New Cruise Ships for 2018

2018 promises many exciting new cruise ships. Here are our top picks:

Seabourn Ovation

Seabourn Ovation
Seabourn Ovation

Seabourn introduce Ovation in 2018. Sister to the stunning Encore, this new ships offers the same pleasing design and first-class service, along with some new developments. Read our full preview here.

Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam
Nieuw Statendam

In December 2018 the latest Pinnacle-class ship, Nieuw Statendam, is due to embark upon its inaugural voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Key West and Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas. Read our full preview here.

Viking Orion

VIKING ORION FLOATOUT
Viking Orion

Fifth in the Viking line of first-class cruise ships, the Orion will debut in 2018. Read our full preview here.

Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge
Celebrity Edge

Celebrity’s Edge intends to revolutionise the cruise ship experience with exciting design features. Read our full preview here.

Ms Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen
RoaldAmundsen

MS Roald Amundsen, launching in 2018, is one of two hybrid cruise ships on order from leading exploration cruise line, Hurtigruten. Read our full preview here. 

Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas at Night
Symphony of the Seas at Night

Debuting in spring next year, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is set to be the ‘world’s largest cruise ship’. Read our full review here

Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Bliss, due to launch in April 2018, will be one of the largest cruise ships in the world. As the third in the successful Breakaway-Plus class, this 4000 passenger ship will debut in Alaska before moving to the Caribbean for winter. Read our full preview here.

 

Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Eclipse
Adventure on the Eclipse

Billed as ‘The World’s First Discovery Yacht’ the Scenic Eclipse promises to bring something very unique to the ocean cruising experience when it launches in August 2018. Read our full preview here.

 

New Cruise Ships for 2018 – Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Bliss, due to launch in April 2018, will be one of the largest cruise ships in the world. As the third in the successful Breakaway-Plus class, this 4000 passenger ship will debut in Alaska before moving to the Caribbean for winter.

Bliss Go Karts
Go Karts

As well as sharing the best features of sister ships, Escape and Joy, there will be some new attractions. Adrenalin-junkies will surely seek out the top-deck Go Kart racetrack, Laser Tag court and extreme water slides.

bliss observation lounge
Observation Lounge

The 20,000 square foot Observation Lounge, perhaps offering more sedate entertainment, gives 180-degree views spanning the entire front of the ship; perfect for scenic Alaskan cruises.

Norwegian Bliss H2O
H2O

In keeping with the Norwegian cruise line brand, there’s never a dull moment and so much to keep guests occupied it’s probably impossible to see and do everything on one cruise. Broadway-worthy productions take centre stage in the Bliss Theatre, the Beatles-inspired Cavern Club has live music and outdoor seating, night owls can dance into the early hours at the Social comedy and night club and the Mandara Spa is a  first-class facility. Adult-only areas include Spice H2O and the Vibe Beach Club.

Bliss Teppanyaki
Teppanyaki

Dining and drinking options are plentiful – with old Norwegian cruise line favourites as well as some new venues. The speciality Texas Smokehouse Q is an upmarket barbecue joint and joins established eateries like Los Lobos, Ocean Blue and Teppanyaki. A fully-serviced Starbucks is making its first appearance on a Norwegian ship.

Norwegian Bliss Haven
Haven Suite

In addition to the range of staterooms expected on a Norwegian ship, Bliss also offers 82 inside cabins with virtual views designed purely for solo travellers. Interconnecting rooms are available for groups and the Haven suites (with their exclusive lounge, all-butler service and private dining) are a world-away from the busy activities elsewhere and offer some of the finest accommodation at sea.

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