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The Best New Cruise Ships

Water park on back end of Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas.

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Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas will be the world's biggest new cruise ship.

Cruising is one of the fastest growing sectors of tourism, with passenger numbers projected to reach 37.2 million by 2025, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Cruise lines are responding to this growth by building new (and often, larger) vessels with all the bells and whistles, including technological advancements that are more environmentally friendly and create the capability to use alternative fuels.

U.S. News has compiled this roundup of new cruise ships that have just set sail or are scheduled to launch later in 2023 and in 2024, plus a preview of new ships coming in 2025 and beyond. The list includes everything from expedition and luxury yacht-style vessels to reimagined ships and megaships – plus the debut of a brand-new cruise line.

  • New ships for 2023
  • New ships for 2024
  • New ships for 2025 (and beyond)

Oceania Vista: May 2023

Oceania Cruises' Vista ship Atrium with staircase.

Courtesy of Oceania Cruises

Top feature: Luxurious, distinctive spaces

Fares begin around: $2,899 per person (double occupancy) for a 10-night Caribbean cruise

Sails to: Mediterranean, Caribbean

Debuted in May 2023, Oceania Vista is the first ship in Oceania Cruises ' new Allura class and the line's first new ship in 10 years. The 1,200-passenger, all-veranda vessel features a fresh interior design inspired by nature. The elegant new signature spaces include the dramatic Grand Staircase, the reimagined Martinis bar, the clubby Grand Lounge and 180-degree ocean views from the floor-to-ceiling windows at Horizons.

Another highlight of the new ship is the luxurious Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center. Elevated dining concepts on Oceania Vista include the new venue Ember, wellness-inspired cuisine at Aquamar Kitchen and The Bakery at Baristas, which specializes in French and Italian pastries.

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Carnival Venezia: May 2023

Exterior of Carnival Venezia outside St. Thomas.

Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Top feature: Italian-style ship

Fares begin around: $419 per person (double occupancy) for an eight-night cruise to the Bahamas

Sails to: Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada and New England, Panama Canal

Originally built for the Chinese cruise market in 2019, Carnival Venezia first sailed throughout Asia under the Costa Cruises brand. It headed to Europe in 2020, then was reintroduced as a Carnival Cruise Line vessel in 2023. The rebranded ship, now homeported in the U.S., features Carnival's "Fun Italian Style" concept, with Venetian-style artwork and the Piazza San Marco atrium – not to mention Italian-inspired beverages and dishes at venues like Frizzante, Amari, Marco Polo, the Canal Grande Restaurant and La Strada Grill.

The 4,090-passenger ship has classic Carnival favorites, too, like Bonsai Teppanyaki, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Piano Bar 88 and the Serenity Bar. Guests will also find Carnival's Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, three kids clubs, the outdoor SportSquare and onboard water park WaterWorks.

Find a  Carnival  cruise on GoToSea.

Resilient Lady: May 2023

Exterior of the Resilient Lady.

Courtesy of Virgin Voyages

Top feature: New and exciting entertainment offerings

Fares begin around: $2,550 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night cruise to the Greek islands

Sails to: Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and South Pacific

Virgin Voyages' third adults-only ship , Resilient Lady , debuted with its MerMaiden voyage sailing the Greek islands in May 2023. The new 2,762-passenger ship offers the same features as its sister ships, including more than 20 dining venues with menus created by Michelin-starred chefs, an impressive fitness and wellness program, and superyacht-inspired cabins.

The immersive entertainment is one highlight on the new Virgin ship, with shows like rock 'n' roll "Persephone," a concept from the Brooklyn nightclub House of Yes produced by Kaleidoscope Immersive. The Supper Club Series featuring Another Rose is a new show by Randy Weiner of theatrical performance "Sleep No More." The evening with the Supper Club includes a dining experience with cabaret and acrobatic performances in a tale of ill-fated love.

Explore  Virgin Voyages  deals on GoToSea.

MSC Euribia: June 2023

The Carousel Lounge on the MSC Euribia.

Courtesy of MSC Cruises

Top feature: Commitment to sustainable cruising and environmental stewardship

Fares begin around: $219 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Northern Europe cruise

Sails to: Northern and Western Europe

The LNG-powered MSC Euribia has several features that exemplify the line's commitment to sustainable cruising , including an advanced onboard wastewater treatment system and energy-saving equipment like smart heating, air conditioning and ventilation. MSC Euribia's hull, decorated with the hashtag #SaveTheSea, was designed by artist Alex Flämig and is also a symbol of MSC Cruises ' dedication to preserving our fragile marine ecosystem.

One of the most striking features on MSC's fifth (and final) Meraviglia-class ship is the two-story Galleria Euribia. The 360-foot-long Mediterranean-style promenade – lined with shops, restaurants and bars – sits beneath the longest LED dome at sea. Another highlight is the Carousel Lounge at the aft of the ship. The new space features floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor and outdoor areas, and Big Band at Sea: a 19-piece in-house group of musicians and entertainers. MSC Euribia can accommodate up to 6,327 passengers.

Compare  MSC Cruises  on GoToSea.

Viking Saturn: June 2023

The Deluxe Veranda Stateroom aboard the Viking Star.

Courtesy of Viking

Top feature: "Residential design" (found on all Viking ocean vessels)

Fares begin around: $2,799 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Mediterranean cruise

Sails to: Mainland Europe, British Isles, Iceland, Mediterranean and India

The 930-passenger Viking Saturn is the ninth ship in the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet and identical in design to its eight sister ships. The all-veranda vessel offers six categories of accommodations ranging from the 270-square-foot Veranda Stateroom to the spacious 1,448-square-foot Owner's Suite. On board, guests will enjoy the sleek, elegant Scandinavian-inspired public spaces and lounges. The line's enrichment program includes lectures with resident historians, TED Talks and sessions with world-renowned guest speakers. There are eight dining venues featuring destination-focused cuisine, the Nordic Spa with its snow grotto, two pools and hot tubs, and a sports deck.

Book a  Viking Ocean cruise on GoToSea.

Norwegian Viva: August 2023

Guests in Haven Courtyard and pool aboard the Norwegian Viva:.

Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Top feature: Indulge Food Hall

Fares begin around: $629 per person (double occupancy) for an eight-night Greek islands cruise

The line's second Prima-class ship, Norwegian Viva mirrors the elevated design of sister ship Norwegian Prima . The new ship features six complimentary dining venues, including globally inspired dishes at Indulge Food Hall, pub fare at The Local Bar & Grill and 270-degree ocean views at the beautifully redesigned main restaurant, Hudson's.

The Haven on Viva is the most exclusive and spacious private enclave in Norwegian Cruise Line 's fleet; it was designed by one of Italy's leading designers, Piero Lissoni. Guests will also find updated styling at Mandara Spa. There's no shortage of entertainment on Viva; it's home to the first free-fall dry slide in the world, a three-story racetrack, high-tech mini-golf and the musical "Beetlejuice." Viva has the capacity to carry up to 3,099 guests.

Find a  Norwegian Cruise Line  itinerary on GoToSea.

Explora I: August 2023

The Conservatory Pool & Bar on the Explora I.

Courtesy of Explora Journeys

Top feature: Luxury details and design, with a focus on sustainability

Fares begin around: $3,000 per person (double occupancy) for a six-night cruise to the Caribbean and Columbia

Sails to: Mediterranean and Western Europe, Caribbean and Central America, U.S. (including Hawaii) and Canada, Red Sea and Arabian Peninsula

Explora I is the first of six luxury vessels for new cruise line Explora Journeys. Owned by the Aponte family and MSC Group, the elegant 922-guest ship combines Swiss precision with modern European craftsmanship, offering suites and residences that are comfortable and spacious enough to be considered "homes at sea."

Guests can explore 14 decks offering nearly 27,000 square feet of outdoor space. Lounge at four pools (one with a retractable glass roof), book a rejuvenating body treatment at the spa, work out at the fitness center or browse the boutiques. There are also six dining venues, 12 bars and lounges, and a Chef's Kitchen for culinary classes and private dining. Regional wine pairings will accompany the onboard dining experience, which includes Pan-Asian, Mediterranean and French cuisine, as well as classic steakhouse offerings.

Compare  Explora Journeys  cruises on GoToSea.

Silver Nova: August 2023

S.A.L.T. Kitchen aboard the Silver Nova.

Courtesy of Silversea Cruises

Top feature: Ship's asymmetrical deck plan, which offers more open spaces and higher ceilings

Fares begin around: $3,850 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night cruise to Central and South America

Sails to: Caribbean, Central America, South America, U.S. West Coast, Alaska, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand

Silversea Cruises' newest ship is the 728-guest Silver Nova . The 12th vessel in the fleet is ultra-luxurious and offers one of the highest space-to-guest ratios in the industry. Two highlights are the ship's asymmetrical design and aft suites, which have 270-degree views. Silver Nova's nine dining options include S.A.L.T. Kitchen's destination-inspired menus, Silversea 's classic dining experience at Atlantide and French cuisine at La Dame. Silver Nova is also Silversea's most environmentally friendly vessel yet.

Explore  Silversea  cruises on GoToSea.

Seven Seas Grandeur: November 2023

Regent Suite Bathroom aboard the Seven Seas Grandeur.

Courtesy of Regent Seven Seas

Top feature: "Journey in Jewels," the first Fabergé egg at sea

Fares begin around: $3,799 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night cruise to Mexico and Central America

Sails to: Mediterranean, Caribbean and Panama Canal

The 746-passenger Seven Seas Grandeur will be Regent Seven Seas Cruises' third Explorer-class vessel when it launches late this fall. While Grandeur is similar to its two sister ships, Explorer and Splendor , the new vessel features updated lounges, restaurants, spa spaces and suites. The line's signature Regent Suite – coming in at an impressive 4,443 square feet – has also been redesigned by Miami firm Studio DADO.

A few additional standout spaces include the art nouveau design of the Observation Lounge (located at the bow of the ship) and the reimagined Serene Spa. The stunning new Compass Rose is the ship's main dining room. Meanwhile, the onboard art collection is also notable: Seven Seas Grandeur will set sail with the first Fabergé egg at sea.

Compare  Regent Seven Seas  cruises on GoToSea.

Celebrity Ascent: November 2023

Private dining room at Le Voyage restaurant aboard the Celebrity Ascent.

Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

Top feature: 32 restaurants, bars and lounges, including the redesigned Le Voyage by Chef Daniel Boulud

Fares begin around: $756 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night cruise to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

Sails to: Europe, Caribbean

The fourth ship in Celebrity Cruises' Edge class, Celebrity Ascent , will accommodate up to 3,260 passengers and offer the same features as other ships in the series. There are 32 bars, lounges and restaurants, including the newly designed Le Voyage by Chef Daniel Boulud.

Other favorites from the Edge-class ships will return on Ascent, such as the multideck Sunset Bar and an open-air Rooftop Garden with floating pools that are cantilevered over the edge of the ship. It's also home to Celebrity's Magic Carpet, a multipurpose 90-ton deck that moves up and down the side of the ship between Decks 2, 5, 14 and 16; it's used for everything from tendering passengers to hosting happy hours and private functions and late-night parties. Guests will also find Celebrity 's innovative Infinite Veranda staterooms and the exclusive ship-within-a ship concept of The Retreat.

Book a  Celebrity Cruises  itinerary on GoToSea.

Carnival Jubilee: December 2023

Carnival Jubilee under construction.

Top feature: Two new ocean-themed zones, Currents and The Shores

Fares begin around: $669 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise

Sails to: Western Caribbean

Carnival's newest ship in the Excel class, Carnival Jubilee , will offer six zones (fun themed areas) for up to 6,631 passengers. The LNG-powered vessel features two new zones: Currents and The Shores. Currents is an immersive space with innovative technology such as LED windows and a wave-shaped LED Ceiling. Located on Decks 6 and 7, the space offers new venues for imbibing, dining and listening to live music, such as casual bar Inks, Ph.D and stylish lounge The Golden Mermaid. This is also where you'll find Emeril's Bistro 717.

The Shores, located on Deck 8, features a three-deck-high art installation of a school of fish, a boardwalk, and vibrant colors throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces. Dining and bar venues include Rudi's Seagrill, Cucina del Capitano and Marina Bar. Enjoy other returning Carnival favorites on Jubilee such as the BOLT sea coaster, Waterworks, SportSquare, the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, Guy's Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina.

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Icon of the Seas: January 2024

The Royal Loft Suite aboard Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas.

Top feature: Largest cruise ship in the world, carrying up to 7,600 passengers

Fares begin around: $1,930 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise

Sails to: Eastern and Western Caribbean

Icon of the Seas is the first Icon-class vessel in the Royal Caribbean International fleet – and the first new class of ship since 2014. When the massive vessel debuts in January 2024, it will replace Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas as the largest ship at sea (Icon of the Seas is 6% larger). The ship features eight distinct neighborhoods – including the new Surfside neighborhood, a colorful space geared toward family fun with kids clubs, Splashaway Bay, themed eateries and bars, adjacent staterooms and more.

