Around the World in 274 Days: Royal Caribbean Reveals Record-Breaking Seven-Continent World Cruise for 2023-24

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Royal Caribbean

30 December, 2021

Royal Caribbean International has announced that it will debut the inaugural "Ultimate World Cruise," a 274-night adventure that visits all seven continents, more than 150 destinations in 65 countries and 11 Wonders of the World.

This immersive experience on Serenade of the Seas will sail round-trip from Miami on December 10, 2023 and through September 10, 2024. Bookings for the full "Ultimate World Cruise" can be made by phone, with an exclusive window through October 26 for Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society Diamond status members and above.

Travelers 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—the gateway to Mount Fuji. Guests can delve deep into many of the world’s breathtaking wonders, from Peru’s Machu Picchu to the Taj Mahal in India, and experience distinct cultures and picturesque shores.

Guests can either book the full "Ultimate World Cruise" or choose from any of the four expeditions that will offer a wide range of destinations in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

The "Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica Expedition" which sails from December 10, 2023 to February 11, 2024 will sail three continents, 36 destinations and four wonders. The journey would begin in Miami and set course for Caribbean destinations, like the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao), before heading to Antarctica and around Cape Horn. Travelers can take in four wonders along the way in Central and South America, including Chichen Itza in Cozumel, Mexico; the largest art deco sculpture in the world, Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janeiro—where they’ll celebrate New Year’s Eve—and the largest waterfall system on the planet, Iguazu Falls near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cruise guests will also get a chance to head to Machu Picchu and Los Angeles.

The "Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition" will sail from February 11 to May 9, 2024 and explore three continents, 40 destinations and three wonders. Guests will venture in Oceania, Asia and beyond on the cruise’s next leg. They can discover the beauty and adventure throughout the Hawaiian Islands’ mountainous landscapes and black sand beaches before sailing south to Moorea and Tahiti, French Polynesia. The thrills continue with an exploration of New Zealand, before a deep-dive into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Natural beauty in Bali, Indonesia is soon followed by two manmade world wonders, the Great Wall of China and Taj Mahal, and gems of the South Pacific—from Vietnam to Malaysia. Rounding out the expedition are endless possibilities in Japan, with unparalleled culture in Tokyo, street food in Osaka and the tropical beaches of Okinawa.

The "Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med Expedition" will sail between May 9 to July 10, 2024 visiting three continents, 44 destinations and four wonders. This expedition begins in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is followed by ancient sites and more world wonders from the times of emperors and pharaohs, like Jordan’s lost city of Petra, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey, and the Colosseum in Rome. There are also less-traveled places to explore, such as Greece’s Olympia. The journey will continue to even more destinations known for their storied history—like Split, Croatia, and Cannes and Provence in France.

"Capitals of Culture"is the final leg from July 10 to September 10, 2024, exploring three continents and 40 destinations. It's an immersive, cultural experience that begins in the Mediterranean and heads north. At travelers’ fingertips is the opportunity to discover Barcelona’s architecture, including Antoni Gaudi’s famed Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, and savor new flavors across continents—such as lunch in a Parisian bistro and a dinner of tagine and mint tea in Morocco. Museums, theaters and galleries line the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia, while fjords await in Norway. Guests can reflect on their voyage in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before visiting New York on their way back to Miami.

Guests who book the full "Ultimate World Cruise" can expect a seamless travel experience that includes business class airfare, premium transportation as well as 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.

Those interested in booking can call Royal Caribbean’s dedicated line for the Ultimate World Cruise at 800-423-2100. For more information, visit

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