Illinois Tourism & Travel

Crazy About Travel

Travel advisors applaud Royal Caribbean’s world cruise: Travel Weekly

For Daniela Harrison, Royal Caribbean International’s to start with world cruise couldn’t have arrive at a better time. It was introduced on Wednesday, and by 8 a.m. Thursday, a purchaser was on the cell phone looking to e-book a junior suite for $232,000.

“This particular consumer has been waiting for 5 many years to do a planet cruise,” Harrison reported, and while they currently booked on Regent, they really needed something for a longer period. They are retiring in 2023 and program to provide their house and cruise the globe if they come upon a location they want to live, they will obtain a rental and settle down.

T1101DanielaHarrison_C_340x340 [credit: Cheryl Rosen]

Daniela Harrison

Evidently, they are not alone. Harrison claimed that when she immediately identified as Royal Caribbean to keep place, there were only six suites remaining, and all but two of them had possibly an obstructed see or a connecting space. 

At Avenues of the Planet Vacation in Flagstaff, Ariz., Harrison was hoping that quantity would drop to five by the close of Thursday, the moment her consumer signed on the dotted line. Initial, while, she desired them to be certain they understood the distinction among the enterprise styles of Royal Caribbean and Regent. 

Royal’s Greatest Environment Cruise is 100 days lengthier and expenditures $1,000 additional, which is great with the consumer, who is pleased to pay out for the further time. But in addition, Regent is significantly more all-inclusive. Harrison defined that the few will will need possibly $100,000 to $130,000 more for specialty dining and shore excursions, which Royal does not include.

“The essential matter for me as their vacation advisor is to give them an apples-to-apples comparison,” she said. “That’s the discussion we are getting now. But I assume they will move forward with it.”

Drew Daly, senior vice president and standard supervisor for Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc., also expects the cruise to market out immediately and encourages journey advisors to contact intrigued purchasers promptly.

“The the latest news from Royal Caribbean to give a entire world cruise vacation with these kinds of a in depth itinerary and inclusive possibilities is a excellent selection for tourists on the lookout for a a lot more adventurous cruise all-around the planet,” Daly stated. “There is definitely a market place for environment cruising ideal now, extra than ever. Persons have acknowledged the benefit of experiential vacations when staying cooped up at home, and numerous are revisiting their bucket-checklist outings.” 

Linda Da Sosa, meanwhile, experienced her own issues. A leisure journey guide at Travel Experts, Da Sosa is arranging a world cruise for herself — and will consider 3.5 many years to do it. Royal Caribbean’s price “looks pretty fair, other than you will need to increase in the cost of excursions,” she reported. “But my most important problem is that it appears like an hard work to meet a bucket list, to put a foot in every locale without having acquiring the option to really encounter it.”

T1025SERENADEOFTHESEAS_C_HR [Credit: Royal Caribbean International]

Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate Entire world Cruise will depart Dec. 10, 2023, sailing on the Serenade of the Seas. Picture Credit history: Royal Caribbean Global

However, Stephen Scott of International Journey Collection’s Protravel Worldwide saw the announcement as “fantastic information for the business” that will provide options for luxurious travel advisors to market clients on a earth cruise at a great selling price issue. “I imagine it will sell out right before most will have a possibility to reserve it,” he claimed.

And it is fantastic information for journey advisors, as effectively, in his impression: “This is a further minute in time the place working with a journey advisor from the beginning will help with coordination, issues and peace of brain for this kind of a prolonged vacation.” 

In Canada, meanwhile, Matthew Vaughan, senior journey expert at and Merit Vacation, saw the announcement as “a signal of the even more assure of moving out of the pandemic, and the optimism of this sort of” — and agreed the strategy is a winner.

T1101MatthewVaughan_C [courtesy of Matthew Vaughn]

Matthew Vaughan

“Royal Caribbean has surely considered this by,” he explained. “It truly is not only the longest and most elaborate world cruise out there, but the pricing — when a massive sum in full, of program — is truly incredibly acceptable for this sort of an unique voyage. A balcony home from about $300 a day is excellent, and an if not mass-market place brand like Royal Caribbean has created this new earth cruise merchandise incredibly inclusive and attractive.” 

Also appealing are some of the reward benefits, Vaughan pointed out, like the two-night pre-remain and gala in Miami. And the Serenade of the Seas is “considerably beloved amongst Crown & Anchor visitors and also a ideal size to conduct this kind of a considerably-achieving voyage: significant plenty of to be as steady as probable on the open waves as nicely as characteristic enough parts onboard to appreciate in the course of the many sea days (as properly as entertainment and pursuits decisions, various eating places, and so on.), and nevertheless intimate plenty of to potentially even appeal to other sector vacationers, even in the upscale and luxurious segments.”

At McKee Vacation in Charlotte, meanwhile, proprietor Carol McKee explained that at first look the itinerary seemed to have “fewer overnight stops than I would count on.” 

And however, she and her husband “had a discussion about this this afternoon, and he’s ready to signal up!”