video

What’s Your Size? Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class Vs. Majesty Of The Seas - Video

Royal Caribbean's Oasis Of The Seas Photo Tour

Royal Caribbean's Oasis Of The Seas Photo Tour

Spectrum Of The Seas Steel Cutting At Meyer Werft

Spectrum Of The Seas Steel Cutting At Meyer Werft

Royal Caribbean's Enchantment Of The Seas Highlights

Royal Caribbean's Enchantment Of The Seas Highlights

Harvest Caye Cruise Port Video Tour

Harvest Caye Cruise Port Video Tour

Photo Tour of Royal Caribbean's Allure Of The Seas

Photo Tour of Royal Caribbean's Allure Of The Seas

What It Means To Be Loyal To Royal

What It Means To Be Loyal To Royal

7 Can’t-Miss Experiences on Allure Of The Seas

7 Can’t-Miss Experiences on Allure Of The Seas

Video Tour of Allure Of The Seas' Bars

Video Tour of Allure Of The Seas' Bars

Cruise Pier Runners In Cozumel -- Carnival Liberty

Cruise Pier Runners In Cozumel -- Carnival Liberty

Harmony Of The Seas Youth Place

Harmony Of The Seas Youth Place

Harmony Of The Seas Pool And Sports Zone

Harmony Of The Seas Pool And Sports Zone

Harmony Of The Seas Central Park On Royal Caribbean International

Harmony Of The Seas Central Park On Royal Caribbean International

Harmony Of The Seas Boardwalk

Harmony Of The Seas Boardwalk

Harmony Of The Seas Royal Promenade

Harmony Of The Seas Royal Promenade

Harmony Of The Seas Entertainment Place

Harmony Of The Seas Entertainment Place

Harmony Of The Seas Vitality Spa And Fitness Center

Harmony Of The Seas Vitality Spa And Fitness Center

Perfect Storm Water Slides On Harmony Of The Seas

Perfect Storm Water Slides On Harmony Of The Seas

Cruise Critic Tours Harmony Of The Seas

Cruise Critic Tours Harmony Of The Seas

Harmony Of The Seas Cabins - Video Tour - Cruise Critic

Harmony Of The Seas Cabins - Video Tour - Cruise Critic

Cruise Critic Tours Harmony Of The Seas

Cruise Critic Tours Harmony Of The Seas

Greased Lightnin': Royal Caribbean Brings Another Broadway Hit

Greased Lightnin': Royal Caribbean Brings Another Broadway Hit

Plunging Into Adventure On The Tallest Slide At Sea: Royal Caribbean Reveals 10-Story Ultimate Abyss

Plunging Into Adventure On The Tallest Slide At Sea: Royal Caribbean Reveals 10-Story Ultimate Abyss

Cruise Critic Flowrider On Royal Caribbean's Freedom Of The Seas

Cruise Critic Flowrider On Royal Caribbean's Freedom Of The Seas

Cruise Critic Tours Anthem of the Seas

Cruise Critic Tours Anthem of the Seas

Anthem Of The Seas Welcomes Gigi The Giraffe

Anthem Of The Seas Welcomes Gigi The Giraffe

Oasis Of The Seas Flowrider - Cruise Critic Goes Surfing

Oasis Of The Seas Flowrider - Cruise Critic Goes Surfing

Oasis Of The Seas Royal Promenade (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Royal Promenade (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Jazz On 4 Performance

Oasis Of The Seas Jazz On 4 Performance

Oasis Of The Seas Royal Promenade Parade (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Royal Promenade Parade (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Carousel In Action (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Carousel In Action (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Ship Tour -- Main Dining Room (2009)

Oasis Of The Seas Ship Tour -- Main Dining Room (2009)

Segment 2: Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition, February 11 to May 9, 2024, including three continents and 40 destinations. 

Highlights: From L.A. passengers will sail to Hawaii, followed by the South Pacific; New Zealand; Australia; Bali; Vietnam; Malaysia; China, and Japan. Highlights include the Great Barrier Reef in Australia; the Great Wall of China; India's Taj Mahal, and an immersive voyage around Japan. 

Segment 3: Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med Expedition, from May 9 to July 10, 2024, taking in three continents and 44 destinations. 

Highlights: Starting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and ending in Rome, highlights of the third segment include Petra, Jordan; the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt; the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey, and the Colosseum in Rome, plus calls to Greece, Croatia, and France. 

Segment 4: Capitals of Culture, July 10 to September 10, 2024, including three continents and 40 destinations.

Highlights: The final leg of the Ultimate World Cruise starts in the Mediterranean and heads north, covering Spain, Morocco, France, Russia, Norway, Iceland, and North America. Highlights include the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell in Barcelona; the museums of St. Petersburg, Russia; the Blue Lagoon in Iceland; and New York, before the ship returns to Miami.

Booking and Pricing

Bookings for the entire Ultimate World Cruise open today by phone, exclusively for Diamond and above Crown & Anchor Society members through October 26, before going on general sale. Royal Caribbean has set up a dedicated line for the Ultimate World Cruise bookings 800-423-2100 (U.S. toll free). 

The cost for the full 274-day cruise starts at $60,999 per person for an interior cabin; a 10 percent discount for paying in full brings it down to $54,899 per person. Balcony staterooms start at $78,999 per person ($71,099 with the pay-in-full discount).

Crown & Anchor Society Platinum-status members and above will also receive a Seven New World Wonders shore excursion package, a deluxe beverage package, Voom Wi-Fi and laundry service, among other perks.

Individual segments can be booked from December 2021.

How was this article?

Featured News

1
MSC Cruises Names MSC Virtuosa Cruise Ship in Dubai
5
MSC Cruises Reveals MSC Seascape Will Debut in Miami in 2022
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.