Cruise lovers eagerly await new ships that promise first-at-sea attractions. Here’s a look at a few features being planned for ships that will debut in 2020. Keep in mind that we never know for sure how many great new features a ship will have until it’s ready to sail: the cruise lines like to keep some things secret, and plans can change while a ship is still under construction.
For now, we know Royal Caribbean is getting the 4,198-passenger Odyssey of the Seas ready to debut in November 2020. It will be the line’s first Quantum Ultra Class ship in North America. Royal Caribbean says the Odyssey’s top-deck SeaPlex will be the most action-packed top deck to date. It will have interactive virtual reality games for individual and group play, augmented reality gaming walls, bumper cars, and glow-in-the-dark laser tag (Yetis vs. Snow Shifters). The SeaPlex will also have familiar (but still exciting) Royal Caribbean features like surf and sky diving simulators, plus a bungee trampoline experience enhanced by virtual reality.
The Odyssey of the Seas will also feature a spectacular two-level pool deck with two open-air pools and four whirlpools, surrounded by shady casitas and hammocks. Your younger companions will also love the water fountains, cannons, and slides of Splashaway Bay.
The Odyssey of the Seas will begin cruising from Fort Lauderdale in November before moving to Rome for Summer 2021.
Crystal Cruises, long known for elegance, will bring its standard of luxury to expedition cruising in 2020 with its new ship, the Endeavor. The 200-passenger ship, purpose-built for icy waters and polar climates, will be the most spacious expedition ship on the seas, with roomy suites complete with verandahs and butler service. There’s also room for multiple dining options, a salon and spa, a fitness center and even a casino, a first on an expedition ship.
To take passengers from the luxury of the Endeavor to rugged coastlines, the ship will be equipped with two helicopters and 7-passenger submersible vessel. Every cruise will feature an expert expedition team that will familiarize guests with local history, culture, wildlife and more.
The Crystal Endeavour will debut in August and is expected to sail to the Arctic, Antarctica, New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic Islands, the Russian Far East, the Aleutian Islands and Alaska, among other adventurous destinations.
For more information on these and other “new in 2020” ships, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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