Thursday, July 11, 2013

New Ships Coming into Service

USA Today recently summarized all the new ships that are on order by the various cruise lines.

What's next from the world's largest cruise lines? Below is our annual list of ocean-going ships on order for major brands such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean, updated to include the new Regent Seven Seas vessel announced on Wednesday.

As in the past, we only include ships from lines that market to North Americans, leaving out such operators as Germany-based Aida Cruises, which caters to the German-speaking market. We also have left off river cruise ships on order (stay tuned for a separate update on the topic).

PHOTO TOUR: The ritziest new suites at sea
For the coming year, the big story in cruise ship building is the development of Quantum of the Seas, the first of a new class of vessel for Royal Caribbean that will boast several groundbreaking features. Also notable for 2014 are new ships from Norwegian and Princess, as well as the long-delayed first vessel for new line Pearl Seas Cruises.
Among the most complex traveling machines built by man, ocean-going cruise ships take years to construct, so any new orders placed in the coming months likely won't be filled until 2016 at the earliest. We'll continue to update this page as new orders are announced.

2014
Norwegian Getaway (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Passengers: 4,028
Maiden voyage: January
Notable: Sister to new Norwegian Breakaway
See also: New Norwegian ship taking shape in Germany
Regal Princess (Princess Cruises)
Passengers: 3,560
Maiden voyage: June
Notable: Sister to new Royal Princess
See also: New Princess ship floated out in Italy
Pearl Mist (Pearl Seas Cruises)
Passengers: 210
Maiden voyage: June 25
Notable: The first vessel of a new small-ship line
Costa Diadema (Costa Cruises)
Passengers: 3,700
Maiden voyage: October
Notable: Largest Costa ship ever
Quantum of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
Passengers: 4,180
Maiden voyage: November
Notable: First of a new class of ship for Royal Caribbean
See also: New Royal Caribbean ship to have gee-whiz ride
2015
Anthem of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
Passengers: 4,180
Maiden voyage: Spring
Notable: Sister to Quantum of the Seas
Viking Star (Viking Ocean Cruises)
Passengers: 928
Maiden voyage: May
Notable: First ocean-going ship for river cruise giant Viking
See also: New upscale line to launch in 2015
Unnamed (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Passengers: 4,200
Maiden voyage: October
Notable: A larger version of Norwegian Breakaway
See also: Norwegian unveils plans for "Breakaway Plus"
Unnamed (Holland America)
Passengers: 2,660
Maiden voyage: Fall
Notable: First new ship for line since 2010
See also: Holland America orders new ship for 2015
2016 and beyond
Unnamed (Royal Caribbean)
Passengers: 5,400
Maiden voyage: mid-2016
Notable: Third in the hugely successful Oasis class series
Seven Seas Explorer (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
Passengers: 738
Maiden voyage: Summer
Notable: First new ship for luxury line since 2003
See also: Regent says new ship to be most luxurious ever
Unnamed (Royal Caribbean)
Passengers: 4,180
Maiden voyage: mid-2016
Notable: Third in new Quantum class series
See also: Royal Caribbean orders another Quantum class ship
Unnamed (Carnival Cruise Lines)
Passengers: 4,000
Maiden voyage: Winter
Notable: First new ship for line since 2012
See also: Carnival orders new ships for 2016
Titanic II (Blue Star Line)
Passengers: 1,680
Maiden voyage: N/A
Notable: A replica of the famed Titanic
See also: Billionaire unveils plans for Titanic II
Unnamed (Viking Ocean Cruises)
Passengers: 928
Maiden voyage: N/A
Notable: Second ocean-going ship for river cruise giant Viking

Major lines with no ships on order: Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, MSC Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Royal Caribbean has revealed the inaugural season of itineraries for its brand-new Quantum of the Seas. The 4,905-passenger vessel debuts in November 2014 and will be the first of at least three Quantum-class ships. Quantum of the Seas will boast a variety of industry firsts, like RipCord by iFly, which offers a thrilling skydiving experience in a safe, controlled environment. SeaPlex will be the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, with bumper cars, roller skating, a basketball court and a circus school with a trapeze. Soar to new heights in the North Star, a glass capsule that will lift occupants more than 300 feet above the ocean and over the sides of the ship for 360-degree views. Two70°, a large, multilevel space at the stern enclosed by three-deck-high glass walls, also promises stunning vistas. The Quantum class will have Royal Caribbean's most advanced staterooms, including the first inside cabins with virtual balconies. Family-Connected Staterooms will employ three different room categories to create a layout that provides separate bedrooms and bathrooms, while the Studio Staterooms -- some with balconies -- have been designed especially for single travelers. Click here to view a Royal Caribbean video about the Quantum of the Seas and its incredible innovations. The Quantum of the Seas will spend its first season sailing to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from Bayonne, New Jersey