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Royal Caribbean announces ‘the definitive world cruise ship’, visiting all seven continents

Here’s how to get away from it all, for 274 days in a row.

Royal Caribbean says it is “raising the bar” for world cruises with an “epic” voyage billed as “the longest and most comprehensive global cruise out there.” The cruise line’s Serenade of the Seas will visit seven continents, anchoring in more than 150 destinations in 65 countries.

The first leg of the journey, ‘Round the Horn: Americas and Antarctica Expedition’, begins in Miami on December 10, 2023 and runs through February 2024. Serenade of the Seas will venture to the Caribbean and South America before continuing to the glacier studded ‘Antarctica and around Cape Horn.

Passengers aboard the Serenade of the Seas, pictured, will visit all seven continents on the round-the-world cruise.

Passengers aboard the Serenade of the Seas, pictured, will visit all seven continents on the round-the-world cruise.

Highlights of the 'Expedition Around the Horn: America and Antarctica' include seeing Christ the Redeemer (pictured above) in Rio de Janeiro

Highlights of the 'Expedition Around the Horn: America and Antarctica' include seeing Christ the Redeemer (pictured above) in Rio de Janeiro

Highlights of the ‘Expedition Around the Horn: America and Antarctica’ include seeing Christ the Redeemer (pictured above) in Rio de Janeiro

The highlights of this expedition include seeing Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and visiting Machu Picchu and the largest waterfall system on the planet, Argentina’s Iguazu Falls.

Next? It is the ‘Expedition Wonders of Asia and the Pacific’. Between February and May, passengers will discover three continents and 40 destinations.

After exploring the Hawaiian mountains and black sand beaches, you will travel to Moorea and Tahiti in French Polynesia, before departing for New Zealand.

Visit the largest waterfall system on the planet, Argentina's Iguazu Falls (pictured), on Royal Caribbean's world cruise ship

Visit the largest waterfall system on the planet, Argentina's Iguazu Falls (pictured), on Royal Caribbean's world cruise ship

Visit the largest waterfall system on the planet, Argentina’s Iguazu Falls (pictured), on Royal Caribbean’s world cruise ship

Next on the tour is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, followed by Bali, the Taj Mahal, and the Great Wall of China. To conclude the expedition, passengers will visit Japan, where they will pass through Shimizu, the gateway to Mount Fuji, and enjoy “ culture unmatched in Tokyo, street food in Osaka, and tropical beaches in Okinawa. ”

Between May and July the ‘Treasures and Wonders of the Middle East of the Medical Expedition’ are celebrated. It begins in Dubai, then passengers will discover ancient wonders such as the lost city of Petra in Jordan, the pyramids of Giza in Egypt, and the Colosseum in Rome.

To complete the journey, passengers will enjoy a taste of Provence, including a trip to Cannes on the French Riviera.

The impressive Great Barrier Reef of Australia, pictured, featured on the 'Wonders of Asia Pacific Expedition'

The impressive Great Barrier Reef of Australia, pictured, featured on the 'Wonders of Asia Pacific Expedition'

The impressive Great Barrier Reef of Australia, pictured, featured on the ‘Wonders of Asia Pacific Expedition’

The “Capitals of Culture” expedition marks the last quarter of the trip. Starting in the Mediterranean, the Serenade of the Seas will sail to Barcelona, ​​where passengers can marvel at splendors such as Antoni Gaudí’s famous Sagrada Familia and the whimsical Park Güell.

By stopping in St. Petersburg, Russia, passengers will have the opportunity to attend theaters and wander through the city’s galleries, before traveling to Norway to see ‘larger-than-life fjords’.

The ship will also call in Casablanca, Morocco, where guests can dine on tagine and mint tea.

The last hurray is a visit to the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before the passengers make the journey back to Miami.

Passengers can see the Colosseum in Rome, pictured, in the 'Treasures and Wonders of the Middle East of the Medical Expedition'

Passengers can see the Colosseum in Rome, pictured, in the 'Treasures and Wonders of the Middle East of the Medical Expedition'

Passengers can see the Colosseum in Rome, pictured, in the ‘Treasures and Wonders of the Middle East of the Medical Expedition’

Serenade of the Seas, which made its maiden voyage in 2003, is 294 m (965 ft) long, 32 m (106 ft) wide and weighs a staggering 90,090 gross tons. It can carry a total of 2,476 passengers, with 832 crew on board.

On board, Royal Caribbean promises that adventurers will stay close to the action as they sail from one destination and continent to another thanks to the ship’s ‘acres of glass’, which will offer panoramic views.

Speaking about the world cruise, Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, says: ‘This is the world cruise of the world cruises.

Pictured is a swimming pool aboard the Serenade of the Seas, which made its maiden voyage in 2003.

Pictured is a swimming pool aboard the Serenade of the Seas, which made its maiden voyage in 2003.

Pictured is a swimming pool aboard the Serenade of the Seas, which made its maiden voyage in 2003.

“Now more than ever, people have decided to travel the world and make up for lost time. Royal Caribbean is making it happen with the best vacations that welcome those seeking adventure and exploration to try, dance and dream with us all over the world. To travelers who wonder where they should go next, we say everywhere. ”

You can book the worldwide cruise or choose an individual expedition: Round the Horn: Expedition to the Americas and Antarctica; Wonders of Asia and the Pacific Expedition; Treasures and wonders of the Middle East of the Mediterranean expedition or capitals of culture.

Guests interested in booking can call Royal caribbean Dedicated line for the Ultimate World Cruise at 800-423-2100 (toll free in the US) or your travel advisor.

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