Rendering aerial of MSC Seaside

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Upcoming Cruise Ship Launches

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New Cruise Ships Launching in 2017

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

MSC Seaside

154,000/
4,140
November 2017 MSC Seaside will launch in November 2017 and will herald a new class of MSC ship -- Seaside Class. The ship will homeport in Miami year-round, and, according to MSC, it will be a game changer, along with MSC Seaview that will launch in May 2018. Each of the ships will have a promenade with shops, restaurants and bars. The 154,400-gross-ton ships will have 2,070 cabins holding 4,140 passengers in double occupancy and 1,413 crewmembers. The ships will be 1,060 feet long and 135 feet wide, and have more than 468,000 square feet of public areas, including a theater, a terraced balcony and panoramic elevators with sea views. They'll feature nine eateries, including two for-fee restaurants in partnership with chef Roy Yamaguchi. Seaside will include an expanded Yacht Club, a private retreat for suite passengers. It also will have the longest zip-line at sea, at 426 feet. MSC Seaside will sail year-round from Miami.

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New Cruise Ships Launching in 2018

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

Carnival Horizon

135,000/
4,000
April 2018 This new Carnival cruise ship will be similar to fleetmate Carnival Vista, which debuted in Spring 2016. This new ship, part of the line's Vista Class, will also be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. It will feature Carnival's 2.0 enhancements as well as a number of innovations unique to the ship, which will be the line's 26th "Fun Ship."

Symphony of the Seas

225,282/
5,400
April 2018 Royal Caribbean's fourth Oasis-class vessel will be built and ready to sail by 2018. Along with third-in-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, which launched in April 2016, these ships are the largest passenger vessels afloat. Symphony of the Seas will include Royal Caribbean's neighborhood concept, which includes spaces such as Central Park and The Boardwalk. Sister ship Harmony of the Seas included a jaw-dropping slide, called the Ultimate Abyss. No word yet on what the concept will be on Symphony of the Seas. Symphony of the Seas will sail Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona in spring and summer 2018 before sailing from its homeport of Miami, starting in fall 2018.

Norwegian Bliss

164,600/
4,200
April 2018 The third ship in NCL's Breakaway-Plus Class, Bliss will be the same size as fleetmate Escape. Painted by marine artist Wyland, Bliss' hull will feature a marine life design. Bliss will spend summer 2018 sailing weeklong itineraries in Alaska from Seattle. Port stops will include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria (British Columbia). In fall 2018, the ship will feature a series of Pacific Coastal, Mexico and Panama Canal voyages before arriving at its winter homeport of Miami, from which it will offer seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises.

MSC Seaview

154,000/
4,140
May 2018 MSC Seaview will launch in May 2018, the second in MSC's Seaside Class. Each of the ships will have a promenade with shops, restaurants and bars. The 154,400-gross-ton ships will have 2,070 cabins holding 4,140 passengers in double occupancy and 1,413 crewmembers. The ships will be 1,060 feet long and 135 feet wide, and have more than 468,000 square feet of public areas, including a theater, a terraced balcony and panoramic elevators with sea views. They'll feature nine eateries, including two for-fee restaurants in partnership with chef Roy Yamaguchi. Seaview will include an expanded Yacht Club, MSC's private retreat for suite passengers. It also will have the longest zip-line at sea, at 426 feet. MSC Seaview will homeport in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona, offering Western Mediterranean cruises.

AIDAnova

180,000/
5,186
Fall 2018 The first ship in a brand new class for AIDA that will carry more than 6,000 passengers at full capacity and be capable of using the environmentally-friendly LNG variety of fuel to generate 100 percent of its power both in port and on the open sea.

Nieuw Statendam

99,500/
2,650
November 2018 The Holland America cruise ship will mark the second in the Pinnacle Class, which also includes Koningsdam. It will be built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard. Nieuw Statendam will feature a music walk, which will include B.B. King's Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard, French brassiere Sel de Mer, and Blend, a wine-mixing Venue. It also will include a World Stage, a 360-degree entertainment venue that blends music and dance with a wraparound screen, which comes to life and integrates with the live action. Nieuw Statendam will sail a variety of Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale for the 2018-19 season.

Celebrity Edge

117,000/
2,900
December 2018 Celebrity Edge will debut a number of first-to-cruise features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and acts as a bar, restaurant and embarkation area; Infinite Veranda cabins, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor thanks to bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again to the size of the cabin; Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area only for suite passengers, which includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. The ship will also feature two stunning new suite classes: the 5,000-square foot Iconic Suite; and the Edge Villa, a two-level suite.

