Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise – What it is and What is Included

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Written by leahb

October 23, 2023

Today I’m talking about what the Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise is, and what is included in the cruise fare. If you are interested in keeping up with us or the ship, you are definitely going to want to read this update and watch the video below!

My husband and I are booked on this cruise leaving on December 10, 2023 and I want to answer some of the questions I’ve had so far about what it is and how we are going to live on the ship for nine months.

What is the Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise and What is included in the fare?

To start off, the Royal Caribbean Ultimate World cruise is nothing less than an epic once in a lifetime adventure. Now if they offer more of these in the future, I’m going to have to really consider finances to see if I can afford to do this more than once, but this is probably going to be the only time.

The Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise is nothing less than a once-in-a-lifetime, epic adventure!

Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise Details

The actual details of the trip are – a 274 night trip. It includes all 7 continents, over 60 countries, more than 150 ports, and 11 world wonders. See why I’m am calling it an epic once-in-a-lifetime trip? We are doing the entire 274 night trip, but you can also book one of the four segments. These are known as the Ultimate Americas, Ultimate Asia Pacific, Ultimate Middle East and Med, and Ultimate Europe and Beyond.

I have also noticed on the Royal Caribbean website, that shorter duration individual sailings are available for booking within those four segments. I won’t go over pricing as this has changed over time, and of course depends on a LOT of variables.

You can also check out the official Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise website at royalcaribbean.com/ultimate-world-cruise/

Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise Onboard Amenities

Moving on to what is included in the cruise fare – In additional to the normally included items on a cruise, the Ultimate World Cruise also includes some great perks. The first perk is round trip business class airfare between your home location and Miami Florida. This is one perk that we opted out of and saved some money as a result on our overall fare.

The day before embarkation, Royal Caribbean is providing a hotel for passengers, and hosting a pre-cruise gala the night before. It also includes premium transfers between airport, hotel, and ship. Since we opted out of the airfare, we are responsible for our own transport from airport to hotel, but we still get the hotel to ship transport.

Once we are onboard, all passengers have the Deluxe Beverage Package for the entire voyage. To stay in touch, we also all have the Voom wi-fi internet package for the entire voyage for up to two devices per stateroom. Gratuities are included for the duration of our trip. And probably the most important, is the wash and fold laundry service – up to three bags per week. This enables us to pack for a normal two week vacation – with a few fancy outfits thrown in for the formal nights and will help with storage space.

All of these special inclusions are also available to passengers that book individual segments.

Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise Crown and Anchor Society benefits

Crown and Anchor Society guests that had Platinum status and above 180 days prior to sailing receive and additional benefit of the inclusion of excursions to the 7 New World Wonders. Steve and I did not have platinum status when we booked this cruise, but as an investment, we booked three five day cruises in a suite in April so that we could qualify in the required timeline.

The 7 new world wonders on this list are Chichen Itza in Mexico, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, Machu Picchu in Peru, Great Wall of China in China, Taj Mahal in India, Petra in Jordan, and The Colosseum in Rome. I never did the actual math, but I’m pretty sure that we saved money by doing those cruises in April of this year. For those that don’t have Platinum status by the required time, they can still book these excursions for a fee.

Some additional world wonders that are not included in the pricing are Iguazu Falls, Great Barrier Reef, Pyramids of Giza, and Temple of Artemis.

Some other unique things about this cruise…Normally when you are on a cruise and hit the threshold for the next loyal status, you have to wait for your next cruise to reap the rewards for your new status. On the Ultimate World Cruise, you will get your rewards the next day!

Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise Logistics Support

I am rather new to cruising, so I’m not sure if this is something available for all cruises, but Royal Caribbean has partnered with a couple of companies to make planning our trip a little bit easier than normal. The first partnership is with Luggage Forward. We can make arrangements to have some of our packed luggage picked up at our home and transported to the ship for us.

There is a fee involved of course, but well worth it to not have to carry all of that stuff through an airport and worry about lost or late luggage. They are also suggesting no more than 6 pieces of luggage per stateroom, and will have onboard storage outside of our staterooms if needed for one piece of luggage per person. The other four should fit underneath the bed.

The second partnership is with CIBT. CIBT specializes in travel visas and passports. Given the number of countries we are visiting, this is also an incredibly valuable service. Now since, Covid – many countries have moved to an e-visa process rather than paper, so getting a visa is easier than ever if you have certain passports.

Steve and I are pretty comfortable traveling internationally, so this is a service we don’t think we need. (Let’s hope we aren’t wrong about that!) But if you are nervous or unsure of yourself getting it right, I would definitely recommend using a service like CIBT to assist you.

One of the unfortunate things that isn’t included is mail service. We are forwarding our mail to a trusted family member for our time on the ship though, and hopefully we can get scans of the really important stuff. Again, since we have spent so much time overseas, this isn’t a really big deal. And really, very little of the mail we get is important at all.

Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise Medical and Pharmacy support

Another thing that is a bit unusual is the level of medical staffing and handling prescription medications. The Ultimate World Cruise will have two to three doctors, three to five nurses, and possibly a medical secretary. No dentist will be available, but they state the medical team will assist passengers to arrange for in-port services if necessary.

They also requested a list of our current medications, and we are still working out what they will be able to stock for us. Of course, we are getting a three month supply to start us out, but it is good to know that we will be able to get refills throughout the trip. One thing to note, is that we have to pay for all of these upfront ourself and file our own reimbursement requests.

Written by leahb

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