In the clearest sign that the travel recovery has exceeded all expectations, a “World Cruise” that takes place in three years sells out in less than 180 minutes.
An Epic Journey
In one of the most ambitious (and expensive) cruises in history, the “World Cruise” from Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines is already unavailable when it sails in 2024. Yes, three years before a single passenger will embark on the journey, every cabin has been taken. What’s the excitement all about?
- Trip spans just shy of 35,000 nautical miles
- 66 ports of call
- 31 countries
- 4 continents
- 61 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- 442 free shore excursions
- 12 in-port night stays
Those stops include extensive visits from the east coast of the United States, through the Caribbean, the Suez (eek) and Panama Canal, the Mediterranean, Asia, and Australia.
The world voyage sets sail on January 6th, 2024 from Miami and returns to port May 17, 2024 (132 days.)
Incredible Sales Record Broken
Breaking its own sales record for the third straight year, the World Cruise is the hottest ticket in travel right now. What’s more impressive isn’t just the time in which the record was broken (under three hours) but the amount of revenue it will deliver. The cruise ship offers entry level pricing of $73,499 for a Deluxe Veranda Suite, topping out at $199,999 for a Master Suite.
At a minimum, with 445 suites the ship delivered more than $32 million to the operator in that short span though due to the variety of suites offered, revenue is likely to be considerably higher.
For that kind of money, guests will expect the best from the around the world cruise. Here’s what else is included in the extensive journey across the globe.
- FIRST CLASS AIR
- EXCLUSIVE PRE-CRUISE GALA EVENT AND 1-NIGHT HOTEL STAY AT A LUXURY HOTEL IN MIAMI
- EXCLUSIVE SHORESIDE EXPERIENCES:
- Soundscapes in the Garden, Wellington, New Zealand
- The Bombay Bazaar, Mumbai, India
- Reservatauro, Malaga, Spain
- DOOR-TO-DOOR LUGGAGE SERVICE
- COMPREHENSIVE VISA PACKAGE
- UNLIMITED VALET LAUNDRY, INCLUDING DRY CLEANING & PRESSING
- PHONE TIME PER SUITE
- ONBOARD MEDICAL SERVICE
- COMMEMORATIVE GIFT
Like the 2023 World Cruise that will precede it, the 2024 World Cruise itinerary will return to the South Pacifc and Great Barrier Reef in the South Pacific.
Value For Money
My travel agency, Scott & Thomas Travel Personalized, sells a lot of cruises but none of our clients booked this one. That said, I often evaluate the value-for-money of cruise products. The smallest suite, the Deluxe Veranda, is 301 square feet on the all-balcony cruise ship, the Mariner. The Master suite is 2001 total square feet, an expansive layout that includes 2.5 marble bathrooms, 1200 square feet indoors, two private balconies, and a pair of bedrooms with walk-in closets and en suite bathrooms.
Looking solely at the lower end of the spectrum, visa services alone would tally more than $2,000, roundtrip “first class” airfare is likely to exceed $1500 booked with substantial advanced notice. Deducting those costs from the overall expenditure, the average nightly rate constitutes approximately $550/night. That inncludes all laundry, meals, shore excursions and medical care.
The Regent Seven Seas World Cruise isn’t in my budget, but it really would qualify for a trip-of-a-lifetime for the affluent and retired.
I find opportunities like this to be interesting and while not a fit for me and my family, its overwhelming popularity can’t be ignored. With its succeess, now four years in a row, it seems to both fortell a return to elaborate travel experiences, and should create additional sailings of a similar ilk.
What do you think? Is this a trip you’d take if you had the means? Is travel fully “back?”