There are four additional new neighborhoods as well. Thrill Island features Category 6, the largest water park at sea, while Chill Island boasts the line's first swim-up bar and The Hideaway features the first suspended infinity pool at sea. AquaDome, the impressive glass-enclosed space at the top of the ship, is home to the AquaTheater, panoramic ocean views, a waterfall, and bars and restaurants.

Read: The Newest Royal Caribbean Ships

Sun Princess: February 2024

Park19 lookout and splash pad on the Sun Princess.

Courtesy of Princess Cruises

Top feature: Princess Cruises' largest ship and the first in the line's Sphere class

Fares begin around: $577 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise

Sails to: Caribbean, Mediterranean

Sun Princess will have many new attractions when it launches in early 2024. It has the most balconies on any Princess Cruises ' ship, and you'll find exciting new dining, activity and entertainment offerings. One notable highlight is Park19, a top-deck space with activities for kids of all ages, including the Sea Breeze Rollglider, the first ride of its kind on a cruise ship. This new attraction soars 19 decks high and offers unparalleled views of the ocean below.

Cruisers can enjoy additional spaces like a two-story dome that is a pool during the day and a stage for shows at night; the European-inspired Piazza, which offers ocean vistas from nearly every angle; the Princess Arena, a high-tech performance space; the elegant three-story Horizons Dining Room; and the new Wake View Terrace with an infinity pool. There are also new styles of accommodations and expanded offerings for young children, tweens and teens. Sun Princess can accommodate up to 4,300 passengers.

Queen Anne: May 2024

The Bright Lights Society show bar on Cunard Line's Queen Anne.

Courtesy of Cunard Line

Top feature: The Pavilion, a glass-enclosed pool area with a retractable roof

Fares begin around: $1,199 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise

Sails to: Canary Islands, Mediterranean, Northern and Western Europe, Iceland, British Isles, Australia, Asia, Africa and Indian Ocean

When Queen Anne launches in spring 2024, it will be Cunard Line's 249th ship since the company's inception in 1840, and the line's first new vessel in 14 years. The 3,000-passenger ship will feature a fresh, modern design, yet still give a nod to the Cunard's art deco past.

Once on board, guests will discover new entertainment venues like the Bright Lights Society show bar and more wide-open spaces throughout the ship, as well as Cunard 's first two-story theater. New international dining options include Japanese restaurant Aji Wa with sushi and omakase menus, plus Indian cuisine at Aranya. Queen Anne also offers an extensive health and wellness program in collaboration with health group Mareel that features a large thermal suite, a spa pool and a top-deck wellness studio.

Find a  Cunard  cruise on GoToSea.

Utopia of the Seas: July 2024

The Ultimate Abyss slide on Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas.

Top feature: Three- and four-night ultimate weekend getaways

Fares begin around: $471 per person (double occupancy) for a three-night Bahamas cruise

Sails to: Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay (Royal Caribbean's private island)

Utopia of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean's sixth (and final) Oasis-class ship when it debuts in summer 2024. With a capacity of 5,668 passengers, the vessel will join the line's other Oasis- and Icon-class ships as the largest cruise ships sailing on the high seas. The ship will have the same eight neighborhoods as other Oasis-class ships, including Central Park, The Boardwalk and the Pool & Sports Zone.

The 40-plus food and beverage options will include new additions like the Pesky Parrot bar and a themed "mixed reality" dining experience that takes place on a train. A reimagined playscape is another addition, with nets, games, puzzles, slides and climbing walls for junior cruisers. The line's Ultimate Abyss – a dry slide with 10 stories of thrilling twists and turns – will now stretch an additional 43 feet, making it the longest dry slide at sea.

Read: The Top Cruise Line Private Islands and What They Offer

Explora II: August 2024

Top feature: Luxurious cabins

Fares begin around: $4,500 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Mediterranean cruise

Sails to: Caribbean and Central America, Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula and Red Sea, India, Indian Ocean and Africa

As sister ship to Explora I, Explora II will offer the same transformative travel experience for 922 guests. The luxury vessel will feature 461 oceanfront suites with private terraces. Cruisers can take advantage of 11 culinary options across six dining venues, a dozen indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, and a Chef's Kitchen. Guests will also have access to four pools, 64 private cabanas and wellness facilities.

Silver Ray: Summer 2024

Exterior of the Silver Ray.

Top feature: One of the most spacious ships ever built; extraordinary space-to-guest ratio

Fares begin around: $4,000 per person (double occupancy) for a nine-night cruise to South America

Sails to: Mediterranean, Northern Europe, British Isles, South America, Caribbean and Central America

Silver Ray, Silversea's second Nova-class ship, is scheduled to set sail in summer 2024. The 728-passenger, low-emissions vessel will offer the same advanced hybrid fuel technologies as its sister ship, Silver Nova. It will also have Silver Nova's horizontal layout and asymmetrical design, creating more open public areas and providing suites with 270-degree views. In addition, guests on board the luxury vessel will have their choice of eight dining venues and a wide selection of bars and lounges, including The Marquee, a new alfresco restaurant.

Viking Vela: December 2024

Wintergarden on a Viking ship.

Top feature: Larger than Viking's other ocean vessels, carrying up to 998 passengers

Fares begin around: $4,999 per person (double occupancy) for a 12-night northern lights cruise

Sails to: Scandinavia, British Isles, Iceland

Measuring 748 feet long and 101 feet wide, Viking Vela will be the line's largest ship when it debuts at the end of 2024. It will accommodate 68 more passengers than its sister ships, but feature Viking's signature veranda staterooms, public spaces, amenities and dining venues. Seasoned Viking cruisers can look forward to favorites like The Nordic Spa, the Wintergarden, Mamsen's, the Explorers' Lounge, the Sports Deck, Manfredi's Italian Restaurant and The Chef's Table.

Disney Treasure: December 2024

The Grand Hall of the Disney Treasure.

Courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

Top feature: Debut of new Disney Parks-inspired onboard venues

Fares begin around: $4,028 per person (double occupancy) for a seven-night Caribbean cruise

Sails to: Eastern and Western Caribbean, Castaway Cay (Disney Cruise Line's private island)

Fans of Disney Cruise Line will find many familiar venues, attractions and restaurants on the new Disney Treasure, sister ship of Disney Wish . However, there will also be plenty of new features, including the theme of the ship: adventure. The Grand Hall, inspired by the movie "Aladdin," is designed with dark shades of blue, turquoise and gold and features a golden statue of a magic carpet with Aladdin and Jasmine.

Plaza de Coco replaces Disney Wish's "Frozen" dining experience with a two-night Mexican, "Coco"-themed theatrical dinner show. Meanwhile, "Disney The Tale of Moana" – a Broadway-style production based on the film "Moana" – will be exclusive to Disney Treasure. Adults will also find new lounges, such as the Jungle Cruise-themed Skipper Society and the Periscope Pub, which is inspired by "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." Disney Treasure can carry up to 4,000 passengers.

Explore  Disney Cruise Line  deals on GoToSea.

MSC World America: Spring 2025

MSC's new futuristic ship – and sister ship to MSC World Europa – will be based in Miami and sail the Caribbean. The LNG-powered, 6,762-passenger ship will offer more than 420,000 square feet of public space and many of the attractions found on World Europa, such as the MSC Luna Park Arena and World Galleria. There will also be more than 30 dining venues, bars and lounges, as well as the line's private enclave, MSC Yacht Club.

Oceania Allura: June 2025

Oceania Allura will be the eighth ship in Oceania's fleet, the second vessel of the line's Allura class and the sister ship to Oceania Vista. The 1,200-passenger Allura will offer the same upscale amenities as Vista, as well as a new Chef's Studio and one of the highest space-to-guest and staff-to-guest ratios in the cruise industry. Allura is scheduled to debut in June 2025.

Read: Bucket List Cruises for Seniors and Retirees

Star Princess: August 2025

Star Princess is scheduled to set sail in 2025 as the sister ship to Sun Princess. The 4,300-passenger, LNG-powered ship will offer the same features as Sun Princess, including the Dome, the Piazza and the line's Signature Collection Suites. The vessel will also have 29-plus restaurants and bars.

Star of the Seas: Summer 2025

Royal Caribbean plans to introduce Star of the Seas – the second Icon-class vessel and sister to Icon of the Seas – in summer 2025.

Disney Cruise Line: 2025

Disney purchased the former Global Dream from Genting's Dream Cruises in 2022, when it was still being built at the German shipyard MV Werften. Disney plans to base the ship in Singapore for at least five years, offering Disney vacations to the Southeast Asian market. When it launches in 2025, the vessel will be the line's seventh ship and is expected to carry 6,000 passengers. Another newly built, currently unnamed Disney ship is planned to debut in 2025, as well.

Norwegian Cruise Line: 2025 and beyond

The third Prima-class ship is expected to be approximately 10% larger than the first ship in the class, Norwegian Prima (143,535 gross tons). The following ships for the line are anticipated to be even larger, with the fifth and sixth Prima-class vessels (debuting in 2027 and 2028) weighing as much as 171,000 gross tons.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity's fifth Edge-class ship will be more eco-friendly, thanks to the addition of a new tri-fueled engine model and the capacity to store three different kinds of fuel, including methanol. The effort toward net-zero emissions and more sustainable cruising is a partnership between Royal Caribbean, the French shipyard Chantiers de L'Atlantique and the technology firm Wärtsilä. A debut date for this ship has not yet been announced.

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Gwen Pratesi has been an avid cruiser since her early 20s. She has sailed to destinations around the globe on nearly every type of cruise ship built, including the newest megaships, luxury yachts, expedition vessels and traditional masted sailing ships. She used her extensive experience with cruises to write this article. Pratesi covers the travel and culinary industries for major publications, including U.S. News & World Report.

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This year will be a big one for new cruise ships, with three major vessels on the way that promise to break new ground in cruising.

The most notable of the three, Icon of the Seas , is the first of a new series of megaships from Royal Caribbean that will be larger than any cruise vessels ever built. It'll be loaded with all sorts of gee-whiz attractions, restaurants, bars and entertainment.

Icon of the Seas is just one of two major new Royal Caribbean cruise ships arriving in 2024. Also on the way is Utopia of the Seas , the sixth and final vessel in the line's hugely successful Oasis Class of ships.

The year will also bring the first new ship in more than a decade from storied cruise line Cunard (Queen Anne) and the first of a new class of ship from cruise giant Princess Cruises (Sun Princess).

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The new ships from Cunard and Princess Cruises will both feature notable updated designs for the brands, with an expanded lineup of restaurants, bars and entertainment areas.

All three vessels — Icon of the Seas, Queen Anne and Sun Princess — are the three new cruise ships for 2024 that have us the most excited here at TPG. But they're far from being the only major new cruise vessels arriving during the next 12 months.

To whet your appetite for cruising in the year ahead, take a look at our list of nine new cruise ships arriving in 2024.

Carnival Jubilee

Maiden voyage: Dec. 23, 2023

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This newest ship for cruise giant Carnival technically arrived at the end of 2023, but its maiden voyage on Dec. 23 was so close to the start of 2024 that we're calling it a new vessel for 2024.

The 15-deck-high ship is a sister to the line's recently unveiled Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration , which have made waves in the past two years for their huge size and what might be the most unusual attraction ever on a cruise vessel: a deck-top roller coaster .

Like Carnival Celebration, Carnival Jubilee measures 183,521 tons, putting it in a tie with the former ship for the position of biggest vessel ever to sail for Carnival (at 181,808 tons, sister ship Mardi Gras is slightly smaller). Carnival Celebration and Mardi Gras, notably, are a whopping 35% bigger than the next-biggest Carnival ships currently afloat, and they are bigger than all but a dozen other cruise vessels in the world.

Like Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration, Carnival Jubilee has a roller coaster on its top deck. Dubbed Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster, it's similar to the roller coasters on its sister vessels, with an 800-foot-long track and vehicles that reach speeds of 40 mph — give or take.

Also, like its sisters, Carnival Jubilee was designed to hold up to 6,630 passengers. That's just a tad below the 7,600 passengers that will be able to fit aboard Royal Caribbean's soon-to-debut Icon of the Seas — the new world's largest cruise ship (more on that vessel below).

Related: The ultimate guide to Carnival Cruise Line

In addition to a roller coaster, Carnival Jubilee has a giant water park on its top deck. Like its sister, its interiors are filled with a far broader array of suites than you'd find on earlier Carnival ships. But the vessel isn't a carbon copy of the previous vessels. New features include two ocean-themed zones with new bar and dining options — including an underwater-themed bar adorned with octopus arms that will serve drinks.

The development of ships on the scale of Carnival Jubilee and its sisters has been a big deal for Carnival. Until recently, the line had resisted the trend among major brands to build even bigger vessels that offer a supersized megaresort-at-sea experience.

