There are several new mega ships coming out next year. Virgin Voyages (new cruise line started by Sir Richard Branson) has the Scarlet Lady which is the first of 3 ships coming to Virgin, Celebrity has the Apex (not sure how much I like that name), Princess has the Enchanted Princess, Carnival has the Mardi Gras, MSC has Virtuosa, Royal Caribbean has the Odyssey of the Seas. And there are another handful of new mega ships already slated for 2021.
But what about the smaller ships.
Hurtigruten has a new hybrid expedition ship coming. This year they introduced the MS Roald Amundsen and a sister ship joins in 2020, the MS Fridtjof Nansen to sail on all corners of the globe including the polar regions. Both ships are names after 2 heroes of polar expeditions.
Regent has the Seven Seas Splendor debuting in February. With 750 guests it’s not exactly small ship but it’s a super luxurious and beautiful ship.
Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection is launching their new yacht line. The first of 3 ships start sailing in February, called the Azora. This yacht is amazing. Under 300 guests. World class accommodations and amenities. Michelin starred chef, marina at the back of the ship. Helicopter. It’s not a ship, it’s a yacht!
Ponant is introducing 2 new ships – Le Bellot and Le Jacques Cartier). They’ll have 6 new yachts since 2018 so they’ve introduced 2 every year the last few. Ponant is a French luxury cruise line sailing to all corners of the world including the polar regions. Their ships are named after French explorers. Ponant’s unique feature to their ships is a multi-sensorial underwater lounge called the Blue Eye lounge. Located beneath the water line, here you’ll be able to see and hear the passing marine life. This is a world’s first and it looks totally amazing. I’ll include a link to see some photos in the show notes and on my website, upclosetravel.com
Scenic is introducing the Scenic Eclipse II. The Scenic Eclipse I debuted this year. Scenic is an ultra-luxury river cruise line sailing all over the world. They’re new to ocean cruising but the ships look magnificent. They are a 5-star experience. So, I have no doubts that their ships will be a huge hit.
Silversea will replace its Galapagos island ship with the new Silver Origin. This new ship will be environmentally conscious while sailing in this delicate region. But it is Silversea, so you can expect luxury, all suite, butler service, and the best Ecuadorian inspired cuisine.
Crystal Cruises is launching the Crystal Endeavor. This is Crystals first expedition ship.
Lindblad is building their first new polar ship in its line’s history. The National Geographic Endurance is coming in early 2020. Fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel. This means the Endurance will provide access to more polar environments opening previously unexplored opportunities.
Quark is also building a new ship designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, the Ultramarine. 2 twin engine helicopters on board, a robust portfolio of adventure activities – the Ultramarine will sail in Antarctica when it launches in 2020.
Viking Ocean has been on a tear building new ships. They’ve built 6 since 2015. They have none scheduled for 2020 but starting in 2021 they have 12 scheduled over a 6-year period.
These are some amazing ships!
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