A Deep Dive Into the 9-Month Ultimate World Cruise


Who Is On the Ultimate World Cruise?

“We are thrilled to be hosting a range of guests from young solo travelers, to couples and families,” Dave Humpreys, director of sales at Royal Caribbean International AUNZ, told news.com.au. “We have an impressive number of Gen-Z and millennial cruisers, with a significant number of guests between the ages of 18 to 30 joining us on various legs of this cruise.”

But it is still a cruise.

“I would say the majority, like the overwhelming majority of passengers, are retirees [or seniors],” 29-year-old Alé Kenney, who will be celebrating her fourth wedding anniversary with husband Andrew Kenney during the voyage, told TODAY.com in December.

The young couple, who are among the many TikTok enthusiasts aboard, explained that they decided to go for it after Alé’s father died of cancer at 57.

“We were like, ‘Well, we can do it. We don’t have a mortgage right now. We don’t have kids yet,'” Andrew said. “We’re just in a season of life where we could actually take nine months off and see the world.”

Brandee Lake, 46, and sister Shannon, 42, are sharing a state room while on the trip with their retired parents. “We definitely are the youngest Black people on the boat,” Brandee told TODAY.com. Shannon added, “I think that’s why my TikTok skyrocketed so fast, because I was the first Black person that people were seeing post that was actually on the ship.”


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