Carnival's last new vessel before the arrival of Mardi Gras in 2021, Carnival Panorama, didn't even crack the top 40 list of biggest ships when it debuted in 2019.

Carnival Jubilee is sailing seven-night voyages to the Western Caribbean out of Galveston. Fares start at $669 per person, not including taxes and fees.

Icon of the Seas

Maiden voyage: Jan. 27

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Call it the new grande dame of the megaship world. At 250,800 tons, Icon of the Seas will be the biggest cruise ship ever built, and it'll be chock-full of more amusements, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues than any cruise vessel ever.

In other words, if you're a megaship fan, this is your new go-to ship — assuming you don't mind vacationing with a lot of other people.

In size, Icon of the Seas will be about 6% bigger than the biggest of the Oasis Class ships, the one-year-old Wonder of the Seas. But it'll be able to hold about 7% more people — 7,600 passengers as compared to Wonder of the Seas' total capacity of 7,084 passengers. That's a new all-time record for a passenger ship.

The bigger passenger capacity is in part due to the ship's greater focus on family travelers. Icon of the Seas is being built with more cabins offering extra bunks to accommodate families with children. It'll also have more amenities geared to families, including a new-for-the-line outdoor "neighborhood" called Surfside dedicated to families with young children.

Related: Icon of the Seas will cater to families

Surfside notably will feature splash areas for babies and kids, pools and lounge spaces for parents, family-friendly eateries and shops, and a bar with "mommy and me" matching mocktails for kids and cocktails for grownups.

Icon of the Seas will also feature the largest water park ever built on a cruise ship, with a record six waterslides. No other vessel comes close when it comes to water attractions on a cruise ship.

Other notable new attractions will include the AquaDome — a massive, glass dome-covered area at the front of the ship. A true engineering marvel (the 363-ton glass dome had to be built separately next to the ship and winched into place), the AquaDome will be home to the AquaTheater — a venue found in a different location on Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships that hosts acrobatic and diving shows in a high-tech stage/pool.

The AquaTheater will be the marquee attraction within the AquaDome, which will also offer dining and drinking venues, as well as cozy seating areas for daytime and evening hangouts. One such spot, the Overlook, is an elevated lounge featuring special nooks (Overlook Pods) and wraparound windows providing fantastic ocean views and easy viewing of the aqua shows.

In addition, Icon of the Seas will have a record-for-a-ship seven pools, four of which will be at a main pool area called Chill Island. The latter area will be home to the line's first swim-up bar on a ship, Swim and Tonic.

Related: The ultimate Icon of the Seas guide: Pricing, itineraries, and what's on board

Ten new food outlets on the ship will include Surfside Eatery, a family-friendly buffet in the Surfside neighborhood, and Empire Supper Club, an upscale venue designed to evoke the atmosphere of New York City in the 1930s. The latter will serve an extravagant eight-course meal (think: caviar and wagyu), with each dish paired with a cocktail created by celebrity mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.

Among lodging options, Icon of the Seas will boast 14 new cabin and suite types plus 14 categories of rooms that already exist on earlier Royal Caribbean ships. That's a whopping 28 types of accommodation in all.

Many of these cabin categories are family-friendly rooms that sleep four guests; some can accommodate six or eight guests. In total, 313 cabins and suites are listed specifically as family-focused accommodations, though many regular room types can sleep more than two people.

Note that Icon of the Seas is just the first of three sister ships Royal Caribbean has on order for delivery by 2026, all of similar dimensions. Together, they will make up what is known as the Icon Class.

Icon of the Seas will operate seven-night voyages to the Caribbean out of Miami. Fares start at $1,577 per person, not including taxes and fees.

Sun Princess

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Like Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises is going bigger with its next new ship — a lot bigger.

Under development for more than six years and the first of an all-new series of vessels for the line, the 4,000-passenger Sun Princess is about 21% bigger than the biggest ships currently in the Princess fleet. And yet, while it's 21% bigger, it's designed to hold just 17% more passengers.

In other words, its space-to-passenger ratio will be greater, making the ship feel roomier — if only modestly.

Sun Princess will also be the first Princess ship with suites that come with exclusive access to a private restaurant, lounge and sun deck — a sign Princess is finally getting serious about pampering its best customers.

In addition, Sun Princess will boast an innovative new type of "cabana cabin" along the ship's extra-wide 10th deck, which will come with access to a private deck area (sort of a riff on the Havana-class cabins found on a handful of Carnival Cruise Line ships). Plus, the top deck of the ship is getting some unusual-for-Princess sizzle with the addition of a glass-dome-topped pool area that will transform into a nightspot after the sun goes down.

Related: A sneak peek inside Sun Princess under construction

Other notable differences between Sun Princess and earlier Princess ships include the lack of a buffet restaurant on its main pool deck. Don't worry, buffet lovers: There will still be a buffet-like venue on the ship. It will be eight decks below the pool deck, closer to the ship's central piazza and just off the ship's outside promenade.

The ship's main theater, to be called the Princess Arena, will also have a new look. Its new-for-Princess in-the-round shape can be converted into a more traditional proscenium-type theater or a keyhole-type theater to allow for different types of productions.

The ship's three-deck-high piazza, called the Sun Princess Piazza, is getting an upgrade, too, with a new circular shape, a stage that pops up from the center of the floor for performances and a giant, three-deck-high moveable LED screen that will play a role in evening productions in the space.

Among other standout venues, Sun Princess will feature a secret hideaway for magical performances designed in partnership with the Magic Castle performance venue in Los Angeles. Kids should love the new-for-Princess fun zone called Park19, featuring a ropes course and what's being billed as the first roll glider at sea, an electric ride that goes up to 11 mph.

Sun Princess initially will sail in Europe through the fall before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for voyages to the Caribbean. Fares start at $467 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a five-night Caribbean sailing.

Maiden voyage: May 10

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It's been a long time coming, but storied cruise line Cunard is finally launching a new ship. Built to an all-new design for the 183-year-old brand, the 3,000-passenger Queen Anne will be Cunard's first new vessel in 14 years — an unusually long period for any line to go without a new ship.

Queen Anne, notably, will embrace the latest trends of travel and cruising in a way that Cunard ships haven't done before, including a new focus on choice in dining and entertainment, wellness and onboard celebrations.

The ship will offer 15 different places to grab a bite, more than double the number on the line's other ships. The options will include Aji Wa, a new restaurant concept for Cunard that will serve Japanese cuisine influenced by the seasons of the year. Also new for Cunard will be Aranya, an Indian eatery; Sir Samuel's, a high-end steakhouse; and Tramonto, which will serve Mediterranean dishes.

Wellness-focused areas will include a new-for-the-line, glass-enclosed Wellness Studio at the top of the ship that will offer classes in yoga, pilates, Zumba and line dancing during the day and ballroom dancing classes at sunset.

A new juice bar and a cafe near the main pool will serve healthy dishes, and the ship's spa is being built as a temple to wellness. It'll offer a sprawling thermal pool complex that includes eight heated loungers, four experiential showers, a reflexology footpath with textured stones flowing with hot water, a cold room (a first for Cunard), a large steam room, a Himalayan salt sauna and a traditional sauna. A relaxation room and wellness suite will round out the offerings.

Related: A sneak peek inside Queen Anne under construction

On the celebrations front, Queen Anne will have a lounge specifically designed for weddings that spills into an indoor reception room and, just beyond, a new-for-the-line private rooftop terrace space for wedding and vow renewal receptions.

Other notable features of the ship will include an expanded Commodore Club observation lounge and a main pool area (The Pavilion) topped with a retractable glass roof designed to be as much a showpiece as a functional structure.

Not everything about Queen Anne will be different from previous Cunard ships. A lot will be familiar. As is always the case for Cunard vessels, Queen Anne will have a soaring Grand Lobby with a cascading staircase where you can take selfies in your formal night splendor. That staple of all Cunard ships, the ballroom known as the Queens Room, is also making a comeback.

Queen Anne initially will sail in Europe before setting off on an around-the-world cruise in January 2025. Fares start at $449 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a quick two-night cruise from Hamburg, Germany, to Southampton, England. Seven-night sailings in Europe start at $849 per person, not including taxes and fees.

Maiden voyage: June 27

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The newest ship for the luxury line Silversea Cruises is a sister to the brand's recently unveiled Silver Nova — a groundbreaking vessel that has been turning heads since it debuted in August.

Like Silver Nova, Silver Ray will be bigger than Silversea's previous ships and feature an unusual, asymmetrical design for its public decks that reorients its key features toward the sides of the ship instead of the center. Whether you're floating in the ship's main pool or dining at its open-air Marquee restaurant, you'll be looking out at the sea (or whatever destination the ship is visiting) like you've never been able to before.

Silver Ray's pool area, in particular, will be striking, as is the pool area on Silver Nova. The long and narrow pool won't be in the middle of the deck but offset to its starboard side, and it'll be oriented to face outward to the sea. Nearly all the lounge chairs around the pool will face in the same direction toward the sea, too.

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As we wrote about in our recent first look at Silver Nova , part of what makes this new outward-facing orientation for these ships so magical is that they don't have any structures rising from the starboard sides of their pool decks. Passengers floating in the pools on these ships or lounging on nearby lounge chairs get an unobstructed view of the sea off the starboard side.

Silver Ray's asymmetrical design will also be evident at two food and beverage venues at the top of the vessel — both new-for-Silversea concepts that first debuted in August on Silver Nova.

The first, Marquee, will be an alfresco dining venue that is also off-center, with an orientation that offers commanding views of the sea from the ship's port side. It'll be home to The Grill, Silversea's signature outdoor "hot rocks" dining venue, and also double as the ship's Spaccanapoli pizza outlet. The second venue, The Dusk Bar, will be an open-air sky bar at the back of the vessel that, like Marquee, is positioned on the port side of the ship.

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Additional dining venues on board will include versions of Silversea's main signature restaurant La Terrazza, French eatery La Dame, seafood eatery Atlantide and sushi outlet Kaiseki.

In addition to asymmetry in many areas, one thing that will be particularly noticeable about Silver Ray is its spaciousness — something it will share with Silver Nova. At 54,700 tons, the two ships are about 34% bigger than Silversea's last three new vessels — Silver Muse, Silver Moon and Silver Dawn — but they are designed to hold only about 22% more passengers. That gives them significantly more space per passenger.

With every berth filled, Silver Ray will sail with 728 passengers — the same as Silver Nova and just 132 more than the three earlier Silversea vessels.

The extra space on the two vessels has allowed Silversea to expand its lineup of cabin categories, with more large suites. As is always the case with Silversea ships, every cabin on the ship will be a suite. But Silver Ray and Silver Nova offer new premium aft suites, including a massive 1,324-square-foot complex called the Otium Suite.

Even the smallest cabins on Silver Ray will measure at least 357 square feet, which is unusually large for a cruise ship cabin.

Silver Ray will initially sail in Europe before repositioning to North America in December 2024 for winter sailings to South America and the Caribbean. Fares start at $4,600 per person, including transfers, for a nine-night South America sailing out of Panama City.

Utopia of the Seas

Maiden voyage: July 22

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Royal Caribbean's second new ship of the year will be a giant, too, though not quite as big as Icon of the Seas. The sixth and final vessel in the line's groundbreaking Oasis Class of ships , Utopia of the Seas is expected to carry up to around 6,700 passengers and measure around 237,000 tons, which would place it just behind Icon of the Seas as the world's second-biggest cruise ship.

Like the five earlier Oasis Class ships (the newest of which, Wonder of the Seas , is the current size leader in the cruise world), Utopia of the Seas will be loaded with lots of family-focused attractions , including multiple main pool areas, a kiddie splash zone, surfing simulators, a miniature golf course, a basketball court and even a zip line. And that's just on its top deck.

Inside the vessel, you'll find more lounges, bars, restaurants and shops than you can imagine, plus a huge casino, spas and theaters with Broadway-style shows.

As with earlier Royal Caribbean ships, it'll even have an indoor ice-skating rink.

In design and features, Utopia of the Seas will be nearly identical to Royal Caribbean's last new Oasis Class ship, Wonder of the Seas, which debuted in 2022. Like that vessel, it'll have a dedicated suite area with a private lounge, restaurant and sun deck — something not found on the four earlier Oasis Class ships.

Utopia of the Seas will be based in Port Canaveral, Florida, for short three- and four-night sailings to the Bahamas. Fares start at $431 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a three-night sailing.

Related: Why Royal Caribbean is about to own the market for short cruises from Florida

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The world's newest cruise line, three-month-old Explora Journeys, is doubling in size in 2024 with the addition of Explora 2.

Designed for 922 passengers, the high-end vessel will be an almost identical sister to Explora 1, the line's first ship, which debuted in August. It will similarly target the luxury market.

Like Explora 1, the new ship will offer oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences designed to be "homes at sea," and it'll be packed with upscale amenities. They will include 10 distinct culinary experiences, 10 indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, four swimming pools, outdoor deck areas with private cabanas, wellness facilities and entertainment.

