WHY IT RATES: An almost $600,000 reservation for the Regent Suite onboard Seven Seas Explorer was the largest single booking. —Codie Liermann, Senior Editor
Regent Seven Seas Cruises achieved the largest booking day in the company’s 29-year history with the launch of its 2023-2024 Voyage Collection when sales opened at 8:30 a.m. ET on August 18, 2021.
Reservations surpassed Regent’s previous largest booking day – which was set on October 21, 2020, with the launch of its 2022-2023 Voyage Collection – by 15 percent. Travel trends identified from the booking day include a desire for longer, more exclusive experiences in bucket-list destinations, as illustrated by a significant rise in bookings of the $11,000-a-night Regent Suite and more unfamiliar and exotic regions being reserved.
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The latest record-breaking launch day is the line’s fourth in just under a year having broken their world cruise launch day twice, and now also their largest-ever booking day twice. The phenomenal achievements began with the launch day for its 2023 World Cruise in September 2020, closely followed with the launch day for its 2022-2023 Voyage Collection in October 2020. Most recently, in July 2021, the cruise line celebrated selling out its 2024 World Cruise in under three hours.
“The outstanding result of our 2023-2024 Voyage Collection launch is the perfect spring-board as we welcome our first ship back to the ocean next month with the inaugural season of Seven Seas Splendor,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “I’m proud to say that this is our fourth record-breaking launch day within a year, reinforcing the fact that luxury travelers continue to have a burning passion to explore the world and that Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ unrivaled experiences are extremely important to them. It also shows how our loyal guests have throughout this challenging period continued to give us their unwavering support, and we are delighted to be able to offer them the luxury vacations they so richly deserve.”
Uncompromised Luxury Travel With Bookings of up to $600,000
Demonstrating that luxury travelers are still unwilling to compromise when they vacation, the largest price tag on a single suite booking was close to $600,000. The booking was for the palatial, 4,443 square-foot Regent Suite which comes with an in-suite spa with unlimited spa treatments, original Picassos, a private car and chauffeur in every port, and dedicated butler service among a host of other amenities. Overall, demand for this one-of-a-kind luxury experience – only found on board Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Splendor and the soon-to-be-launched Seven Seas Grandeur – grows higher still, with bookings for the Regent Suite up by 64 percent when compared to the 2022-2023 Voyage Collection launch day.
While all itineraries were popular, notable destinations were Africa and Asia, with three of the top six itineraries booked focusing on the regions. In addition, Northern Europe, particularly the Baltics attracted high levels of interest. The voyage which attracted the most bookings was a 21-night Istanbul, Turkey to Dubai, UAE sailing on board Seven Seas Navigator which tours the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Starting at $13,699 per guest and set to depart on November 10, 2023 the cruise’s popularity illustrates not only that luxury travelers are keen to explore exotic lands once again, but that they also want to make up for lost time with longer adventures at sea. With overnights in both Israel and Egypt, as well as a transit of the Suez Canal, this port-intensive sailing epitomizes the unparalleled destination immersion provided by the 2023-2024 Voyage Collection which, when combined with The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet™, takes the travel experience to new levels.
2023-2024 Voyage Collection
As part of the 2023-2024 Voyage Collection, Regent’s five ships will sail an incredible 139 new voyages of seven up to 132 nights, with itineraries across Africa and Arabia, Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific, Canada and New England, the Caribbean and Panama Canal, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and South America, as well as transoceanic crossings, and four mesmerizing Grand Voyages. Enjoying exquisite comfort and care onboard, with every imaginable luxury included, guests sailing with Regent on one of its exclusive Voyage Collection journeys will enjoy a truly unrivaled experience.
Unforgettable destinations such as St. Petersburg, Russia; Kyoto, Japan; Singapore; Lisbon, Portugal; and Bordeaux, France are featured, and the 2023-2024 Voyage Collection also boasts 15 new ports of call, including Vanuatu’s Mystery Island, the majestic island of Syros in Greece, the captivating and untamed Lofoten Islands in Norway, and the charmingly colorful Puerto Banus in Spain.
Montague continued, “With a rich and varied selection of luxury cruises on offer, combined with personalized service from a warm and friendly crew, plus the peace of mind of our multi-layered SailSAFE™ health and safety program, it’s little wonder that guests continue to return to Regent time and again.”
A brochure and video showcasing Regent’s new 2023-2024 Voyage Collection have been created. For more information, please visit RSSC.com/new-season-launch, call 1-844-4REGENT (1-844-873-2381) or contact a professional travel advisor.
SOURCE: Regent Seven Seas Cruises press release.