Regent’s Seven Seas Navigator will embark on a 128-day, 62-port sailing in January 2017. (Photo: Regent Seven Seas)
It turns out $100,000 is not too much to spend on the ultimate vacation. At least that’s what nearly 500 avid cruisers have decided. Regent Seven Seas recently announced a round-the-world sailing for 2017, and when tickets went on sale, more than 70 percent of the ship was booked within hours, at a starting cost of $109,998 per couple. (The ship’s largest rooms can cost as much as $319,998 per couple.)
So does this golden ticket include diamonds and platinum-plated life jackets? Not quite, but it does entitle the traveler to first-class round-trip airfare to and from Miami, shore excursions, a pre-cruise hotel room, complimentary phone time from their suite, free onboard medical care, and most valuably, unlimited Wi-Fi while on the ship — a treasure regular cruisers will tell you is worth more than everything else put together.
Even still, this isn’t the world’s most expensive cruise; there’s competition for the one percent on many of the major cruise lines as world cruises come back into popularity. For example, Crystal Cruises starts its own 102-day world cruise in January 2016, and that one tops out at $205,720 per person; while Cunard’s 2016 Queen Mary 2 trip could set you back as much as $233,998.
Regent’s own uber-expensive journey begins January 5 in Miami and continues for 128 days, stopping at 62 ports in 31 countries, on six continents, and includes 29 UNESCO World Heritage sites and six overnight stays. The voyage — on the relatively small 490-passenger, all-suite (of course) Seven Seas Navigator — is Regent’s first around-the-world trip in six years.
That gives you roughly another six years to save up for the next one.