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Royal Caribbean charts its first world cruise, a 274-night 'ultimate' odyssey

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Serenade of the Seas will sail to all seven continents and 57 destinations new to Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean International's inaugural 'Ultimate World Cruise' is an epic 274-night adventure that visits all seven continents, more than 150 destinations in 65 countries and 11 wonders of the world.

Serenade of the Seas will sail round-trip Miami on Dec. 10, 2023, through Sept. 10, 2024.

'The world cruise of world cruises'

'This is the world cruise of world cruises,' said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. '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.'

57 maiden calls

Travelers will sail to 57 destinations new to Royal Caribbean and exclusive to this voyage.

Highlights include Casablanca, Morocco; Qaqortoq, Greenland; and Shimizu, Japan, the gateway to Mount Fuji. There will be access to wonders from Peru’s Machu Picchu to India's Taj Mahal.

Bookings can be made by phone starting today, with an exclusive one-week window through Oct. 26 for Crown & Anchor Society member with Diamond status and above.

Bookings for four segments will open in December.

Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica

The Dec. 10, 2023 to Feb. 11, 2024 segment, from Miami to Los Angeles, visits three continents, 36 destinations and provides access to four world wonders. Travelers will visit Caribbean destinations like the ABC islands before heading to Antarctica and around Cape Horn. Wonders include Mexico's Chichen Itza, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro (where the ship will call New Year’s Eve), Iguazú Falls and Peru's Machu Picchu.

Wonders of Asia and the Pacific

The Feb. 11 - May 9, 2024 segment includes three continents, 40 destinations and three wonders on a trip through Oceania, Asia and beyond. Destinations include the Hawaiian Islands, Moorea and Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and Bali. Passengers can visit world wonders including the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China, and gems of the South Pacific, from Vietnam to Malaysia. Rounding out the trip is Japan, with destinations including Tokyo, Osaka and tropical Okinawa.

Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med

From May 9 - July 10, 2024, this segment includes three continents, 44 destinations and four world wonders. It begins in Dubai and features Jordan’s lost city of Petra, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey and the Colosseum in Rome as well as Greece’s Olympia, site of the first Olympic games. The journey continues to destinations like Split, Croatia, and Cannes and Provence in France.

Capitals of Culture

From July 10 - Sept. 10, 2024, this segment comprises three continents and 40 destinations, beginning in the Mediterranean and heading north. Travelers can discover Barcelona, Paris, Morocco, Russia's St. Petersburg and the Norwegian Fjords. Iceland is also in the charts before Serenade of the Seas heads to New York on the way back to Miami.

Travelers who book the full world cruise will get included business class airfare, premium transportation and an evening of festivities and accommodations at a five-star hotel before embarking. 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.

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