While the prior record was for a full season of sailings across six ships, this new high was driven by the introduction of one new ship, Vista, with itineraries stretching primarily half a year.
Vista debuts in April 2023
Oceania opened sales for 18 Vista voyages spanning from April through November 2023. Itineraries range from 10 to 24 days, with fares from $5,299 to $32,199. Accommodations on the designer-inspired upper premium ship range from 270 square feet for the newly introduced solo staterooms to more than 2,400 square feet for the palatial owner's suites that run the full width of the ship.
'We are seeing exceptional demand from both our loyal Oceania Club repeaters and new-to-brand guests who are attracted to Vista's new restaurants and culinary concepts, residentially styled staterooms and suites, and unique itineraries that present the destinations from a new perspective,' Oceania President and CEO Bob Binder said.
No FCC dilution
All the bookings for 2023 are new cash bookings with no dilution from future cruise credits issued for canceled cruises in 2020 or 2021.
Virtually all of the top-tier owner's, Oceania and Vista suites along with the newly introduced solo concierge veranda staterooms are sold out for the inaugural season. Nearly half of the available inaugural season inventory was sold in one day with 30% of all bookings coming from new-to-brand guests.
The most in-demand destinations were the British Isles and Canada, the Mediterranean, Holy Lands and Panama Canal.