Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to start planning your next vacation. If sailing on a brand new cruise ship in 2014 is in your forecast for the year, you’ll want to read on for our overview of the biggest launches scheduled for the high seas:
Norwegian Cruise Line
The first ship to make its debut in 2014, Norwegian Getaway will make the port of Miami its home, sailing to the Eastern Caribbean. She’ll have many of the same amenities as her sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway, including an ice bar, and Carlo’s Bake Shop by TLC’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.
Best Features: New on the ship will be the Grammy Experience and museum, featuring live nightly performances by past award winners and nominees. Also look for the largest ropes course at sea and the Illusionarium, a dinner theater with magicians.
Originally scheduled for a maiden voyage in June, the Regal Princess’s inaugural sailing has been moved up to May, and she’ll spend the whole summer sailing the Mediterranean.
Best Features: Like sister ship Royal Princess, Regal Princess will have a large adult-only area and authentic Neapolitan pizza at Alfredo’s.
The first of three new yachts, Star Pride will sail European itineraries starting in May before heading to Asia in the fall. The European sailings concentrate on the Mediterranean and include new stops in the Black Sea.
Best Features: This 212-passenger, all-suite ship suits those seeking a more intimate cruise. Amenities are similar to those on Windstar’s older ships and include water sports.
When she launches in the fall, Costa Diadema will be the line’s new flagship, and the largest ship in the fleet.
Best Features: She’ll have two wine tasting rooms, a Bavarian beer bar, the Country Rock Club, and an interactive Lazer Maze.
Quantum of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
This is the first in the line’s new Quantum class. The ship will set sail from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, to the Caribbean and host some truly wacky activities.
Best Features: Look for adrenaline-filled options, such as RipCord by iFly — a 23-foot skydiving simulator — and North Star, a capsule that swings 300 feet above the sea for panoramic views.