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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

New Cruise Ships for 2018

Cruise lines love to impress both first-time and returning passengers. When they order new cruise ships, they try to up their game every time, whether that means new-to-cruising features or simply more of what their passengers love. Here’s a look at some ships that are scheduled to debut in 2018.

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge - Celebrity Cruises’ new ship will sail the Eastern and Western Caribbean out of Port Everglades beginning in December. The ship will have several new-to-cruising features, including the Magic Carpet, a movable deck that glides up and down between decks 2 and 16. The bifold doors of Infinite Verandah cabins will bring the outdoors in, as will a solarium with 3D wall art that represents the colors and movement of the ocean. To sail in high style, check out the 5,000-square foot Iconic Suite or the two-level Edge Villa.

Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam – The sister ship to the Koningsdam, this second Pinnacle Class ship will launch in December. A wrap-around LED screen in the World Stage theater will allow designers to transform to venue into anything they can image. Passengers who enjoy music will love the Music Walk, featuring Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Stage, and B.B. King’s Blues Club; wine lovers can discover new tastes at Blend, a wine-mixing venue. The Nieuw Statendam will sail Caribbean itineraries from Ft. Lauderdale.

Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Bliss – Norwegian is building this ship specifically for week-long cruises to Alaska, departing from Seattle: the ship will sail the Caribbean out of Miami in the off-season. It will launch in June with features that will get your heart pumping, including the largest competitive racetrack at sea, an open-air laser tag course and two multi-story waterslides. The Bliss will have ocean views from almost every venue, especially the Observation Lounge, a perfect spot to relax and watch bald eagles soar Alaskan forests or dolphins splash in the Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas - When it sets sail in April, this will be the largest cruise ship afloat, with capacity for more than 6,000 guests. The ship will continue the Oasis Class “neighborhoods” concept: passengers can visit the Boardwalk, Central Park, Royal Promenade, and more. Features first seen on Harmony of the Seas, as well as some of Royal Caribbean’s signature amenities, are all expected to be on board: a 10-story slide, robot bartenders, an ice skating rink and an aqua theater, plus more than 20 restaurants. After spending spring and summer in the Mediterranean, Symphony of the Seas will sail the Caribbean from Miami.

To sail one – or all – of these new ships, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.

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