Some exciting new ships will enter the cruise scene in 2017. Whether you cruise regularly or haven’t hit the waves for a while, one of these ships may tempt you to organize your next cruise vacation right now.
The Viking Sun will be the third ocean-going ship for Viking Cruises, previously best known for river cruises. This 930-passenger ship will debut in an impressive way, launching December 15 from Miami to sail a 141-day world cruise, Viking’s first.
The Silver Muse will be the new flagship for Silversea’s luxury fleet, accommodating up to 596 guests. The ship will launch in April for a 13-day cruise from Monte Carlo to Nice, followed by cruises throughout Europe, Canada, North and South American and the Caribbean.
The Majestic Princess from Princess Cruises will launch April 4 in Rome, with a capacity of 3,560 guests. The ship will sail some Mediterranean itineraries before being deployed to China to help meet the high demand for cruise vacations there. One of the most innovative features will be a glass-bottom walkway that extends beyond the edge of the ship.
The Norwegian Joy is also being developed specifically for the Asian market by Norwegian Cruise Line. The 3,900-passenger ship will launch next summer, and its two-level go-cart racetrack will be a “first at sea” feature.
The MSC Meraviglia is set to launch in June: it’s a big ship (up to 5,700 passengers) with “smart” features, including virtual reality experiences. A massive dome will display LED light shows, and Cirque du Soleil will provide onboard entertainment as this MSC Cruises ship sails the Mediterranean.
In addition to these ocean-going ships, several new ships will launch on the rivers of the world in 2017.
The Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler from Crystal River Cruises will sail Europe’s Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers with something special: king-sized beds in every stateroom. The Bach will launch in June and the Mahler in August.
The AmaKristina from AmaWaterways will feature staterooms with “twin” balconies: a Juliet balcony and a full exterior balcony. The new ship will begin sailing the Rhine between Amsterdam and Basel in April.
And, coming in 2018: new ships from Royal Caribbean, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, and Seabourn.
To find out how you can sail on one of the new ships of 2017, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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