From design to launch, it can take several years to produce a new cruise ship. It’s a time when excitement among cruise fans can come to a fever pitch, especially when the cruise line is ready to reveal the features and amenities of the ship.
Currently, cruise enthusiasts are buzzing about the announced features of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway. The first in a new line of “Project Breakaway” ships, Breakaway will launch this April with new options for entertainment and dining, including the line’s first gelato shop and more water slides than any other cruise ship. The Breakaway’s sister ship, the Getaway, will debut in April 2014; a third ship in the series is planned for late 2015.
In another highly anticipated launch, Princess Cruises will introduce its Royal Princess in June, followed by the Regal Princess in spring 2014. Both ships will have a spectacular, glass-enclosed walkway that cantilevers 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship and 128 feet over the water.
Few details are available yet about upcoming Quantum class of ships from Royal Caribbean, but the cruise line recently announced the names of the first two. Quantum of the Seas will debut in late 2014, and Anthem of the Seas in spring 2015. The cruise line’s CEO promises that the ships will make a “quantum leap” in setting expectations for what passengers can do on a cruise ship.
Several ships designed for river cruising will debut in the next few years. Six of Viking River Cruises’ 443-foot “Longships” are already sailing the rivers of Europe and earning positive reviews for their balcony cabins and hotel-style suites. More will set sail this year and in 2014. Viking will also enter the world of ocean-going cruises with new ships scheduled to launch in 2014 and 2015.
Avalon Waterways will launch three river cruise ships in 2014. Announced features include cabins with wall-to-wall windows that open to let in fresh air and views of European countryside, towns and cities.
In fall 2015, Holland America Line will bring out its first new ship since 2010; and, Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis-class ship will launch in mid-2016.
To make your plans to cruise on these or other new ships, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, Ole Nordhavn.
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