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New Cruise Ships Launching in 2019

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

MSC Bellissima

167,600/
4,500
March 2019 MSC Bellissima is the second of the line's Meraviglia-class ships (the first, MSC Meraviglia, launched in June 2017). Bellissima will be identical to Meraviglia both in terms of size and features, and will include Cirque du Soleil at sea. A promenade with an 80-meter LED ceiling that changes throughout the day (think the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas) will be the ship's hub; there will be partnerships with various celebrity chefs, 12 restaurants, cutting-edge technology including RFID wristbands; a huge kids' club with partnerships with LEGO and Chicco; a sports complex and a huge "ship within a ship" complex, the Yacht Club.

Spectrum of the Seas

167,800/
4,180
April 2019 Royal Caribbean's fourth Quantum Class vessel will debut in 2019. Like its sister ships -- Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas -- this fourth ship will feature activities such as onboard bumper cars and a skydiving simulator. It also will feature the North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views. Inside cabins will feature "virtual balconies" -- essentially floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship. It also will feature the innovative entertainment space, Two70, which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics.

Spirit of Discovery

55,900/
1,000
Summer 2019 The long-awaited new-build from Saga Cruises will retain the small ship cruise experience the line is known for, with just 540 cabins -- 100 of which will be specifically designed for solo travellers -- and capacity for 999 passengers. There will be single sitting dining throughout a range of restaurants as well as a variety of bars, specialty restaurants, including a free Asian restaurant, and al fresco dining options. There will also be a well-stocked library, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, saunas, treatment rooms and beauty salon.

MSC Meraviglia Plus 1

177,000
4,900
October 2019 At 331 meters long with 2,444 cabins, MSC Cruises' Meraviglia Plus carries nearly 6,300 passengers and combines unique facilities and onboard entertainment. Facilities include a fine art museum and onboard Cirque du Soleil show. Meraviglia Plus also features a 111-meter-long indoor promenade with a range of restaurants, bars and shops. The promenade is covered by a "digital sky" LED screen showing events and vistas around-the-clock. Additional facilities include family group "cluster cabins," a double-deck indoor amusement park, double-deck entertainment space and aft lounge, and an outdoor water park.

Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

163,000/
3,900
Winter 2019 The fourth ship in NCL's Breakaway-Plus Class will be the same size as fleetmates Joy and Bliss, coming in at 163,000 tons and carrying 3,900 passengers. Like Joy, this ship will be devoted to the Asian market.

Costa CruisesCosta Smerelda

180,000/
5,176
2019 The first ship in a brand new class for Costa Cruises that will have the largest passenger capacity at sea (6,600 cruisers at full capacity) and be capable of using LNG fuel to generate 100 percent of its power both in port and on the open sea.

Princess Cruises (Unnamed)

143,700-ton/
3,560
November 2019 Princess' fourth Royal-class ship will debut in 2019. It will include staples like the three-deck-high Piazza atrium, Movies Under the Stars and balconies in 80 percent of the cabins, as well as a number of "new to the line" features.

Carnival (Unnamed)

133,500/
3,934
2019 This new Carnival cruise ship will be similar to fleetmates Carnival Vista, which debuted in Spring 2016, and Carnival Horizon, which comes out in spring 2018. This new ship, part of the line's Vista Class, will also be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. It will feature Carnival's 2.0 enhancements as well as a number of innovations unique to the ship.

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New Cruise Ships Launching in 2020

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

Virgin Voyages (Unnamed)

110,000/
2,860
Early 2020 The first of three identical ships to debut for the Virgin Voyages brand. Using public input, the yet-unnamed mid-size ship will be built "around the needs and desires of the customer," with a heavy focus on millennial interests and activities. The first ship will offer seven-day Caribbean itineraries out of Miami, with a Sunday sail date.

Celebrity Beyond

117,000/
2,900
Spring 2020 Celebrity Beyond is the sister ship to the game-changing Celebrity Edge and will feature a number of new-to-cruise features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and transforms into a bar, a restaurant and an extension of the embarkation area; Infinite Veranda, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor using bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again in size; a Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; a Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the hugely popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area that includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. The ship will also feature two stunning new suite classes: the 5,000-square foot Iconic Suite; and the Edge Villa, a two-level suite.

P&O Cruises (Unnamed)

180,000/
5,200
Spring 2020 The biggest-ever ship built specifically for the U.K. market will also be the first powered entirely by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), making it the greenest ship in P&O Cruises' history. Stand-out features include a half-mile Lanai deck -- complete with al fresco dining and drinking; a giant glass dome, a massive Atrium with triple-deck glass windows; 17 eateries -- including seven speciality restaurants -- 12 bars, 13 entertainment venues, four pools and 16 whirlpools.

