World cruises have been around for awhile, and the idea of a long, multi-city itinerary isn't exactly groundbreaking. Still, Royal Caribbean has announced a sweeping new trip that may impress even the most seasoned cruise aficionado: a voyage that spans 274 nights, 150 destinations, 65 countries, and all seven continents — yes, even Antarctica.
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Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas will set out on the "longest and most comprehensive" world journey in December 2023. Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, calls it "the world cruise of world cruises." The boat and some very tired passengers will eventually pull into port in Miami in September 2024.
Don't have time to spend the better part of a year on a cruise? You can also opt for one of four roughly two-month segments. The first explores the Americas and Antartica; the second, Asia and the Pacific; the third, the Middle East and Mediterranean; the fourth, mostly Europe.
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Interested in what this trip of a lifetime costs? Unsurprisingly, it's not cheap. Rates start at $60,999 per person for an interior stateroom — and no, that doesn't include taxes and fees — and rise to $111,999 per person for a junior suite. The epic voyage is open to bookings from diamond-status members of Royal Caribbean's Crown & Anchor Society right now; the general public will get their chance starting Oct. 27.
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