10 New Ships Debuting In 2016
Now that we are a few days into the New Year and all our buzzes are all worn off let’s discuss the 10 exciting cruise ships debuting this year. Many of the ships are first of their class and offer many industry first that for sure will get you excited. So here we go.
Viking Sea – The second ship to the newly formed Viking Ocean Cruises and sister ship to Viking Star, Viking Sea will make her maiden voyage on April 3rd this year from Istanbul, Turkey. Viking Sea will be identical to her sister with having all veranda staterooms so no matter what room category you choose you will have a view of the sea. She will also have the largest rooms at sea, an infinity pool, inside and outside dining, on board boutiques and much more. Booking a cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises you will receive complementary WiFi, one free shore excursion at every port, complementary beer and wine with lunch and dinner, free dining at every restaurant on board, free transfers between airport and port, lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso drinks throughout the ship and much more. Many of the included amenities would require an up charge in many other cruise lines.
Koningsdam – Apart of the Holland Americas Pinnacle class and the lines largest ship to date registering at 99,500 GT. Unlike the lines other ships Koningsdam will have more of a contemporary look and feel. She will feature family-friendly staterooms where these group of 32 staterooms can accommodate 5 guest each. Like Carnival Dream class deluxe ocean view rooms these rooms will also have two bathrooms, one with toilet, sink and shower and the other with a sink and tub. Each stateroom will range from 222 to 231 square feet. Koningsdam will spend the summer sailing Europe and reposition to Fort Lauderdale for winter 2016 to offer cruises to the Caribbean.
AIDAprima – Debuting as Aida Cruise Line largest ship to date at 125,000 GT. AIDAprima was originally scheduled to debut in 2015 but was pushed back due to its builder, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ship yard in Nagasaki, Japan, unable to maintain the planned schedule. She will offer the most variety and space any Aida ship has ever had. One of the best features coming to AIDAprima is the area oft of the ship on decks 14-17 that designed around the four elements, earth, wind, fire and water designed to have diverse activities. This area will contain a indoor lazy river and Aida Racer, two indoor water slides where guest can race each other. The ships will also have a UV-transparent Foliendom where passengers can relax under artificial palm trees and catch rays no matter what the weather is like. AIDAprima will have her maiden voyage April 30th from Hamburg, Germany where she well sail weekly cruises year-round.
Carnival Vista – Debuting as Carnival Cruise Line largest ship to date, Carnival Vista is an expanded version of the lines popular Dream class. Registering at over 133,000 GT she will feature many industry first such as a IMAX theater, Skyride, a cycling track suspended over the lido deck where you can race others and Havana Cabanas, staterooms located on the promenade deck that can easily access by day the private Havana Pool and bar by just stepping out from your cabana and walking a few feet. Vista will make her maiden voyage from Trieste, Italy and sail the Mediterranean until October. She will then cross the Atlantic to complete a couple of cruises from New York before settling in to her permanent home port of Miami, Florida where she will sail 6 and 8 day Caribbean cruises year-round.
Ovation of the Seas – Asia’s newest ship, Ovation of the Seas is the third ship in the Quantum class for Royal Caribbean. She will be identical to her sisters Quantum of the seas and Anthem of the Seas where they offer indoor sky diving, bumper cars and ice skating. The class famous two70 venue will offer great views by day and awesome shows by night. North Star, a jewel shaped pod will lift guest over 100 ft above sea-level giving them a 360 degree bird’s eye view of the ocean. Ovation will debut in Southampton on April 17th and sail a 5 and 7 day cruise before starting her journey to Tanjin, China where she will be home ported for the summer before moving to Sydney Australia in December for a short series of cruises.
Harmony of the Seas – Upon debut, Harmony of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship in the world at 227,000 GT, just slightly bigger than her two sisters Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas at just over 225,000 GT. She will feature majority of the same amenities as her sisters with a few additions. Like her cousins in the Quantum class she will have robotic bartenders. She will also have a water slide trio called the perfect storm and the tallest dry side at sea named The Ultimate Abyss. Harmony of the Seas will also have the popular late 70’s movie Grease as its Broadway show. Harmony is set to sail her maiden voyage on May 22nd from Southampton, England to complete a short series of short cruise before re-positioning to Barcelona, Spain for the summer. Harmony then will move to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to replace her sister Oasis.
Mein Schiff 5 – Identical to her sisters Mein Schiff 3 and 4 of German cruise line TUI, Mein Schiff 5 will make her debut on July 15th. These ships are particularly popular to the German market where almost all sailings are sold out. The ship will feature a Italian restaurant, a 24 hour bistro, a snack bar on lido deck, several bars and lounges and sap and salon services. Upon her debut Mein Schiff 5 will sail weekly cruises from Kiel, Germany for a couple of months before repositioning to the Mediterranean to offer a wide array of cruises.
Seven Seas Explorer – Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) will debut Seven Seas Explorer as its fourth and largest ship at 56,000 GT. Seven Seas Explorer will certainly be RSSC if not the worlds most luxurious cruise ship. She will be an all suite ship with 375 staterooms. The ship will also have a culinary instruction center with 18 cooking stations where guess can learn new and exciting recipes. She will debut in Europe July 20th where she will sail a variety of cruise before heading west to Miami, Florida in for the winter November where she will sail a variety of itineraries including a full Panama Canal transit to Los Angeles, California and back.
Genting Dream – The first ship for the newly formed cruise line, Genting Dream will have lots to offer. The ship will have more than 35 bars and restaurants from Italian to Sushi, over 1100 square meters of shopping area with duty free shopping, a bowling alley, ropes course, 6 water slides. She ship will accommodate 3400 passengers and have 2000 crew members making the ships having the highest crew to guest ratio. More than 70% of the ships staterooms will have balconies 100 of which will offer connecting rooms to appeal to families. The ships will debut in the fourth quarter of the year and sail 2 to seven night cruises from southern China.
Seabourn Encore – Seabourn Cruises largest ship to date Seabourn Encore will offer more features than ever for the cruise line. The ship will boast a sushi restaurant, a area called Seabourn Square which will serve as a general meeting place that will hold guest services, shore excursions desk and a Cafe that will offer a variety of freshly baked pastries. A large percentage of the staterooms will be suites offer all marble bathrooms will double sinks and separate tub and shower. Seabourn Encore will launch in Greece in December 2017 before heading to Australia.