New Ships Debuting in 2021

Numerous cruise lines will introduce new cruise ships in 2021 - Photo by Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, and The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

Well, turns out the cruise industry’s vision for this year wasn’t exactly 20/20. We thought it would usher in the first roller coaster at sea on Carnival’s largest ship ever. We were excited about seeing Virgin Voyages and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection hitting the high seas for the first time. None of us expected the world and our industry would press the pause button. Yet, here we are, talking about what 2021 has to offer and that includes quite a bit from our 2020 roster.

The world is certainly uncertain but that doesn’t mean that we can’t dream about heading out on the ocean on one of the exciting new ships slated to debut in 2021. From the eco-friendly, ocean-going Viking Venus to the MSC Virtuosa with its polar-themed water park to (of course) that roller coaster at sea that will finally debut, there is sure to be an option for everyone itching to get back to traveling in 2021.

We’ve rounded up all the information we could find from the cruise lines on which ships are currently slated to debut in 2021. 

Mardi Gras

New Launch Date: Carnival’s highly anticipated Mardi Gras will sail her inaugural cruise from Port Canaveral on February 6, 2021. Voyages previously scheduled November 14, 2020 - January 30, 2021, have been canceled.

Original Launch Date: November 2020
Line / Class: Carnival Cruise Line / XL Class
Size: 180,000 gross tons / 5,200 passengers
Homeport: Port Canaveral, Florida
Itineraries: Caribbean

  • RedFrog Tiki Bar
  • BOLT rollercoaster
  • Big Chicken by Shaq
  • WaterWorks aqua park
  • Emeril’s Bistro 1396
  • Havana cabins with exclusive bar and pool
  • Family Harbor cabins with exclusive lounge
  • Carnival Excel Suites with Loft 19 sundeck access
  • Read more about Mardi Gras

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Valiant Lady

Launch Date:  2021
Line / Class:  Virgin Voyages
Size: 110,000 gross tons / 2,700 passengers
Homeport: Barcelona, Spain
Itineraries: Mediterranean


  • Friday overnight in Ibiza on every sailing
  • All itineraries offer overnight and late-night stops across some of the hottest destinations in France, Italy, and Spain
  • Fitness classes, dining, gratuities, Wi-fi, filtered water, and all sodas included in the fare
  • Unique dining experience

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Viking Venus

Launch Date:  April 2021
Line / Class:  Viking Ocean Cruises
Size: 47,842 gross tons / 930 passengers
Homeport:  Bergen, Norway / London-Tilbury, England
Itineraries:  Mediterranean / Northern Europe

  • Ship design features longships solar panels which minimize exhaust pollution
  • Elegant, modern Scandinavian design with verandas for every cabin
  • No casinos or children on board assures that the focus is firmly on enrichment and education 
  • Complimentary access to the spa’s thermal suite which includes a pool, sauna, Nordic Snow Room, Coldwater splash bucket, and hot stone relaxing lounges
  • Standard fares are all-inclusive features and services valued at $200 per person per day 

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MSC Virtuosa

New Launch Date: April 2021

Original Launch Date: November 2020
Line / Class: MSC Cruises / Meraviglia Plus Class
Size: 181,000 gross tons / 4,842 passengers
Homeports: Barcelona, Rome, Genoa, and Marseille
Itineraries: Mediterranean

  • Two-story promenade with an LED “sky”
  • A virtual cruise assistant in every cabin
  • Exclusive MSC Yacht Club cabins and shared areas
  • A polar-themed water park
  • Multipurpose Sportplex space
  • Two original Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows
  • Full-size bowling alley 

See All MSC Virtuosa Deals



New Launch Date: April 22, 2021, sailing from Lisbon, Portugal to Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Original Launch Date: June 2020
Line: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
Size: 26,500 gross tons / 298 passengers
Homeports: Various
Itineraries: Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Canada & New England, and the Caribbean

  • Ritz Kids programming
  • Aft marina and terrace at the water's edge
  • Infinity Pool
  • Talaat Nam restaurant serving Southeast Asian cuisine
  • Observation Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Alfresco restaurant Mistral, serving Mediterranean-inspired dishes
  • All staterooms are suites with private balconies and double vanity bathrooms.
  • Access to non-motorized water sports while anchored
  • Included WiFi

