Infinity Pools, Snow Rooms, and Wi-Fi: New Cruise Ships on the Horizon
Royal Caribbean: Anthem of the Seas
This is the sister to the recently launched Quantum of the Seas, which moves to Asia this spring. Expect techy flourishes, restaurants by Jamie Oliver and Michael Schwartz, and activities like bumper cars and a sky-diving simulator.
Additional Orders: Two ships in 2016; one in 2018
Viking Cruises: Viking Star
It’s exciting when a line launches a new class, but this is more than that: It’s the first ocean-going vessel for a line known for river cruises. Amenities will include free Wi-Fi, an infinity pool, and a “snow grotto” with actual snowflakes.
Additional Orders: Two more in 2016
Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Escape
The sister ship to Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway is scheduled to have a Jimmy Buffet-themed bar, a “snow” room (similar to the one on Viking Star), and a childcare program for kids between the ages of six months to three years.
Additional Orders: Ones in 2017, 2018, and 2019
Regent Seven Seas: Explorer
The line is billing this, their first new ship in over a decade, as the “most luxurious ship in the world.” Explorer will carry 750 guests, with all-suite and all-balcony cabins.
Additional Orders: None
Seabourn is a luxury line that has changed a lot in the last five years; it sold off its original, smaller ships and launched three larger, newer vessels (including the Seabourn Legend, pictured). Now, it has a new class on the horizon, with 604 passengers and all-suite configurations as well as Adam Tihany designs.
Additional Orders: One in 2018
Princess Cruises: Unnamed
This as-yet-unnamed ship will be the sister to the Royal Princess and Regal Princess, which means you can expect to find—among other things—a Sabatini’s Italian Restaurant and a Crown Grill Steakhouse.
Additional Orders: None
MSC Cruises Unnamed:
MSC’s next ship is part of a new Vista class, and it’s designed with—get this—a two-deck amusement park, as well as an on-board water park.
Additional Orders: Ones each in 2017, 2018, and 2019
Celebrity Cruises: Unnamed
Celebrity announced in December that two ships in a new class, named at this time only “Project Edge,” will launch in Fall 2018 and early 2020, respectively. This will be the lines’ first new ship since Celebrity Reflection launched in 2012.
Additional Orders: One in early 2020
SOURCE: Conde Nast Traveler