A creation of the deep-pocketed MSC Group, which already owns MSC Cruises, Explora Journeys plans to launch at least six of the superluxurious vessels by 2028, with the first four being roughly the same size and the last two being even bigger .

In just a few years, that'll give Explora Journeys a bigger capacity than such well-known luxury cruise operators as Seabourn and the recently relaunched Crystal .

Explora Journeys is competing in the same upscale cruise space as Seabourn and Crystal, as well as luxury lines like Viking, Silversea and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. It's run completely separately from its sister brand, MSC Cruises, which caters to a mass-market audience.

Explora 2 will initially sail in the Mediterranean before repositioning to North America for the winter. Fares start at $4,275 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a seven-night Caribbean sailing.

Viking Vela

Maiden voyage: Dec. 19

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Fast-growing Viking will continue its expansion into ocean cruising in 2024 with its 11th new seagoing vessel since 2015.

Like Viking's first 10 ocean ships (one of which has been transferred to a joint venture with a Chinese company), Vela will be a relatively small, elegant vessel designed to appeal to an older crowd looking to explore the world in style and comfort.

Slightly bigger than its sister ships, Viking Vela will hold 998 passengers at double occupancy — 68 more than its siblings. But it'll still be less than a third the size of the giant ships operated by such well-known cruise brands as Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Like Viking's other ocean ships, it'll sail itineraries that feature more time in ports than is common at many other lines. Like the earlier Viking ships, it'll also be adults-only, with no passengers under the age of 18 allowed.

While slightly bigger than earlier Viking ocean ships, Viking Vela's interior will have an almost identical look. Like Viking's 10 earlier ocean vessels, Vela will boast modern, Scandinavian-influenced decor that's soothing and upscale. Onboard activities will revolve around enrichment programs and classy entertainment, and there will be elegant meals in multiple restaurants. Cabins will be relatively spacious, with the smallest of five cabin categories having 270 square feet of space. Every cabin will have a balcony.

As is typical for Viking, the fare will include a shore excursion at every port that Vela visits. Also included will be Wi-Fi, and wine and beer with lunch and dinner — all part of Viking's "no-nickel-and-diming" philosophy.

Disney Treasure

Maiden voyage: Dec. 21

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Disney Cruise Line is shifting into growth mode again with the unveiling of Disney Treasure , its second new ship in two years (after a 10-year period where Disney didn't unveil a single vessel). Due at the end of 2024, it's coming out in relatively quick succession to Disney Wish, a similarly designed ship that arrived in 2022.

Like Disney Wish, Disney Treasure is part of Disney's new Triton Class of vessels, and it'll share many of the same features and layout as its older sister. But it will be far from an exact copy. Disney has announced quite a few major changes for Disney Treasure, including the addition of an all-new Mexican restaurant called Plaza de Coco that is themed around the events of the "Coco" movie. It replaces the "Frozen-" themed eatery on Disney Wish.

Also, a new Haunted Mansion-themed bar will replace the "Star Wars-" themed Hyperspace Lounge on Disney Wish.

Other new venues include Jumbeaux's Sweets, an ice cream parlor and candy shop inspired by Jumbeaux's Cafe in the movie "Zootopia," and Skipper Society, a new bar inspired by Disney's Jungle Cruise ride and its wisecracking skippers. At the latter, which will be where The Bayou is on Disney Wish, passengers will find a menu of themed cocktails and light snacks, such as waffles.

Yet another new drinks venue is Periscope Pub, inspired by Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (and Disney's 1954 movie version of the book and theme park attraction). It will replace Wish's Keg & Compass as Disney Treasure's sports bar. The bar is designed to look like the Nautilus submarine from the story, complete with a giant periscope, porthole windows and a ceiling designed to look like you're underwater.

Disney is also launching a new Broadway-style musical on Disney Treasure, "Disney The Tale of Moana." The show will feature popular songs and characters from the animated movie and marks the first time Disney has brought the story of Moana to the stage.

The ship's two other main shows, "Beauty and the Beast" and "Disney Seas the Adventure," are repeats from earlier Disney ships.

Like Disney Wish, Disney Treasure's big top-deck attraction will be AquaMouse, a water ride that swirls around the top of the vessel.

The ship will hold 2,500 passengers at double occupancy (two passengers per cabin) and up to 4,000 passengers with every berth filled.

Disney Treasure will sail seven-night voyages to the Caribbean and the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral. Fares start at $1,862 per person, not including taxes and fees.

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Other new ships

In addition to the above, newcomers for 2024 include several small oceangoing cruise vessels from such small-ship cruise operators as The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and American Cruise Lines , as well as small river ships from river lines AmaWaterways , Avalon Waterways and Viking .

Among the most notable of these smaller vessels is the 60-passenger AmaMagdalena, which is being billed as the first major river ship designed to sail on the Magdalena River in Colombia. Avalon's new entry for 2024, the 102-passenger Avalon Alegria, will be that line's first vessel on the Douro River in Portugal.

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A diverse crop of new ships will set sail in 2024 , including intimate yacht-style vessels to never-before-seen mega ships from luxury players like Silversea and Cunard. There will be plenty of bells and whistles expected of these brands, including restaurants from top chefs, but also a few features new to the industry (think glass domes on the hull). Some are sister ships to those already on the waters, but with enough points of difference to feel like something entirely new—including the soon-to-be-sailing largest ship in the world, from Royal Caribbean , of course.

Ships aside, cruises will be taking us deeper into places only lightly touched by international travel next year, too. Australia’s Kimberley region, one of Conde Nast Traveler's Best Places to Go in 2024 , is the focus for new expedition sailings from Seabourn, while Lindblad ships will hit up the little-traveled equatorial islands of the Mid-Atlantic on a crossing from Brazil to the Azores .

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Cruise line: Cunard

Cunard’s new ship Queen Anne , launching in May, will be the line’s 249 th ship since 1840. Queen Anne will be helmed by Captain Inger Klein Thorhauge, Cunard’s first woman captain, who has spent time in command of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. The ship will have double the number of Britannia Club staterooms than the other ships in the fleet, and new renditions of the Cunard favorites—sumptuous restaurants with Art Deco styling, reimagined wellness facilities, and refreshed, classically modern palettes in stateroom design. She will sail mostly in Europe , including around the British Isles as well as through the fjords of Norway .

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When it embarks in late 2024, the Disney Treasure will include a Mexican restaurant inspired by “Coco.”

Disney Treasure

Cruise line: Disney Cruise Line

Set to embark its first passengers in late 2024, Disney Treasure incorporates many features from the earlier sister Disney Wish , with some brand-new additions for its first new ship in a decade. A new Mexican restaurant, Plaza de Coco, inspired by the movie “Coco” will be exclusive to the ship, and two bars themed for Disney Parks attractions: the Jungle Cruise-themed Skipper Society, and Periscope Pub—a nod to “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” A new production show “Disney: The Tale of Moana” will also debut with the ship.

Cruise line: Silversea

Set to launch in the Mediterranean in Summer 2024, Silver Ray is the second Nova Class ship for Silversea, and is being billed as one of the most eco-friendly luxury ships to enter the market with fuel cell and shore power technology that will allow it to be emission-free while in port. Onboard, public spaces and guest suites are designed to make optimal use of natural light, while guests will have eight dining options to choose from, ranging from a casual grill and pizzeria to La Dame, a French fine-dining restaurant.

Sun Princess

Cruise line: Princess Cruises

Princess launches the new Sphere Class with Sun Princess —the line’s largest ship yet. Princess will introduce a new class of suites called—The Reserve Collection, which will eventually replace Princess Club throughout the fleet. There’s also a new stateroom category: Cabana cabins, which have a convertible space between the veranda and the cabin that can be used as an outdoor cabana or enclosed to create extra cabin space. The ship’s three-story Piazza will be enclosed in a glass sphere in the center of the ship, giving the space an airy feel with omnidirectional natural light. The ship’s first sailings are slated for the Mediterranean in February 2024.

The Icon of the Seas will be the world's largest cruise ship with a capacity for 7600.

The Icon of the Seas will be the world's largest cruise ship, with a capacity for 7,600.

Icon of the Seas

Cruise line: Royal Caribbean

This is an eye-popper. Launching a new class of ships, Icon of the Seas will be the world’s largest cruise ship capable of carrying 7,600 passengers. The ship’s focal art piece will be the 82-foot AquaDome on the bow, which will house the ship’s AquaTheater for aquatic stage productions capped by a 50-foot waterfall. Also new to Icon are Royal Caribbean’s first food hall-style dining concept, the first swim-up bar, the largest pool and waterpark at sea. Icon will homeport in Miami with its first sailing in January 2024.

Cruise line: Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

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Ritz-Carlton’s second yacht in the fleet is even larger than the Evrima , which launched the brand in 2022. The yacht will have 224 suites—each with private terraces—a Ritz-Carlton Spa and a Ritz Kids program venue. Guests will also enjoy a marina-style watersports platform and a nearly one-to-one ratio of onboard staff members to guests. Planned to split its time between the Mediterranean and Caribbean , the yacht is slated to set sail in September 2024.

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The Celebrity Ascent launches in late 2023 with a Daniel Boulud restaurant.

Celebrity Ascent

Cruise line: Celebrity

The fourth in Celebrity’s designer Edge -class , Celebrity Ascent launches in late 2023 with a host of refinements on what is now a well-wrought model. Le Voyage, the signature Daniel Boulud restaurant introduced on Celebrity Beyond , is completely redesigned with dramatic architecture in an intimate space. Also all-new in design are the ship's casino and art gallery, plus the addition of a 24-seat outdoor terrace to Blu, the clean-cuisine restaurant exclusive to Aqua Class guests, and a new plant-based tasting menu at Eden Restaurant.

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The kimberley.

Cruise line: Seabourn

From May through August, 2024, Seabourn Pursuit will sail between Darwin and Broome, Australia, in a lonely region of the continent’s northwest coast known as Kimberley, famous for technicolor contrasts between blue ocean and multicolor terrain in all forms—from sandstone peaks to coral reefs and towering waterfalls. Guests might visit a pearl farm, or be immersed in abundant wildlife at all turns.

Islands of the Atlantic Ridge

Cruise line: Lindblad Expeditions

In October 2024, National Geographic Endurance will embark on an epic 24-day sailing from Salvador, Brazil , exploring clusters of equatorial islands en route to the Azores. Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Azores are all on the itinerary, with terrain ranging from volcanoes to verdant jungles. A highlight of the trip will be the mid-ocean St. Peter and Paul Archipelago, an outcropping of rocks home to seabirds and endemic reef fish that can be found nowhere else on earth.

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New Cruise Ships We’ll See in 2024

From luxury cruise ships to mainstream and river ships, it’s a busy year for launching new cruise ships in 2024.

A stellar year is shaping up with the launch of several new ships that promise to redefine luxury and garner thrills on the high seas. Many of these new cruise ships in 2024 feature design innovations both inside and out; from chef-inspired fine dining to white-knuckle thrill rides.

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New Cruise Ships in 2024

The new luxury ships offer high guest-to-crew ratios and meticulously curated ports of call worldwide. On the flip side, the new mega-ships have mind-boggling rides and attractions.

Here’s the lowdown on the best new cruise ships you’ll see and hopefully experience in 2024.

Celebrity Cruises

Side view of Celebrity Ascent on the ocean.

Though Celebrity’s latest addition, Celebrity Ascent , began cruising the Eastern Caribbean in December 2023, it’s close enough to include in this 2024 list of new cruise ships. This vessel is the fourth ship in Celebrity’s popular Edge Class design. It features Edge Class’s unique Infinite Balcony with its indoor/outdoor sliding window.

With 3,260 passengers, 2,331 staterooms, 14 restaurants and eateries, and (for a $9.95 fee), there’s a dining option for everyone. Le Voyage, the first restaurant at sea by renowned chef Daniel Boulud, serves Mediterranean cuisine and a plant-based tasting menu.

Celebrity Ascent is currently cruising from Port Everglades until April 2024, when the ship will head to Europe in the summer and fall.

Cunard Line

Artist rendering of Cunard's Queen Anne at sea.

Cunard plans to launch Queen Anne on May 3, 2024 from  Lisbon, Portugal. The ship accommodates 3,000 passengers who will revel in the royal treatment offered in its staterooms designed by the renowned Sybille de Margerie.

Afternoon teas and black-tie events in the elegant Queens Room venue add a touch of sophistication. At the same time, the services of white-gloved bellhops make boarding a regal affair.

Queen Anne will have Cunard’s first female captain, Captain Inger Klein Thorhauge. During the ship’s inaugural season, Captain Thorhauge will lead the Queen Anne on voyages to the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, and Northern Europe.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney treasure.

Artist rendering of Disney Treasure at sea.

