5 New Luxury Ocean Cruise Ships Making a Splash in 2020
By: Ilona Kauremszky
We are making a splash with the start of the new year by showcasing some of the newest cruise ships scheduled to embark on their maiden voyages in 2020.
As expected more river ships, more ocean cruise ships PLUS more expedition vessels are slated to enter the burgeoning cruise market.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) 32 million passengers are expected to set sail in 2020. To meet ongoing demand, CLIA Cruise Lines are scheduled to debut 19 new ocean ships in the upcoming year, resulting in a total of 278 CLIA Cruise Line ocean ships projected to be in operation by the end of 2020.
ShipsAhoy spotlights some of them in this new series.
Here’s a look at New Luxury Ocean Cruises having maiden voyages:
1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises Seven Seas Splendor
Dubbed as ‘the ship that defines luxury perfected’ the world’s leading luxury ocean cruise line is set to making the splashing debut of the Splendor. The fifth ship in Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet will showcase exquisite style and comfort. Among the regal amenities anticipate a stunning $5-million curated fine art collection, 19 innovative new signature cocktails and eight new gins. In the culinary world, the luxury ocean vessel will boast 16 new culinary arts kitchen classes ideal for foodie lovers. In the good sleeps department guests staying in the Regent Suite onboard will experience the Hastens Vividus custom-made mattress which retails $200,000 in the real world.
Room inventory: 14 astonishing suite categories.
Itineraries: Caribbean and Mediterranean
Maiden voyage: February 21, 2020
2. Saga Cruises MS Spirit of Adventure
This British-brand which launched its first polar expedition vessel “Spirit of Discovery” in 2019 will be debuting this sister-ship this summer. Cruisers who love boutique luxury will find the Spirit of Adventure will suit their needs. The ice-strengthened expedition ship facilities include a theatre, indoor spa and wellness centre, outdoor lido, pools and various restaurants.
Itineraries: All sails depart from the UK – watch for night cruises and length of cruises from short 4 days to long 31 day cruises in destinations across Europe and the Caribbean.
Room inventories: 540 cabins each with a balcony. 100 cabins set aside for solo cruisers who get a special ‘solo-traveller’ rate.
Maiden voyage: August 21, 2020 from Dover, England
3. Silversea Silver Moon
Silversea’s expanding its fleet with the addition of this luxurious sleek vessel. The sister ship of Silver Muse has a different interior layout thanks to guest feedback based on the Silver Muse. Watch for the repositioning of some restaurants and bars plus the debut of Silversea’s new Sea And Land Taste (SALT) program, S.A.L.T Lab, featuring cooking workshops.
Itineraries: Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America
Room inventory: 298 cabins in this all suites configuration with butler service.
Maiden voyage: August 2020
4. Silversea Silver Origin
Considered one of the most environmentally-friendly vessels on the waters, this all-inclusive luxury ship is set for the Galapagos Islands. Silver Origin is the first destination-specific ship built by Silverseas. However, like its predecessors from this Monaco-based privately owned luxury cruise line, the luxury expedition ship is designed with the atmosphere of casual elegance. Amenities include Zodiacs and more Silversea worthy distractions.
Itineraries: Year-round Galapagos
Room inventory: 51 cabins which are all-suites available in eight different stateroom categories including Silverseas’ first Horizon Balconies.
Maiden voyage: March 2020
5. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Evrima
The Evrima is the first of three identical new builds set to start sailing this summer. The clientele are typical Ritz-Carlton guests, aimed at the discerning luxury traveller seeking immersive experiences with personalized service.
Itineraries: Voyages range from seven to 10 nights. Small off-the-beaten path ports in the Caribbean and France as well as European favourite destinations like Barcelona and Copenhagen with overnights in port. 2020 Sailings in Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Canada, and New England.
Room inventories: 149 all-balcony suites which this brand likes to identify as “terraces.” Bedrooms are the ultimate in opulence with queen-sized beds, luxurious linens and stocked mini-bar as well as espresso coffee makers in each room. All suites have a Personal Assistant, basically like a butler service because this staff’s job description is to ensure you are pampered.
Maiden voyage: June 2020 from the Mediterranean
624 foot long yacht