Cruising may have been on pause throughout most of the last year and a half, but cruise companies certainly weren’t taking a break. In fact, they have been busy putting the finishing touches to some stunning new cruise ships and are excited to be setting sail in 2022 with a wide range of spectacular itineraries.
Here’s our essential guide to five dazzling new ships launching next year.
Wonder of the Seas
Cruise line: Royal Caribbean
Planned launch date: March 2022
Initial ship itineraries: The Caribbean and Florida (March & April), Western Mediterranean (May)
Highlights: Wonder of the Seas may be the fifth addition in the Oasis Class, but at 5,734-passenger capacity, it will launch as the largest cruise ship in the world. With 8 neighbourhoods, 19 pools, an expected 25 dining venues, and an incredible range of activities, including surfing, rock-climbing walls and an ice-skating rink, this cruise ship offers delights for everyone.
The top decks of this Oasis Class ship have been majorly redesigned to include The Vue (a cantilevered pool bar), an interactive, open-air children’s play area with slides and climbing walls and a brand-new, exquisite neighbourhood dedicated to suite guests.
Cruise line: Princess Cruises
Planned launch date: Spring 2022
Initial ship itineraries: USA and Canada
Highlights: As the sixth addition to the Royal Class, Discovery Princess has innovation, luxury and comfort perfected. There are balconies in 80% of the cabins, with Sky Suites offering a spectacular 270-degree panorama and a continuous balcony of over 1,00-square feet. Featuring highlights, such as Movies Under The Stars, original musical productions and an adult-only Sanctuary, alongside Michelin-star dining and three-deck-high Piazza atrium, expect every wish on your dream cruise to be fulfilled.
Cruise line: Celebrity Cruises
Planned launch date: April 2022
Initial ship itineraries: The Mediterranean, including the Italian and French Riviera
Highlights: As the third addition to the Edge Class, Celebrity Beyond really lives up to its name, using trailblazing design to create more space, stretching both the length and height of this luxury ship. Used impeccably, this new-found space features a two-storey Sunset Bar, an impeccable 25-yard lap pool and a beautifully redesigned Rooftop Garden.
Enjoy the latest in culinary creativity, too, led by Global Culinary Ambassador chef, Daniel Boulud, in his restaurant, Le Voyage. With Gwyneth Paltrow also showcasing her wellness line, goop, onboard, Celebrity Cruises have gone the extra mile to create the ultimate in new luxury, cruising experiences
Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Planned launch date: August 2022
Initial ship itineraries: Northern Europe, the Norwegian Fjords and the Baltic region
Highlights: Norwegian Prima is the first addition to the exciting new Prima Class ships. Billed as a first-in-class ship, its unique highlights include a 360-degree Ocean Boulevard, comprising a spectacular infinity beach, an outdoor sculpture garden and two Oceanwalk glass bridges.
The ship’s Indulge Food Hall offers 11 enticing venues, such as the Seaside Rotisserie and the street food-inspired Tapas Food Truck. With adrenaline-inducing slides and a three-level racecourse for the thrill-seekers, Norwegian Prima will make sea-days the best days for every cruise guest.
Cruise line: Disney Cruises
Planned launch date: June 2022
Highlights: Bringing Disney to life at sea, Disney Wish has created new enchanting offerings to its fan favourites. From AquaMouse, a colourful cartoon water adventure, to Disney dining in the Frozen-themed Kingdom of Arendelle or during an interactive ‘Avengers: Quantum Encounter’, expect children and adults alike to be thrilled by the creativity.
Entertainment does not disappoint with the dazzling Disney live shows, game show-style competitions in the Hero Zone and first-run films inside Wonderland Cinema. And for moments of tranquillity, there’s the adults-only infinity pool in the Quiet Cove. Discover an immersive cruise experience into the fantastical worlds of Disney, making children’s dreams a reality.
For more information on these or other new cruise ships launching in 2022, please call your dedicated cruise consultant or click here to view all 2022 sailings