Royal Caribbean announces nine-month world cruise

(CNN) — It would’ve been unthinkable 12 months in the past because the cruise trade reeled from the results of Covid, however one operator is now providing an epic new voyage that can final 9 months and take vacationers to greater than 150 locations.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Serenade of the Seas is about to start crusing in December 2023 from Miami, crusing for 274 nights earlier than returning to Florida in September 2024.

In an announcement, Royal Caribbean International president Michael Bayley mentioned the journey — dubbed “The Ultimate World Cruise” — is designed to assist travel-starved cruisers “make up for lost time.”

Voyaging the globe

Serenade of the Seas has been a stalwart of the RCCL fleet since 2003. The 965 ft lengthy ship has 13 decks and might accommodate as much as 2,476 visitors, in keeping with Royal Caribbean’s web site.

Upon leaving Miami on the world cruise in late 2023, the vessel is about to journey across the Caribbean, earlier than scheduled cease offs in Central and South America, together with journeys to the Brazilian metropolis of Rio de Janeiro and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls.

Also on the globe-spanning itinerary are landmarks together with the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Giza.

Travelers can ebook the total nine-month expertise, or schedule a selected chunk of the journey and simply be part of for the Americas and Antarctica, for instance.

Royal Caribbean informed CNN Travel the value vary for the total tour is between $66,000 to $112,000 per individual, plus taxes and charges.

World cruises have been a staple of the cruise scene pre-pandemic, however normally topped out at 150 days or so.

Viking Cruises scheduled a 245-day journey from August 2019 to May 2020 on board Viking Sun, however this voyage was minimize brief when Covid-19 shut down the cruise trade in Spring 2020.

Cruising has since recommenced in lots of markets, with cruise corporations eager to show a trip at sea is a secure and viable vacation possibility.

It’s nonetheless over two years till the Serenade of the Seas is about to embark on its globe-spanning journey, however vacationers can reserve their cabins now.

Top photograph courtesy Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images

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