The Longest World Cruises in 2016 and 2017

By ,   August 25, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Since last spring Regent Seven Seas Cruises took ms Insignia back from Hapag-Lloyd, the ship has been largely operated on world cruises, with sometimes two 180-day voyages in a year. After a 6-year absence, Regent successfully re-entered the world cruise market .

The line last month revealed details of its epic 128-day round the world cruise. Despite the fares of nearly $110,000 per couple, 70% of the new world sailing onboard the all-suite 490-berth Seven Seas Navigator was booked on the very first day. And at that, for the full cruise with no sectors offered separately.

The Seven Seas Navigator will leave Miami on 5 January 2017, and will not only offer the first around-the-world sailing of Regent in six years, but will also include calls in more than 60 ports on 6 continents.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has the advantage of leaning on itinerary designers who also take care of Oceania Cruises. Ever since the redelivery of Insignia, they have been busy designing her 180-day world cruises.

Oceania Cruises is also very successful at selling world sailings. Both Regent and Oceania are part of Prestige Cruise Holdings, which was purcahsed by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) on 2 September 2014 for for $3.025 billion.

The first world cruise of Insignia was scheduled to sail out of Miami on January 10, 2015 but the fire in Saint Lucia in December 2014 took several weeks for repairs. A modified itinerary resulted in a shorter voyage.

The next world cruise of Insignia is scheduled from January 1 through July 4, 2016. It will both leave and arrive in Miami on a public holiday and visit 90 ports in 44 countries.

Another journey has been scheduled for 2017 as well, leaving Miami on January 6, the day after Seven Seas Navigator. This departure will sail to 98 ports in 36 countries, and will be the 4th of Oceania’s around-the-world cruises since Insignia was back.

Fares for Seven Seas Navigator start at $55,000 per person, double occupancy, or $110,000 per couple accommodated in a suite of 301 square feet. Prices include: pre-cruise hotel stay, 1st class airfare to/from Miami, exclusive shore events; unlimited Internet onboard, and a wealth of other benefits.