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Editor's note: (November 2021) -- The coronavirus pandemic led to the closure and significant scaling back of work at all the major European shipyards, with knock-on delays to refurbishments and new-builds. We have noted the new launch dates for the new-builds (where we know them), and have moved vessels around on this list accordingly, but all dates are subject to change.

There's nothing we love more than learning about new cruise ships. The process, from design to keel laying to launch, generally takes two to three years. It gets us excited to see what's coming and who's innovating. We keep track of the larger cruise ships under construction in our story below. If you are interested in expedition ships under construction, check out our New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships on Order, and if the luxury market piques your interest, you can see all of those under construction in our New Luxury Cruise Ships on Order article.

Want to learn more about what it takes to make an older ship feel like new? Peruse our comprehensive list of cruise ship refurbishments for information about upcoming overhauls.

New Cruise Ships in 2021

AIDAnova is the World's First LNG-Powered Ship (Photo: KHB 1958/Shutterstock)

AIDAcosma

Launch Date: December 2021 debut in the Canary Islands

Tonnage: 183,200

Berths: 5,228

AIDAcosma is the second ship in a brand-new class for Carnival Corporation's German brand 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.


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New Cruise Ships in 2022

Norwegian Prima (Photo/Norwegian Cruise Line)

Discovery Princess

Launch Date: Spring 2022

Tonnage: 143,700

Berths: 3,560

Discovery Princess, the sixth and final Royal Class ship to be constructed for Princess Cruises, will debut in Spring 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.


Valiant Lady

Launch Date: March 2022

Tonnage: 110,000

Berths: 2,860

Valiant Lady will be the second of three identical ships to debut for the Virgin Voyages brand. Not much is known about the ship yet, but it will be restricted to cruisers 18 years of age and older. Based in Barcelona, it will offer three Mediterranean itineraries, all with a Friday overnight in Ibiza. Other ports of call will include Monte Carlo, Olbia, Cagliari and Gibraltar.


Disney Wish

Launch Date: June 2022

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 2,500

Disney Wish will be the first new build from Disney in a decade, nearly 10 years to the day since Disney Fantasy debuted in 2012. It will be the lead vessel in the three-ship Triton Class. Details are still scant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids' clubs. Maiden voyage on June 9, 2022, from Port Canaveral, followed by a season of three- and four-night cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay.


Cunard (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 113,000

Berths: 3,000

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 Beyond

Launch Date: April 2022

Tonnage: 117,000

Berths: 2,900

Like its sisters, Celebrity Beyond will include some stand out features such as: 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 Prima

Launch Date: Summer 2022

Tonnage: 142,500

Berths: 3,215

Norwegian Prima is the first of six new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line that will be part of the all-new Leonardo Class. At 142,0 gross tons and holding 3,215 passengers, the Prima class ships are larger than the line's 2,500-passengger Jewel-class ships but smaller than the 4,000-plus-passenger Breakaway- and Breakaway-Plus ships. The ship will cost around $850 million to build. Norwegian says the ship will have more outdoor deck space than any cruise ship and more pool deck space than any ship in the NCL fleet – including multiple infinity pools. The ship will have the brand’s largest go-kart racetrack (a three-deck affair) and a theater that can host both Broadway-style productions and live participatory game shows and doubles as a nightclub. Norwegian Prima will also have 13 suite categories including the largest three-bedroom suites on any cruise ship, the line said. Standard staterooms will have more space and larger bathrooms than other NCL ships.


Carnival Celebration

Launch Date: November 6, 2022

Tonnage: 180,000

Berths: 5,282

Carnival Celebration will a sister ship to the 5,200-passenger Mardi Gras for Carnival Cruise Line. It will be able to accommodate 6,465 passengers at maximum capacity. The second ship in the line's Excel Class, the ship runs on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and boasts the brand’s new upscale vibe and a rollercoaster, as well as “neighborhoods” with a diverse array of dining and entertainment options.


MSC World Europa

Launch Date: December 2022

Tonnage: 205,700

Berths: 5,400

The first of up to four LNG-powered ships to launch for MSC Cruises, MSC World Europa will feature cutting-edge design that will maximize the space for passengers. It will have a host of features for families, a tranquil Zen zone for adults and the latest smart technology and advanced environmentally friendly technology available, MSC says.


Wonder of the Seas

Launch Date: March 2022

Tonnage: 236,857

Berths: 5,734 (6,988 full occupancy)

Royal Caribbean's fifth Oasis-class ship, Wonder of the Seas is being built at Saint Nazaire's STX shipyard, and will debut as the largest cruise ship in the world -- replacing sister ship Symphony of the Seas for the title. Like its sisters, the ship will have eight distinct neighborhoods including Central Park, a Boardwalk and a Royal Promenade and an Ultimate Abyss thrill slide.


