New Cruise Ships for 2010 2010 promises to be an exciting year for cruising as several large and small ships will be launched. Ships that will make their debut this year range from Royal Caribbean’s sister ship of the fleets largest ship, the Oasis of the Seas, which will accommodate 5400 guests, to The Yachts of Seabourn, launching the exciting luxury ship, the Sojourn, carrying approximately 450 guests. Here is a rundown on nine of the best new cruise ships for 2010 in order of their projected maiden voyages.
Costa Cruises – The Costa Deliziosa was the first cruise ship to debut on February 5, 2010. This ship features a 4-D cinema, roller rink, golf and a race car simulator. The ship will also feature Costa’s very popular signature Samsara Spa with exclusive spa suites. Guests will find beautiful furniture and art collections throughout the ship, and they’ll enjoy cuisine from world-class chefs. The Deliziosa will be 92000 gross tons and carry 2800 passengers. It will sail 7-night cruises from Dubai, in addition to cruising the Baltic Sea, Norway, and the Mediterranean (sailings vary throughout the year.)
MSC Cruises – The MSC Magnifica will debut on March 12, 2010. The ship will feature its MSC Yacht Club, exclusively for suite guests. This ship features a 13,000-square-foot spa, and two pools. The ship’s main pool features a retractable roof so guests may enjoy a swim, rain or shine. In addition to the main dining rooms, the ship offers a pizzeria and a specialty Sushi Bar. The Magnifica, at 92000 gross tons will carry more than 2500 passengers as it sails from Venice for 7 nights visiting Greece, Turkey, and Croatia.
P&O Cruises – The Azura will launch in April 2010 as the sister to the Ventura. This ship features many family amenities such as a circus school for kids. With four pools, two show lounges, a state-of-the-art fitness center, casino, luxurious spa, giant open-air cinema and more, this ship offers plenty of onboard activities, day and night. Azura welcomes kids and offers several children’s clubs for various ages. Also offered is an adult only pool and outdoor spa terrace. Passengers can choose Club Dining, which are nightly, five-course meals at an assigned time, or the more flexible Freedom Dining. Alternative dining is also available with several specialty restaurants offered including a British Pub, Italian, Contemporary, and an Indian / British fusion restaurant. There will be a small additional fee for some of these restaurants. At 115,000 gross tons, she will carry 3,110 passengers. Most sailings are 12 nights or longer and are generally from Southampton, England. The Azura will visit many countries with several itineraries throughout the year.
Celebrity Cruises – The Celebrity Eclipse will be Celebrity Cruises’ third ship in the Solstice class. The maiden voyage is scheduled for April 26, 2010, cruising from Southampton, England. The Eclipse will visit the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas, and the Canary Islands. From Miami, the ship will offer alternating sailings to the eastern and western Caribbean for 7 nights. As with other Celebrity ships, focus is on continuing education, wonderful cuisine and excellent service. The Eclipse offers wireless Internet, flat-screen televisions in large staterooms, and plush bedding. Other highlights include the first glassblowing studio at sea, The Lawn Club, an area featuring real grass where passengers can play croquet or golf, and a selection of several onboard restaurants, including Murano for Continental cuisine, Tuscan Grille whish is an Italian Steakhouse, and Blu which is exclusively for Aqua Class Stateroom guests. The ship will be 122,000 gross tons and carry 2,850 passengers.
Yachts of Seabourn – The Seabourn Sojourn is the second of three new ships for the Yachts of Seabourn. Estimated to debut on June 6, 2010, The Sojourn redefines elegance with a yacht-like atmosphere, incredible cuisine and highly personalized service by a well-trained, attentive staff. The ship features a spa for a variety of treatments in its 7 treatment rooms, and a casino. This is an all-suite ship, almost entirely with private verandas. The ship boasts a “resort casual” atmosphere (except for dining a night or two per 7 night sailing. Suites are equipped with a large picture window or balcony, interactive flat-screen TV with music and movies, fully stocked bar and refrigerator, granite bathroom with separate tub and shower, and 24-hour room service. Guests can choose from four dining venues, including the “jacket required” gourmet Nouveau American cuisine of The Restaurant, a gourmet tasting and wine pairing option, an upscale, contemporary buffet, and to the casual, poolside dining of the Patio Grill. In-suite dining is also an option for guests looking to enjoy a course-by-course meal in the privacy of their stateroom. There are several bars and lounges to enjoy onboard, as well as a fitness center, showroom, pools, saunas and a built-in marina that allows guests to swim, snorkel, and enjoy other water sports from the rear of the ship. The ship weighs 32,000 gross tons and will carry 450 passengers as it cruises throughout the world. 10 – 28 night sailings commence from London and Copenhagen for the Mediterranean, British Isles, Northern Europe and Baltic cruises, and from Fort Lauderdale for the southern Caribbean itineraries. The Sojourn will also offer a 111 day world cruise early in 2011!
