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No doubt about it: The cruise industry is in the middle of an epic building spree. And the luxury market is one of the fastest-growing areas. If you're like us, you can't wait to see what these new luxe options will look like. Check out our chart below to see which new luxury ships are hitting the waves next. But if you're more of an expedition fan, we've got those covered too: New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships, as well as the mainstream lines: New Luxury Cruise Ships on Order.

Updated January 9, 2019

New Luxury Cruise Ships Launching in 2019

(Photo: Viking)

Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Jupiter

Launch Date: February 2019

Tonnage: 48,000

Berths: 930

Viking Jupiter will be the sixth ship in the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet. The ship will include several of the company's popular riverboat features, such as the Aquavit Terrace, an alfresco dining venue, and plenty of outdoor space on the sundeck and beyond. The vessel also will feature a promenade that fully encircles the ship. Cruises on Viking's ocean ships are inclusive of wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, shore excursions and unlimited use of the thermal suite.


(Photo: Star Clippers)

Flying Clipper

Launch Date: 2019

Tonnage: 8,770

Berths: 300

The new-build from Star Clippers will be the largest of its kind afloat. The five-masted, square-rigged vessel will feature three pools, including one that funnels sunlight through the ship's atrium into the dining room below and a glass-sided dive-training pool, a watersports platform, an atrium restaurant with open-seating dining and a variety of cabin upgrades, including 34 suites with balconies and four Owner's Suites.

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New Luxury Cruise Ships Launching in 2020

(Photo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises)

Seven Seas Splendor

Launch Date: Spring 2020

Tonnage: 54,000

Berths: 738

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced a sister ship to Seven Seas Explorer, with many of the same upscale amenities, such as spacious accommodations (including the ultra-luxurious Regent Suite) and gourmet restaurants.


(Photo: Silversea)

Silver Moon

Launch Date: 2020

Tonnage: 40,7000

Berths: 596

Silversea Cruises has ordered a twin sister to Silver Muse to be built by Fincantieri. Silver Moon's color scheme and basic ship layout will be identical to Muse, but the popular Atlantide restaurant will be expanded.


Sea Cloud Spirit

Launch Date: Spring 2020

Tonnage: 452.7 feet

Berths: 136

Sea Cloud Spirit will be the third sailing ship in Sea Cloud Cruises' fleet. It will feature 69 outside cabins, 25 of which will have a balcony; there will be three owner's suites. Onboard cruisers will find an elevator, spa and fitness area.

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New Luxury Cruise Ships Launching in 2021

Viking Ocean Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: March 2021

Tonnage: 47,800

Berths: 930

Viking's yet-unnamed vessel will be the seventh ship in the Viking Ocean Cruises brand. The ship will include several of the company's popular riverboat features, such as the Aquavit Terrace, an alfresco dining venue, and plenty of outdoor space on the sundeck and beyond. The vessel also will feature a promenade that fully encircles the ship. Cruises on Viking's ocean ships are inclusive of wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, shore excursions and unlimited use of the thermal suite.


Silver Dawn

Launch Date: Fall 2021

Tonnage: 40,700

Berths: 596

Silversea Cruises has ordered a third Muse-class ship to be built by Fincantieri. The ship will have the same layout as Silver Muse and Silver Moon.

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New Luxury Cruise Ships Launching in 2022

Viking Ocean Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: March 2022

Tonnage: 47,800

Berths: 930

Viking's as yet-unnamed vessel will be the eighth ship from its Viking Ocean Cruises brand. The ship will include several of the company's popular riverboat features, such as the Aquavit Terrace, an alfresco dining venue, and plenty of outdoor space on the sundeck and beyond. The vessel also will feature a promenade that fully encircles the ship. Cruises on Viking's ocean ships are inclusive of wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, shore excursions and unlimited use of the thermal suite.


Crystal Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: Early 2022

Tonnage: 100,000

Berths: 1,000

The first of Crystal Cruises' 800-passenger Diamond Class ships will debut in 2022 -- the line's first new builds in more than a decade. The all-suite, all-balcony vessel will have the highest passenger-to-space ratio of any ship afloat.


Silversea Cruise's

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: Evolution-Class Ship

Berths: TBD

The first of two Evolution-Class luxury cruise ships will debut in 2022. No further details have been announced.


Oceania Cruises (Unnamed)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 67,000

Berths: 1,200

The first ship in Oceania’s Allura class doesn’t have a name yet. But the line promises that the two 1,200-passenger Allura class vessels -- the second one is due in 2025 -- will retain the warmth, popular design elements and amenities of Marina and Riviera.


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