Ariva

Launch Date: December 2022

Tonnage: 184,700

Berths: 5,200

Ariva, P&O Cruises’ second LNG-powered Excel-class ship, will be similar to sister ship Iona but with a host of new-to-the-line additions -- such as a ropes course called Altitude Skywalk, a swim-up bar and a new plant-based and sushi restaurant, Green & Co. There will also be a first-in-line mini-golf course.

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New Cruise Ships in 2023

Water enters the dry dock to float  MSC  Seashore for the first time (Photo: MSC Cruises)

Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2023

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

The second of six 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.


Celebrity Ascent

Launch Date: 2023

Tonnage: 117,000

Berths: 2,900

This is Celebrity Cruises' fourth Edge-class ship, with such features as the Magic Carpet and Infinite Balcony staterooms. The line states more details will be revealed closer to its launch date. Steel was first cut in November 2021.


Resilient Lady

Launch Date: Late 2023

Tonnage: 110,000

Berths: 2,770

This is Virgin Voyages’ third of four identical ships.


Icon of the Seas

Launch Date: Fall 2023

Tonnage: 218,000

Berths: 5,200

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 and Royal is promising a futuristic design.


MSC Euribia

Launch Date: June 2023

Tonnage: 181,541

Berths: 4,888

The second of up to four LNG-powered ships to launch for MSC Cruises. It will have a host of features for families, a tranquil Zen zone for adults.


Norwegian Cruise Line (unnamed)

Launch Date: 2023

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,215

The second of six new Prima-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line. The ships are significantly smaller than the line’s Breakaway Plus-class and carry about 1,000 fewer passengers. They feature landmark Norwegian features such as a go-kart racetrack on the top deck.


Mein Schiff 7

Launch Date: Spring 2023

Tonnage: 110,000

Berths: 2,900

A new ship from TUI Cruises, Mein Schiff 7 is being built by Meyer Werft Turku in Finland and has six earlier sister ships, all primarily geared for the German-speaking market.


Carnival Cruise Line

Launch Date: Late 2023

Tonnage: 183,900

Berths: 5,400

This unnamed ship was announced for the Carnival fleet in June 2021. The Excel-class, LNG-fueled ship had previously been assigned to sister brand AIDA Cruises.


Princess Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: Late 2023

Tonnage: 175,000

Berths: 4,300

The first in a new class of ship for Princess Cruises, this ship will be powered in part by LNG fuel.


MSC Seascape

Launch Date: 2023

Tonnage: 169,380

Berths: 4,560

MSC Seascape is a sister ship to MSC Seaside, which debuted in 2021, for MSC Cruises. The Seaside EVO ships are designed to connect guests to the sea with expansive outdoor space including a promenade close to the water. When full to capacity the ship can accommodate 5,877 guests.

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New Cruise Ships in 2024 and Beyond

MSC (unnamed)

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: 205,700

Berths: 5,400

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

Launch Date: 2025

Tonnage: 200,000

Berths: 5,000

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. The ship is being built for $1.1 billion.


TUI Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: 161,000

Berths: 4,000

The first of two LNG-powered ships from TUI Cruises.


Celebrity Cruises (unnamed)

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage:140,600

Berths: 3,260

This is Celebrity Cruises’ fifth Edge-class ship.


Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,215

The third of six Prima-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line.


Disney Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 2,500

The yet-unnamed ship will be the sister ship to Disney Wish. Details are still scant, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids clubs.


Disney Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2025

Tonnage: 135,000

Berths: 2,500

The yet-unnamed ship will be a sister ship to Disney Wish and its 2024 (unnamed) vessel.


Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2025

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

The fourth of six Prima-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line.


Royal Caribbean (unnamed)

Launch Date: Spring 2025

Tonnage: 200,000

Berths: 5,000


MSC Cruises (unnamed)

Launch Date: 2025

Tonnage: 205,700

Berths: 5,400


Princess Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: Spring 2025

Tonnage: 175,000

Berths: 4,300

The second in a new class of ship for Princess Cruises that will be powered, in part, by LNG fuel.


TUI Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2026

Tonnage: 161,000

Berths: 4,000

The second of two LNG-powered ships from TUI Cruises.


Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2026

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,125

The fifth of six Prima-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line.


Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2027

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,215

The sixth and final of the Prima-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line.


MSC Cruises (unnamed)

Launch Date: 2027

Tonnage: 205,700

Berths: 5,400


Royal Caribbean (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2026

Tonnage: 218,000

Berths: 5,200

The third ship in Royal Caribbean's next class of cruise ship, the so-called Icon Class. The ship is powered by LNG.

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Updated November 17, 2021

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