Cruise lines know that cruise fans are always looking for new adventures, and they keep things fresh and exciting by regularly offering new destinations and ships. Here’s a look at some new developments for 2016:
Holland America Line will introduce its first new ship since 2010, the Koningsdam, in April. It will be the first in the line’s new Pinnacle class. During its first year, the ship will sail the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and to Iceland before relocating to Port Everglades for Caribbean cruises. The ship will have Holland America’s first purpose-built staterooms for solo travelers and for families, as well as new programming in the Culinary Arts Center.
Regent Seven Seas will introduce its latest all-suite luxury ship, the Explorer, on July 20. The ship will increase the line’s fleet capacity nearly 30 percent, but will still be exclusive, with just 750 passengers. They will enjoy six open-seating gourmet restaurants, a nine-deck atrium and a two-story theater. The ship will launch from Monte Carlo to sail the Mediterranean before repositioning to Miami.
Seabourn, another luxury line, will launch the new Encore in December. The ship’s 10-day inaugural voyage sold out in just two days, and 600 lucky guests will sail from Athens to Java, Bali and Indonesia. The Encore is expected to maintain Seabourn’s reputation for spacious staterooms and public areas, as well as highly personalized service.
Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, its third Quantum-class ship, is expected to launch in May. The $1 billion ship is highly anticipated, as is its roster of itineraries, which will include summer cruises from Shanghai. Later in the year, the Ovation will become the first brand-new ship ever to home port in Australia, offering five different itineraries from Sydney.
Several other cruise lines have also announced new itineraries and ports for 2016. Disney Cruise Line will offer new cruises from New York to the Bahamas, which will include a visit to Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort; new seven-night Caribbean voyages from Miami; and new cruises from Galveston.
Princess Cruises has new options in Europe for 2016, including first-time port calls in Galway, Ireland; Haugesund, Norway; and Ullapool, Scotland. Princess will also return to the Canary Islands, sailing 11- day voyages from Southampton, England, to four destinations in the Canaries as well as Madeira and Vigo, Spain.
Norwegian Cruise Line will add San Juan, Puerto Rico, as a seasonal home port. From San Juan, the Norwegian Gem will sail seven-day Southern Caribbean itineraries from late October through mid- December.