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Le Commandant Charcot

Launch Date:  May 2021
Line / Class:  Ponant
Size:  31,757 gross tons / 270 passengers
Homeport:  Iceland / Chile
Itineraries:  Polar / Antarctica

  • 35 staterooms,  including 68 suites. All rooms include all with balconies
  • Luxurious French-style design allows the light and extraordinary polar landscapes views to be the centerpiece
  • Very first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by liquefied natural gas
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Conservatory
  • Panoramic restaurant 
  • Blue Lagoon outdoor restaurant
  • Spa

See All Compagnie Du Ponant Yacht Cruises Deals


Odyssey of the Seas

New Launch Date: Due to shipyard and supply chain delays due to COVID-19, the debut of Odyssey of the Seas has been pushed to April 2021. The ship will now sail her inaugural season from Rome in Spring 2021 and proceed to Fort Lauderdale in November 2021. 

Original Launch Date: Fall 2020
Line / Class: Royal Caribbean / Quantum Ultra Class
Size: 168,800 gross tons / 4,200 passengers
Homeports: Fort Lauderdale and Rome
Itineraries: Caribbean and Mediterranean

  • Sky Pad bungee trampoline
  • Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar
  • Bumper cars
  • RipCord by iFLY skydiving simulator
  • Imaginative Alice-inspired restaurant Wonderland
  • North Star observation capsule
  • Two-story Lime and Coconut Bar

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Seabourn Venture

Launch Date:  June 2021
Line / Class:  Seabourn
Size: 23,000 gross tons / 264 passengers
Homeport: Will vary
Itineraries: Arctic and Antarctica, the Amazon, Caribbean, Central America, South America

  • Two custom-built submarines carried onboard, providing an unforgettable view of the world beneath the ocean’s surface
  • Designed to carry a complement of double sea kayaks, mountain bikes, and e-bikes 
  • 24 Zodiacs onboard that can accommodate all guests at once
  • Feature 132 all veranda, all ocean-front suites

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Launch Date:  July 2021
Line / Class:  Costa
Size:  183,900 gross tons / 6,338 passengers
Homeport:  Italy
Itineraries:  Mediterranean

  • 18 bar venues
  • Pizzeria Pummid'oro (Italian-style)
  • Teppanyaki (Japanese food) 
  • Laboratorio Del Gusto
  • Live performances at venues like Colosseum and Piazza Trastevere
  • 4 swimming pools - La Spiaggia Pool (central/glass roof covered), Settimo Cielo (outside, with a swimming lane), and 2 children’s pools 
  • Children’s Aqua Park 
  • La Sala Giochi (teens-only interactive game room)

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Launch Date:  July 2021
Line / Class:  Celebrity Cruises / Edge Class
Size:  129,500 gross tons / 2,918 – 3,373 passengers
Homeport:  Southampton, England
Itineraries:  Europe

  • 6 new-to-Celebrity Cruises specialty restaurants
  • Keyless cabin entry technology
  • 15 restaurants and cafes, with 4 main dining rooms
  • 12 bars and lounges.
  • Infinite Veranda technology
  • Magic Carpet tender dock
  • Most technologically advanced Theater Lounge
  • 270 degree, three-deck observation lounge known as ‘Eden’
  • Ship's Lawn Deck is equipped with real grass
  • Virtual Concierge app which can be used to book dinners, order room service, make spa reservations, order drinks, and more
  • The largest number of performing crew on any premium-brand ship

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Launch Date: July 2021
Line / Class: Holland America Line / Pinnacle Class
Size: 99,500 gross tons / 2,668 passengers
Homeport: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Itineraries: Baltic

  • Explorations Central™ (EXC®) – exclusive destination program provides indispensable travel resources and opportunities to engage with experts and local insiders
  • Music Walk® – An exclusive collection of five live music venues 
  • Microsoft Studio – Complimentary small-group courses include creating photo albums and movies, using 3D effects and staying safe online
  • Partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine will bring the magazine’s connection to wellness and personal growth to life
  • Exquisite dining experiences
  • Spa staterooms featuring amenities such as yoga mats, iPod® docking stations, and access to treatments from the Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Read more about Rotterdam

