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New Expedition and Adventure Ships On Order
New Cruise Ships on Order
Keel laying for a new Holland America cruise ship at the STX shipyard (Photo: Holland America Line)

New Cruise Ships on Order

New Cruise Ships on Order
Keel laying for a new Holland America cruise ship at the STX shipyard (Photo: Holland America Line)
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Editor's note: (January 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. For more information about COVID-19, read our regularly updated article: Coronavirus: What Cruisers Need to Know.

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.

Cruise Ships in 2020 Delayed to 2021

Spirit of Adventure

Launch Date: May 4, 2021

Tonnage: 55,900

Berths: 1,000

Spirit of Adventure, the second new-build from Saga Cruises, will be a sister to Spirit of Discovery, which launched in July 2019. The ship has been delayed from its original summer 2020 launch, but will hopefully make its debut in May 2021. Spirit of Adventure 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. The ship will have the same features as Spirit of Discovery, with a couple of new dining options, including the firt Nepalese restaurant at sea. There will also be a well-stocked library, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, saunas, treatment rooms and beauty salon.


Celebrity Apex

Launch Date: TBD 2021

Tonnage: 117,000

Berths: 2,900

Celebrity Apex is the sister ship to the game-changing Celebrity Edge and features a number of new-to-cruise features, including: The Magic Carpet, a movable deck cantilevered off the side of the ship that 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.

Though the ship launched in April 2020, Celebrity Apex was delayed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and has not yet carried its first passengers.


P&O Cruises Iona

Launch Date: April 2021

Tonnage: 180,000

Berths: 5,200

P&O Cruises' Iona will the biggest-ever ship built specifically for the U.K. market and will also be the first powered entirely by liquefied natural gas, 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.

Iona's launch was delayed from May 2020.


Enchanted Princess

Launch Date: TBD

Tonnage: 145,000

Berths: 3,560

Enchanted Princess was scheduled to debut in June 2020 in Europe. 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.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the vessel's delivery has been pushed back to an undetermined date.


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Carnival Mardi Gras (Image: Carnival Cruise Line)

Mardi Gras

Launch Date: May 29 2021

Tonnage: 180,000

Berths: 5,200

The first of two 5,200-passenger vessels to be built for Carnival Cruises will be able to accommodate 6,600 passengers at maximum capacity. It will feature several distinct areas and BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea. It will also be the first vessel in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet to be powered by liquefied natural gas.

Mardi Gras was originally supposed to debut in August 2020.


New Cruise Ships in 2021

Odyssey of the Seas

Launch Date: April 2021

Tonnage: 167,800

Berths: 4,180

Royal Caribbean's second Quantum Ultra Class vessel will debut in April 2021 after being delayed six months by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Like its Quantum Class fleetmates -- Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas -- Odyssey is expected to feature activities such as onboard bumper cars and a skydiving simulator. It should also feature the North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views. Inside cabins will likely feature "virtual balconies" -- essentially floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship. It is also expected to feature the innovative entertainment space, Two70, which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics.


MSC Virtuosa

Launch Date: Early 2021

Tonnage: 177,000

Berths: 4,900

At 331 meters long with 2,444 cabins, MSC Virtuosa 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.

MSC Virtuosa was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Orignially scheduled to debut in November 2020, it is now expected to enter service in "early 2021" according to the line.


Valiant Lady

Launch Date: Early 2021

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.


AIDAcosma

Launch Date: Spring 2021

Tonnage: 180,000

Berths: 5,186

AIDAcosma is 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.


Rotterdam

Launch Date: July 30, 2021

Tonnage: 99,500

Berths: 2,650

Rotterdam will be Holland America's third ship in the Pinnacle Class, which also includes Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, which debuted in November 2018. It is being built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard. Rotterdam 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.

Rotterdam was originally to be named Ryndam but underwent a name change in July 2020 after the removal of the 1997-built Rotterdam from the Holland America Line fleet. It was scheduled to debut in May 2021 but has delayed till July 2021.


Discovery Princess

Launch Date: November 2021

Tonnage: 143,700

Berths: 3,560

Discovery Princess, the sixth Royal Class ship to be constructed, will debut in November 2021. 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.


Costa Toscana

Launch Date: 2021

Tonnage: 180,000

Berths: 5,776

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 in 2022

Disney Cruise Line will debut new cruise ships in 2021, 2022 and 2023

Disney Wish

Launch Date: January 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.


Virgin Voyages (Unnamed)

Launch Date: Early 2022

Tonnage: 110,000

Berths: 2,860

This unnamed vessel will be the third of four 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.


Cunard (Unnamed)

Launch Date: Early 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: TBD 2022

Tonnage: 117,000

Berths: 2,900

Celebrity Cruises' third Edge Class ship originally was due for launch in the fall 2021, but it was postponed till sometime in 2022. 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.


Celebrity Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: Fall 2022

Tonnage: 117,000

Berths: 2,900

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)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

This is the first of six new ships from Norwegian Cruise Line that will be part of the Leonardo Class. At 140,000 gross tons and holding 3,300 passengers, the Leonardo 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. 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 Celebration

Launch Date: November 2022

Tonnage: 180,000

Berths: 5,200

Carnival Celebration will be the second of two 5,200-passenger vessels for Carnival Cruise Line. It will be able to accommodate 6,600 passengers at maximum capacity. The second ship in the line's Excel Class, it will be a near-twin to Carnival Mardi Gras, set to debut in 2021. Both ships will employ engines that run on liquefied natural gas.


MSC Cruises World Class

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 200,000

Berths: 5,400

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)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: NA

Berths: 5,000

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.


Wonder of the Seas

Launch Date: TBD 2022 (from Early 2021)

Tonnage: 110,000

Berths: 2,860

Royal Caribbean's fifth Oasis-class ship, Wonder of the Seas will be built at Saint Nazaire's STX shipyard. Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley has said the ship will be slightly bigger than Symphony of the Seas, the current biggest ship in the cruise line's fleet. The ship will sail in China.

In August 2020, Royal Caribbean confirmed the ship would be delayed until 2022 )as a result of the coronavirus pandemic but did not provide an updated timeline.


Disney Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2022

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.

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New Cruise Ships in 2023 and Beyond

Norwegian Cruise Line's Project Leonardo (Image: Norwegian Cruise Line)

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.


Disney Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2023

Tonnage: 135,000

Berths: 2,500

The yet-unnamed ship will be a sister ship to Disney Wish and its 2022 vessel. Details are scant about this third Triton-class vessel, but expect family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms and expansive kids clubs.


AIDA Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2023

Tonnage: 180,000

Berths: 5,186

The third 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.


Princess Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 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 Cruises World Class

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: 200,000

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 (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: NA

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.


TUI Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: 161,000

Berths: 4,000

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


Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2024

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

The third of six Leonardo-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be smaller than the line's popular "Breakaway-plus" class of ships, coming in at 23,000 tons smaller and carrying around 1,000 fewer passengers. 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)

Launch Date: 2025

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

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


Princess Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 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.


Norwegian Cruise Line (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2025

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

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


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: 2027

Tonnage: 140,000

Berths: 3,300

The last of six Leonardo-class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line.


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Updated January 25, 2021

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