The Prices of Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise: Revealed!

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For the first time ever, Royal Caribbean is offering a world cruise. And they’re not doing things by half – this epic adventure lasts for a full nine months!

So how much is Royal Caribbean’s World Cruise, I hear you ask?

Well, in this guide, I’ll reveal the ticket prices for the cruise, as well as what you get for your money, and whether I think it’s worth the money…

Serenade of the Seas

Royal Caribbean World Cruise Itinerary

Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise lasts for 274 nights, between 10th December 2023 and 10th September 2024. It begins and ends in Miami, Florida, visiting all seven continents, 65 countries and over 150 ports of call along the way.

This map shows the route of the World Cruise…

Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise

The world cruise will allow guests to experience 11 Wonders of the World:

  • Chichen Itza
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Iguazu Falls
  • Machu Picchu
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Great Wall of China
  • Taj Mahal
  • Petra
  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Temple of Artemis
  • Colosseum

You can see the full itinerary on Royal Caribbean’s website.

Which Ship Is Used For The Ultimate World Cruise?

Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise will be on board Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas. Built in 2003, this Radiance-class ship is one of the smaller ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet, with a guest capacity of 2,466.

Serenade of the Seas is undergoing a thorough renovation in 2022 in preparation for the world cruise.

Serenade of the Seas

What’s Included in Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise?

Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise Includes:

  • Business-class flights
  • Pre-cruise hotel
  • Pre-cruise gala dinner
  • Premium transfers between airport, hotel and ship
  • Deluxe Beverage Package
  • Wifi package
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry service

Guests who have a Crown & Anchor status of platinum or above will also receive included excursions to the 7 new Wonders of the World.

You won’t have to pay for much else with the world cruise as all accommodation, food, drinks and entertainment is included. As are flights to Miami.

But, you will need spending money for your time ashore. The easiest way to cruise is by purchasing Royal Caribbean’s excursions – but these can be pricey! It’s much cheaper to do your own thing ashore. But, with 150 ports of call, you’ll need to dedicate a good chunk of time to planning each day.

If you’ve spent 25 nights onboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships in the past, you’ll be a Platinum Crown & Anchor member so you’ll get seven free shore excursions. If you’re close to this, I suggest booking another cruise to bump you over the threshold, as with the price of excursions, that one will pay for itself!

How Much Is the Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise?

Here are the prices for Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise:

  • Interior Stateroom – From $59,999 per person
  • Ocean View Stateroom – From $64,999 per person
  • Balcony Stateroom – From $82,949 per person
  • Junior Suites – From $117,599 per person
  • Royal Suite – $760,000 per person

On top of those pieces, you’ll have taxes, fees and port expenses of $4,667 USD per person. However, if you pay for the cruise in full by 6th January 2023, you’ll get a saving of 10%.

The cheapest ticket on Royal Caribbean’s World Cruise costs $58,666 per person. This includes taxes, fees and port charges and is based on two people sharing the cheapest Interior Stateroom and paying the balance 11 months in advance.

This works out at $214 per night. If you want a balcony (and let’s face it, you probably would if you’re spending 9 months at sea), then the cheapest ticket costs $79,321, equivalent to $289 per night.

According to my analysis of average cruise costs, a typical 7-night Royal Caribbean cruise to the Caribbean in a Balcony Stateroom with gratuities and drinks included costs $1,735. This equates to $248 per night.

So, the Ultimate World Cruise is pretty expensive. Per night, it’s 17% more expensive than the average Royal Caribbean cruise, despite being on one of the older, smaller ship. Wouldn’t you have thought that the per-night rate would be lower given the long duration of the cruise?

You can get a 7-night Alaska cruise on sister ship, Radiance of the Seas, for just $328, which shows how inexpensive cruises on the older Radiance-class ships like Serenade of the Seas can be.

Is Royal Caribbean’s World Cruise Sold Out?

Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise was 70% sold out within the first week of tickets going on sale! But, there are still a few places remaining.

Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley commented:

“We launched the World Cruise with Royal Caribbean International literally about 10 days ago and we only made it available to 16 million loyalty members. And within seven days, we were 70 percent booked.”

Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO

Royal Caribbean World Cruise Segments

Of course, if the cost of a full World Cruise ticket seems out of reach, or you’re not ready to spend nine months away from home, then you can instead opt to take just a quarter of the World Cruise or even a Half World cruise.

Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise is Split into 4 Segments:

  1. Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica Expedition
  2. Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition
  3. Middle East Treasures and Marvels of the Med Expedition
  4. Capitals of Culture

Here are the prices for each of the segments:

Ultimate Americas Cruise – 64 Nights

Stateroom CategoryPrice Per PersonPrice Per Person Per Day
Interior Stateroom$13,399$213
Ocean View Stateroom$14,799$235
Balcony Stateroom$18,899$300

Ultimate Asia Pacific Cruise – 87 Nights

Stateroom CategoryPrice Per PersonPrice Per Person Per Day
Interior Stateroom$17,999$205
Ocean View Stateroom$19,599$225
Balcony Stateroom$25,099$335

Ultimate Middle East & Med Cruise – 63 Nights

Stateroom CategoryPrice Per PersonPrice Per Person Per Day
Interior Stateroom$14,899$240
Ocean View Stateroom$14,799$255
Balcony Stateroom$20,799$288

Ultimate Europe & Beyond Cruise – 63 Nights

Stateroom CategoryPrice Per PersonPrice Per Person Per Day
Interior Stateroom$14,299$231
Ocean View Stateroom$15,299$247
Balcony Stateroom$19,799$319

By booking the whole cruise, you save just $396 (based on an Inside Stateroom). This shows that Royal Caribbean really doesn’t care about giving discounts based on duration!

However, if you do want a discount, then I suggest that you call a travel agent who can secure a good deal for you and make you a considerable saving on the list price.

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