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8 New Ocean Cruise Ships to Watch in 2020

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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 2020 New Ocean Cruise Ships:

1. Carnival, Mardi Gras

It’s time to choose fun! This new cruise ship will feature the world’s first at sea roller coaster PLUS New Orleans’ renowned chef Emeril Lagasse whose saying “BAM” was made famous in his long-running Food Network shows has developed Emeril’s Bistro 1396, his first-ever restaurant at sea on a ship named “Mardi Gras.” Expect six distinct zones of fun: Grand Central, French Quarter, Summer Landing, La Piazza, Lido, and the Ultimate Playground.

Cruise itineraries: A mixed bag of sailing itineraries gets you short to long cruises from six to 15-day sailings to top destinations in Europe and the Caribbean. There will be year-round Caribbean departures from Port Canaveral with Eastern Caribbean cruises to San Juan, Amber Cove and Grand Turk. The Western Caribbean cruises will visit Cozumel, Costa Maya and Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan).
Room inventory: Think spacious, luxurious suites more than on any other Carnival ship. You can choose from 20 stateroom categories available on multiple levels from family-friendly Family Harbor and Cloud 9 Spa accommodations to a wide selection of suites, balcony, ocean view and interior state rooms.
Maiden voyage – Due to shipyard delays, the launch date has been pushed back to November 14, 2020. The ship was slated to enter service in Europe on August 31.

2. Celebrity, Celebrity Apex

The 2020 Europe season is poised to be Celebrity’s most “revolutionary” yet and prepare to take a bite out its 29 world-class culinary venues as you soar above the sea on the Magic Carpet and enjoy a sensory explosion at the Rooftop Garden.
The highly anticipated launch of Celebrity Apex is the second ship in the brand’s innovative Edge series. Cruise insiders will recall the sister ship Celebrity Edge was revered as an industry-changing ship that later ranked among the 2019 World’s Greatest Places by TIME Magazine.
On board the Apex expect big bells and whistles like the innovative outward-facing design and out-of-this-world accommodations.

Cruise itineraries: Watch for Mediterranean cruises like 10 and 11-night Eastern Mediterranean sailings and a new 11-night Western Mediterranean sailing. The 11-night one-of-a-kind round-trip cruise starts and ends in Barcelona, Spain with ports of call in Provence (Marseille); Monte Carlo; Santa Margherita, Italy; Rome, Italy; Naples, Italy; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Valencia, Spain. Other summer sails include seven to 12-night itineraries in the Mediterranean.
Room inventory: Only the finest. The Edge Staterooms have Infinite Verandas and the two-story Edge Villas have outdoor plunge pools.
2910 PAX
Length: 1004 ft
Maiden voyage: April 2020 from Southampton

3. Costa Cruises, Costa Firenze

Strictly for the burgeoning Chinese market, this leading cruise line like its sister ship Costa Venezia is poised to become a top seller. The ship tears a style sheet from the magnificent landscapes of Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Guests on board will imbibe on a true Italian experience from the food and beverage to the entertainment and the lavish interiors.

Cruise itineraries: Asia
Room inventory: A wide variety of room inventory with Interior Cabins and Balcony Cabins as the largest inventories (825 and 822 staterooms)
Maiden voyage: October 1, 2020 from Trieste
5200 PAX
323 metres long

4. MSC Cruises Virtuosa

The second ship in MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia Plus Class is prepping for entertainment galore as it tries to reduce carbon emissions using state-of-the-art scrubber technology. The latest MSC ship which comes on the heels of its sister ship MSC Grandiosa will feature Cirque du Soleil At Sea, an indoor amusement park, an outdoor waterpark, and a floating contemporary fine arts museum. For 21st century cruisers, there will be a hi-tech wristband used as your cabin keys and for onboard purchases.