Spirit of Adventure

55,900/
1,000
Summer 2020 The second new-build from Saga Cruises will be a sister to Spirit of Discovery, which launches in July 2019. The ship will retain the small ship cruise experience the line is known for, with just 540 cabins -- 100 of which will be specifically designed for solo travellers -- and capacity for 999 passengers. Little is known at this stage, but it is likely the ship will have the same features as Spirit of Discovery with single sitting dining in a range of restaurants as well as a number of bars, specialty restaurants, including a free Asian restaurant, and al fresco dining options. There will also be a well-stocked library, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, saunas, treatment rooms and beauty salon. It will replace Saga Sapphire.

MSC Meraviglia Plus 2

177,000/
4,900
September 2020 At 331 meters long with 2,444 cabins, MSC Cruises' second Meraviglia Plus ship will carry nearly 6,300 passengers and combine unique facilities and onboard entertainment including a fine art museum and onboard Cirque du Soleil show. Meraviglia Plus will also have a 111-meter-long indoor promenade with numerous restaurants, bars and shops. The promenade is covered by a "digital sky" LED screen showing events and vistas around-the-clock. Additional facilities include family group "cluster cabins," a double-deck indoor amusement park, double-deck entertainment space and aft lounge, and an outdoor water park.

Princess Cruises (Unnamed)

145,000/
3,560
November 2020 Princess' fifth Royal-class ship will debut in 2020. It will include staples like the three-deck-high Piazza atrium, Movies Under the Stars and balconies in 80 percent of the cabins, as well as a number of "new to the line" features.

Royal Caribbean (Unnamed)

168,600/
4,180
Fall 2020 Royal Caribbean's fifth Quantum Class vessel will debut in 2020. Like its sister ships -- Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas -- this fifth ship will feature activities such as onboard bumper cars and a skydiving simulator. It also will feature the North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views. Inside cabins will feature "virtual balconies" -- essentially floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship. It also will feature the innovative entertainment space, Two70, which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics.

Carnival Cruise (Unnamed)

180,000/
5,200
2020 The first of two 5,200-passenger vessels to be built for Carnival Cruises, which will be able to accommodate 6,600 passengers at maximum capacity. The ships will be largest in the world by passenger capacity. The vessels also will employ engines that run on liquefied natural gas.

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New Cruise Ships Launching in 2021

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

Disney Cruises (Unnamed)

135,000/
2,500
Early 2021 The yet-unnamed ship will be the first new build from Disney since 2012, when Disney Fantasy debuted. Details are still scant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids' clubs.

Virgin Cruises (Unnamed)

110,000/
2,860
Early 2021 The second of three identical ships to debut for the Virgin Cruises brand. Using public input, the yet-unnamed mid-size ship will be built "around the needs and desires of the customer," with a heavy focus on millennial interests and activities.

Royal Caribbean's Oasis V

227,000/
5,497
Early 2021 Royal Caribbean's fifth Oasis-class ship (yet unnamed) is scheduled for delivery in 2021. It will be built at Saint Nazaire's STX shipyard.

AIDA Cruises (Unnamed)

180,000/
5,186
Spring 2021 The second ship in a brand new class for AIDA that will carry more than 6,000 passengers at full capacity and be capable of using the environmentally-friendly LNG variety of fuel to generate 100 percent of its power both in port and on the open sea.

Celebrity Cruises (Unnamed)

117,000/
2,900
Fall 2021 Celebrity Cruises' third Edge-class ship is due for launch in the fall 2021. Like its sisters, it will feature a number of stand-out features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and acts as a bar, restaurant and embarkation area; Infinite Veranda cabins, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor thanks to bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again to the size of the cabin; Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area only for suite passengers, which includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. The ship will also feature two stunning new suite classes: the 5,000-square foot Iconic Suite; and the Edge Villa, a two-level suite.

Holland America (Unnamed)

99,500/
2,650
2021 The Holland America cruise ship will mark the third in the Pinnacle Class, which also includes Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, which will debut in November 2018. It will be built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard. The ship will feature a music walk, which will include B.B. King's Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard, French brassiere Sel de Mer, and Blend, a wine-mixing Venue. It also will include a World Stage, a 360-degree entertainment venue that blends music and dance with a wraparound screen, which comes to life and integrates with the live action.

Costa Cruises (Unnamed)

180,000/
5,176
2019 The second ship in a brand new class for Costa Cruises that will have the largest passenger capacity at sea (6,600 cruisers at full capacity) and be capable of using LNG fuel to generate 100 percent of its power both in port and on the open sea.

