The Ultimate World Cruise, led by Royal Caribbean Cruises, has set sail, ready to explore the world for 274 days. Let’s take a look at the Titanic vs. the Ultimate World Cruise and compare.
The Ultimate World Cruise set sail from Miami on 10 December 2023 with a couple of thousand passengers on board.
The journey has been in the spotlight ever since as its passengers plan to traverse seven continents, 65 countries, and many wonders of the world along the way.
As the journey soldiers on, with many passengers on board documenting their travels through TikTok, we thought we would take a compare-and-contrast-look at the ship with one of the world’s most famous vessels – the Titanic.
Titanic vs. the Ultimate World Cruise in 2024 – a compare and contrast look
The Titanic is perhaps the most famous ship to ever touch water across the globe. The story, its demise and its legacy are known throughout every corner of the world.
We took a similar compare-and-contrast look at the Titanic vs. the world’s largest ship, so now that the Ultimate World Cruise has set sail, we thought we would do the same for this vessel.
At the time of its inception, the Titanic was the largest ship ever built, and while there are now much larger, more advanced ships out there, you might be surprised to learn about some of the similarities between the Titanic and Serenade of the Seas, the ship used for the Ultimate World Cruise.
So, as the Ultimate World Cruise continues its journey around the continents, let’s take a look at the vessel compared with the Titanic.
The journey & purpose – vastly different
When comparing and contrasting the Titanic vs. the Ultimate World Cruise, we must start with the journey and the purpose of the two vessels.
The primary purpose of the Titanic was to transport people, mail, and cargo from one continent to another.
Having said that, it was a luxury liner in which to travel. Even the third-class cabins were said to be much more luxurious than other vessels of its time.
The journey from Southampton to New York carried 2,240 passengers and crew and was intended to take one week. The first two days were spent sailing between the UK and France and then back to Ireland before the intended 5-day Atlantic crossing.
However, we all know that the Titanic met its untimely demise on the fourth day of its journey to America.
In comparison, the purpose of Serenade of the Seas is very different. The ship, which has the capacity to carry 2,476 passengers, is the first of its kind. It’s an epic new concept that will take its guests around the world across 274 days.
Along the way, passengers will experience 65 countries across all seven continents and 11 World Wonders, beginning and ending in Miami, Florida.
While the exact number of passengers currently on board is unclear, they set sail on 10 December 2023, with the journey finishing on 10 September 2024.
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The size – Titanic vs. the Ultimate World Cruise
The Titanic had an overall length of 882.75 ft (269.1 m), a breadth of 92.5 ft (28.2 m), and a depth of 59.6 ft (18.2 m) and weighed 52,310 tons.
With a passenger capacity of 2,453, plus approximately 900 crew, it was the largest ship afloat at the time it set sail in 1912.
The Titanic had ten decks, which all served different purposes. Now, let’s take a look at the Ultimate World Cruise.
In comparison with other Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships, Serenade of the Seas is actually quite small and quite similar in size to the Titanic.
The vessel is 946 ft (294 m) long, 106 ft (32.3 m) wide, and has a 27 ft 11 in (8.5 m) draft. It has a similar capacity to the Titanic, with room for 2,490 passengers and 891 crew. In conclusion, the size of the two ships is not vastly different.
The cost – ticket prices & overall building costs
Of course, there is over a century between the two boats, but it is an interesting look regardless. At the time of the Titanic’s construction, it cost $7.5 (€6.8) million. Built in 2003, Serenade of the Seas cost $350 million to build.
In terms of passenger tickets, the price of tickets ranging from third-class to first-class varied significantly for the Titanic.
According to Wikipedia, a third-class ticket from London, Southampton, or Queenstown would’ve cost £7 (€8), the equivalent to £800 (€932) today, while the top-tier first-class suites would’ve cost £870 (€1,014) in high season, a whopping £92,000 (€107,273) in today’s money.
As for the Ultimate World Cruise, prices start at $60,000 (€54,732) per person for the smallest room on the ship.
