New Cruise Ships for 2019/20 Launch
2019 and beyond will see the launch of a host of new cruise ships, which reflects the extraordinary growth in the cruise holiday market. Obviously as none of the new ships have launched at the time of writing this Blog I cannot give you a revue with the exception of the Bellissima and the Celebrity The Bellissima launched in March 2019 and the Celebrity in November of 2018. I spent a night on board the Bellissima in Southampton in March just prior to her maiden voyage which was not all smooth sailing. Freak storms in the English Channel caused havoc on board and a substantial amount of damage. which fortunately the passengers escaped from unscathed.
MSC Bellissima is packed full of adventurous activities, cutting-edge technology, an incredible choice of restaurants and bars and dazzling entertainment to suit all age groups.
Innovative MSC for Me technology provides an enhanced onboard experience, connecting you to your fellow guests, the crew and the ship itself. The two-deck inside promenade features a spectacular 80-metre-long LED dome, and is lined with places to shop, eat and drink. You’ll be impressed with an enticing choice of 12 dining venues, 20 bars and lounges, dazzling entertainment including Cirque du Soleil and adventurous activities and fun for all the family. The two days I spent on board was impressive, the choice of restaurants was first class. This is a ship which is ideally suited for families but perhaps not for those who prefer something a little quieter!
Celebrity Edge will spend winter of 2018 island-hopping through the Caribbean before sailing around the magical Mediterranean in summer 2019.
Revolutionary on every level, Celebrity Edge is setting a new standard of luxury and innovation at sea. Celebrity Edge brings guests even closer to must see destinations around the world, visiting unique ports only accessible by smaller ships, whilst delivering all the incredible amenities of their larger ships in the fleet.
From the incredible Magic Carpet – the world’s first cantilevered, floating platform that reaches heights of 13 storeys above sea level – to the private plunge pools in our new Edge Villas; the way you cruise will never be the same again.
MSC Grandiosa’s maiden voyage departing on November 10, 2019, from Hamburg (Germany) to the Mediterranean are now open exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members. MSC Grandiosa is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique (formerly, STX France) in Saint-Nazaire, France. She will be the first of two yet again highly-innovative Meraviglia-Plus class ships to come into service, in November 2019. MSC Voyagers Club members will have exclusive access to bookings for a two-week period through October 21st . Sales for MSC Grandiosa’s inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean are already open and she will commence sailing from Genoa on November 23rd, 2019 with seven night itineraries calling at six beautiful and historic destinations: Genoa, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseille.
Guests who will be the first to experience this state-of-the-art cruise ship can choose from a 10 or 13 night sailing, embarking in Hamburg and disembarking in Genoa, Italy or Marseille, France. MSC Grandiosa will also call Southampton, UK, Lisbon, Portugal and Barcelona Spain. An overnight in each port will allow guests to even more fully explore each of the destinations and will also offer an opportunity for MSC Cruises to invite local travel agents and other partners on board to discover and explore this uniquely beautiful new MSC Cruises ship. Furthermore, MSC Grandiosa will become the Company’s newest flagship: the biggest and richest in features ship yet to be built by MSC Cruises, she will live up to her name, which means magnificence and grandeur.
The Iona will spend her first season cruising the Norwegian Fjords and P&O are offering some amazingly low prices on the initial sailings.
Choice, flexibility and the ability to create your own on board experiences lie at the heart of P&O Cruises’ new ship, and you’ll be treated to the best British hospitality and Iona has been designed by the world’s leading design and guest experience teams to ensure you have a wealth of dining, entertainment, socialising and relaxation options to make your cruise holiday extra special.
Iona’s Venues at a Glance
- Over 15 places to eat to suit all appetites and tastes
- 8 speciality restaurants
- More than 10 places to enjoy a drink and take in sea views
- 18 whirlpools
- 4 swimming pools (three outside and one inside)
- More than 6 places to have breakfast
- Plenty of entertainment venues, including some for adults only
The Nieuw Statesdam was launched in November 2018, Holland America’s new ship is set to raise the bar in 21st century elegance with grand light-filled spaces, sumptuous interiors and dazzling entertainment. Nieuw Statendam will embark on a historic Transatlantic sailing from Rome to Fort Lauderdale before spending the winter season cruising round-trip from Fort Lauderdale around the colourful Caribbean.
Ship highlights include:
- The Atrium– Located at the heart of the ship and three decks high, the atrium ceiling displays subtly changing high-definition projections reflective of the night sky.
- Sumptuous Accommodation– Designed with guest feedback in mind to create a welcoming haven which is light, spacious and elegant with modern touches.
- Delicious Dining– With 10 dining venues to choose from, whether you fancy grabbing a burger by the pool, to enjoy a romantic evening in the elegant dining room or popular Pinnacle Grill, you’re in for a treat!
Spectrum of the Seas®
The Spectrum of The Seas. Just when you thought Royal Caribbean’s new ships couldn’t get any better, here comes Spectrum of the Seas®, the very first ship in the Quantum Ultra Class. Set to make her debut in April 2019, Spectrum of the Seas® will sail a 51 night ‘Global Odyssey’ from Barcelona to Shanghai, calling at 13 countries.
