- Oceania Cruises' six-month world cruise departed on January 14th.
- The 180-day round-the-world cruise sold out in 30 minutes in 2022, according to the NCLH subsidiary.
- Royal Caribbean's competing nine-month world cruises started at $222 per day, and Oceania cruises were $270.
Want to travel around the world in 80 days? Try 180 days instead.
Oceania Cruises' 180 Day Round the World Cruise The ship finally set sail from Los Angeles on January 14th. She was a long-awaited arrival for passengers traveling around the world, many of whom immediately booked their rooms. When reservations opened in March 2022, itineraries sold out within 30 minutes, an all-time record. It is a premium cruise line, the company said at the time.
Almost half of the bookings were from travelers who had never been on a ship before. A subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, while just over 40% came from guests on the then-ongoing 2022 World Cruise. Rates ranged from $48,500 to $174,000 per person depending on cabin category.
Oceania describes itself as “Gastronomy and Culture”. A destination-focused cruise company” leans towards the second attribute of this itinerary. Over the next six months, Insignia and up to 684 guests will visit her 96 ports in 34 countries and five continents, the cruise line said.
The ship will sail from Los Angeles to Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Canada, ending in New York on July 12th. Insignia will spend 24 nights in ports such as Yangon, Myanmar. Reykjavik, Iceland. Travelers will have more time to explore these destinations.
Over the last month, competing global holidays have been getting a lot of attention on TikTok. Royal Caribbean's Ultimate 9-Month World Cruise. The itinerary, which begins in December 2023, is three months longer than the Oceania itinerary. Naturally, this gives you even more time to sail to ports you won't find on short cruises in Oceania, including destinations in Antarctica and South America.
However, the starting prices per day were about the same, about $222 for Royal Caribbean and $270 for Oceania. This high daily cost is expected for the latter, a leader in the premium cruise segment, as evidenced by Insignia's all-access dining venue, art workshop, and putting green.
For travelers prone to seasickness, a shorter world cruise in 2024 was probably a better idea anyway.