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True cost of world’s longest cruise that lasts for nine months straight and what it gets you

True cost of world’s longest cruise that lasts for nine months straight and what it gets you

It's not cheap, and then some

Cruise ship holidays aren't cheap. But a two week excursion around the Mediterranean might feel like a bargain compared to what we've found.

Enter the cruise ship final boss. We're talking a nine month long cruise ship holiday taking you across the entire planet. And the price of such a holiday is going to leave you wide eyed.

Alright, we know that cruises aren't for everybody. Some love nothing more than lying on the beach or a city break.

But millions head to the open waters every year, so there's clearly a demand for it. And for many, it'll allow them to do the likes of a city break and beach trip through day trip excursions, meaning all boxes are left ticked.

There's also very particular kinds of cruise holidays, including those of the spicy variety where couples share sexual partners.

That's not officially on the cards with this one, though.

Enter Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise on board the 22-year-old Serenade of the Seas.

Officially the world's longest cruise, it'll take passengers around the world and to more than 60 countries for a grand total of 274 days.

The Serenade of the Seas (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
The Serenade of the Seas (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Where does it take you?

There's a whole lot of options when it comes to the cruise, with it ranging from spending just nine days on board right up to the entire nine months, which includes travelling to see all eight wonders of the world.

We're talking The Great Pyramid of Giza and Rome's Colosseum all the way over to Machu Picchu in Peru.

But how much is it going to cost you to take the nine month trip?

Well, it's not cheap at all. But it does come with a lot of added extras included such as Wi-Fi, business class plane travel to get to the departure destination, and premium alcoholic drinks packages.

It's a very long time at sea (Ben McCanna/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
It's a very long time at sea (Ben McCanna/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Laundry is also included which is a necessity when you're there for nine months, with it done for you by staff. Your tips to the staff are also included in the total price.

"Considering all that’s included in your 274-night Ultimate World Cruise fare, you’ll enjoy an incredible value," Royal Caribbean states.

"No matter which stateroom you choose, your fare includes Ultimate World Cruise complimentary amenities like business class airfare, pre-cruise hotel and gala, Deluxe Beverage Package, gratuities, VOOM internet package, wash and fold laundry service, and more."

On board the Serenade of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
On board the Serenade of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

The cost

There are four cabin options to pick from on the Ultimate World Cruise.

The cheapest is the Interior Stateroom, which starts at a whopping $59,999 (£47,176). And that's per person, not per cabin. You get a 10% discount ($6,000 discount) if you pay-in-full,

An Ocean View Stateroom that costs from £64,999 (£51,108) per person; a Balcony Stateroom is $82,949 (£65,221) a person; and the Junior Suites start from $117,599 (£92,466) a person.

There are also other premium suites on board but for those, you have to call the cruise line directly for pricing.

The costs don't stop there. Taxes, fees, and port expenses of $4,667 (£3,669) a person will be added on top of the cabin.

Royal Caribbean's cruise ship Serenade of the Seas (Feature China/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
Royal Caribbean's cruise ship Serenade of the Seas (Feature China/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Worth it?

The world cruise has gone viral on TikTok, with many giving their two cents over the holiday.

One said: "If money was no object, I absolutely would take this trip."

Another wrote: "This will become a boomer cruise."

And a third posted: "Think about how much money you would save from not buying gas and groceries, as well as other expenses."

A fourth echoed this, saying: "That's not bad considering. Rent, food, gas, etc and you get to travel the world while you do it? If you work remote this might be worth it."

Featured Image Credit: Ben McCanna/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images/Royal Caribbean

Topics: Cruise Ship, World News, Europe, US News, Travel, Holiday

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