Posted December 4th, 2017
6 New Ships To Get Excited About In 2018
A new ship launch is always an exciting event in the cruising world and we are set to be positively spoilt in this regard during 2018. Here are some of the new vessels that will be making their debut over the next 12 months.
Symphony of the Seas
For the last few years, Royal Caribbean has been having a competition with itself to build the largest cruise ship in the world. Allure of the Seas earned this accolade before she was surpassed by Harmony of the Seas in 2016, and now Symphony of the Seas will take over the mantle in the spring. The ship will feature the popular ‘neighbourhood’ layout found on her Oasis Class sisters, along with a few new additions. There’s the chance to play laser tag, a new high-flying show will grace the AquaTheatre and the impressive Ultimate Family Suites include a slide between the two levels.
Celebrity Edge will be the first in a whole new class of ship for Celebrity Cruises. The innovative design blends outside with indoors, bringing you closer to the landscapes that glide past. Vast open spaces and giant windows help to flood the public areas with natural light and will give a feeling of relaxation wherever you go on board. Stand out features include the Magic Carpet, the first ever cantilevered, floating platform at sea; Eden, an entertainment and dining venue designed to look like an indoor garden; and brand new Edge Villas, complete with private plunge pool and extended outside space. Celebrity Edge will debut in December.
Having launched Norwegian Joy exclusively for the Asian market in 2016, Norwegian Bliss will bring some of her exciting features to the rest of the world, along with a whole host of favourites that we all know and love. A go-kart track and laser tag will be found on the top deck, whilst areas such as the Haven, Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place are back and better than ever. The ship has been perfectly designed for exploring Alaska and the Caribbean and this means observation areas have been taken to a new level. As well as brand new restaurants, such as Texas smokehouse ‘Q’, new performances from Jersey Boys will keep you entertained. Norwegian Bliss will set sail in the summer.
Hurtigruten’s newest ship will help shape the future of cruising. Roald Amundsen, named after a legendary Norwegian explorer, is the first of two vessels that will incorporate electrical power to show that hybrid propulsion is possible for these giant cruise ships. This, along with conservative use of electricity on board, will cut emissions by 20% and help protect the remote regions of the world that Hurtigruten visits. Eye-catching features included a state-of-the-art activities centre where guests can learn about these fantastic destinations, an infinity pool and a Norwegian fine-dining restaurant. The first sailing takes place in October 2018.
National Geographic Venture
Sister to Lindblad’s National Geographic Quest, which launched in 2017, National Geographic Venture will be purpose-built to maximise wildlife viewing in Alaska. Her wide open decks and bow viewing area that can accommodate all 100 guests at once will mean that you never miss a thing. A mud room provides the perfect place to change in and out of your expedition gear when you leave or return to the ship, and twin Zodiac landing stations will reduce the time it takes to get ashore. Itineraries aboard this new ship begin in May 2018.
We have just seen the debut of MSC Seaside, a brand new class of ship for MSC Cruises and the first to include a number of exciting additions. And, ready for launch in May 2018 is her sister, MSC Seaview. Holding a maximum capacity of 5,429, the vessel will offer a waterside promenade filled with shops, restaurants and bars; the longest zip lines at sea; and a private escape for guests staying in a suite. This new concept, involving ships with the prefix ‘Sea’, is designed to provide fantastic sea views and help cruisers make the most of the warm weather. This is done through the impressive 360°promenade, glass lifts and various outdoor dining venues.
If you would like to know more information about the itineraries that these new ships will be sailing in 2018, call our expert team on 0808 252 5470.