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What is the next big thing for Cruise Ships?
By: Jacque Salentine Busby   |    October 3, 2013   |   0 Comments (0) (0)

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If you’re always looking for the next greatest thing in sailing the seven seas, take a look at these new ships scheduled to set sail in the next two years. Some of these cruise lines are already taking reservations for the inaugural cruise. If you enjoy the luxurious amenities, latest technological advances and the most advanced architecture at sea, continue reading what is up and coming in the cruise world.

Norwegian

Norwegian has three ships scheduled to launch in the next three years. The Norwegian Getaway’s maiden voyage will begin its transatlantic voyage January 16th from Rotterdam. Passengers may celebrate with Norwegian by boarding either in Rotterdam, or at its first stop in Southampton, England on the 12-day journey to Miami. Sister to the Norwegian Breakaway ship, the Getaway will make its home in Miami where she will offer Eastern Caribbean itineraries starting February 1st of next year. Space is available on both the transatlantic and inaugural Caribbean sailing.

Adding on to the Breakaway series will be two new ships for Breakaway Plus in October of 2015 and Spring of 2017. The unnamed ships each will be a larger version of the Breakaway Plus with capacity up to 4200 passengers.

Windstar

The Windstar Star Pride is setting sail next May, in her Mediterranean home. The luxury small yacht is the first of three new power yachts for the company. The spacious vessel only carries 212 passengers, making you feel as if you have the whole yacht to yourself. Wind Star states that the Star Pride is “large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach.”

Princess

Sister to the new Royal Princess, the Regal Princess will take her maiden voyage in June 2014. The Regal Princess will also have the innovative sea walk allowing guests to walk in an enclosed walkway extending out from the ship. The second of two new ships in five years, the energy efficient Regal Princess will make her home in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Take part in the maiden voyage from Venice to Barcelona departing June 2nd, 2014. Better yet, Princess Cruise lines have a back-to-back itinerary returning you to Venice through a round trip through the Mediterranean and the Grecian Islands. 

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has announced, not one, not two, but four new ships in plans to set sail between November 2014-2016. The first, Quantum of the Seas is a new class of ships for RCCL and will make its home port out of Cape Liberty, New Jersey, opening up more options for cruise fans in the North East. Following Quantum of the Seas will be its sister ship, Anthem of the Seas in Spring 2015. No sail dates or itinerary has been released as of yet for Anthem. Royal Caribbean will round out the Quantum class with a yet unnamed ship for mid-2016, along with a third Oasis class ship in mid-2016.

The Quantum class continues to set the bar high for Royal Caribbean by introducing 306 degree views on the ships North Star capsule, the first sky diving simulator at sea, as well as the first bumper cars and roller skating rinks at sea.

Compagnie du Ponant

Compagnie du Ponant successfully launched Le Soleal this summer and will follow that success with the fourth Boreal class ship set to sail in the Spring of 2015. The unnamed ship will spend her time in the Alaskan and Australian waters. The ship will have balconies on 95% of the cabins and one of the industry’s best crew-to-passenger rating of more than 1 to 2. Look for exclusive Virtuoso savings and sailings to be announced soon.

Holland America

Holland America cruises unveiled plans for its first new ship in five years, setting sail in February 2016. The first in the new Pinnacle class series of ships, the ship will feature designs from the world’s leading architect firms to create a stunning onboard ambiance. The ship will hold over 2600 passengers. Stay tuned as more details are released from Holland America.

Regent Seven Seas

Regent Seven Seas have also unveiled its first new ship planned since 2003 with the Seven Seas Explorer sailing Summer of 2016. The all-suite ship will hold only 738 passengers and is said to be the most expensive luxury ship built with estimates around $450 million. The suites will range between 300 to 1500 square feet, providing guests with a high amount of space to guest ratio. The luxury liner will offer six open seating gourmet restaurants, a Canyon Ranch Spa, and a two-story theater.

Which is more important, the age of the cruise ship or the destination? Both factors should be part of your consideration, as well as when to go and when to book. Learn how to choose the right cruise for you.

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