2018 is going to see an unprecedented number of new ships launching by major cruise lines - 10 in fact by many of the worlds biggest cruise lines - Royal Caribbean, NCL, MSC, Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America Line....and more. With them they'll bring new features, new destinations, new accommodations, new ways to see the world. Here's a quick run down of whats coming and you'll understand why we're excited!!
In 2016 Carnival launched Carnival Vista and come March 18 we'll see the launch of sister ship Carnival Horizon. Vista had impressive activities such as a Sky Ride, an Imax theatre, an Aqua Park and a tie in with children's character Dr. Seuss! With Horizon you can expect more of the same but again with a few new features and twists such as a full Dr. Seuss Water Works Water Park and new restaurants like Bonsai Teppanyaki!
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas
There's probably not much we can tell you that you don't already know - Symphony will be the worlds biggest ship when it launches in April cruising around the Mediterranean. It has many of the features of the amazing Harmony of the Seas but with some new ones to excite you too...new restaurants include a Mexican, a Seafood restaurant and a Sports Bar. Expect new shows like Hiro at an even more impressive Aquatheatre, new ice shows, Hairspray the Musical and a new escape game called Escape the Rubicon!
NCL's newest ship has been built with the beautiful views of Alaska and connecting to the sea in the Caribbean in mind with an impressive observation deck. When you're not taking in the views on this 4000 passenger beauty you'll be enjoying the amazing entertainment offering that NCL are renowned for including a full production of Jersey Boys. Then there's the incredible 2 level F1 Go kart track and an outdoor laser tag game. Throw in a new BBQ smokehouse with live music, a chocolate cafe and everything else you know and love about NCL!
MSC are relentless in their new ship offerings right now with new ships planned every year for years to come. 2018 will see the launch of Seaview, sister ship of the just launched and uniquely designed MSC Seaside. These 2 ships are leading the way in the trend to 'reconnect with the sea'...Miami beach style condos, wraparound promenade decks where you can shop, drink and eat while enjoying the sun of the Mediterranean and South America.
Celebrity Edge promises to be one of the most innovative and stylish luxury ships ever launched! With a number of designers such as Nate Berkus and Kelly Hoppen involved you can expect incredible layouts and decor all over the ship and every space has become a feature and a place to go! The three deck Eden is an example, floor to ceiling windows, tree of life, surrounded by a ramp with window seating that changes mood throughout the day...bringing a different experience every time you visit. The rooftop garden is similar...relax with a book, listen to musicians playing in the trees, feast on a BBQ at the grill or dance the night away under the stars. Don't forget the magic carpet, cantilevered over the side of the ship that again operates as a changing space throughout the day and night. Every single corner has been redesigned and reimagined - balconies that are both inside and outside and seating that faces out to the water instead if into the pool. No matter how many ships launch in 2018 none will be quite like this!
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Further ship launches next year include a new ship, Viking Orion, from the growing Viking Ocean cruise line (we'll bring you more about Viking later this year) and a huge 5000 passenger ship from Aida (Nova). Holland America Line are building on the success of the stunning Koningsdam with Statendam taking on all the successful features of her sister. Then there are further luxury offerings from Seabourn (Ovation) and an incredible looking first 'ocean' ship from Scenic complete with helicopters, a submarine, zodiacs and kayaks (Eclipse)
It all promises to be quite a year for new ships of course not forgetting all the amazing ships that are already out there just waiting for you to explore....how are we going to try them all? :-)
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