Oceania Cruises is celebrating a new sales record following the release of its 2024 Around the World in 180 Days voyage.
The cruise – on Insignia – sold out within 30 minutes of opening for sale on 2 March, the luxury line revealed, surpassing the previous record set in September 2021 by almost 12 per cent.
Almost half of all bookings for the world cruise have come from first time, new-to-brand guests, and 42 per cent of the guests sailing on the current 2022 Around the World voyage rebooked for the 2024 voyage.
In addition, 18 per cent of guests opted to extend their voyage to a total of 196 days.
Featuring 96 destinations in 34 countries, the Around the World in 180 Days itinerary will depart Los Angeles for New York on 14 January 2024, crossing three oceans and 15 seas from the South Pacific to the coasts of Europe.
‘Pent-up demand’ for Oceania’s voyages
Oceania also reported strong demand for its new Grand Voyages, which will take place on Regatta, Nautica, and Riviera, as well as its 2023 Europe and North America collection.
To satisfy demand, the line confirmed it will be opening a full year of voyages spanning from October 2023 to December 2024 on 4 May.
Oceania Cruises president and CEO Howard Sherman said: “The response to our 2024 world cruise and the new grand voyages clearly illustrates the resiliency, enthusiasm, and passion that drive our guests to travel the world.
“The fervent demand for these globetrotting experiences is also a testament to our officers and crew and the travel partners that have steadfastly championed the worldwide return to travel.
“The tremendous response from our loyal repeat guests and new first-time guests alike continues to illustrate the epic pent-up demand for immersive, destination-focused cruises and the strong allure of our acclaimed small-ship experience.”
Senior vice-president of sales Nikki F Upshaw highlighted the support of travel agents, stating: “The vast majority of bookings were made via our valued travel partners and this launch would not have achieved the record-setting success without the support of travel advisors across the globe.”