Royal Caribbean announces nine-month round the world cruise with 150 stops

Cruise operator Royal Caribbean has introduced an epic new cruise which can final 9 months (274 nights) and cease in 150 spots world wide.

The Final World Cruise, which the corporate is billing because the “longest and most complete world cruise on the market”, will sail from Miami in December 2023 and make stops in 65 international locations throughout all seven continents earlier than ending in September 2024.

Some 57 of the stops deliberate will probably be new ports for the cruise firm: the ship will cease at uncommon places together with Qaqortoq in Greenland, Antarctica, Moorea and Tahiti in French Polynesia, and Okinawa in Japan – in addition to bucket-list huge hitters akin to Rio de Janeiro, India for the Taj Mahal, China for the Nice Wall, and Australia’s Nice Barrier Reef.

Bookings for the epic journey – which will probably be taken by the Serenade of the Seas vessel, with capability for two,490 passengers – open as we speak.

Entry-level, inside cabins for the total voyage price from £46,409, together with flights, taxes and charges, whereas suites are on sale for slightly below £85,000.

Royal Caribbean’s map of the Final World Cruise

(Royal Caribbean)

The longest world cruise till now was Viking’s 245-night Final World Cruise, which set sail from London in August 2019 and was set to return the next Might, earlier than the coronavirus pandemic halted all cruises in March 2020.

The vessel had been aiming for a spot within the Guinness E-book of Data, however was pressured to finish the journey early.

In February, Bloomberg reported that 130+-day world cruises have been promoting out years upfront – heartening for an trade that has misplaced billions up to now two years.

US big Carnival reported losses of $10bn in 2020, whereas in September, Cruise Strains Worldwide Affiliation estimated that 200,000 jobs that rely straight or not directly on the trade had been misplaced in Europe alone.

Cruises resumed in August, with all operators instating Covid protocols and upping sanitary measures.

However, the FCDO recommendation on cruising in Covid occasions stays cautious, saying: “Though operators have taken steps to enhance an infection management, cruise ships proceed to expertise COVID-19 outbreaks, affecting passengers and seafarers. The confined setting on board and mixture of a number of households permits COVID-19 to unfold sooner than it is ready to elsewhere.

Cruises with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 instances have beforehand been denied permission to dock or to disembark passengers. This could have severe implications for passengers and seafarers on board. You need to examine the protocols of the cruise operator to make sure you are snug with security measures.”

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