In the midst of 2014’s summer vacation season, cruise lines are planning voyages and putting finishing touches on ships that will delight passengers during 2015 and beyond. And, it’s not too early to consider your options – reservations for many 2015 cruises are being accepted now!
For summer 2015, Royal Caribbean will move one of its Oasis Class ships from the Caribbean to Europe. Beginning in May, the Allure of the Seas will sail from Barcelona, Spain, to ports in Majorca, France and Italy. In addition to wonderful port calls, passengers will enjoy the features of Allure of the Seas’ seven themed neighborhoods.
Celebrity Cruises will unveil a new “Suite Class” of accommodations in April 2015. Suite Class will be a luxurious experience, with priority check-in, butler service, and a restaurant just for Suite Class passengers; plus, privileges in the ship’s specialty restaurants, unlimited premium beverage service and complimentary Internet access. That’s in addition to sumptuous suites such as the Reflection Suite, with a glass-walled shower that cantilevers over the ocean.
Viking, known for river cruises, will introduce Viking Ocean in 2015 – the first new major ocean cruise line in nearly a decade. The Viking Star is scheduled for delivery in early 2015 and will be joined by three more ocean-going ships through 2017. The new ships will incorporate popular features from Viking’s river ships, including an indoor/outdoor dining area. The 928-passenger ships are expected to have a boutique-hotel feel with Nordic-style spas (think snow rooms and saunas).
Disney Cruise Line has announced Northern European itineraries for 2015, marking a return to the Baltic and the first time Disney ships will venture to Norway and Iceland. The Disney Magic will sail seven- and nine-night cruises from Copenhagen, Denmark, to the Norwegian fjords that served as inspiration for the Disney movie “Frozen.” An 11-night itinerary will sail on to Scotland and Iceland, too.
For Princess Cruises, 2015 will be a celebration of its 50th year. To put a cap on it, the Pacific Princess will depart December 3 to call on Mexican Riviera ports from the line’s very first cruise, including Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, along with newer destinations like La Paz and Loreto. Guests will celebrate Princess’ half-century of cruising alongside some surprise special guests.
Norwegian Cruise Line is planning to return to South America in 2015 for the first time since 2010. The Norwegian Sun will sail 14-day cruises between Santiago (for Valparaiso), Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 2015 to March 2016. The ship will call on ports in Chile, Argentina, the Falkland Islands and Uruguay.
For help making cruise plans for 2015 and beyond, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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