56 Days to Go for Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise

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Written by leahb

October 16, 2023

Our Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise is 56 days away. In some ways it seems forever away, and in some it seems like it’s coming up too fast. We have a lot to do still. Every time I think about all of the things I want to get done, I get a little stressed about it. Then I think about how relaxing and awesome it is going to be and I get less stressed. And in case I haven’t mentioned it. I CAN’T WAIT!

The Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise is 274 nights, 11 World Wonders, and over 60 Countries. 

The Ultimate World Cruise starts in Miami, Florida on December 10, 2023. We are sailing on the Serenade of the Seas. This is a Radiance Class ship that has between 2140 to 2490 double occupancy capacity for cruisers, and a crew complement of around 890. There are four total “segments” to the trip.

The Ultimate World Cruise Segments

Firstly, we start with the Ultimate Americas cruise. It is 64 nights and ends in Los Angeles after going around Central and South America. Secondly, is the Ultimate Asia Pacific cruise. And is 87 nights ending in Dubai, UAE. Thirdly, is the Ultimate Middle East and Med cruise.  This one is 63 nights and ends in Barcelona, Spain. Fourthly is the Ultimate Europe and Beyond cruise. This final segment is 63 nights and ends where we started in Miami.

The Serenade of the Seas was refurbished in 2022, so consequently we are expecting some nice finishes in our cabin and around the ship. In order to try to get a sense of the ship, Steve and I are basically spending our weekends watching YouTube videos to get an idea of what it will be like. If the videos we’ve seen are representative, then I think this is going to be an amazing experience. 

The scene I’m picturing on our first stop on the Ultimate World Cruise – Perfect Day at CocoCay. Click here for the video update!

What the Ultimate World Cruise Means to Me

The Ultimate World Cruise is truly a once in a lifetime trip, and one I have wanted to do since I was in my early 20’s. Even if Royal Caribbean, or one of the other cruise lines does these world cruises every year. Or every five years. We won’t be able to afford to keep doing them without a lottery win of some kind. But. By the time this cruise is over, we will be at Diamond Plus status in the Crown and Anchor Society and normal cruising will probably be very affordable for us. I expect to do a couple of cruises every year if we continue to live as frugally in retirement as we have before.

Until this year, I had only been on one cruise in my life, and I did not particularly care for it. However, I knew that I would have a good time on this one. Steve and I had to earn Platinum status in the Crown and Anchor Society 180 days prior to sailing on the Ultimate World Cruise in order to qualify for the complimentary Seven New World Wonders Shore Excursions. And we figured it would be a good idea to see how we would manage living in such cramped quarters. We did three – five day cruises in April in a Junior Suite in order to earn the 30 points required.

How it Turned Out

Steve and I had a great time. We met a lot of interesting people, and just had an amazing relaxing experience. Since we were doing all of the trips one right after the other, we made some interesting observations. One being that each sailing had a distinct “personality”. For the Ultimate World Cruise, we are assuming that each segment will be different as well. Our guess is that around 30% of the people on the ship are doing the entire 274 night trip. And a majority of the others will be only doing a single segment. Certainly time will tell.

Written by leahb

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