Here’s how to get away from it all – for 274 days in a row.
Royal Caribbean says it’s ‘raising the bar’ for world cruises with an ‘epic’ trip billed as ‘the longest and most comprehensive world cruise out there’. The cruise line’s Serenade of the Seas will visit seven continents, anchoring in more than 150 destinations in 65 countries.
The first leg of the voyage – ‘Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica Expedition’ – begins in Miami on December 10, 2023, and runs until February 2024. Serenade of the Seas will venture to the Caribbean and South America before continuing towards ‘glacier studded’ Antarctica and around Cape Horn.
Passengers aboard the Serenade of the Seas, pictured, will visit all seven continents on the round-the-world cruise
Highlights of the ‘Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica Expedition’ include seeing Christ the Redeemer (pictured above) in Rio de Janeiro
Highlights of this expedition include seeing Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and visiting Machu Picchu and the largest waterfall system on the planet, Argentina’s Iguazu Falls.
Next up? It’s the ‘Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition’. Between February and May, passengers will discover three continents and 40 destinations.
After exploring Hawaii’s mountains and black sand beaches, they’ll travel to Moorea and Tahiti in French Polynesia, before setting off for New Zealand.
Visit the largest waterfall system on the planet, Argentina’s Iguazu Falls (pictured), on the Royal Caribbean world cruise
Next on the tour is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, followed by Bali, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. Wrapping up the expedition, passengers will visit Japan, where they’ll pop along to Shimizu – the gateway to Mount Fuji – and enjoy the ‘unparalleled culture in Tokyo, street food in Osaka and the tropical beaches of Okinawa’.
Between May and July is the ‘Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med Expedition’. It begins in Dubai, then passengers will discover ancient wonders like Jordan’s lost city of Petra, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the Colosseum in Rome.
Rounding out the trip, passengers will enjoy a taste of Provence, including a trip to Cannes on the French Riviera.
Australia’s stunning Great Barrier Reef, pictured, features in the ‘Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition’
The ‘Capitals of Culture’ expedition signals the final quarter of the voyage. Kicking off in the Mediterranean, Serenade of the Seas will sail to Barcelona, where passengers can marvel at splendours like Antoni Gaudi’s famed Sagrada Familia and whimsical Park Guell.
Stopping off in St Petersburg, Russia, passengers will have the chance to attend theatres and wander through the city’s galleries, before travelling to Norway to see ‘larger-than-life fjords’.
The ship will also call at Casablanca, Morocco, where guests can have a dinner of tagine and mint tea.
The last hurrah is a visit to the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before passengers make the journey back to Miami.
Passengers can see Rome’s Colosseum, pictured, on the ‘Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med Expedition’
Serenade of the Seas, which made its maiden voyage in 2003, is 294m (965ft) long, 32m (106ft) wide, and weighs a staggering 90,090 gross tonnes. It can carry a total of 2,476 passengers, with 832 crew members on board.
Onboard, Royal Caribbean promises that adventurers will stay close to the action as they cruise from one destination and continent to another thanks to the ship’s ‘acres of glass’, which will offer panoramic views.
Speaking about the world cruise, Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, says: ‘This is the world cruise of world cruises.
Pictured is a swimming pool aboard Serenade of the Seas, which made its maiden voyage in 2003
‘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 holiday 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.’
You can book either the entire world cruise, or pick an individual expedition – Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica Expedition; Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition; Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med Expedition, or Capitals of Culture.
Guests interested in booking can call Royal Caribbean’s dedicated line for the Ultimate World Cruise on 800-423-2100 (US toll free) or their travel advisor.