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Custom built for the Chinese market, Spectrum of the Seas® will accommodate 4,246 guests at double occupancy and 1,551 international crew members and will be the largest and most expensive ship in Asia when she sails from Shanghai in June 2019.
A TASTE OF WHAT’S ON BOARD
Set to be ultra-special and ultra-fun, Spectrum of the Seas® combines all of the wows and wonders from Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class ships with a few extraordinary features added, hence the name Quantum Ultra Class.
Exclusive suites-only area
Featuring exquisite golden and silver suite accommodations in a private enclave at the forward end of the ship, on decks 13 to 16. Exclusive privileges include special key card access, a private elevator, dedicated restaurant and lounge and exclusive amenities, plus access to The Balcony – a private outdoor space for sunbathing and relaxing that offers the best views on board.
Two-level Ultimate Family Suites
Accommodating up to 11 guests, these spacious three bedroom 2,809 square foot suites will include a master bedroom with a bathroom that extends over the side of the ship providing unparalleled ocean views. Also included are two additional suites for grandparent and other family members. Kids have their own space on the upper level, complete with an in-suite slide that will transport them to the living area below. There is also a recreation room featuring surround-sound for a night of karaoke, film or video games.
Other exciting new features will include:
- The iconic Sky Pad, a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience located on the aft of the ship
- North Star – a glass capsule taking guests more than 300 feet above the ocean
- A heart-pounding skydiving simulator experience
- Star Moment – a lively and energetic Karaoke venue
- Three-level main dining room with 1,844 seats
- Speciality dining venues including Wonderland’s Dadong, Jamie’s Italian, Izumi Japanese and Chops Grille
Celebrity Apex will be the second of four new revolutionary Edge Class ships when she launches in April 2020. Celebrity Apex will boast some of the most luxurious accommodations in the Celebrity fleet, including new Staterooms with Infinite Balcony and twin level Villas with outdoor plunge pools. Add to this 29 world-class culinary venues, of which 7 are brand new speciality restaurants, and signature spaces such as the incredible Magic Carpet and Rooftop Garden, and you have a ship that elevates modern luxury cruising to new heights.
Celebrity Apex is truly designed to change the way you experience the world – and such an unbelievable ship needs cuisine to match.
Celebrity Edge Class ships boast a total of 29 distinctive restaurants, cafés, bars, and lounges to choose from, you’re sure to find a new favourite dish or cocktail every night of your holiday. With an incredible palate-pleasing collection of menus inspired by the destinations visited, and visionary recipes created by Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher, bringing together the flavours of the world to you – right onboard.
A REVOLUTION IN RELAXATION
The Spa onboard Celebrity Edge Class ships offers an unparalleled escape. The Spa elevates “me time” to a fine art, its design rivals any of the best spas in the world, and its nature-inspired approach to wellness includes an array of spa, beauty, and fitness experiences never before offered at sea.
Therapies and signature treatments include the Salt Stone Therapy, ELEMIS Thousand Flower Detox Wrap, and Thai Herbal Poultice Massage – just to name a few. The treatments combine the restorative natural elements of sea, earth, and air with state-of-the-art technology.
At the heart of The Spa on Celebrity Edge Class ships is the SEA Thermal Suite. Celebrity Cruises has taken everything that has made the Persian Garden such a hit.
The Enchanted Princess. Due to launch in June 2020, Enchanted Princess, the fifth in line of Princess Cruises Royal-class ships, shares the spectacular style and luxury of her sister ships as well as introducing brand new attractions of her own. Sky Princess will offer exquisite, one-of-a-kind dining experiences; world-class entertainment venues hosting dazzling performances and welcoming accommodation including the breathtaking new Sky Suite, with expansive views from Princess Cruises largest balcony at sea.
From the moment you step aboard you will feel welcomed and right at home. And with attentive service from a friendly staff that knows what hospitality means, you’ll find your Princess ship truly is your home away from home.
With dazzling 270-degree panorama views, the exclusive Sky Suites host up to five guests and boast of a luxuriously furnished private 700-square-foot balcony – the largest in the Princess fleet.
Princess offers unparalleled inclusive dining options throughout the ship with a wide range of culinary delights to suit everyone, from endless buffet choice to gourmet pizza, frosty treats, delicious desserts and much more.
Activities & Entertainment
On every Princess ship, you’ll find so many ways to play, day or night with onboard activities and entertainment to keep you engaged every moment of your cruise holiday. Experience original musicals, dazzling magic shows, feature films, top comedians and nightclubs that get your feet movin’ and groovin’.
It goes without saying that The Cruise Pro will be offering an array of cruises on all of these new ships at our usual unbeatable prices, Don’t forget that by registering for our newsletter you will become a member of our “Cruise Pro Price Promise Club” which offers members some amazing benefits including complimentary on board spend, cabin upgrades and of course our price guarantee.