Passenger dies aboard Royal Caribbean’s 9-month round-the-world cruise

A guest aboard a nine-month Royal Caribbean cruise around the globe has died, the company said Tuesday.

“A guest aboard Serenade of the Seas has unfortunately passed away,” a Royal Caribbean spokesperson said in a statement.

Details about the passenger and the circumstances of the death were not released.

“We are currently actively offering the guest’s relatives support and assistance. Due to the privacy of the guest and his family, we have nothing further to share at this time,” the spokesperson said.

Serenade of the Seas departed Miami on December 10, 2023 for the Ultimate World Cruise voyage.

The voyage takes passengers across 274 nights across the seas to all seven continents, over 60 countries and 11 wonders of the world, including the Taj Mahal in India and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

So far, the ship has sailed through Mexico, the Caribbean, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador on its South American leg in January. The Asia-Pacific leg of the voyage began on Sunday, during which the ship will pass Hawaii, Polynesia and Australia. From there, the cruise continues to other key destinations including South Korea, Japan, India, the United Arab Emirates and Greece.

Serenade of the Seas has 13 decks, 1,073 guest rooms and can accommodate over 2,100 guests.


The Ultimate World Cruise has piqued the interest of a corner of TikTok, with some users comparing the trip to a reality TV show experience. Users have pointed out that with so much time at sea, a lot can happen, including relationships, fights, pregnancy and death.

Several passengers on board regularly documented the journey on TikTok, providing a glimpse into life at sea.

One creator even went so far as to create an “Ultimate World Cruise Bingo Card” that predicted potential events that could occur, including “little puzzle to solve,” “stowaway,” “2. COVID outbreak” and “Staff arranges to meet passenger”.


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