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A luxury world cruise has sold out in under a day, with holidaymakers desperate for a trip forking out upwards of £58,000 for a place on the high-end vessel.
The Silversea Cruises trip lasts 139 days, stopping off at a total of 34 countries across five continents.
Departing from Sydney, Australia, in January 2023, the Silver Shadow liner will call at 66 destinations before docking at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after almost 20 weeks.
Prices start at AU $104,000 (£57,680) per person, although the best rooms will set you back an eye-watering AU $388,000 (£213,190).
But despite the costly ticket prices, people are clearly so desperate to get away after the pandemic rendered global travel a no-go that the cruise fully sold out within hours of it going on sale, shattering previous booking records for Silversea.
President and chief executive Roberto Martinoli said the sell-out cruise was 'testament' to the huge demand for holidays right now.
He said in a statement: "We are delighted to have seen unprecedented demand for our World Cruise 2023, South Side Story, which sold out within hours of its general opening.
"The most successful World Cruise launch in the history of our cruise line, this triumph pays testament to the strong demand we are seeing in the market, particularly from affluent, sophisticated travellers.
"I strongly advise our travel partners to be quick in adding their interested clients to the voyage's wait-list, as Silver Shadow is sure to embark upon this remarkable itinerary at capacity."
According to Silversea, the itinerary will see one of its luxury liners travel to the Amazon River for the first time, with other 'captivating landscapes' promised on the bill.
A statement said: "The itinerary will present an extraordinary mix of destinations, from the remote wonders of Papua New Guinea, Mauritius, Réunion Island, and Cape Verde to iconic regions and cities, often unlocked on overnight calls (20 in total), including 10 days spent exploring Tasmania and New Zealand, three days in Myanmar, and a full week in South Africa.
"And, for the first time on a Silversea World Cruise, Silver Shadow will sail the Amazon River to unlock the natural and cultural wonders of this legendary region."
It added: "As it charts a course through captivating landscapes, each segment will unlock the history, culture and spirit of the people and places visited.
"Exclusive World Cruise events will open the doors to the sights, tastes and rhythms of local life, and shine a light on regional music, art, theatre, and dance traditions with authentic performances."
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