It’s billed as ‘the longest and most comprehensive world cruise out there’, lasting nine whole months and calling at 150 stops around the world. The cruise line? Royal Caribbean. The world wonders on your itinerary and the ship that’ll show them to you? Read on to find out all that and everything else we know so far about Royal Caribbean’s ‘Ultimate World Cruise’.

When is Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise?

Get ready for the Christmas of your life, because Royal Caribbean’s world cruise is set to kickstart festivities in a way we’ve never seen before. You’ll board your ship on 11 December 2023, knowing that Santa is about the deliver the holiday of a lifetime.

Ok, and the ship is?

Glad you asked. Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise sees fleet favourite Serenade of the Seas become a true world wanderer. Acres of glass make her the perfect ship for scoping out the scenery and on this voyage that means Norway’s fjords, Antarctica’s glaciers, and the island paradises of French Polynesia. There are pools to soak in and greens to tee off on between adventures ashore. And your tastebuds are in for a treat with hot rocks steak, sushi on tap, epic Italian fare and room service for those nights when getting dressed just feels a bit too much effort.

Serenade of the seas cruises

How long is the Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise?

274 nights. Yep, that’s two HUNDRED and seventy four nights. You’ll spend the majority of your year (!) gallivanting around the world, visiting 150 destinations in over 60 countries on seven continents. You’ll also soak up the sights in 11 world wonders. Now that is how you make up for a couple of years of lost holidays…

Cool. What are the world wonders?

Royal Caribbean’s world cruise will show you all those places you’ve read about since school (no, we won’t ask how long ago that was…) Here’s the rundown on some of our favourites on the list:

The Great Wall of China

One of the world’s oldest man-made monuments, with some sections dating back 2,000 years. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one to behold, a legacy of ancient China and an epic feat of engineering at 13,000 miles long.

The Taj Mahal

Constructed by a broken hearted emperor, the majestic Taj Mahal showcases artistry, craftsmanship, symmetry – and love – unlike perhaps any other monument in the world.

Iguazú Falls

This isn’t just a waterfall, it’s two miles of 275 cascades that spill from dense rainforest. The falls sit on the boarder between Brazil and Argentina, and you’ll have the chance to see them from both sides.


The great ancient city of Petra will blow you away. Mystical, mythical and just generally awe-inspiring, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is accessed by a winding canyon passage that opens up to reveal 

Machu Picchu

Relive Peru’s ancient Inca heritage at one the continent’s most famous archaeological sites and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The Great Barrier Reef

Head beneath the waves in the aptly-named Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef stretches 1400 miles, which is admittedly a lot of swimming or snorkelling for anyone, but you’ll see the most spectacular underwater ecosystem in even the small stretch. It’s a dream come true for water babies.

That’s only six. What about the rest?

Christ the Redeemer, the Great Pyramids of Gaza, Chichen-Itza, the Temple of Artemis and the Colosseum in Rome complete a star-studded lineup

This sounds amazing. Can I do a segment of the Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise if I don’t have almost a year of annual leave to use?

Abso-bloomin-lutely. Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise is split into four segments that come together to create one heck of a holiday. Take your pick:

December 11 2023 – February 11 2024


38 Destinations – 64 Nights

February 11 2024 – May 9 2024


40 Destinations – 84 Nights

May 9 2024 – July 10 2024


44 Destinations – 63 Nights

July 10 2024 – September 10 2024


40 Destinations – 63 Nights

Ok, I’m in. One last thing; what’s included in the Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise fare?

Apart from a whole lifetime’s worth of memories and experiences, the Ultimate World Cruise comes with a host of exclusive perks included in your adventure, such as:

  • Business Class Airfare
  • Premium transfers
  • Pre-cruise hotel stay and gala event
  • Deluxe beverage package
  • Gratuities
  • Zoom Surf & Stream WiFi
  • Laundry service (no need to pack light for this one!)
  • 7 New World Wonders Shore Excursion for Crown & Anchor Society Platinum members and above

This isn’t just another world cruise. It’s the fun one; the adventure one; the one with everything happening aboard and even more happening ashore. It’s the one the world will be talking about and it’s set to be unforgettable. If you’ve been wondering where to go next, Royal Caribbean’s answer is everywhere.

The Ultimate World Cruise is on sale now to Diamond and above Crown & Anchor Society members, before general sale opens on Tuesday 26 October. Individual segments can be booked from December 2021. Speak to one of our Cruise Experts today to find out more!