Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise is already 70% sold out

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Royal Caribbean caused a stir with the recent announcement of its first-ever global cruise, a 274-night mega-sail visiting 65 countries and 150 destinations across seven continents.

The ‘Ultimate World Cruise’ on Serenade of the Seas was announced on October 20. The 2,476-passenger vessel will make a round trip from Miami, departing December 10, 2023 and returning September 10, 2024.

Serenade of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

It’s two years away, and you might think Royal Caribbean figured it took a while to sell a cruise with fares starting at $ 60,000 and going all the way into the hundreds of thousands.

But that’s not what happened, as Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley enthusiastically explained at last week’s quarterly earnings conference with analysts. financial.

“I have to intervene, Jamie. Jamie, I have to jump in, ”Bayley said, interrupting a question from an analyst. “We launched World Cruise with Royal Caribbean International literally about 10 days ago and have only made it available to 16 million loyal members. And in seven days, we had 70 percent booked.

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The average price for a balcony room on the cruise is $ 75,000, said Bayley, and the Royal Suite, the best accommodation on Serenade, went for $ 760,000. Reservations included non-refundable deposits.

“Even we have been surprised by the incredible response from our loyal members,” said Bayley, adding that the success is indicative of the pent-up demand for cruises globally after the long pandemic hiatus.

When announcing the ambitious nine-month trip, which includes 57 places Royal Caribbean has never visited before, Bayley called it “the world cruise of world cruises.”

“Today more than ever, people have decided to travel the world and make up for lost time. To travelers wondering where they should go next, we say everywhere, ”Bayley said.

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Petra, Jordan (Photo courtesy of ChiemSeherin / Pixabay)

For those interested in a piece of real estate remaining on Serenade of the Seas for its “Ultimate World Cruise”, you have the choice of booking the entire trip or one or more of the four segments:

  • “Around the horn: expedition to America and Antarctica” – December 10, 2023 to February 11, 2024
  • Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition – February 11 to May 9, 2024
  • “Treasures and Wonders of the Middle East of the Mediterranean Expedition” – May 9 to July 10, 2024
  • “Capitals of culture” – July 10 to September 10, 2024

It’s a spectacular route, no doubt about it. How many trips can you take to get yourself to Machu Picchu, Great Barrier Reef, Iguazu Falls, Great Pyramid of Giza, Petra, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China and Colosseum ? And you only have to unpack once!

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