With the unprecedented boost of orders and deliveries of new ships this year, a great number of choices and selection from the majority of the mainstream cruise lines await many passengers and travelers around the world.
It is incredible and exhilarating to know that forty (40) new cruise ships are expected to be sailing our oceans between 2018 and 2026, sixteen (16) of which launches 2018. This year’s delivery rate is definitely the biggest since 2001.
We can only imagine the amazing activities you can experience while on board the ships. It is already thrilling to know that our current options offer family and kid-friendly adventure, aqua activities, bars, restaurants, exclusive deals, and amazing staterooms. Surely the competition to offer nothing but the best services and unique activities will level up. While the newest ships are still on their way, you can also take a look at additional cruise liner descriptions, package offerings, and cruise schedules through cruisedirect.com .
In this article, we will look at the newest, hottest, and ultramodern mega-ships from the major international cruise liners, which are set to sail this 2018 and in 2019. This list also includes the world’s largest cruise ship that is on its way to its home port of Miami this 2018.
Let us go through the list of newest cruise ships together.
1) Royal Caribbean
The Royal Caribbean, the company that manufacturers the world’s biggest cruise ships, is slated to introduce two mega ships in the next two years and among the two, one is the world’s biggest cruise ship – the Symphony of the Seas. The ship is a sailing paradise and undeniably one of the most Instagrammable ships in the world that boost features such as an ice skating rink, expanded boardwalk, and restaurants spread across seven neighborhoods. Another unique attraction that will surely entertain guests aboard the 10-story megaship is the aqua theater with incredible water shows.
Unlike Symphony of the Seas, which is part of the Oasis class, Spectrum of the Seas, scheduled to be delivered in 2019, is the first of the Quantum Ultra class of the Royal Caribbean fleet. We can’t wait to meet this out-of-this-world cruise ship. On its launch, travelers will enjoy access to The North Star and kids can play in Splashaway Cafe.
Symphony of the Seas (2018)
Capacity: 6,680 passengers
Amenities: Restaurants, Spa, Waterparks, Battle for Planet Z, FlowRider, Zip Line, Ultimate Abyss, and more.
Spectrum of the Seas (2019)
Capacity: 4,200 passengers4
Amenities: Sky Pad, Bionic Bar, 3D cinema, Solarium, and more.
Credits: Royal Caribbean
2) Carnival Cruise Line
The world’s most famous cruise liner that is Carnival Cruise Line shows no signs of slowing down. With four (4) megaships scheduled for delivery in the next four (4) years, Carnival is leading the game. Like their earlier ships, the newest ones offer nothing but luxury. Aside from guaranteed fun-filled cruises, Carnival scores high marks on affordability. Here are two of their newest ships that are coming in 2018 and 2019:
Carnival Horizon (2018)
Capacity: 3,960 passengers
Amenities: Liquid Lounge, IMAX movie theater, Horizon Atrium Bar, SkyBox Sports Bar, The SportsSquare, and more.
Carnival Panorama (2019)
Capacity: 4,008 passengers
Amenities: Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi, Ocean Plaza, the Cloud 9 Spa, SportSquare recreation area, SkyRide, and WaterWorks aqua park.
3) Celebrity Cruises
Want to cruise like a star? Well, Celebrity Cruises is here to fulfill your needs. If top-of-the line service is what you are looking for, then Celebrity Cruises is the best bet. Although the number of ships they have is not as many as the other cruise lines, they are still showing growth by adding Celebrity Edge to the family this 2018.
Celebrity Edge (2018)
Capacity: 2,908 passengers
Amenities: Four main dining room, movable deck – Magic Carpet, The Resort Deck with private cabanas, bars, and lounges.
Credits: Iglu Cruise
4) Holland America Line
With 145 years of reliable service in the cruise industry, Holland America Line is a leader, a brand that many passengers trust. The great experience they offer does not just rely on quantity but on the quality of service they offer as well. Amazing customer service is always guaranteed. Fun activities, including fun cooking classes offered by America’s Test Kitchen, await those who are ready to board Nieuw Statendam this December.
MS Nieuw Statendam (2018)
Capacity: 2,650 passengers
Amenities: America’s Test Kitchen, B.B King’s Blues Club, BBC Earth Experience, Blend, Spa and Restaurants.
5) MSC Cruises
A quarter of the total number of ships scheduled to be delivered in the next decade belongs to MSC Cruises. That is ten (10) out of (40) ships! The company has been aggressive in improving their services by adding fun activities onboard and by offering VIP services through its MSC Yacht Club program. They plan to double their current fleet in the year 2022, but while we wait, here are the three (3) ultramodern ships set to debut in 2018 and 2019.
MSC Seaview (2018)
Capacity: 5,300 passengers
Amenities: 20 bars and lounges, Roy Yamaguchi’s Asian Market Kitchen, restaurants, Ziplines, Bowling Area, 4D cinema, water park, and atrium.
MSC Bellissima (2019)
Capacity: 4,500 passengers
Amenities: Shows by Cirque du Soleil, Carousel Lounge, Polar Aquapark, TV Studio & Bar, Attic Club, Sportsplex, F1 Simulators, Full Size Bowling Lanes, Baby Club, and more.
Credits: MSC Cruises
MSC Grandiosa (2019)
Capacity: 6,300 passengers
Amenities: Shows by Cirque du Soleil, Carousel Lounge , Polar Aquapark, TV Studio & Bar, Attic Club, Sportsplex, F1 Simulators, Full Size Bowling Lanes, Teens clubs, and more.
Credits: MSC Cruises
6) Norwegian Cruise Line
This Miami-based cruise line is set to add two new cruise ships in the next two years; one in 2018 and another in 2019. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss offers passenger a fantastic experience as it sails to Alaska, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mexico. You and your family can expect excellent service and extreme adventure at the ship’s aqua park with ocean loops. The new ship also has a thermal suite and massage spa where you can relax. Norwegian Encore is something the world will need to look forward to in 2019.
Norwegian Bliss (2018)
Capacity: 4,004 passengers
Amenities: 20,000-square-foot Observation Lounge, Mini Golf, Race Track, Aqua Park, Bliss Theatre, Bliss casino, Fitness Center, and more.
Credits: Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Encore (2019)
Capacity: 3,998 passengers
Amenities: Horizon Lounge, Observation Lounge, bars and lounges, amazing staterooms, and more.
Credits: Norwegian Cruise Line
7) Princess Cruises
A cruise with Princess Cruises will not take you to a destination, because every trip with them is the destination in itself. With 17 fleet ships and another one coming in 2019, there are several options to choose from. The Sky Princess is something everyone should lookout for next year.
Sky Princess (2019)
Capacity: 3,560 passengers
Amenities: SKY Suites, Princess Theater, Vista Lounge, Casino, The Sanctuary, Lotus Spa, Fitness Center, and more.