It's only Wednesday morning but what a week we've already had! Royal reveal more about Independence of the Seas, Celebrity reveal new areas on the Edge, Cunard announce a new ship in 2022 and Azamara decide they can't wait that long so they've announced a new ship for 2018!!
It's been confirmed today that Adonia is leaving P&O in March 18, will be given the Azamazing makeover and will resurface as the Azamara Pursuit in September 18! The Adonia is actually a sister ship of Azamara Journey & Quest and therefore is an absolutely perfect way for Azamara to expand the fleet from 2 to 3! P&O have their own new flagship ship coming in 2020 and maybe feel it makes sense to let their smallest ship go...
So this adds to an already incredible line up of new ships in 2018! Oh, and that's not forgetting MSC Seaside launching before the end of this year!
Just to recap here's what 18 is going to bring us and how about we go straight in with the worlds biggest ship...
Royal Caribbean are bringing us the Symphony of the Seas!! This colossus of a ship is going to be slightly bigger than her sister Harmony and will launch in April 2018! You can expect lots of the features of Harmony such as 7 neighbourhoods to explore with features such as Ultimate Abyss, Flowrider, Robotic bars, and we're sure a few secrets too! This week alone Royal announced that a full production of Hairspray will be on board and we are more than happy to "Run and Tell That"!
MSC follow the launch of Seaside with the launch of sister ship Seaview! These ships are the ships that 'follow the sun' and are designed to bring guests closer to the sea than ever before! 360 degree promenades, panorama pools, double deck glass fronted atriums and a Miami Beach condo style south beach area! These 2 ships are very different, very innovative and very exciting!
Celebrity Edge arrives in Autumn 18 and the word innovative quite simply doesn't come close! Cabins with balconies outside...and inside of you prefer the extra space, the floating magic carpet cantilevered over the side of the ship covering 15 decks, solo cabins (a 1st for the line) and simply stunning new spaces like the rooftop garden and Eden, a space that will transform during the day & night so much so that no 2 visits will be the same! It promises so much and of it delivered even half it'll be a knockout!
Azamara obviously will now have their 3rd ship in September 18 But that's not all! We've already talked previously about Norwegian Bliss which is coming with features such as a 2 deck go kart track! Still want more? How about Carnivals new ship Horizon? Sister to recent ship Vista Carnival want you to 'unite' on Horizon in March 18 with features like the ships own brewery, the skyride and an IMAX movie theatre!
ms Nieuw Statendam will be Holland America Lines newest offering in December 18! Given the beauty and game changer for HAL that was sister ship Koningsdam we're extremely excited about Statendam! From the vast cleverly lit atrium that changes throughout the day to creating our own wine in Blend! From experiencing the phenomenon that is Americas Test Kitchen to immersing ourselves in BBC Earth experiences...that's not even mentioning the new "Music Walk" experience...
Last and by no means least Viking are launching Spirit, their 5th Ocean Ship! Now most people will think of Viking as a river cruise line...and you'd be right...but their Ocean cruise ships are cleaning up at awards ceremonies over the last couple of years! We'll bring you a report on Viking in weeks to come!
So there you go, 2018 is absolutely packed of brand new ships and it won't stop there with all major cruise lines launching ships in the years to come...Cunard, MSC, NCL, Disney, P&O, Royal.... that's not forgetting new entrants such as Virgin... cruising has never been bigger, never been more exciting!