Norwegian Cruise Line – the Norwegian Epic is estimated to debut on June 26, 2010. It will be NCL’s largest and most innovative ship to date, featuring an Aqua Park and the largest private villa complex at sea. The Epic is the largest and most innovative NCL ship to date, providing passengers with an even wider range of onboard activities, amenities and stateroom options. This ship will feature accommodations with contemporary curved architecture, open living spaces and creatively designed bathrooms. Also, all outside staterooms feature balconies! Norwegian also offers a new category of inside staterooms called The Studios, maximizing space and includes a window that looks out on the corridor. Evening entertainment includes performances by The Blue Man Group and Second City. For something different in nightlife, guests can check out the “ultimate chill” in the industry’s first ice bar, where the temperature never rises above 17 degrees and guests are given coats and gloves to keep warm. Guests can choose from several clubs, ranging from live entertainment and Latin dancing at Spice H20. Bowling and a casino are also offered. Are dining options a concern? The Epic will feature 10 restaurants in addition to the main dining room and buffet (for a small surcharge.) The Epic will be more than 150,000 gross tons and will carry 4,200 guests as it cruises from Miami for 7 night eastern and 14 night eastern and western Caribbean cruises. This ship will also cruise from Barcelona, Spain for 7 nights, visiting several ports in Italy during the summer months.
Holland America Line – The Nieuw Amsterdam will be the sister to the Eurodam, another Signature-class ship. This ship promises to provide the ultimate cruising experience as it features new additions such as a premium wine-tasting lounge, an elegant luxury jewelry boutique and a new atrium bar area. The ship will feature favorites such as the cyber-coffee house, the innovative Culinary Arts Center, where culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes in state-of-the-art kitchens, and a youth facility that includes the teens-only area. Other amenities include in-room fruit baskets and flowers, a Greenhouse Spa and Salon with thermal suites and hydro-pool, and the largest health club ever built for Holland America Line. Alternative dining venues include the very popular Pinnacle Grill, and a Pan Asian restaurant. Canaletto, an Italian restaurant will also be offered without a surcharge! It is estimated to debut on July 4, 2010 and at 86000 gross tons, will carry 2,100 guests as it sails for 12 – 24 nights from Venice and Barcelona through the Greek Isles and Italy, Spain and Croatia. The ship will also depart from Fort Lauderdale on 7 night eastern and western Caribbean voyages, in addition to 14 night eastern and western Caribbean sailings.
Cunard Line – The Queen Elizabeth is estimated to debut on October 12, 2010. This ship will feature a two-tier library and expansive facilities for babies, children, and teens. As expected with Cunard, guests will experience a world of luxury onboard with art deco furnishings, elegant chandeliers and curved staircases. Passengers can enjoy the extensive library, play a round of croquet on the spacious Games Deck, indulge in a treatment at the spa, take a dip in the pool or relax in one of the ship’s two hot tubs. Dinner is served in one of several main restaurants (based on Stateroom category selected), or at one of the alternative dining options, such as the Buffet or the pub for classic pub cuisine. Also offered are a tea room and a café for tea and sweets. In the evening, enjoy elaborate shows in the Theatre, the casino or enjoy the variety of bars and lounges. Stateroom amenities include 24-hour room service, bathrobe, slippers, television with film and music channels, Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, and refrigerator. The ship will weigh approximately 90,000 GRT and will carry 2,050 guests as it sails from Southampton, England to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands for the remainder of 2010. 2011 sailings include a world cruise and departures from Sydney, Australia and Singapore.
Royal Caribbean – The Allure of the Seas will be another one of Royal Caribbean’s biggest new ships when it debuts on December 12, 2010. It will be the sister to the new and already extremely popular Oasis of the Seas. Guests will be treated to seven themed areas onboard, including the “Boardwalk,” which features restaurants, shops and carnival games, and “Central Park,” a park filled with lush vegetation, seasonal flowers and a canopy of trees. Allure of the Seas is also home to the Pool and Sports Zone, featuring a sloped-entry pool and Flow rider wave simulators, the Aqua Theater, an amphitheater in the rear of the ship, a spa and fitness center; the Youth Zone, with activities for children and teens; and the cruise industry’s first onboard zip line and carousel. Accommodations include bi – level loft suites, equipped with LCD televisions, upstairs and downstairs bathrooms and separate vanity areas. Dining options include Royal Caribbean’s signature restaurant, Chops Grille, an Italian, seafood, and 2 additional restaurants featuring continental cuisine. As always, a Johnny Rockets restaurant will be available, along with a pizzeria. This ship will weigh 220,000 gross tons and carry 5400 passengers! Year round sailings will be from Fort Lauderdale for 7 nights to the eastern and western Caribbean.
Looking ahead to 2011, only several cruise ships over 32,000 gross tons will be launched. These ships will include the Disney Dream, the Carnival Magic, Oceania’s Marina, Celebrity’s Silhouette, MSC’s Meraviglia and an unnamed Sebourn ship. As always, please contact me for additional information and to plan your next exciting cruise vacation.