Disney Cruises introduces the Treasure as its sixth addition to the fleet, enchanting 1,254 guests with journeys centered around the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Immerse yourself in the magic of Agrabah with the ship’s signature character, Aladdin.

Indulge in the colorful Plaza de Coco dinner theater and Zootopia-inspired Jumbeaux’s Sweets.The lavish Grand Hall, blending Asian and African touches, brings the fairy-tale land to life in this immersive design.

Explora Journeys

Artist rendering of Explora Journeys 2 at sea.

This fledgling cruise line, an off-shoot of MSC, is about to launch their second small luxury ship. Passengers aboard Explora II will be immersed in elegant design with 461 ocean-front suites offering private terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and butler services.

The ship can accommodate up to 922 guests. The ship embarks on all-inclusive journeys to far-flung destinations in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, India, the Indian Ocean, and Africa. With nine dining options and a champagne toast to every adventure, Explora II promises a luxurious home at sea.

Princess Cruises

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Artist rendering of Sun Princess at sea.

Introducing Sun Princess : A Ship Where Elegance Meets Innovation

Princess Cruises unveils their most technologically advanced and largest ship yet – the Sun Princess . Its “Sphere” design is instantly captivating. Featuring a multi-level glass dome, this breathtaking architectural element transforms throughout the day and night offering mesmerizing views and hosting world-class entertainment.

Sun Princess accommodates 4,300 passengers and claims the title of the largest and most modern option in the Princess Cruises fleet. State-of-the-art features include the 1,000-person Princess Arena and the Santorini-inspired Dome entertainment venue..

Set against the Mediterranean and Caribbean Sea backdrop, the new Sun Princess promises a wow factor beyond the onboard spectacle.

Redefining The Piazza Sun Princess ‘ reimagined Piazza pulsates as the ship’s social heart. Spanning three stories, this vibrant gathering place is filled with natural light and boasts stunning ocean views. Here you’ll find cozy cafes, stylish restaurants, street performers, and a dazzling new entertainment venue perfect for lively events.

Accommodations Fit for Royalty From cozy interior staterooms to expansive suites, Sun Princess caters to every cruiser’s needs. Indulge in the ship’s new Signature Collection accommodations, offering premium services, upgraded amenities, and exclusive access to a suite lounge and restaurant. Opt for luxurious staterooms overlooking the Piazza for spectacular, ever-changing views.

Culinary Journeys Across the Globe Prepare to embark on a culinary voyage around the world! Beyond traditional cruise favorites, Sun Princess introduces immersive dining experiences. Taste global flavors featuring fresh, regionally-inspired dishes, and delve into themed restaurants that create vibrant, authentic atmospheres.

Enrichment & Entertainment Beyond Expectations Entertainment aboard Sun Princess reaches new heights.. Step into “Spellbound,” an exclusive collaboration with The Magic Castle ™. Marvel at mind-bending illusions and themed cocktails inspired by this iconic Hollywood establishment. Settle in for dazzling, original productions within the state-of-the-art Princess Theater.

Princess MedallionClass ™ Technology Princess MedallionClass™ enhances your onboard experience. Imagine contactless boarding, on-demand food and drink delivery anywhere on the ship, keyless stateroom access, and the ability to locate companions with ease.

Where Will Sun Princess Take You? Early in 2024, Sun Princess sets sail on incredible itineraries filled with adventure. Journey through the sun-drenched Mediterranean, explore the captivating fjords of Scandinavia, or experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Alaska.

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Aerial view of Ritz Carlton Ilma.

Following the success of Evrima in 2022, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection introduces Ilma in 2024. This 790-foot, all-balcony luxury vessel Has 224 elegantly designed suites that accommodate up to 448 guests.

Ilma boasts the highest guest-to-space ratio of any ship. Inspired by luxury yachts, this new small ship features some mega-ship amenities like an infinity pool and a full-service spa and fitness center.

For a small yacht-like ship, you’ll find four unique dining experiences. Included in the cost of the cruise is the main dining room that features Continental cuisine and Talaat Nam for Southeast Asian fare.

Also without an added fee is Mistral, the most casual dining experience with an outdoor area. For a fee, you can try S.E.A. featuring European cuisine. All four dining venues request casual to smart casual dress codes—no formal wear required.

Basic Wi-Fi is included, or you can purchase an upgraded package for streaming.

This year, Ilma will take guests to less-visited European ports, including the Amalfi Coast, the Greek Isles, the French Riviera, and Monte Carlo. Next year, Ilma heads out on voyages in and around Northern Europe.

Royal Caribbean

Icon of the seas.

Icon of the Seas Overlook Lounge Rendering

Icon of the Seas officially joined the Royal Caribbean fleet in a delivery ceremony in late October of 2023. It then made its grand debut with passengers setting sail on January 28th, 2024. Transformative New Features Icon of the Seas completely alters the concept of a cruise vacation. Some of its most standout features include:

Thrill Island: Home to Category 6, the largest waterpark at sea. This incredible space holds six record-breaking slides that deliver pure adrenaline. Imagine riding Pressure Drop, the first open free-fall slide at sea!

  • AquaDome: Imagine a tranquil oasis by day and a vibrant nightlife hot spot at night. The AquaDome offers wraparound ocean views along with new restaurants and bars. At its heart is a mesmerizing 55-foot tall waterfall and its AquaTheater brings performances to life with state-of-the-art robotics, divers, skateboarders, and more!
  • Surfside: If you’re cruising with little ones, Surfside is your new must-visit destination. Designed entirely for young families, it’s full of interactive adventures like water features, a pool, and even a carousel.
  • Reimagined Royal Promenade: A Royal Caribbean classic gets a stunning makeover! You’ll find over 15 restaurants, bars, and lounges on the Royal Promenade. Favorites like Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar return, plus there are exciting new venues like the 1400 Lobby Bar and Royal Caribbean’s first dueling piano bar.

Island Adventures On the Horizon Icon of the Seas offers thrilling explorations across the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Journey to lush jungles, explore Mayan ruins, and visit some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. Of course, every Icon of the Seas itinerary guarantees a stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay , offering the tallest waterslide in North America!

Dining Delights Aboard Icon Foodies, get ready! Icon of the Seas redefines your culinary journey with more amazing options than ever before. While a full restaurant list won’t be released until closer to the ship’s debut, here’s what we know is in store:

Utopia of the Seas

Closing out Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class, Utopia of the Seas will welcome guests for its inaugural cruise on July 22, 2024. In a first for the company, the LNG-powered newbuild will spend its maiden season offering short cruises to the Bahamas departing from Port Canaveral, an easy drive-to port.

Closing out the illustrious Oasis Class, Utopia of the Seas is a groundbreaking addition to Royal Caribbean’s fleet, promising to redefine the cruise experience. Set to welcome its first guests on July 22, 2024, this LNG-powered new build represents a significant milestone for the company.

With a focus on sustainability, Utopia of the Seas is a marvel of engineering and an eco-friendly choice.

Utopia of the Seas boasts a capacity to accommodate 5,668 passengers, fitting seamlessly into the Oasis Class tradition of being among the largest cruise ships in the world.

For its inaugural season, Utopia of the Seas will embark on short cruises to the Bahamas, departing from convenient Port Canaveral. This strategic choice offers passengers a quick getaway to tropical paradises, allowing them to experience the ship’s state-of-the-art amenities and entertainment options while enjoying the stunning Caribbean setting.

Silversea is celebrating its 30th anniversary and introducing the second ship in its Nova class, Silver Ray. With sustainability at the forefront, these ships aim to be emission-free at sea and port, setting a new standard for environmentally conscious cruising.

Silver Ray accommodates up to 728 passengers and will sail along Italy’s coastline. Ports include stops in Croatia and Montenegro, before spending the rest of its inaugural season exploring the Mediterranean.

Viking Vela rendering with snow-capped mountains.

Joining the Viking fleet in December, the Vela offers a more intimate experience with just 998 passengers. Amenities like heated bathroom floors and full-size verandas in staterooms add comfort. At the same time, the ship’s smaller size allows access to ports that are inaccessible to more giant liners.

The Journey to Antiquities cruise from Rome to Athens offers a unique eight-day exploration, with stops at Pompeii, Crete, and Naples. Next summer, the Viking Vela will cruise around Iceland’s coast, showcasing majestic Nordic beauty.

Virgin Voyages

Brilliant lady.

Artist rendering of Brilliant Lady at sea.

After seeing its delivery postponed in 2023, the Brilliant Lady should enter service for Virgin Voyages in the second quarter of 2024. However, details about the vessel’s new inaugural season have yet to be announced by the company.

New River Cruise Ships for 2024

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American Liberty catamaran ship profile.

Another in American Cruise Line’s Coastal Cat series, the American Liberty will enter service on August 15, 2024. The U.S.-built will cruise through New England and along the Hudson River during its maiden season. The ship is a sister to the 2023-launched American Glory.

A second U.S.-built cruise ship, the American Legend, is entering service in 2024. Under construction at the Chesapeake shipyard in Maryland, the 109-guest ship will spend its inaugural season beginning in November offering American Cruise Line’s Florida Gulf Coast & Keys Cruise. The vessel is a sister to the 2023-launched American Glory.

Each of these new ships promises a unique and diverse cruising experience as the luxury cruise industry continues to evolve, and mainstream cruise ships add more bells and whistles. 

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Sun Princess ®

Talk about exciting and new, what were we thinking of when we designed the new sun princess you..

We pondered everything, so you can feel the love on the cruise vacation of your dreams.

Because here, the sun revolves around you.

Christener:  Award-winning actress and performer Hannah Waddingham

Guest Cabins:  2150

Number of Decks:  21

Tonnage:  177,500

Length:  1133 feet


Entertainment & onboard activities, design & amenities.

Experience the pinnacle of luxury with Sanctuary Collection SM . Enjoy elevated accommodations, personalized service, and exclusive onboard experiences. Unwind in the serene Sanctuary Club, delight in premium beverages, savor gourmet cuisine at a private restaurant, and more. Suite guests can also access the luxurious Suite Lounge. Welcome to unparalleled sophistication, personalized service, and indulgence. Welcome to Sanctuary Collection. Available on Sun Princess®, booking now for Fall ‘24, and Star Princess®, debuting fall ‘25).

Included Venues

Sanctuary club, suite lounge, private restaurant, princess premier included.

But wait, there’s more.

Get exclusive benefits with a Sanctuary room purchase, including complimentary Wi-Fi, Crew Appreciation, Premier beverages, specialty dining, and more. Treat yourself to a luxurious vacation and create unforgettable memories.

Sanctuary Accommodations

Sanctuary suites.

Our suites offer some of the most luxurious accommodations at sea, with spacious staterooms, large balconies, and spectacular views. Additionally, guests can enjoy a variety of amenities such as priority services, specialty dining, in-room Lavazza coffee maker, mini-bar set-up, access to the Suite Lounge, and more. You’ll also enjoy our highest-level all-inclusive package, Princess Premier.

Sanctuary Mini-Suites

Experience Sanctuary Collection luxury with premium-location mini-suites.  Enjoy elevated service, a complimentary bottle of bubbly upon embarkation, upgraded amenities, private restaurant, access to the Sanctuary Club, and more. You’ll also enjoy our highest-level all-inclusive package, Princess Premier.

Sanctuary Balconies

Enjoy stunning views from your premium balcony stateroom, complete with larger balcony, upgraded amenities, access to a private restaurant and the Sanctuary Club top deck as well our Princess Premier® package included.

Room for Everyone

Now featuring cabana mini-suites.

The all-new Cabana Mini-Suites feature a balcony and a private cabana with unique outdoor furniture that lets your take in the fresh sea air. In addition, the resort-style Cabana Deck Mini-Suites have exclusive access to an outdoor deck with an additional lounge area and stunning ocean views.

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  • Cabana Mini-Suite

The Cabana mini-suite boasts a private cabana and balcony, allowing you to relish the outdoors while preserving your privacy. Ideal for a family getaway.

Cabana Deck Mini-Suite With Exclusive Deck Access

These Cabanas are located on Deck 9 with limited entry to an extra-large lounge space with unique outdoor furniture, perfect for celebrating special occasions with family and friends while taking in the fresh sea air.

Accommodations Overview

  • Deluxe Balcony
  • Premium Oceanview
  • Wheelchair-Accessible

Our Largest, Most Premium Stateroom With Accommodations for Up to Five Guests

The exceptional features of a Signature Sky Suite include luxurious appointments, an expansive stateroom and balcony featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, one with a full bath with tub and separate shower, a seating area and sofa bed. Along with special suite-only benefits, this stateroom includes access to the Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge and private Signature area of The Sanctuary.

In addition to premium stateroom amenities, Signature Collection suites include access to the Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge and Signature Sun Deck, a private area of the Sanctuary.