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Launch Date: August 2021
Line/Class: MSC Cruises / Seashore
Size: 169,500 gross tons / 4,540 passengers
Homeports: Miami, Florida/Varies
Itineraries: Mediterranean /Caribbean

  • Specialty restaurants include Japanese, Pan Asian, Tapa, Seafood, or Steakhouse offerings
  • At least six different original shows in the Broadway scale theater
  • 5D Cinema
  • VR Maze and Formula 1 simulator 
  • Highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any MSC ship upon her debut
  • Enhanced design to improve efficiency

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Launch Date: Summer 2021
Line/Class: Aida Cruises / Excellence - Helios
Size: 6600 passengers and 183,900 gross tonnage
Homeports: Kiel (Germany) / Dubai (Port Rashid, UAE) / Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Itineraries: Norwegian fjords and Baltic Sea

  • Overnight in Saint Petersburg, Tallinn or Helsinki
  • Great for solo travelers with plenty of single cabins
  • New Duplex Suite with 2-deck accommodation with private sundeck
  • Exclusive 2-deck Spray Bar features a partnership with Moet & Chandon 
  • 17 dining venues
  • Activity deck with beach club
  • Water park with slides
  • High rope garden
  • Mini-golf
  • Panoramic glass-walled outdoor elevators and glass-floored skywalk platforms

Silver Dawn

Launch Date:  September 2021
Line / Class:  Silversea
Size: 40,700 gross tonnage / 596 passengers
Homeport: Italy / Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Itineraries: Mediterranean / South America

  • S.A.L.T. Kitchen - exclusive destination-focused restaurant showcasing cuisine, culture and the rich culinary heritage of your ports of call
  • Reimagined, relaxed central bar Dolce Vita with a nightly piano player 
  • Cutting-edge design and technology
  • Eight dining options
  • Connoisseur’s Corner – An indoor/outdoor smoking lounge for cigar-lovers 
  • Panorama Lounge – Peaceful retreat

See All Silver Dawn Cruises


Discovery Princess

Launch Date: November 2021
Line / Class: Princess Cruises / Royal Class
Size:  145,000 gross tons / 3,660 passengers
Homeport: Fort Lauderdale, Florida / Los Angeles, California
Itineraries:  Caribbean / Mexican Riviera and California Coast

  • Princess MedallionClass technology 
  • Crafted by Curtis Stone
  • Alfredo’s Pizzeria
  • Sabatini’s Restaurant 
  • Discovery at SEA children and teen programming 

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Crystal Endeavor

New Launch Date: The shipyard where Crystal Endeavor is being constructed is temporarily shut down due to COVID-19. The line has not yet announced an official launch date. 

Original Launch Date: Originally slated for August 2020
Line / Type: Crystal Cruises / Expedition ship
Size: 20,000 gross tons / 200 passengers
Homeports: Various
Itineraries: Alaska, Northern & Western Europe, South America, South Pacific/Australia, Asia, and Antarctica

  • All staterooms are suites with private balconies
  • Two helicopters and a 7-person submersible
  • Solarium with a pool and hot tub
  • The Marina fold-out platform
  • Resorts World at Sea Casino
  • Crystal Life Spa with a sauna and steam room
  • Zodiacs, kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkeling gear
  • Connoisseur Club cigar lounge

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Costa Firenze

New Launch Date: Costa Firenze is now scheduled to begin operating in China in late-2021.

Launch Date: October 2020
Line / Class: Costa Cruises / Vista Class
Size: 135,225 gross tons / 4,200 passengers
Homeport: Hong Kong
Itineraries: Asia

  • The ship’s interior design is inspired by Florence, Italy
  • An enclosed pool deck area
  • Aquapark with a water slide
  • High-rope garden
  • A Pool deck featuring a retractable glass roof
  • Glass-bottom skywalk
  • Organic Spa and Fitness wellness complex 
  • The Pepper robots - the latest cyborg technology to assist guests

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