Prices then vary in between, peaking at an incredible $760,000 (€693,000) per person for a Royal Suite. On top of these prices, customers incur taxes, fees, and port expenses.
Onboard facilities – compare & contrast
While there is over a century of difference between the Titanic and Serenade of the Seas, the Titanic was a luxury liner that had a number of sought-after facilities on board.
These included a gym with a rowing machine, exercise bikes, an electric horse, and an electric camel. Plus, it was the first ship to come with a heated swimming pool (exclusively for the use of first-class passengers, of course).
Plus, men and women could not use the pool at the same time. There was also a Turkish bath, a squash court, a barber, and a private massage room for these passengers. Shockingly, for third-class passengers, there were just two bathtubs to share.
In comparison, let’s take a look at what passengers on board the Ultimate World Cruise have to enjoy.
There are 12 different options for dining, several bars and lounges, three pools and three whirlpools, a rock-climbing wall, a mini-golf course, a basketball court, and a full state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Passengers had the opportunity to purchase different packages for the trip, like the Deluxe Beverage Package for the entire 274-day journey.
Passengers who are documenting their journey on TikTok have pointed out that one of the most popular dining options on board is the Windjammer, a buffet that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Construction & safety – how times have changed
The design of the Titanic was approved by Bruce Ismay and other White Star directors on 29 July 1908.
As a result, construction on the Titanic started on 31 March 1909 at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
At the time, it was the biggest moveable manmade object of its day and took just over two years to complete.
The Titanic was designed by Belfast architect Thomas Andrews, who eventually died when the ship sank on 15 April 1912.
The ship was purpose-built by White Star Shipping to become the pride of its fleet. At the time of its construction, there were no facilities available to build or berth a ship of its size.
In turn, Harland & Wolff set about building two extra slipways to accommodate such a mission.
The Titanic gained its “unsinkable” label due to the innovation and cutting-edge naval features implemented, including the hull’s division into a series of virtually watertight compartments.
While the engineering ingeniousness in this design cannot be understated, poor budgeting and execution let the design down in the long run. The Titanic being “unsinkable” is one of the biggest myths surrounding the disaster.
As technology is much more advanced in the 21st century, the Serenade of the Seas would be considered totally safe and has undergone frequent refurbishments since its construction in 2003.
Back then, the ship underwent various sea trials to ensure its durability at sea.
The ship, along with other Royal Caribbean vessels, was built with thick steel hulls that can withstand the ravages of bad weather.
With that being said, passengers posted on TikTok that the vessel incurred flooding during a storm just last week. However, the damaged rooms have already been dealt with.
As a tribute to the safety of the vessel, in the last day or two, it passed through the infamous Drake Passage on the way to Antarctica.
In conclusion – closing thoughts
Now, we conclude this compare-and-contrast look at the Titanic vs. the Ultimate World Cruise. It’s no secret that the purpose and journey of the two ships is vastly different.
The Titanic was intended to transport its passengers safely across the world by means of travel, while the Ultimate World Cruise is intended to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure of exploration and travel.
However, interestingly, the Titanic and the Serenade of the Seas are similar in size, with very similar passenger and crew capacity. Thus, it’s interesting to consider the reason for the two vessels and their journeys with more than 100 years between them.
Would you ever consider taking on the Ultimate World Cruise?
Your questions answered about the Titanic and the Ultimate World Cruise
What is included in Ultimate World Cruise?
The ticket for the Ultimate World Cruise includes round-trip business airfare, pre-cruise hotel and gala, transfer between airport, hotel, and ship, and, of course, your ticket for the world cruise.
How much does the World Cruise cost?
Tickets for the Ultimate World Cruise start at $60,000 (€54,732) per person for the smallest room on the ship. They peak at an incredible $760,000 (€693,000) per person for a luxury suite.
How many people died on the Titanic?
Between passengers and crew, 1,517 people lost their lives when the Titanic struck an iceberg on 14 April 1912.
Are there still survivors from the Titanic?
As of January 2024, there are no remaining survivors of the Titanic. The last Titanic survivor, Millvina Dean, died in 2009 at age 97. She was just two months old when the Titanic sank.
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