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New Cruise Ships Launching in 2022

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

Virgin Voyages (Unnamed)

110,000/
2,860
Early 2022 The last of three identical ships to debut for the Virgin Cruises brand. Using public input, the yet-unnamed mid-size ship will be built "around the needs and desires of the customer," with a heavy focus on millennial interests and activities.

Cunard (Unnamed)

113,000/
3,000
2022 Cunard's first new-build ship since the launch of Queen Elizabeth in 2010, the as-yet-unnamed next-generation vessel will become the largest in the fleet (by passenger capacity) when it debuts in 2022.

Celebrity Cruises (Unnamed)

117,000/
2,900
Fall 2022 Celebrity Cruises' fourth Edge-class ship is due for launch in the fall 2022. Like its sisters it will include some stand out features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship which rises from decks 2 to 16 and acts as a bar, restaurant and embarkation area; Infinite Veranda cabins, a cabin designed to blend indoor and outdoor thanks to bi-fold doors, adding almost a quarter again to the size of the cabin; Resort Deck, which features a large pool flanked by sculptural trees and two "martini glass" Jacuzzis that overlook the deck below; Rooftop Garden, borrowing from the popular Lawn Club of the Solstice Class ships, but adding childhood whimsy; and The Retreat, a serene area only for suite passengers, which includes a private pool and sundeck, lounge and restaurant. The ship will also feature two stunning new suite classes: the 5,000-square foot Iconic Suite; and the Edge Villa, a two-level suite.

Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

140,000/
3,300
2022 This is the first of four new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be based on the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships. This class will be significantly smaller, coming in at 23,000 tons smaller and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. The ship will cost around $850 million to build. No details of the design or onboard features have been released, but the line says one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency.

Carnival Cruise Line (Unnamed)

180,000/
5,200
2022 The second of two 5,200-passenger vessels to be built for Carnival Cruises, which will be able to accommodate 6,600 passengers at maximum capacity. The ships will be largest in the world by passenger capacity. The vessels also will employ engines that run on liquefied natural gas.

MSC Cruises World Class

200,000/
5,400
2022 The first of up to four liquid nitrogen gas-powered ships to launch for MSC Cruises, MSC Cruises' yet-unnamed World-class ship will feature cutting-edge design that will maximize the space for passengers. It will have a host of features for families and the latest smart technology and advanced environmentally friendly technology available, MSC says.

Royal Caribbean (Unnamed)

NA/
5,000
2022 The first ship in Royal Caribbean's next class of cruise ship, the so-called Icon Class. It will be powered by liquefied natural gas and use fuel cell technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Princess Cruises (Unnamed)

143,700/
3,560
2022 Princess' sixth Royal-class ship will debut in 2022. It will include staples like the three-deck-high Piazza atrium, Movies Under the Stars and balconies in 80 percent of the cabins, as well as a number of "new to the line" features.

Disney Cruises (Unnamed)

135,000/
2,500
2022 The yet-unnamed ship will be the sister ship to Disney's 2021 vessel. Details are still scant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids clubs.

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New Cruise Ships Launching in 2023 and Beyond

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

140,000/
3,300
2023 The second of four new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be based on the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships. This ship will be significantly smaller, coming in at 23,000 tons less and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. Each ship will cost around $850 million. No details of the design or onboard features have yet been released, but one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency, according ton Norwegian.

Disney Cruises (Unnamed)

135,000/
2,500
2023 The yet-unnamed ship will be a sister ship to Disney's 2021 and 2022 vessels. Details are sscant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids clubs.

MSC Cruises World Class

200,000/
5,400
2024 The second of up to four LNG-powered ships to launch for MSC Cruises. The ships will have a cutting-edge design that will maximize the space for passengers, a host of features for families and the latest smart technology and advanced environmentally friendly technology available, according to MSC.

Royal Caribbean (Unnamed)

NA/
5,000
2024 The second ship in Royal Caribbean's next class of cruise ship, the so-called Icon Class. It will be powered by liquefied natural gas and use fuel cell technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

140,000/
3,300
2024 The third of four new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be based on the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships, but significantly smaller, coming in at 23,000 tons smaller and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. Each ship will cost around $850 million to build. No details of the design or onboard features have yet been released, but one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency, according to Norwegian.

Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

140,000/
3,300
2025 The last of four new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be based on the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships, but significantly smaller, coming in at 23,000 tons smaller and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. Each ship will cost around $850 million to build. No details of the design or onboard features have yet been released, but one of the key priorities will be energy efficiency.