Ultimate World Cruise by Royal Caribbean Confirmed to Continue as Planned, Rumors Dismissed

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Royal Caribbean has broken its silence, dispelling rumors the Ultimate World Cruise will be cut short imminently.

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Serenade of the Seas docked at Icy Strait Point (Photo courtesy of Icy Strait Point)

The 274-night round-the-world voyage will continue its complete circumnavigation of the globe as planned. It was responding to some of its now famous TikToker guests who have been “hearing a couple of rumors.”

Cruise line responds to onboard rumors

These have been discredited for now. “This adventure will complete its first segment in February, and we can’t wait to kick off the next part of the journey shortly after and begin exploring Asia,” the cruise line said. “

The Ultimate World Cruise has allowed guests to see the world uniquely, and we have loved watching their reactions.”


Rumors, and again just rumors right now, that UWC may end in Los Angeles 😩😫😭😢#royalcaribbeanultimateworldcruise #ultimateworldcruise #royalcaribbean #uwc

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The rumors of a possible change seem to have been sparked by more recent cruise cancelations in the Red Sea due to the conflict and risk to shipping in the region.

Guest and TikToker Adita posted last week: “The rumor that I’ve been hearing is that Royal Caribbean is thinking of ending the World Cruise in Los Angeles due to problems in the Middle East.”

Another TikToker onboard, Anthony McWilliams, told Business Insider of the rumors and initial silence from the cruise line. “I feel confident that Royal Caribbean will have our safety and best interest at heart when making these sort of decisions.”

Ship isn’t scheduled to reach the Red Sea until May

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The voyage visits Asia next and is still more than three months away from the Middle East region. Cargo ships have been targeted in the Red Sea, leading to cancelations and amended voyages by Silversea and MSC Cruises.

“The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority,” Royal Caribbean said. “We continuously monitor the situation in the region and make any necessary adjustments. Guests will be notified directly of any changes.” 

The Ultimate World Cruise has become a viral hit with several TikTokers posting regularly about their life onboard. The cruise, dubbed a “nine-month long reality show” at sea, visits more than 150 ports.

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