Cruise lines are always looking toward new horizons: developing new destinations, itineraries and ships in order to offer every cruise traveler, from first-timers to long-time cruise fans, with a choice of fresh experiences. Here’s a look at some of the new (or renewed) ships set to delight cruise passengers in 2016.
Crystal Cruises will enter the river cruise market with the Crystal Mozart, launching from Vienna in July. Crystal purchased and is refurbishing this river cruise ship, which is one of the largest in Europe. It has rare features like an indoor swimming pool and wraparound promenade. Crystal is also planning to debut four new-build river cruise ships during the next two years.
Cunard Line will put the Queen Mary 2 in dry dock on May 27, relaunching June 21 with fully renovated suites and restaurants. The refurbished ship will have the latest incarnation of the venerable Verandah Grill, serving gourmet French cuisine and tableside theater at lunch and dinner.
Holland America Line will please music lovers with new music venues – BB King’s Blues Club and Lincoln Center Stage – on the new MS Koningsdam, set to debut in April. This will be the largest ship in the line’s fleet, and the first in the new Pinnacle Class. Solo travelers will appreciate staterooms designed for one on voyages of the Mediterranean, Baltic and British Isles.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises will launch the Explorer in July, the largest ship in its fleet of luxury vessels. It will have 369 spacious suites – from 300 to 1,500 square feet – and six open-seating restaurants for flexible gourmet dining.
Royal Caribbean will introduce another “first” at sea, the world’s largest water slide (10 stories high) on the 5,400-passenger Harmony of the Seas in June. The line will also offer new itineraries in Asia and Australia on a third Quantum Class ship, the Ovation of the Seas, which will home port in China.
Viking Cruises, best known for river cruises, has entered the ocean cruise market and will debut is third ocean-going ship, the Viking Sea, in April. For these new ships, Viking has adapted some of the most popular features of its river ships, including alfresco dining on the Aquavit Terrance.
To make your reservations on any of these ships and find out what else is new for 2016, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.