2017 will be a year of firsts: Norwegian Joy and Majestic Princess (the first ships from their respective lines to be built for Chinese cruisers) will set sail in Asia, MSC is making a splash in the Caribbean market by deploying MSC Seaside there year-round, and a slew of new small- to mid-size ships with fresh features and new amenities will cruise to destinations all over the world.
1. MSC Meraviglia
Photos by MSC Cruises
Launch Date: May 2017
Size: 167,600 gt, 4,500 passengers
Homeports: Genoa, Marseille, and Barcelona.
Itineraries: Mediterranean and Northern Europe
- Cirque du Soleil at Sea performing in The Carousel Lounge.
- Indoor promenade with LED “sky”.
- Large main pool on Deck 15 with South Beach vibe.
- Concentrated facilities for families, kids & teens.
- Green technology: Scrubbers will neutralize CO2 emissions and ships will be water-emission free.
2. MSC Seaside
Photo by MSC Cruises
Launch Date: November 2017
Size: 154,000 gt, 4,140 passengers
Itineraries: Eastern and Western Caribbean
- First ship in the new Seaside Class.
- Largest ratio of outdoor space of any ship at sea.
- 20 different bars and a Pan-Asian restaurant in partnership with Roy Yamaguchi.
- Longest zip-line at sea, aqua park with five waterslides and ropes course.
- Collaboration with TechnoGym with personal training, healthy food and in-stateroom exercise equipment.
3. Viking Sky & Viking Sun
Photos by Viking Ocean Cruises
Launch Date: February and October 2017
Size: 48,000 gt, 930 passengers
Itineraries: Sky offers a wide range of itineraries including Mediterranean, Western Europe Baltic, and Transatlantic, while Sun will sail the Caribbean and Baltic and make the line’s first world cruise later in the year.
- Trademarks from Viking’s river fleet like Aquavit Terrace.
- Explorer’s Lounge observation area.
- Magrodome pool with glass roof that can be opened or closed depending on weather.
- Nordic design influences and Finnish sauna.
- Energy-efficient engines and a streamlined ship profile to cut back on emissions.
Photo by AMA
Launch Date: March 2017
Size: 1,500 gt, 158 passengers
Homeports: Amsterdam and Basel
Itineraries: Rhine River (includes Christmas Markets)
- Heated pool with swim-up bar
- Complimentary bicycles
- Chef's Table dining experience
- Massage and beauty salon
- Twin Balconies (full balcony and french balcony) in most staterooms
5. National Geographic Quest
Photos by National Geographic
Launch Date: June 2017
Size: 100 passengers
Itineraries: Alaska and Panama Canal/South America
- High tech presentation facilities including video microscope and remotely operated vehicles for wildlife lectures and viewing.
- Warm and cold water diving gear along with underwater cameras.
- A specially designed landing craft and a small fleet of kayaks and paddleboards.
6. Norwegian Joy
Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line
Launch Date: Spring 2017
Size: 163,000 gt, 4,200 passengers.
Homeports: Shanghai and Tianjin (Beijing)
- First Norwegian ship custom built for the Chinese market.
- Concierge level accommodations fills out gap between standard and the luxurious Haven cabin categories.
- Two level competitive go-kart race track and electronic playland Galax Pavilion.
- Open-air serenity park on the top deck.
- More family-friendly suites and connecting rooms for multi-generational families.
- New Restaurant Sakura & Hibiscus serving hot pot and Korean BBQ.
7. Majestic Princess
Photo by Princess
Launch Date: Summer 2017
Size: 143,000 gt, 3,560 passengers
Homeports: Singapore, Rome, and Barcelona
Itineraries: Southeast Asia and Mediterranean
- First Princess ship built specifically for the Chinese market.
- Princess Live! TV Studio, the SeaWalk, and WaterColor Fantasy.
- Balconies on all outside cabins.
8. Silver Muse
Photo by Silversea Cruises
Launch Date: Spring 2017
Size: 40,000 gt, 596 passengers
- All cabins are suites with 387 sq feet and a 64 sq. ft. private balcony.
- Eight restaurants and no main dining room.
- Will be the largest ship in Silversea’s fleet.