Around the world in 270 days? Royal Caribbean announces 9-month cruise and 150 destinations – .

Around the world in 270 days? Royal Caribbean announces 9-month cruise and 150 destinations – .

Royal Caribbean Cruises liner Serenade of the Sea shown here in France. (Jean-François Monier, AFP, Getty Images)

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ATLANTA – It would have been unthinkable 12 months ago as the cruise industry reeled from the effects of COVID-19, but an operator is now offering an epic new journey that will last nine months and take travelers to over 150 destinations.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Serenade of the Seas is scheduled to begin sailing in December 2023 from Miami, sailing for 274 nights before returning to Florida in September 2024.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean International President Michael Bayley said the trip – dubbed “The Ultimate World Cruise” – is designed to help travel-hungry cruisers “make up for lost time.”

Traveling around the globe

The Serenade of the Seas has been a mainstay of the RCCL fleet since 2003. The 965-foot-long vessel has 13 decks and can accommodate up to 2,476 guests, according to the Royal Caribbean website.

Leaving Miami for the global cruise in late 2023, the ship is expected to travel to the Caribbean, ahead of planned stops in Central and South America, including trips to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

The route that spans the globe also includes landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, and the Pyramids of Giza.

Travelers can book the full nine-month experience or schedule a specific part of the trip and simply reach the Americas and Antarctica, for example.

Royal Caribbean told CNN Travel that the price range for the full tour is between $ 66,000 and $ 112,000 per person, plus taxes and fees.

Global cruises were a staple of the cruise scene before the pandemic, but typically peaked at around 150 days.

Viking Cruises scheduled a 245-day trip from August 2019 to May 2020 aboard Viking Sun, but that trip was cut short when COVID-19 shut down the cruise industry in the spring of 2020.

In the wake of the pandemic, some cruises around the world have chosen to continue their month-long trips – without any passenger stopovers – due to closed ports and growing concerns over COVID-19.

Cruises have since resumed in many markets, with cruise lines keen to prove that a vacation at sea is a safe and viable vacation option.

There are still more than two years before the Serenade of the Seas embarks on its journey across the world, but travelers can book their cabins now.

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