With the New Year comes new adventures, new friends and, in the cruising world, new ships. That means more ways to explore the world, more ways to dine and many more ways to have fun at sea than you probably ever imagined.
It doesn’t just mean bigger ships, either. In the cruising world, ‘new’ can mean just about anything – new technology, new restaurants, even the first-ever go-kart track at sea. Here’s what cruisers have to look forward to in 2017.
Silver Muse from Silversea, spring 2017
The first of Silversea’s three new ships, Silver Muse is paving the way as the largest in the cruise line’s entire fleet thus far. Silver Muse boasts a step into the realm of ‘ultra-luxury ocean cruising’, in that she’ll feature exclusively all-suite accommodation. They aren’t just any old suites either – we’re talking chic, sophisticated decor with ample room to move around.
Silver Muse might be smaller in size than your average ship, but where culinary opportunities are concerned she’s hitting the big time. Onboard will be intimate venues offering seafood and Asian fusion cuisine, Japanese show cooking and French fare.
TUI Discovery 2 from Thomson Cruises, summer 2017
TUI Discovery 2 will be the latest to join Thomson Cruises’ prestigious fleet. She’s paired with her older sister ship, TUI Discovery, making them a serious force to be reckoned with. While the two share largely the same amenities, it’s their itineraries that differ. That means you’ll be able to choose your favourite destination and not have to skimp on all the good stuff these gorgeous ships have to offer.
Among the many features you’ll be able to enjoy onboard TUI Discovery 2, the top choices include a rock climbing wall, indoor pool and outdoor cinema. She’ll also follow suit with the ever-coveted All Inclusive status as standard. Drinks including cider and prosecco, along with meals from select restaurants, flights, tips and the majority of onboard activities are all included in the price.
Norwegian Joy from Norwegian Cruises, summer 2017
Luxury reaches all new heights on Norwegian Joy, the latest ship from Norwegian Cruise Line. She’s styled specifically for Chinese cruisers and will live in Shanghai and Tianjin in Beijing. You’ll be able to recognise her by the elaborate, multi-coloured designs on her hull, courtesy of Chinese artist Tan Ping.
Her interiors aren’t bad either. Opulent leather meets warm patterns and dark wood accents to give a certain air of exclusivity. As for activities, Norwegian Joy is privy to the first ever at-sea race track, as well as the Galaxy Pavilion – a haven for virtual reality experiences. Think video walls and simulator rides and you’ll be just about there.
MSC Seaside from MSC Cruises, winter 2017
MSC Seaside will be the first of MSC Cruises’ fleet to be christened in the United States, as her primary voyage will be sailing around the Caribbean from Miami. This gorgeous ship aims to bring cruisers closer to the sea with a completely wrap-around promenade that features shops, restaurants and plenty of spots to relax.
She’ll also offer one of the biggest and most interactive Aquaparks at Sea. It’s a thrilling slide boarding activity that’s part water ride, part interactive game.
Viking Sky early 2017 and Viking Sun late 2017 from Viking Cruises
Viking Sky and Viking Sun will be ships number three and four of Viking Cruises’ six new vessels. Each offers intimate luxury and spacious cabins designed with what Viking calls ‘understated elegance’, plus voyages in which wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, shore excursions and use of the ship’s thermal suite are all included.
Both ships will be equipped with the same assets designated for Viking’s riverboats, including the Aquavit Terrace and al fresco dining. There will also be an outdoor promenade that fully circles the ship.
Which new arrivals are you most looking forward to travelling on in the new year? Let us know in the comments!