Princess Cruises unveiled its longest itinerary yet, a 2025 116-day world cruise to 51 locations.
Extended and around-the-world cruises have seen "record-breaking" booking success.
Cruise lines like Oceania Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, and now Princess have been capitalizing on this trend.
Travelers have been craving longer cruises now more than ever before.
And in response, cruise lines — from smaller luxury companies to cruising giants — have been unveiling more extended itineraries to "record breaking" success.
From a one-month transoceanic cruise to a nine-month circumnavigation of the globe, travelers now have plenty of options for these longer sailings.
Booking a similar around-the-world or extended vacation using planes, trains, cars, and hotels instead of a cruise ship could be a complicated logistical nightmare.
But on a cruise vessel, all of the destinations, planning, food, and accommodations are already included.
There's no need to transfer airports or unpack and repack between hotels.
All the traveler has to do is sit back, take a nap on the pool deck, and wait for the ship to sail from destination to destination.
And this more relaxing form of extended travel has been catching the eyes of cruise fans.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveils its around the world cruises and extended "grand voyages" annually.
And for five years in a row, the cruise line has seen "unprecedented demand" for its global cruises, which consistently sell out in "record time."
Regent has also been breaking its own records for the length of its itineraries.
Its most recently announced $95,000 to $266,500 per person global cruise — 154-night itinerary roundtrip from Miami in 2026— will be its longest sailing yet.
This shatters the previous record set only one year prior when Regent unveiled its 150-night 2025 world cruise, which was fully reserved before it even opened for bookings.
New-to-brand travelers made up over one-third of bookings for this 2025 cruise, a spokesperson told Insider in an email.
This ratio of returning to new travelers is the same for Oceania Cruises' currently underway 2023 world sailing, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' brand told Insider.
The Oceania cruise departed for its circumnavigation of the world in mid-January and will complete its journey in July.
Those travelers were lucky to have snagged a spot. The 180-day cruise sold out in under a day, a spokesperson told Insider …
… noting that Oceania has "significantly" increased its number of other extended voyages.
It's "as if [travelers are] making up for time spent at home [during COVID-19]," a Silversea spokesperson told Insider in an email.
Like Regent Seven Seas and Oceania, Silversea Cruises has seen "strong demand" for its extended cruises.
This year the Royal Caribbean Group brand will operate five-times more 21 days and over itineraries compared to 2019, a testament to the demand it's been seeing.
And it's not just the little guys — some of the world's biggest cruise brands are capitalizing on this boom as well.
On April 6, Princess Cruises announced its 2025 116-day world cruise itinerary.
Source: Princess Cruises
Princess unveils world cruises almost annually but this 2025 sailing aboard the Island Princess will be its longest yet.
The global vacation will stop in 51 locations across 26 countries and 33,500 nautical miles ...
... bringing travelers to destinations like 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and several new to the brand or world cruise destinations.
Just two months prior, budget friendly Carnival Cruise Line also unveiled one of its longest cruises yet, a 31-day transpacific journey in 2024 starting at $3,450.
It's one of Carnival's 150 "long cruises" now available for booking, a spokesperson told Insider.
But a month at sea is nothing compared to MSC's recently announced 116-day 2025 world cruise.
Almost one-third of the bookings for this 2025 cruise have come from Americans, the most of any nationality, a spokesperson told Insider.
And there's a good chance the cruise could be fully booked come 2025: MSC's global itineraries have consistently sold out since its first one in 2019.
But so far, no around the world itinerary will top the length of Royal Caribbean's upcoming 274-night Ultimate World Cruise setting sail in December starting at $61,000.
In the first week bookings opened in 2021, 70% of suites and staterooms were claimed.
At the time, Michael Bayley — the cruise line's president and CEO — believed the Ultimate World Cruise would sell out.
Now nine months out, there's still some interior and ocean view staterooms left while all of the balcony staterooms and suites have already been reserved.
The nine-month cruise will be segmented into four shorter portions that can individually be booked.
But half of the booked customers have committed to the nine months at sea. Let's just hope they — along with the rest of these extended cruise fans — have sea legs.
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