  • Approx. 1,262 sq. ft., including balcony
  • Pre-Cruise Shoreside Concierge
  • Seamless curb to suite experience
  • Suite Experience Manager to service your every need
  • Reserved Princess Cays® bungalow ~
  • Premium Champagne upon arrival
  • Two full bottle bar setup & mixers
  • Complimentary Princess Fine Wine Tasting
  • Private shopping concierge
  • Complimentary Ultimate Balcony Breakfast and Dinner
  • Luxury balcony furniture 
  • Living area with sofa that sleeps one ▲
  • Master bedroom with Princess Luxury Bed
  • Private master bathroom with bathtub and separate rain shower
  • Spacious closet and vanity/desk in master bedroom
  • Second bedroom with Princess Luxury Bed (queen or pair of twin beds) ▲
  • Spacious closet and vanity/desk in second bedroom
  • Luxury bedroom and bathroom linens
  • Upgraded bathrobes and slippers
  • Luxury bathroom amenities
  • Portable hairdryer
  • Nespresso machine

▲ 3rd/4th/5th berths available ~ Applicable on voyages that visit Princess Cays

The Most Relaxing Accommodations at Sea

Surrounding you with deluxe accommodations, a spacious Signature Penthouse Suite with balcony includes all the amenities of our Signature Collection, including access to the Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge and Signature Sun Deck, a private area of The Sanctuary. Enjoy more living space, a separate seating area with sofa bed, enhanced amenities that range from priority embarkation and disembarkation to a complimentary mini-bar setup in suite and so much more.

  • Approx. 304 to 636 sq. ft., including balcony
  • Luxury balcony furniture
  • 2 floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Separate sitting area with sofa bed, chair and 2 tables
  • One complimentary mini-bar setup and free daily bottled water
  • Spacious closet
  • Complimentary laundry and professional cleaning services
  • Complimentary dinner at specialty restaurant on embarkation evening^
  • Priority reservations for specialty restaurants and shore excursions
  • Priority disembarkation at tender ports
  • Comfortable queen or two twin beds ▲
  • Refrigerator
  • Two flat-panel televisions
  • Private bathroom with tub and separate shower ‡
  • 100% cotton, high-thread count linens
  • 24-hour room service †
  • Desk with chair
  • Hair dryer & fine bathroom amenities
  • Digital security safe

▲ 3rd/4th berths available in select cabins. ‡ Separate tubs are available in Signature Sky Suites, Signature Owner’s Suites and Signature Penthouse Suites. † Guests may call for room service delivery or order through OceanNow® in the Princess® Cruises app at any time of the day or night. Guests with the latest Princess Plus and Princess Premier packages enjoy OceanNow® and room service delivery with no charge. Otherwise, a one-time access fee of $14.99 USD per person per voyage will apply for OceanNow® delivery and a $5 USD room service fee will apply for each order placed by stateroom phone. Limitations, restrictions and conditions apply. ^ Applicable on cruises six days or longer. Reservations can be made once onboard your ship.

Enjoy Breathtaking Views in This Resort-Style Stateroom

The Cabana stateroom features a balcony, a private cabana, unique outdoor furniture and an extra-large private lounge space that lets you take in the fresh sea air. Unwind inside with a separate sitting area with sofa bed and premium bathroom amenities. Enjoy Reserve Collection upgrades on select Cabana Mini-Suites. In addition to the great amenities found in all Cabana Mini-Suites, you will receive Reserve Collection upgrades, including access to the Reserve Collection Restaurant.

  • Approximately 329 sq. ft., including balcony and cabana
  • Balcony with 2-4 chairs, table and ottoman
  • Private cabana beside your balcony for an extra-large outdoor lounge space
  • Access to the Cabana Deck, an outdoor lounge space exclusively for Reserve Cabana staterooms
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Separate sitting area with sofa bed & coffee table
  • Complimentary welcome glass of bubbly on embarkation day
  • Luxury mattress topper and pillows
  • Hair dryer & bathroom amenities

▲3rd/4th berths available in select staterooms. †Guests may call for room service delivery or order through OceanNow® in the Princess® Cruises app at any time of the day or night. Guests with the latest Princess Plus and Princess Premier packages enjoy OceanNow® and room service delivery with no charge. Otherwise, a one-time access fee of $14.99 USD per person per voyage will apply for OceanNow® delivery and a $5 USD room service fee will apply for each order placed by stateroom phone. Limitations, restrictions and conditions apply.

Treat Yourself Every Time You Walk Into Your Stateroom

A complimentary glass of bubbly isn't the only perk you enjoy when you choose a Mini-Suite. It's substantially larger than a balcony stateroom and includes a separate seating area with sofa bed as well as two flat-panel TVs. Need a little extra space for your family or group? A Mini-Suite is the option for you. Enjoy Reserve Collection upgrades on select Mini-Suites. In addition to the great amenities found in all Mini-Suites, you will receive Reserve Collection upgrades, including access to the Reserve Collection Restaurant.

  • Approximately 303 sq. ft., including balcony

A Front Row Seat for Beautiful Scenery

This inspired stateroom offers the added indulgence of a private balcony with well-appointed outdoor furniture and a relaxing view of the scenery that surrounds you, whether a rainbow-colored sunset over the ocean or a new city to explore. It’s also the perfect setting for cocktails before dinner or a leisurely breakfast.

  • Approximately 235 sq. ft., including balcony
  • Balcony with 2 chairs and table
  • Comfortable queen or pair of twin beds ▲
  • Flat-panel television
  • Private bathroom with shower

▲3rd/4th berths available in select cabins. †Guests may call for room service delivery or order through OceanNow® in the Princess® Cruises app at any time of the day or night. Guests with the latest Princess Plus and Princess Premier packages enjoy OceanNow® and room service delivery with no charge. Otherwise, a one-time access fee of $14.99 USD per person per voyage will apply for OceanNow® delivery and a $5 USD room service fee will apply for each order placed by stateroom phone. Limitations, restrictions and conditions apply.

A Room With an Expansive View

Whether the calm of the deep blue sea or the adventure of a new city on the horizon, the Premium Oceanview stateroom ensures picture-perfect snapshots from the comfort of your room. This stateroom includes all the amenities of an interior room and the added benefit of ocean views that bring an airy openness to the space.

  • Approx. 212 sq. ft.
  • Stunning ocean-view window

Our Most Affordable Option for Guests Who Just Want a Comfortable Spot to Recharge

An interior is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Our most affordable option, these staterooms feature two twin beds or a queen-size bed and the basic amenities you expect, from flat-panel TV to in-room refrigerator.

  • Approx. 136 to 145 sq ft.
  • Comfortable queen or pair of twin beds ▲♦

▲3rd/4th berths available in select cabins. ♦Single-occupancy interior staterooms with queen bed available.

For Guests with Limited Mobility

Princess offers a selection of staterooms that provide full wheelchair-turning space. In addition, these staterooms include either a roll-in shower or transfer shower equipped with grab bars and a fold-down bench seat, an easy access closet and accessible writing desk.

Note: ADA accessible stateroom shown is on board Sky Princess®. Amenities and stateroom arrangements vary by ship. Certain stateroom categories may vary in size and configuration by ship. Call Princess for more information or send inquiries to the Access Office via email at  [email protected] .

Set Sail on Sun Princess


The entertainment offerings on board the Sun Princess are just as innovative and thoughtfully designed as the ship itself. In fact, we're transforming the future of entertainment not just at sea, but anywhere. Our belief is that entertainment should always feel new, exciting, and keep you on your toes with spaces and experiences that you won't find anywhere else.

This glass-enclosed dome is multilevel AND multipurpose: pool by sunlight, stage for shows by starlight. It features acrobatic performances created in partnership with the renowned Cirque Éloize .

Featured Entertainment

Be Spellbound on Sun Princess

What’s behind the black door? Spellbound, a spectacular one-of-a-kind experience created in partnership with The Magic Castle™. This Victorian-themed bar features magicians performing mind-bending entertainment, themed rooms and theatrical cocktails served with sleight of hand. Feel like you’ve stepped into Hollywood’s iconic Magic Castle™, where time stands still and your imagination runs wild.

Come Fly Away

Featured Onboard Shops

Let's talk The Shops of Princess

Ready for the ultimate high street retail experience? From beauty and wellness to lifestyle, a fine timepieces lounge and Waves – a Signature Collection by The Shops of Princess, it’s time for some serious retail therapy. With 200 of the world’s leading brands, you’ll find your favorites (and discover new ones). And with many brands making their debut at sea, you’ve never shopped like this.

Our fine jewelry connoisseurs will find the best curated collections from Diamonds International and global renowned high-end jewelry brands on board Sun Princess®. In our beautifully designed Fine Jewelry Boutique, guests will have the opportunity to create their own personalized design for their handpicked rare diamonds and gemstones from the exclusive collection of Crown of Light Diamonds, Safi Kilima® Tanzanite and DeBeers Forevermark Diamonds.

Waves - A Signature Collection

Princess arena.

We know you want amazing entertainment, so we made our theater a showstopper.

Our most technologically advanced performance space can shapeshift into different designs, even in the round, to suit all our new production shows.

Vallora, A Pirate Quest

The show is created, directed and choreographed by Danny Teeson, who is known for his work on "American Idol". It has an upbeat and nostalgic 80s soundtrack that includes popular songs such as Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams," Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," Chicago's "You're the Inspiration," and Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." The story follows the courageous heroine 'Vallora' on a pirate adventure, as she searches for what is lost while emphasizing the importance of family and love.

Stage Struck

Stage Struck is a musical theater show featuring popular songs from musicals like "On Broadway" from Smokey Joe's Café, "Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady, "Take Me or Leave Me" from Rent and "One Night Only" from Dreamgirls. Directed and choreographed by Karen Bruce, known for her work on "So You Think You Can Dance" for BBC and West End productions.

Viva La Música

Enjoy a Latin-inspired concert choreographed by Liz Imperio, known for working with Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, and Gloria Estefan. The show features popular Latin soundtrack favorites like "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" by Miami Sound Machine and "Hips Don’t Lie" by Shakira. Join the dance couple on the floor for a unique immersive experience.

​Love blossoms at a turn-of-the-last-century colorful European fairground in a story revealed through an artfully selected medley of popular songs such as Ceelo Green’s "Bright Lights, Bigger City," Bruno Mars’ "Just the Way You Are" and Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror.” Directed by famed choreographer Danny Teeson, a large, brilliantly costumed cast of performers brings the story to life, dancing on a vibrant set with a spectacular digital backdrop.

Be Amongst the First to Experience Sun Princess

Mediterranean & aegean, mediterranean & adriatic, eastern caribbean ‎, western caribbean ‎, soak up the relaxation.

We know you crave relaxation, so we created even more places to come feel the "ahhh!"

The views revolve around you.

In these all-new spaces, all you gotta do to recharge is take in the ocean vistas. Our Sea View Terrace sets the tone at the front, while the new Wake View Terrace features an infinity pool and aft life redefined.

Soak up the fun.

We've surrounded this preferred poolside spot with lots of options for food and drinks: Lido Grill, Lido Slice by Alfredo’s, Lido Tacos, Lido Greens, Coffee & Cones and THREE bars.

Lotus Spa® - Now Two Stories!

The sanctuary, sea view terrace, family & kids., want your own space? Firefly Park, Neon Grove and The Underground are ALL YOURS.

With games, themed events and activities all reserved for you. So let the adults have their fun; you’ll have yours too.

Firefly Park Kids Club

Neon grove tweens club, the underground teen lounge, park19 – an adventure that’s tops.

We know you love spending time with your favorite people, so we created a (tip)top-deck space everyone can enjoy...together. Soar like a bird 19 decks above the waves on the Sea Breeze Rollglider®, a first at sea.(You can even go for a ride now with this AR preview!) It's just a taste of what you'll find at this wonderland for kids and adults alike.

Sea Breeze Rollglider® and The Net Ropes Course

Infinite horizon tilt wall, coastal climb, splash pad & the lookout, horizons dining room.

We know you love great food, so we’ve elevated our dining – three decks high.

When it came to our main dining room, we dreamed big...or should we say "tall"? Three stories, an elegant design, multicourse meals guests rave about and a different experience for each level.

Love By Britto - Get ready to fall in love on Sun Princess​

Introducing Love by Britto, created in partnership with Romero Britto, the world-renowned artist known for his bold, colorful and joyful style. This artistic-inspired experience aboard Sun Princess® celebrates the love of life through colorful design and an imaginative prix fixe menu curated by culinary virtuoso Rudi Sodamin.

Crown Grill

Sabatini's italian trattoria, umai teppanyaki, o'malley's irish pub, the promenade, wheelhouse bar, good spirits at sea, popular sun princess departure ports, sail from ft. lauderdale, sail from barcelona, sail from rome.

We know you enjoy sweeping views, so we built our Piazza in a sphere of glass.

It’s more than ocean vistas in every direction; it’s being immersed in the world around you like never before. The heartbeat of our ship, our Piazza may have been inspired by the town squares of Europe, but her evolution is out of this world.