Cruise itineraries: Western Mediterranean and the Mediterranean
Room inventory: Multiple cabin styles aimed at every segment from the growing multi-gen cruisers with Super Family Plus cabins to Ocean Views and for the complete unwind go for the Grand Suites with Private Whirlpools. Overall there are 2,240 cabins.
6,297 PAX
1,086 feet or 331 metres
Maiden voyage: November 2020 from Genoa, Italy

5. P&O Cruises, UK Iona

19 decks of subliminal experiences – this family-friendly ship boasts size as company insiders declare the ocean vessel to be the biggest ship ever built for the UK market. Equipped with a glass enclosed SkyDome, a four-screen cinema, and for the wellness seekers stroll the half-mile promenade deck or one of the four pools. P&O also lauds the green factor using Liquefied Natural Gas. To date it’s the cleanest energy-efficient ship from this British-based cruise line. Get set for the first gin distillery at sea! Iona is collaborating with award-winning gin distiller Salcombe Gin.
Itineraries: 2020 Sailings from London to Spain, Portugal, Canary Islands and in the summer watch for Norwegian fjord cruises.
Room inventory: There are 4 main types (suite, balcony, sea view/ocean view/outside, interior, single) divided into 12 categories and 32 grades so loads of options.
PAX 5,200
Maiden voyage: May 2020

6. Princess, Enchanted Princess

The Beverly Hills-based cruise line’s fifth Royal-class vessel shares the same spectacular luxuries as her predecessors but also has new unique attractions like the new Wakeview swimming pool plus more Jacuzzis and an expanded Sanctuary area. From the divine dining experiences to the world-class entertainment venues, there won’t be a reason to ever say you’re bored. Ideal for the multi-gen holidays set, guests have access to the new Princess MedallionClass featuring the OceanMedallion for hassle-free fast and affordable Wi-Fi. You can access the Internet everywhere on board so you can text, upload photos and stream shows.
Room inventory: There are 1,834 cabins with many 220 sq. ft. staterooms. Watch for the new Sky Suite with 270 degree panoramic views, the new ship boasts the largest balcony at sea.
Itineraries: Caribbean, Mediterranean with ports of call to Barcelona, Spain; Civitavecchia, Italy; and Athens, Greece.
3,660 PAX
Maiden voyage – July 1, 2020 from Southampton, England (previously scheduled to launch on June 18, 2020)

7. Royal Caribbean, Odyssey of the Seas

Get ready for a family adventure at sea! Fun activities await from the cruise line’s new Quantum Ultra-classic vessel, which is Royal Caribbean’s sister ship to Spectrum of the Seas. You literally will have ‘fun at sea.’ Picture new activities like glow in the dark laser tag, bumper cars, and a virtual reality skypad. For the nostalgic types familiar with old favourites like FlowRider and iFly, you can expect to enjoy these popular at-sea attractions too. The home port is in Florida with departures from sunny-filled Fort Lauderdale.
Itineraries: Caribbean and Mediterranean
Room inventory: 2,095
4,100 PAX
Maiden voyage: November 2020

8. Virgin Voyages, Scarlet Lady

Designed to look like a sleek private yacht, it’s all about luxury PLUS musical experiences realized by the record tycoon turned ship owner. The latest offering from Sir Richard Branson is the very first vessel in the Virgin Voyages fleet. Guests are called “Sailors.” Onboard amenities include 15 installed first-to-sea stoves for Korean BBQs, 100 loungers by the pool at the perfect sun-soaking angle and 500 loaded litres of champagne for endless popping. Not enough? How about 1,000 mounted bright red handmade hammocks to personal terraces PLUS 8 fitted DJ booths to play your perfect voyage soundtrack.
Room inventory: 1,400 fitted cabins and suites with tablets
Itineraries: Caribbean, Mediterranean and the glorious “Sneak-a-Peek Sailings”
Maiden voyage: April 1, 2020 packed with celebrity guest appearances, special events and big surprises. Now if you are too late to join the big party, don’t worry, Branson has you covered as the cruise company has created Sneak-a-Peak sailings (March 26-March 29, and March 29-April 1).

Stay tuned for our look at New Luxury Ocean Cruise Vessels 🙂

Ilona Kauremszky
Travel Writer
Ilona Kauremszky is an award-winning travel writer and former syndicated weekly travel columnist who regularly pens stories for trade, consumer and digital platforms. For, the bonafide cruise enthusiast interviews cruise influencers, reports trends and spotlights the latest in cruise news.

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