It seems everyone is in need of Oceania Cruises’ 180-day world cruise that departs in 2023. The epic voyage has sold out in a single day! By the time the cruise departs the industry will no doubt be back to some normality and that confidence remains in the sector.
Cruise Bookings Boom
It’s very rare to have some good news in the cruise industry these days but we finally have something positive from Oceania Cruises, part of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. The luxury line’s epic 180-day world cruise that departs in 2023 has sold out in just one day.
Bookings opened for the public on January 27, 2021, and even though these types of sailings usually attract loyal cruisers, in this case, more than one-third of all bookings came from first-time and first to Oceania guests.
Bob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises, said:
“The response to our epic 2023 around the world voyage clearly illustrates the enthusiasm that experienced travelers have for immersive and memorable travel experiences.”
“Despite the challenges the world faces today, travelers are clearly bullish on the future and are embracing these new opportunities to travel the world and create lifelong memories.”
The cruise line has seen a steady increase of interest in its offering during the past year. In fact, Oceania has seen booking levels up to 50% for those who are new to the brand. Additionally, a full 20% of world cruise guests opted to extend their voyage up to a total of 218 days.
It’s not clear why the interest is up but possible this type of sailing in a more intimate setting provides more confidence for cruisers during these difficult times. Smaller ships with lower capacity could be the new boom in the industry.
The 180-Day World Voyage
The line’s 2023 Around the World in 180 Days voyage is the most extensive and in-depth of any world cruise available. Calling on 96 ports in 33 countries across four continents, the voyage also includes three full days cruising in Antarctica and affords guests access to more than 60 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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The Insignia cruise ship will sail this dream offering departing San Francisco, California on January 15, 2023. The 684-passenger vessel will end the cruise back in San Francisco on July 13, 2023, and the voyage is costing guests over $41,000!
There is also the option to book the 200-day cruise which covers the same segment to the 180-day cruise but ends in New York on August 2, 2023.
At the moment just like most other cruise lines, Oceania Cruises has suspended operations. At the moment cruises are canceled through April30, 2021.
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