The Venues of The Piazza

Coffee currents, bellinis cocktail bar, kai sushi by makoto, alfredo's pizzeria, international cafe, discover more, medallionclass® on all ships.

Next-level technology. More time for you. Your vacation – simplified, personalized.

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It Pays to Plus® so get added value by upgrading to Princess Plus® or Princess Premier®.

From last-minute cruise deals to seasonal promotions, find all our best cruise offers so you can set sail with Princess.

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These Are the Best Cruises of 2024, According to T+L's Expert

The cruise lines and itineraries to consider in the year ahead, as selected by T+L news director Paul Brady.

Paul Brady is the news director at Travel + Leisure and the brand's expert on cruise travel. He has been covering the travel industry for more than 15 years for outlets including Condé Nast Traveler , Skift , and The Huffington Post .

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Courtesy of Virgin Voyages

Looking for the best cruises in 2024? Travel + Leisure 's cruise expert picked the best sailings of the coming year, including traveling the Mediterranean on Oceania Cruises' newest ship, exploring French Polynesia aboard the legendary Paul Gaugin , and Holland America Line's adventure from Nova Scotia to Greenland and Scandinavia.

Atlas Ocean Voyages

Atlas Ocean Voyages, which launched its first food-focused itinerary in the summer of 2023, will offer more culinary voyages in the year ahead, including a 21-day adventure from Lisbon to Tromsö, Norway, that stops at numerous wine and spirits hot spots, including Porto, Bordeaux, Normandy, and Scotland.

Crystal relaunched in 2023 with the refurbished ships Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity . The first will spend next summer in the Mediterranean, while the second will transit the Panama Canal in June on a voyage from Miami to San Diego before spending the summer in Alaska.

Cunard’s much-anticipated Queen Anne arrives in May. The luxury liner will spend the summer sailing the British Isles and Scandinavia, among other European destinations.

Explora Journeys

Explora Journeys will welcome a second ship in August 2024, Explora II . Both will tour the Mediterranean next summer, visiting in-demand ports in Greece, Italy, and Spain. 

Courtesy of Oceania Cruises

Holland America Line

Best known for its Alaska journeys, Holland America Line will have a 35-day “Voyage of the Vikings” itinerary next year that goes to Nova Scotia, Greenland, Iceland, and Scandinavia, all round-trip from Boston.

Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions will run a series of domestic trips on the Columbia and Snake rivers aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion , both of which have 31 cabins. The food-focused itineraries are organized in partnership with Food & Wine , which, like T+L, is published by Dotdash Meredith.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Vista , the line’s first new ship in 11 years, will spend next summer in the Mediterranean. One highlight will be an epic 24-day journey from Venice to Athens that calls in at iconic cities such as Rome, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and Istanbul. 

Paul Gauguin

A favorite of T+L readers, the Paul Gauguin will spend Christmas and New Year’s going round-trip from Tahiti to the Society Islands.

In January, Ponant kicks off the first of 12 expeditions in partnership with the Explorers Club, the science-minded nonprofit. The series begins with a 30-day “half-circumnavigation” of Antarctica aboard the luxury icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot , starting in South America and wrapping in New Zealand.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The new Regent Seven Seas Grandeur is headed for the Caribbean and then Europe, but will return to the U.S. in the fall for a series of scenic New England cruises that also hit New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Quebec.

Scenic’s latest expedition ship, Scenic Eclipse II , will head for New Zealand in late 2024, where it will do two-week itineraries that navigate the fjords and offer plenty of pulse-quickening adventures like jet-boat and helicopter tours along the way. 

Seabourn Pursuit

The line's Seabourn Pursuit will be sailing the South Pacific come 2024. In April and August, it will offer itineraries that focus on the history of World War II, with visits to islands involved in the conflict, including Chuuk and Guadalcanal.

The latest Silversea ship, Silver Nova , will spend the summer cruising the Inside Passage between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska. In the fall it heads to Asia for trips that include a 16-day Tokyo-to-Singapore swing.

Courtesy of Silversea

Viking Venus , one of the line’s newest ocean vessels, will spend the first part of 2024 chasing the northern lights in Scandinavia, with stops in places such as Bergen and Tromsö, Norway.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages will hit some in-demand Mediterranean destinations next summer, including Cannes, France, and the Balearic islands of Ibiza and Mallorca, on a series of sails on the Scarlet Lady . 

Windstar Cruises

A longtime partner of the James Beard Foundation, Windstar Cruises has two chef-led itineraries on the books for 2024: one goes around the Iberian Peninsula to France and Ireland, and the other cruises the Dalmatian Coast and western Greece.

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8 New Cruise Ships Launching in 2024 That You Need to Know About

E veryone loves the thrill of sailing on a brand new cruise ship. If you’re wondering what new cruise ship options you’ll have in 2024, there are eight ships set to launch. One of them, the Sun Princess from Princess Cruise Line, has already made its debut.

Sun Princess

  • Launched February 2024

Princess Cruise just launched its biggest ship, the Sun Princess, with a 4300-passenger capacity. This new ship is designed to be more family-friendly, with the aim of attracting younger cruise-goers. On the top deck, they’ve introduced a hang-gliding ride, the first of its kind on a cruise ship. Additionally, there’s a ropes course, a splash zone, a wider range of restaurants, a high-tech theater, and a glass-covered dome entertainment venue.

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  • Launching June 2024

Cunard’s latest addition to its fleet is the Queen Anne, the company’s first new ship in over a decade. This 2794-passenger cruise liner will embark on its maiden voyage in Europe, with sailings in the Mediterranean and Scandinavia. The ship’s design is a modern take on the classic “golden age” of cruising, featuring new restaurants and a two-deck Royal Court theater. Check the prices for Cunard cruises .

Utopia of the Seas

  • Launching in July 2024

Royal Caribbean is introducing another massive cruise ship, Utopia of the Seas, which will soon become the second largest cruise ship worldwide, surpassed only by Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas. Utopia of the Seas is an impressive ship, with a passenger capacity of 6,700, a total weight of 237,000 tons, and 2,830 cabins. 

It is part of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships featuring an impressive array of amenities, such as an indoor ice skating rink, a zip line, a FlowRider surf simulator, a rock climbing wall, a water park, a 259 ft Ultimate Abyss waterslide, an aqua theater, and neighborhoods filled with shops, restaurants, and bars. Cruise passengers will be entertained with Broadway-caliber shows.

Utopia of the Seas will sail on short getaway itineraries from Port Canaveral (Orland), offering 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday itineraries to the Bahamas and Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. Check the prices for Royal Caribbean cruises .

Disney Treasure

  • Launching December 2024

Disney Treasure, the latest addition to the Disney Cruise Line, will launch in December this year, marking a significant milestone after a decade since the launch of the last Disney cruise ship. The ship has 1256 cabins and suites, each designed with a theme inspired by Disney movies like Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pocahontas. 

Passengers on the cruise are in for a treat, with exciting Broadway-style musicals and the Aqua Mouse, a thrilling Disney water ride. The themed restaurants on board are another highlight, featuring a Marvel-themed restaurant and a Mexican restaurant inspired by the movie Coco. And if that wasn’t enough, the ship also features a new Haunted Mansion-themed bar, resembling a classic ocean liner’s haunted drawing room, serving ghostly cocktails.

  • Launching August 2024

Silversea Cruises is preparing to launch its newest ship, the Silver Ray, in the summer of 2024. The Silver Ray is the second Nova Class ship in the Silversea fleet, and it promises to bring ultra-luxury cruising to a new level. With a capacity of 728 passengers, the Silver Ray is a small ship that offers an all-balcony cabin experience, complete with walk-in closets and butler service. 

But that’s not all. The Silver Ray is also an eco-friendly cruise ship, making it the first hybrid, luxury cruise ship to be completely emission-free while in port. It does this by using fuel cells and batteries to power the ship. 

The Silver Ray will begin its maiden voyage season sailing in the Mediterranean, before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, where it will offer South America cruise itineraries. Check the prices for Silversea cruises .

Brilliant Lady

  • Launching TBA 2024 

Virgin Voyages, the popular adults-only cruise line, is launching its newest ship, the “Brilliant Lady,” sometime in 2024. The brand new ship will have a capacity of over 2700 passengers and will be an adults-only cruise—perfect for anyone seeking an indulgent cruising experience. 

Explora II is the latest ship of Explora Journeys, MSC Group’s newest addition to its luxury brand. With a capacity of slightly over 900 passengers, it’s a smaller cruise ship that promises a more personalized experience for its guests. 

Passengers on board the ship will be treated to a range of luxurious amenities that include oversized suites, welcome champagne bottles, an exclusive whiskey and cigar bar with rare whiskeys, an expansive spa, and plenty of bespoke experiences. The ship will sail in the Mediterranean, perfect for passengers looking for a luxurious and intimate cruising experience.

Mein Schiff 7

  • Launching Summer 2024

Mein Schiff 7 is the latest addition to TUI Cruises’ fleet and is expected to launch in the summer of 2024. TUI Cruises, a German-based cruise line co-owned by Royal Caribbean, has designed Mein Schiff 7 as a mid-size ship with a passenger capacity of 2896. 

The brand new cruise ship has 12 restaurants and bistros, 17 bars and lounges, and cabins for solo travelers. The ship also features a reinvented casino concept that combines a lounge and casino. The ship will sail in the Baltic and British Isles.

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9 New Cruise Ships in 2024

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  • January 16, 2024

The cruise industry is navigating into an exciting era with the launch of several impressive new vessels. 2024 is particularly significant as it marks the debut of some of the most advanced cruise ships ever constructed.

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Among the class of 2024, the one that stands out, Icon of the Seas, is poised to become the world’s largest cruise ship, setting new standards in scale and onboard amenities.

New Cruise Ships in 2024

The cruise industry is expanding with new state-of-the-art vessels, each offering innovative features and amenities catered to diverse tastes and preferences.

Icon of the Seas (January 2024)

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Royal Caribbean continues to push boundaries with Icon of the Seas , which is expected to become the world’s largest cruise ship upon its debut. This awe-inspiring vessel boasts groundbreaking design and technology, setting a new standard for ocean voyages.

Sun Princess (February 2024)

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Princess Cruises introduces Sun Princess , the first ship in its new Sphere class. Elevating the guest experience with next-generation environmental technologies, Sun Princess is designed to be both an oasis at sea and a beacon of sustainable cruising.

Carnival Firenze (April 2024)

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Carnival Firenze joins Carnival Cruise Line, offering guests a vibrant, fun-filled adventure at sea. With a host of entertainment options on board, Carnival Firenze promises a cruise experience that’s both lively and memorable.

Queen Anne (May 2024)

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Cunard adds the magnificent Queen Anne to its fleet, honoring the brand’s storied heritage while infusing contemporary luxury. This new addition aims to uphold Cunard’s legacy of sophisticated ocean travel.

Silver Ray (June 2024)

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Luxury cruise line Silversea presents Silver Ray, a beacon of luxury and exclusivity. With a focus on intimate, ultra-luxury cruising, this ship caters to travelers seeking a truly personalized and refined journey.

Utopia of the Seas (July 2024)

Utopia of the Seas Royal Caribbean

Another gem in the Royal Caribbean crown, Utopia of the Seas , follows Icon of the Seas with state-of-the-art amenities and revolutionary LNG power, marking another stride in the cruise line’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.

Explora 2 (August 2024)

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MSC Cruises is set to introduce Explora 2 , the second of its luxury Explora Journeys brand, allowing guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort and style, further cementing MSC’s presence in the luxury cruise segment.

Brilliant Lady (TBD)

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Venturing into the future of cruising, Brilliant Lady by Virgin Voyages offers unique experiences and innovative social spaces for a dynamic maritime adventure catering to a younger demographic.

Disney Treasure (December 2024)

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Disney’s new Treasure cruise ship is set to sail in December 2024. This ship is designed to offer families of all ages an exciting and adventurous experience filled with thrills and wonder.

It will feature the AquaMouse rollercoaster, interactive escapades inspired by the Jungle Cruise, and immersive spaces that showcase the charming world of Disney.

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Here Are the Cruise Ships Debuting in 2024 & 2025 (and Beyond)

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Queen Anne is one of more than 30 ships on order between 2024 and the end of 2027. Photo: Cunard Line

Between January 2024 and December 2027, more than 30 ocean-going cruise ships are on order across the global cruise industry. With so many ships coming, it’s hard to keep track. Travel Market Report has compiled a list of all the new ocean cruise ships coming out in 2024 and 2025 (and beyond), along with their capacity, number of cabin categories, and maiden season itineraries (when available), to help you keep it all straight.

(Looking for this year’s ships? Here are all the ships debuting in 2023 .)

