In its 2014 Cruise Trends survey, Cruise Holidays International asked its experts across the U.S. and Canada which is the most-anticipated new ship for 2014. The overwhelming choice was Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas.
While this ship won’t launch until November, it’s been open for booking since May 2013. With unique features like a skydiving simulator, a glass capsule that rises 300 feet above the water for wonderful 360-degree views, and virtual balconies that bring outdoor visuals to inside staterooms, it’s no wonder the ship accounts for nearly 20% of all Cruise Holidays cruise bookings looking into 2015. Quantum of the Seas will sail from Cape Liberty (Bayonne), N.J., to the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean and Southern Caribbean.
Viking Cruises is ready to meet the growing demand for European river cruises with 14 new ships set to launch this year. By the end of 2014, Viking will have introduced 30 new ships in a three-year period, the most rapid fleet expansion ever seen in the cruise industry.
The award-winning design of AmaWaterways’ AmaPrima will be repeated in two new ships in 2014, the AmaReina and the AmaSonata. Guests will enjoy a choice of dining venues, a pool and swim-up bar, and a fleet of bicycles for riding along Europe’s scenic riverside bike trails.
When Uniworld launches the S.S. Catherine in April, it will be one of the river cruise line’s largest ships, ready to welcome 159 passengers to elegantly furnished staterooms. The luxury ship will be perfectly suited to sailing the rivers of France.
The Regal Princess from Princess Cruises will debut in May, a month earlier than originally planned. Special features include a dramatic, glass-bottomed SeaWalk that extends more than 28 feet over the water. This ship will sail six- and seven-day itineraries between Athens and Venice.
In addition, watch for the new river cruise ships Poetry II, Illumination and Impression from Avalon Waterways; the ms Inspire and ms Savor from Tauck River Cruises; and the deep water ship Norwegian Getaway from Norwegian Cruise Lines.
To pick the new ship you’d like to experience this year, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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