Posted November 30th, 2015
Coming Soon; Cruise Ship Arrivals In 2016
As we head into the festivities of December, it won’t be long before we are waving goodbye to 2015 and welcoming 2016 with open arms. This year has seen fantastic ships like Anthem of the Seas, Britannia and Norwegian Escape take to the waves, but there are plenty more new arrivals lined up for next year.
Let’s take a look at a few of the vessels that will be coming to a cruise port near you soon.
Ovation of the Seas
April 2016 sees the launch of Royal Caribbean’s third Quantum Class ship, Ovation of the Seas. Following on from Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, the vessel will give more cruisers the opportunity to experience the fantastic technology on board this immensely popular class of ship. Features such as the Bionic Bar, North Star and Two 70 have been a great hit and Royal Caribbean expects this to continue on board their next addition to the fleet. The line’s super-fast internet will also be something that everyone on board will be raving about.
If you’re looking to holiday in the lap of luxury next year then this new addition to the Seabourn Cruises fleet may well already be on your radar. The cruise line is famous for its six-star service, providing fine-dining opportunities, personal stewards and stewardesses, complimentary in-suite bars and a one-to-one crew to guest ratio. The 604 guests (at capacity) will be looked after entirely in all-suite accommodation, with the vast majority of these also offering a balcony. Plus, thanks to a partnership with UNESCO, this new luxury vessel will take you to a host of interesting locations.
April 2016 is also when Holland America Line plan to launch their first ship since MS Nieuw Amsterdam, almost six years ago. MS Koningsdam will feature a whole host of firsts for the operator, including a bespoke winery where you can blend your own vintage and then drink it later that evening during dinner. Blend, as it will be called, will allow guests to craft their own tipple with the help of the Washington State vineyard, Chateau Ste. Michelle. Other innovative new areas include a dining experience able to show how the food has travelled from farm to table, multiple music venues catering to a range of tastes and a 270 degree theatre featuring LED screens that surround the audience. The vessel will also debut new family staterooms, as well as offering a number that are made especially for solo passengers.
Harmony of the Seas
Yes, 2016 may very well be another Royal Caribbean year, as the mammoth cruise line prepares to launch another mammoth ship. Harmony of the Seas will join the two other Oasis Class vessels and will become the new largest cruise ship in the world. A lot of talk around her arrival has been about the fact that this will be the first time a Royal Caribbean ship has featured waterslides. However, there is another slide to look out for. The Abyss, which is being kept under wraps until launch, is a dry slide that will shoot guests from deck 16 down to the decks below via a dark tunnel. The different ‘neighbourhoods’ will be returning once again and there will be more than 30 different sports and games to try on board.
2015 saw one of the best-loved river cruise operators branch out into ocean cruising. Viking launched their first ship, Viking Star, in April this year and, although she was completed just a couple of months afterwards, Viking Sea will not launch until early in 2016. The ship will be a full sister to the first vessel and a subsequent third addition that will arrive in 2017. Many of the venues will be the same, including the expansive Aquavit Terrace and beautiful Atrium.
If you would like to be one of the first people to sail on board any of these ships, we have many different options for you to choose from. Call our team today or use our online contact forms to get in touch.