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Icon of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International), January/February 2024 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 5,610 Inaugural sailing: January 28, 2024; 7-day RT from Miami (St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Perfect Day at CocoCay) Maiden season: Caribbean # of cabin categories: 28

Sun Princess (Princess Cruises), February 2024 Guest capacity (double occupancy): Approx. 4,300 Inaugural sailing: February 8, 10-day Grand Mediterranean (Barcelona, Mallorca, Sicily, Athens, Kusadasi, Santorini, Naples, Rome) Maiden season: Early winter/spring/summer season in the Mediterranean, followed by Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises out of Port Everglades in the fall.  # of cabin categories: 32

Queen Anne (Cunard), May 2024 Guest capacity: approximately 3,000 Inaugural sailing: May 3, 2024: RT Southampton to Lisbon (7 nights) Maiden season: Southampton to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands, and the Norwegian Fjords. # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Unnamed Viking Ocean Ship (Viking), Winter 2024 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 930 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 18

Utopia of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International), Spring 2024 Guest capacity (double occupancy): Not yet revealed Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Explora II (Explora Journeys), August 2024 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 922 Inaugural sailing: Mediterranean Maiden season: The Mediterranean, Middle East, India, the Indian Ocean and Africa # of cabin categories: 14

Fifth Celebrity Edge-Class Ship (Celebrity Cruises), Fall 2024 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 3,260 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 27

Silver Ray (Silversea Cruises), Summer, 2024 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 728 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 13

World Discoverer (Atlas Ocean Voyages), 2024 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 196 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 10

Disney Treasure (Disney Cruise Line), 2024 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 4,000 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 26

Ilma (Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection), 2024 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 456 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Third Norwegian Prima-Class Ship (Norwegian Cruise Line), Q1 2025 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 3,550 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 35

Unnamed Disney Ship (Disney Cruise Line), 2025 Guest capacity (double occupancy): Aproximately 6,000 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Star of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International), August 2025 Guest capacity (double occupancy): Approximately 5,600 Inaugural sailing: Aug. 31, 2025; 7-day RT Port Canaveral (CocoCay, Costa Maya, and Cozumel) Maiden season: Caribbean # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

MSC World America (MSC Cruises), 2025 Guest capacity (total): 6,774 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 19

Star Princess (Princess Cruises), August 2025 Guest capacity (double occupancy): Approx. 4,300 Inaugural sailing: August 4, 2025; 9-day Italy & Greece RT from Rome (Corfu, Kotor, Mykonos, Santorini and Naples)  Maiden season: Mediterranean # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Unnamed Viking Ocean Ship (Viking), Summer 2025 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 930 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 18

Third Disney Triton-Class Ship (Disney Cruise Line), 2025 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 4,000 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 26

Allura (Oceania Cruises), Spring 2025 Guest capacity (at double occupancy): 1,200 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 16

Luminara (Ritz-Carlton Yacht Cruises), 2025 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 456 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Third MSC Cruises World Class Ship (MSC Cruises), 2025 Guest capacity (total): 6,774 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 19

Four Seasons Yacht (Four Seasons), November 2025 Guest capacity (total): 190 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Fourth Norwegian Prima-Class Ship (Norwegian Cruise Line), Q4 2025 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 3,550 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 35

World Seeker (Atlas Ocean Voyages), 2025 The fourth ship from Atlas Ocean Voyages is expected to be a near copy of the line's first three ships with standout features that include single supplement-free solo cabins, a watersports platform with kayaks and paddleboards, a mud room for changing into and out of wet gear, two restaurants, a pool, and more.

Guest capacity (double occupancy): 198 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 11

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Fourth Excel-Class Ship (Carnival Cruise Line), 2027 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 6,400 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Fifth & Sixth Norwegian Prima-Class Ship (Norwegian Cruise Line), 2026 & 2027 Guest capacity (double occupancy): 3,550 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 35

Explora III, IV, V & VI (Explora Journeys), 2026, 2027, 2028 Guest capacity (double occupancy): Not yet revealed Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Third Royal Caribbean Icon-Class Ship (Royal Caribbean International), 2026 Guest capacity (double occupancy): Approximately 5,600 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Orient Express Silenseas (Orient Express), 2026 Guest capacity (total): 108 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: Not yet revealed

Fourth MSC Cruises World Class Ship (MSC Cruises), 2027 Guest capacity (total): 6,774 Inaugural sailing: Not yet revealed Maiden season: Not yet revealed # of cabin categories: 19

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It’s full steam ahead for the cruise ship industry after Royal Caribbean hiked its full-year profit guidance on Thursday, saying it expects 60% growth from last year following record bookings during the first quarter.

Travelers are paying “record ticket prices,” according to Royal Caribbean — despite a recent spate of high-sea deaths and missing passengers reports, including a Florida 20-year-old who jumped off a Royal Caribbean cruise this month.

Soaring demand for vacations at sea has given cruise operators ample room to raise ticket prices as the industry looks to close the pricing gap between more expensive land-based holidays and give their profits a lift.

Royal Caribbean, which operates the Celebrity Cruises, now expects annual profits of between $10.70 and $10.90 per share, compared with its earlier forecast of $9.90 to $10.10.

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“Our existing fleet along with our new ships continue to perform exceptionally well, highlighted by the market response to the launch of Icon of the Seas,” CEO Jason Liberty said.

Royal Caribbean’s shares — which have spiked 126% in the past year, were up 2% on Thursday morning, to $139.32.

“I remember owning the stock in 2022 and every client was giving me grief about it,” said Peter Ahluwalia, manager at Belinvest Global Equity Fund that holds Royal Caribbean stocks and chief investment officer at Swiss Partners Group. “We’re turning almost 45% return on equity at the moment, which is quite incredible.”

Overall, the industry which was among the hardest hit during the pandemic, is expected to grow to 39.4 million passengers in 2027 from 31.7 million last year, according to Statista.

The surge in demand comes amid major publicity blows from incidents at sea involving passengers who have gone missing, including the Florida man who jumped overboard on April 4 in front of his brother and father after a night of drinking.

United States Coast Guard air crews conducting a search on the ocean near a cruise ship deck after a man went overboard

Last December, a 41-year-old Royal Caribbean passenger went overboard on a cruise to the Bahamas. That followed an incident last August involving a 64 year-old woman sailing from Singapore to Malaysia on Royal Caribbean who is presumed to have jumped to her death .

On average, 19 people go overboard on cruise ships every year — and of those, only about four are rescued, according to a 2020 study commissioned by the industry trade group Cruise Lines International Association.

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I work from a cruise ship for 3 months a year. Here's how I stay productive at sea.

  • Walter Biscardi runs his travel business remotely from cruise ships for three months each year.
  • He said WiFi reliability has improved, but video calls and finding power outlets can be challenging.
  • Biscardi recommends Virgin Voyages for remote workers because of the spaces to work and the WiFi.

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This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Walter Biscardi, a 59-year-old travel agent based in Orlando. The following has been edited for length and clarity.

I used to work in film, television, documentary, and marketing, and I ran two creative agencies in Atlanta for 25 years.

A few years ago, my wife and I turned my second passion, travel, into " Where's Walter Travel ." We specialize in travel planning services for cruises , group vacations, theme park tours, and company retreats.

We live in an Orlando rental, but I run the travel-planning business from a cruise ship for three months out of the year.

We started taking advantage of our remote working situation after the pandemic

In a few short years of working on cruise ships, I've noticed that more and more people are starting to do the same thing.

We predominantly cruise the Caribbean. Last year, our three months were spread over six different trips on the Royal Caribbean , Oceania , Virgin Voyages , and Carnival cruise lines. If it were up to me, I'd be at sea for six months a year, but my wife prefers three.

This year, we'll be back on Virgin Voyages in June and on the Sun Princess in October. We're planning a few more, too.

WiFi speed and reliability onboard ships have been game-changers

I don't always look for speed but rather consistency and reliability.

Even though the WiFi is reliable on most ships , it's still not perfect, and you need to manage your expectations. The WiFi on ships is satellite-based, so the signal will be slower if there's a lot of cloud cover. Rain may also temporarily cut it out completely.

The WiFi signal in rooms can be weak. When I get on board, I walk around public places, look at the ceiling, and find the repeaters , which amplify the router's signal . I park myself under a repeater to work, so at least I know I'm getting the fastest signal.

Video calls can be dicey, but voice calls over WiFi work well

Most of my work is using emails, social media apps, and a web browser, so I don't tend to have problems. The upload speed is the most difficult thing about working on a cruise ship.

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Working from a cruise ship might not be for you if you're required to upload a video to YouTube or be on video for 100% of your Zoom calls. Zoom with video turned off works well. I post TikToks all day, but uploading to YouTube will fail almost every time.

Turn off your cell service on the ship, even if you have unlimited roaming overseas. Phones use satellite maritime cellular, and it's ridiculously expensive. I've heard of people who have come home with $1,000 cellular bills because they didn't turn off their roaming.

I can typically make most of my calls over WiFi, but you won't be able to on some ships. Texting from ship to land usually works well if you're using the same type of phone as the person you're messaging, but when you're texting cross-platform, sometimes it doesn't work.

Finding power outlets can be challenging

Typically, if you need to put in a full day of work connected to power, you need to stay in your room. One tip to finding power when you're looking around public areas is to see where they plug in the vacuum cleaners.

I strongly recommend bringing a powerboard with multiple USB sockets. I have one with 10 USB connections, so I can charge my phone, GoPro, and other devices simultaneously.

Virgin Voyages ships are the most friendly for remote workers

The galley on a Virgin Voyages ship is set up like a coffee shop, with easily accessible power and USB sockets at the table. There are dozens of outlets, as they're inviting people to bring their laptops and work from the ship.

I usually upgrade to the premium WiFi option, which can cost anywhere from $19 to $39 per day on most lines, but Virgin only charges $10 per day to upgrade.

I work in an office at home, so working on a cruise is a big change

I operate at sea as I do on land, with the same office hours available to my clients other than when I know we're going on an excursion.

Cruise ships are comparable to remote working spaces, but they offer so much more. On a cruise, almost everything is included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, entertainment, and most amenities.

If I want to take a break from work, I go to the pool. When I finish for the day, I'll go to the theater to see a show.

Meeting places are usually free on a cruise ship. Generally, all you have to do is reserve a conference room. AV facilities are usually included too, although you may have to pay a setup fee.

Remember to be respectful — many people are on board for a vacation. I've been out by the pool and seen people taking business calls on speakerphone, which is ridiculously annoying.

I suggest picking at least one port on every cruise and make it a 'ship day'

About 75% of people will get off the ship at any port, so staying on board feels like you have the whole place to yourself.

Activities like the pools will still be open, and the spas will often discount their services by 20-40% on port days.

Of course, I still recommend getting off and exploring as much as possible — that's what cruises are for.

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Caribbean cruise line reroutes ships, cancels stop at island port due to violence, turmoil

  • Published: Apr. 25, 2024, 12:11 p.m.

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Royal Caribbean International has canceled stops at its private beach in Haiti through September as a result of the violence plaguing the island nation, a private fan blog, citing messages to travelers, reports. AP

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MIAMI – Royal Caribbean has cancelled stops at its private port of Labadee through the summer because of simmering violence in Haiti.

In March, the cruise line canceled stops at the private beach area through May, but this week Royal Caribbean reworked cruise schedules through the summer and into September, a post on the Royal Caribbean Blog said.

“Guests booked on cruises in the summer and early fall are getting notifications from Royal Caribbean that their visits to Labadee have been canceled,” the blog said. “On Tuesday (April 23), cruisers began to share updates they received from Royal Caribbean that their itineraries have been updated to drop Labadee and replace it with another port or a sea day.”

Labadee is a beach area on a peninsula in northern Haiti near Cap-Haitien used exclusively by Royal Caribbean. The cruise line has its own security force at the site, which is walled off from the rest of the country.

The 260-acre site has been leased by Royal Caribbean since the 1980s. It is about a six-hour drive from Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and thus far has not seen any incidents of violence, the blog said.

More than 2,500 people were killed or injured in gang violence from January to March across Haiti, a more than 50% increase from the same period last year, according to a report Friday by the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti. The vast majority of violence is in Port-au-Prince .

Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s former capital, has been spared much of the violence and is going through a bit of a resurgence, The Associated Press said . Business owners, anxious parents and even historic state ceremonies have been relocating there, and that began even before gangs started attacking key government infrastructure in Port-au-Prince in late February.

Royal Caribbean International had no formal announcements of the changes posted to its website. Royal Caribbean Blog is an unofficial site for fans of the cruise line and is not affiliated with Royal Caribbean International.

But it cited chatter and messages from cruise ticket holders about changes to their itinerary that showed stops at Labadee were being canceled and replaced with either an extra day of cruising at sea or stops in alternate ports.

A notice from the cruise line, reposted on the blog, informed guests about the change in travel plans, without explicitly mentioning the violence.

“Due to the continuing situation in Haiti, we’ll now visit Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos, instead of Labadee, Haiti,” the notice reads. “We’re sorry for the change – your safety is our top priority. Nevertheless, we’re excited to visit a new port with you!”

Grand Turk is the capital island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago north of Haiti.

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