Ready for the exciting new features that will float out on new cruise ships during 2019? If you haven’t heard about them yet, here’s what you can look forward to.
Set to launch in April, Royal Caribbean’s fourth Quantum Class ship, Spectrum of the Seas, is being purpose-built for the Asian cruise market, sailing from Shanghai or Hong Kong with up to 4,246 passengers. Like its sister ships, the Spectrum will have bumper cars, a skydiving simulator, and a North Star viewing pod; but, it will be the first Royal Caribbean ship to feature a new suite area. Guests in the Silver and Golden Suites will have exclusive access to a private elevator, restaurant and lounge, as well as The Balcony (sunbathing with beautiful views) and The Boutique (a private shopping enclave).
Details are beginning to emerge about Norwegian Cruise Line’s Encore, which will sail in fall 2019. The ship will carry nearly 4,000 passengers from Miami to Caribbean ports, and is also scheduled to operate some seven-day cruises to Bermuda from New York. The Encore is expected to have many of the amenities found on its sister ship, the Bliss, including an electric go-cart track and The Haven, an area of luxurious suites with butler and concierge services.
November will bring the launch of Costa Cruises’ Smeralda, the first in a new class that’s expected to have a passenger capacity of 6,600, the largest at sea. Named for Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, the ship will celebrate the best of Italy. Its centerpiece, the Piazza di Spagna, will span three decks; an impressive stairway will lead to an open-air balcony with a glass floor. Other onboard piazzas will feature Italian-style bars, ice cream parlors and musical entertainment. This will be the first ship to use LNP (liquified natural petrol) the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, for energy needs in port and at sea.
In February, the Jupiter will become the sixth in Viking Ocean Cruises’ series of 930-passenger oceangoing ships. While nearly identical to its sister ships, the Jupiter will sail new-to-Viking itineraries in South America, as well as European voyages. You can expect complimentary shore excursions, Wi-Fi, and beer and wine served at lunch and dinner.
The new year will also bring new ships from Princess Cruises, MSC Cruises, and a variety of river cruise lines. To sail on a new ship during 2019 and beyond, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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