January inevitably brings disappointment that the joyful season of exchanging presents, carol singing and over-eating is over but, with cruising, the celebrations never stop.
With over 40 more cracking vessels just from the mega lines due to be ready for you over the next ten years, there will always be an incredible date in your diary (no matter who your favourite cruise line is).
So let’s start with the top five ultimate reasons 2018 will be the best year for cruising yet. Vote which ship launching this year you’re most excited for and find out all the magnificent details below…
5-The One To Host The Biggest Ever Racetrack At Sea
Bliss will be NCL‘s sixteenth ship (the third in their Breakaway Plus class), will feature the biggest ever Ferrari racetrack at sea, and has been custom built for sailings in Alaska and the Caribbean.
Arriving: April 2018
Guest capacity: 4,004 (double occupancy)
Weight: 167,800 tonnes
You’ll find two magnificent observation lounges onboard Bliss, proving it has been designed especially for witnessing sights like no other; you’ll be able to view unique areas of the world through floor-to-ceiling windows or NCL‘s signature ship-within-a-ship concept (The Haven).
Not only will be there be no single supplement, but there is an option for a Studio which grants access to a private studio lounge and a complex of staterooms that have been designed and priced specifically for solo travellers!
Everything You Need To Know On NCL’s 16th Ship NCL pride themselves on giving you the freedom to wear do what you want, wear what you want, when you want with no strict cruise ship rules to kill your vibe…
4-The One To Dazzle You With A ‘Dreamscape’ Sky
Carnival‘s 26th ship in the fleet (second in its Vista class) will offer guests some of its best signature features as well as some firsts-at-sea, including the IMAX theatre and Skyride- an extraordinary peddled roller coaster bike ride.
Arriving: March 2018
Guest capacity: 4,000
Weight: 133,500 tonnes
Carnival have maintained their focus on onboard entertainment with Horizon so passengers can anticipate an array of fun features including the SkyCourse ropes circuit and the biggest Carnival WaterWorks park with an enclosed Kaleid-O-Slide water tube with 455ft of turns and twists.
Even dining won’t be short of the extraordinary onboard the ship with a multicourse experience available with the master chef, including a private cocktail reception and tour of the galley. Horizon will feel exclusive to every guest!
Exclusive Glimpse: Carnival’s Biggest Ever Ship Officially On The Horizon Carnival revealed the start of the construction of Horizon exactly a year ago and has since unveiled an updated LED “Dreamscape”…
3-The One Designed Completely In 3-D About To Transform Expectations
Celebrity‘s 14th ship (first in its own Edge class) promises to change the way guests connect with the ocean through the latest 3-D technology and the Magic Carpet, the world’s first cantilevered, floating platform that reaches heights of 13 storeys above sea level.
Arriving: Autumn 2018
Guest capacity: 2,918
Weight: 133,500 tonnes
Celebrity have promised that Edge will bring you closer to the sea after erasing the boundaries between the traditional stateroom and the veranda, also adding 23% more square footage.
The line have brought the best architects to the ship to design the rooftop garden and the magic carpet (what will make Celebrity Edge’s profile recognisable from miles off as it scales the sixteen decks through the day and night!
A First Glimpse Of Celebrity Edge, Re-Defining How You See The World It has been designed completely in 3-D, features the work of A-list global architects and designers and its dramatically expanded staterooms…
2-The One With The Best Sunny Sea Views In The World
MSC‘s 15th ship (2nd in its Seaside class) is based on a new prototype that aims to bring guests closer to the sea with a design specifically for warmer climates. You’ll find indoor and outdoor spaces blended like never before with a unique seafront promenade circling the ship as low as deck 8!
Arriving: May 2018
Guest capacity: 5,429
Weight: 154,000 tonnes
For the first time on a cruise ship, guests will be able to travel to higher and lower decks without going back into the ship and losing the connection with the sea; the panoramic elevators on the outside of the ship will means you’ll never forget you’re surrounded by unmatched sunny sea views!
Even the high-speed racing slides feature clear hoops that extend over the side of the ship so you’ll be whizzing over the sea with absolutely magnificent views. The four-deck atrium and panoramic pool are two real contenders for the best experiences you’ve ever had…
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1-The One That’ll Glow In The Dark
Symphony of the Seas
Royal Caribbean‘s 25th ship (4th in its Oasis class) will be the world’s larges cruise ship when it launches, replacing Harmony of the Seas which has sat at the top spot since April 2017. It will replica Harmony in every single way with an added feature of glow-in-the-dark decking!
Arriving: April 2018
Guest capacity: 5,475
Weight: 227,000 tonnes
You can expect to see every standout feature from Harmony of the Seas, including The Ultimate Abyss (the slide designed by a legitimate professor of thrills), the neighbourhood concept that gives you Central Park, the Boardwalk, and every unique restaurant like Wonderland!
Hairspray will be Symphony‘s Broadway-busting hit musical onboard and there’ll be more moments where you’ll feel like you’re in another world with the multimedia ice skating show based on a time-travelling hero…
Newly Announced Exclusives On Symphony, The World’s Largest! Symphony of the Seas will be kicking off a summer season in the Mediterranean and calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca…
What do you think of the five ships to look out for in 2018? Have you booked to sail with any of them? Which ships do you want to experience first? Are there any ships you’re booked to cruise with not on our list? Leave us your comments!
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