July 20, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Cruise ships may have gotten a bad wrap during the pandemic for their proclivity to nurture outbreaks, but the taste for cruising doesn’t appear to have been diminished in the long term by COVID-19.

Cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises has just reported breaking its opening day booking record for its 2024 World Cruise, for which prices start at a cool US$72,599 per person. Spots on the cruise, which lasts almost five months, sold out in two and a half hours according to the operator.

“For our guests, the 2024 World Cruise represents so much more than just a cruise vacation – it’s a return to a normality,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

“Remarkably, we’ve found that interest hasn’t just come from our past guests, and we have seen a strong increase in first-time travellers with Regent, many of whom were keen to book the higher end of our suites.”

Prices for the luxury end of the World Cruise experience go up to US$199,099 per person.