MAKING WAVES: All the deets on 6 of the most exciting new cruise ships!

Think you’re a cruise expert? Prove it! Which cruise ship is launching in 2019/2020 will have the largest balconies at sea? Can you describe the at-sea version of Garden of Eden?

Think you’re a cruise expert? Prove it! Which cruise ship is launching in 2019/2020 will have the largest balconies at sea? Can you describe the at-sea version of Garden of Eden?

Are you able to name Princess Cruises’ fifth Royal-class ship? Or tell us which cruise ship will have a digital assistant called Zoe?

If you’re struggling to answer any of the above like a contestant in the final round of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, don’t feel too bad.

There are hundreds of ships at sea and keeping up with the existing ones, let alone the ones yet-to-arrive, is a tough task.

Cue Creative Cruising.

The online cruise holiday specialist is making life a little easier for consultants by pulling together a list of six exciting new cruise ships that you and your clients will WANT to know about:


1. Sky Princess


Kick back on the LARGEST balcony at sea!

When the newest addition to the Princess Cruises fleet sets sail in October this year, she’ll do so with ridiculously spacious balconies that not only have plenty of room for outdoor relaxing BUT 270-degree views of the ocean AND a private vantage of the Movies Under The Stars screen.

Beyond the generous rooms, Sky Princess will have a bundle of exciting Princess features such as a redesigned Sanctuary, a new Take Five Jazz Lounge, on-deck Jacuzzis and the Lotus Spa and Enclave.


2. Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas


If you were impressed by Royal Caribbean’s technologically advanced Quantum Class ships (the ones that introduced the robot bartender), then you’re going to be blown away by the first of the Quantum Ultra Class vessels.

Spectrum of the Seas will make a giant splash in the cruise scene in April this year when she debuts with the ‘Sky Pad’ – a bungee trampoline experience mixed with virtual reality.

The old school meets new school attraction will see guests enter a dome-like space, jump as they would on any trampoline while wearing a VR headset projecting out-of-this-world images.

Tripping out?

For those looking for tamer adventures, the ship also has many Quantum Class staples such has the Bionic Bar, FlowRider, RipCord by iFly, a karaoke venue and the Ultimate Family Suite, a two storey suit equipped with a 3D cinema, slide and more.


4. Enchanted Princess

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True to her name, Princess Cruises’ second new build is set to enchant her guests when she arrives in June 2020 with a range of new features and the ever-popular SeaWalk.

For those who haven’t heard of the most dramatic experiences at sea, the SeaWalk is an over-the-ocean trek that allows guests to see the ocean below their feet.

It’s like walking on water BUT way safer.

Beyond the SeaWalk, Enchanted Princess will be the epitome of style and luxury thanks to features such as the Wakeview Pool – infinity style pool and bar offering aft views of the horizon, the Sky Suites – grand rooms featuring the largest balcony at sea, and world-class entertainment.

The fifth Royal Class ship will also have the most pools and whirlpool hot tubs on any Princess Cruises ship and several new dining venues including the Salty Dog Gastropub and Italian-inspired Piazza.


5. Celebrity Apex


Come April 2020,  Celebrity Edge won’t be the only ship with a Magic Carpet.

Celebrity Cruises will equip its second new build vessel in two years, Celebrity Apex, with the multi-use, floating space along with exciting new features such as SEVEN brand new specialty restaurants.

*Stomach growls*

Although she’ll mostly sail around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, the journey to Celebrity Apex will be worth it for Aussies who’ll no doubt appreciate the ship’s twin-level Edge villas with outdoor plunge pools, access to the Retreat Sundeck, Resort Deck featuring a multi-level jogging track and reimagined Solarium, and more.

Celebrity Apex will sail the Mediterranean from April 2020 and the Caribbean from November 2020.


6. MSC Bellisima


She’s going to be Bellissima!

MSC Cruises’ next new build truly will be gorgeous (direct translation of Bellissima, just FYI) when she sets off on 24 March 2019 with artificial intelligence.

Mhmm, AI.

Called ZOE, the voice-enabled AI will be installed inside every cabin to answer any question the guest may have throughout their holiday.

To activate ZOE, travellers simply need to say ‘OK ZOE’ and ask their question.

A truly intelligent piece of technology, ZOE can communicate in seven languages and is pre-programmed to answer hundreds of questions.

‘OK ZOE, tell us more about MSC Bellissima.’

No worries KARRYON readers, MSC Bellissima will have a desert-themed Water Park described as “an oasis for kids and families”, two original shows from Cirque du Soleil, and a multi-purpose space where guests can listen to the radio, watch live TV studio games and quizzes, or sing karaoke.


Seek To Sea More


The following are some of the ‘top picks’ of new launches in 2019/2020, get excited!

  • Sky Princess – 2019
  • Enchanted Princess – 2020
  • Celebrity Apex – 2020
  • Celebrity Eclipse – new to Australian waters in 2020
  • MSC Bellissima – 2019
  • MSC Grandiosa – 2019
  • MSC Virtuosa – 2020
  • Norwegian Encore – 2019
  • Carnival Panorama – 2019
  • Spectrum of the Seas – 2019
  • Explorer Dream – 2019

Also, EXCITING NEW SHIPS, coming in 2022 and 2025, Oceania Cruises has recently announced an order for 2 new Allura-Class ships, so watch this space!

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