Shipsahoy highlights the top cruise ships debuting in the new year
By: Ilona Kauremszky
It’s being touted that the cruise industry is entering “The Golden Age of Cruising.”
Thanks to a worldwide interest this year it’s estimated 25-million clients booked a cruise. Expedia CruiseShipCenters, a Vancouver-headquartered travel agency franchise company, forecasts 38-million passengers will set out on the high seas by 2027.
“This much-anticipated growth will be met with the nearly 100 new ships that are currently on order,” adds Bob Tipple, Vice-President of Franchising at Expedia CruiseShipCenters.
Check out these five new maiden voyages:
Symphony of the Seas: Royal Caribbean International
Get ready for the largest cruise ship in the world. Clocking in at 1,188 feet long with 18 decks it’s about the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. For the inaugural summer season, Symphony will sail the Mediterranean and switch to Caribbean itineraries in the fall.
Clients can expect over-the-top everything from the tallest slide at sea dubbed “Ultimate Abyss,” and AquaTheater, an acrobatics show with diving stunts to a Bionic Bar with robotic bartenders and seven distinct neighbourhoods like the tree-lined Central Park and the luxury shop-filled Royal Promenade.
Launch date: April 2018
Prepare for a spring break debut for this mammoth ship set to launch in New York City with Caribbean, Transatlantic and Mediterranean cruise itineraries.
The upsells include an IMAX movie theatre, a Dr. Seuss-inspired WaterWorks waterpark and a 150-foot high SkyRide, which previously debuted on Carnival’s Vista ships. Other on-board inclusions involve a diverse F+B scene such as home to the world’s first Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse | Brewhouse from Guy Fieri and Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse including the au courant Chef’s Table concept at an extra charge among other dining options.
Launch date: March 2018
Norwegian Bliss: NCL
NCL is hailing its latest vessel as the ‘most incredible cruise ship.’ Prepare for Alaska and Caribbean cruise itineraries with this custom-built ship that boasts plenty of bells and whistles.
Selling features include a Go-Kart racetrack, outdoor laser tag course, and an indoor observation deck with floor-to-ceiling windows purpose-built for Alaska cruises.
Launch date: Summer 2018
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