There may be no surer sign that pent-up travellers are busting to spend good money on a global adventure after the Covid-19 pandemic.
An epic cruise that costs upwards of $99,900 per person for 132 nights on the high seas has sold out in less than three hours.
This is the third year in a row Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ world cruise has broken the company’s “open day booking record”, the company said.
The 2024 world cruise will see travellers cover 34,500 nautical miles and stop at 66 ports in 31 countries.
Those who snagged a booking will board the Seven Seas Mariner shipin Miami on January 6, 2024, and they will sail through North and Central America, the Caribbean, Mediterranean, South Pacific, Middle East and more.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 2024 world cruise on the Seven Seas Mariner sold out in less than three hours.Source:Supplied
A master suite on the Seven Seas Mariner.Source:Supplied
Over roughly four months, cruise passengers will get to see 61 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – a record for the cruise line. The UNESCO stops include the churches and convents of Goa in India, the archaeological heritage of the Lenggong valley in Malaysia, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and the Tongariro National Park in New Zealand.
Travellers will sail on the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans plus traverse the Panama and Suez canals.
Passengers will get to see the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.Source:Alamy
New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park is also on the itinerary.Source:istock
Fares start at $US73,499 ($A99,592) per guest for Deluxe Veranda Suites and $US199,999 ($A271,000) per guest for Master Suites with personal butler service.
In a statement before the voyage went on sale on July 14, Regent’s president and CEO Jason Montague said he’d seen record bookings for world cruises in the last two years.
“We believe our 2024 World Cruise is our most enriching to date, representing the opportunity for uniquely immersive exploration thanks to access to a huge number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and hundreds of free shore excursions,” he said.
“Add to this the fact that the cruise is on board the elegant, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner, plus an incredible array of luxurious amenities, and I’m sure the 2024 World Cruise will sell out quickly too.”
The lavish Seven Seas Mariner will be home for 132 nights.Source:Supplied
Travellers will visit 66 ports in 31 countries.Source:Supplied
Included with Regent’s 2024 World Cruise are 442 free shore excursions, three “exclusive shoreside experiences” with cultural relevance in New Zealand, India and Spain, 18 optional land programs that stop at world-famous landmarks like the Taj Mahal or Great Pyramids of Giza and 12 overnight stays in ports of call.
When at sea, travellers can expect luxe amenities, dining and entertainment options on the Seven Seas Mariner, which can carry 445 crew members and 700 guests.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Like many other major commercial cruise lines, Regent and Norwegian suspended several sailings during the coronavirus pandemic.
On board the Seven Seas Mariner.Source:Supplied
Regent Seven Seas is one of the cruise companies trying to look ahead to when world travel opens up again. Picture: Filippo VinardiSource:Supplied
Both companies have been announcing future sail dates as the cruise industry attempts to resume operations despite the lingering pandemic.
In the fiscal year of 2020, Norwegian Cruise Line lost roughly $4 billion from mandated cruise suspensions, according to The Wall Street Journal.
A version of this story originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission
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